THE GRIDLOCKSMITH, traffic safety activist, "Roads Scholar," former "Road Warrior" who lost a brother (aged,15) on the road in 1969, has compiled many observations and ideas about traffic safety after 3 decades of driving for a living. "Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? Set a safe example in traffic." You, too, can be a gridlocksmith. "Road-Peace is a step toward World Peace." - Earl Shoop

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Looking for what's logical, efficient, kind and fun... Traffic safety became a personal issue when my youngest brother died on the highway. I observed traffic unsafety while driving for a living(30yrs). Spread the word about "Road-Peace" as a step on the road to World Peace. Since those wise and gentle enough to create World Peace will not treat each other as we now do, in traffic, the road is a good place to focus our efforts. see

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


THE GRIDLOCKSMITH has been preoccupied with trying to pay bills and such. So, to keep the ball rolling, here is our guest columnist, bon vivant and old friend, Bo Guss...

by Bo Guss

Someone has pointed out to me that the word "anger" is only one letter short of "danger." If you are angry while driving, the letter "D" may be out of sight, but there's danger a plenty. Let me steal a little poetry from The Gridlocksmith...


it is life and death.
in matters so serious
one must always laugh.

It is not always easy to laugh when other drivers are doing stupid/dangerous things, but we do have the power to decide to forgive and write it off as a mistake, rather than take umbrage and believe the other guy is evil. We benefit greatly by making the choice to relax and laugh. It is better for the heart, as well as the soul.

If we allow ourselves to get angry, we are more likely to make errors that could endanger ourselves and others. In short, we will be setting a bad example. That is to say, we become part of the problem. Email from The Gridlocksmith bears the following as part of his signature:

"Are you part of the problem,
or part of the solution?
Set a safe example in traffic."

As part of the Roadway Anger Gentle-fication Effort, you will be part of the solution.