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

My Photo
Location: Silver Spring, MARYLAND, United States

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

Saturday, October 27, 2007


On our recent trip to the Shenandoah Balloon Festival, we experienced a nearly half hour delay. This is part of life. Nothing to be upset about, right?

Destinations beckon so sweet
Making us wish our journey complete.
But, when delays
Cause us to craze,
Be glad; you're not under the sheet.

Come to think of it... aren't all our destinations (save the last) temporary?

A little delay/ a little dismay.
Big crashes/ ashes to ashes.

Our patience was rewarded with a beautiful time at the festival. By four o' clock, many were leaving. They were convinced that the balloons would be grounded, as they were the previous evening, by wind. They decided it smart to get an early start to avoid the crowds. Bless them, for their early departure greatly diminished the traffic, later.

And the balloons?

Had to wait...

...for the wind to abate...(Let the kites have a turn.)

...until, bravely...

...they try...

...and try... get high...

...and fly!

Bon voyage!