Is there still intelligent life on Earth?

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  1. earnestshub profile image86
    earnestshubposted 11 years ago

    My daughter's people mover just died at a busy intersection in peak hour. Further inspection shows it has broken a vital component and has to be towed.

    She had all the children except one on board at the time, heading for school and university. I took them all in my ancient Honda City and all got to their destinations on time.
    I decided to let my daughter go to her appointment in my car and I would stay to direct traffic around the 6 seater which has it's hazard warning lights on and the hood raised.
    I stood behind the car for almost 2 hours directing traffic around it while waiting for the tow truck. I pointed at the next lane as the traffic came in to view over the crest of the hill. The results were amazing!

    I have been abused, had people almost run me down, one lady in a new Mercedes drove straight at the back of the car and at me, perhaps thinking we would vanish if she closed her eyes!

    I have met some great people who offered to help. (5) and seen more people who should be locked up for their own safety than I could have imagined!

    What a let down! The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day, and many of the drivers I have seen today probably haven't even noticed the sun is up.

    It scares me to think this lot are loose on the roads.

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I had a job for a while as a kid flagging traffic for construction work on a lightly used mountain freeway.

      It will indeed open your eyes.

      One guy finally stopped 1/4 mile past me when he and his airstream trailer found 12" of fresh concrete.  I'm surprised that no one got hurt as he plowed into that concrete at 60 mph and he still had my (steel) stop sign sticking through the side of the airstream.  I got chewed out pretty badly for that one.

      1. earnestshub profile image86
        earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I wondered how the emergency service guy and the tow truck driver felt about what I had seen, so I asked them.

        Both had their own stories which were a lot like yours...... I had no idea! lol

        1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image77
          Kangaroo_Jaseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I let people know that all the time Earnest,

          Want a challenge? Drive in Melbourne lol

          1. earnestshub profile image86
            earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            This happened in Melbourne alright! smile

            Corner of Jells Road and FTG road, opposite the Wheelers Hill pub. I bet you know the intersection.

            They must have all been visiting from interstate. lol

            1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image77
              Kangaroo_Jaseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

    **, yep I certainly know that intersection smile I certainly feel for your daughter.

              1. earnestshub profile image86
                earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                Just got the news. The motor is pre-valve clearance technology and the motor has bent valves. The Kia dealership does not rebuild the motors as they are a wet sleeved block and when they take the heads off they cant get the sleeves to seal again.
                AU$6,000 for a new motor fitted.
                We will scrap it.
                I have rebuilt dozens of wet sleeve motors and never had a sleeve leak!
                The mechanic they sent out could not even answer a simple question about the camshaft position sensors or why the motor would allow the valves to smash in to the head.

                Amateurs all of them!

    2. profile image0
      The Taco Taggerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm fairly certain that 90% of people are idiots. I don't know how any of them function in this world at all.

      1. starme77 profile image78
        starme77posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        haha yeah:) my advice ... dont waste yer time trying to figure it out

    3. Stacie L profile image90
      Stacie Lposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I find that aiming a camera,video recorder or camera phone in the direction will usually correct any bad behavior..It doesn't have to be turned on or working..try it..
      sorry for the two hour directing..did you call the police to help?

  2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
    mistyhorizon2003posted 11 years ago

    I used to run petrol station franchises for a living (in England UK). Late at night we would have tanker deliveries of fuel, but if only one cashier was on site we would have to close for 45 mins or so whilst the cashier saw in the delivery (a legal requirement). I have seen drivers do the most crazy things like literally 'run over' the bollards blocking the entrance in order to drive up to the petrol pumps, (and not even realise they have done so, good job it wasn't a child!). There are some truly crazy drivers out there, and God knows how they got their licenses!!!

  3. myfacelikemirror profile image60
    myfacelikemirrorposted 11 years ago

    Yes you often find examples.

  4. Ron Montgomery profile image59
    Ron Montgomeryposted 11 years ago

    I didn't know you had Teabaggers down under.

    1. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Nor did I till I started directing traffic.
      Congratulations to all the drivers who returned my smile and said thank you for the free service I was providing in directing hundreds of cars around the broken down people mover. smile

      All 4 of em! lol

  5. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    We are indeed a disappointing species much of the time. lol

  6. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 11 years ago

    Not in my neighborhood...

    1. paradigmsearch profile image59
      paradigmsearchposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      "klarawieck From South Fla - where alligators are afraid of people"


  7. homesteadbound profile image83
    homesteadboundposted 11 years ago

    Your daughter was is very lucky to have a father like you - willing to put yourself in the line of fire.

    1. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!
      My daughter was pretty pleased when I gave her my car and took over the job of policeman. smile

      Not a safe place for my 3 little grandchildren to be either!

      I am the family patriarch so my kids and their kids are my life. smile

  8. starme77 profile image78
    starme77posted 11 years ago

    Yeah no shit right - people are disgusting for the most part - seriously - the good ones are few and far between - you wouldn't believe how much hell I catch from society for taking care of my mother in law - I just stay in the house with her and try to stay out of society's way - and hang on hub pages where I have found some down right decent people for once smile

    1. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm amazed you cop crap for looking after your mother in-law! Still, I have had my eyes opened a bit by this event.

      I ran motorcycle shops for many years dealing with hard men, bikers..... on the whole a lot better to deal with than the GP I reckon. At least some of them had lived a life and were interesting.

      I dunno where this other lot live but suspect it's under a mushroom somewhere.

      1. starme77 profile image78
        starme77posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I agree with you and .... oh yeah I catch hell for taking care of my mother in law ... thats what my next hub is about ... kind of ... see it opened my eyes to something ... first off I figured out from the way people act when Im out and about pushing the wheelchair ... peolple feel guilty so they run up to me and feel they have to explain why they put their family member in a nursing home .... they down right feel guilty because they know they did the wrong thing. Then as I look around I see I am the only one in town pushing a wheelchair ... hey, I see alot of strollers ... which is the basis for my next hub ... we are missing an important piece of society ... where are they? Whats happening to them .... they pushed our strollers , why are we not pushing their wheelchairs?  They would have never dreamed of putting us in a facility where we would be over medicated, lonley and confused . What happened to respect your elders? I mean seriously ... if society did ... then there would be more wheelchairs being pushed around and all the knowledge and wisdom our elders had aquired over their lifetime would have made this world a better place .... then things like happeded to you wouldnt be happening ... but an important piece of our society has been forgotten and I think thats sad.

        1. homesteadbound profile image83
          homesteadboundposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          That is so true, starme77. I have a biz that provides elderly care in their homes helping families keep their loved ones in the home. It's good that they can have time off to go to work, and then come home to a much happier parent or loved one because they are home. And they have so much wisdom to share - even those that have Alzheimer's.

          1. starme77 profile image78
            starme77posted 11 years agoin reply to this

            yep and thanks, but you wouldnt believe the neighborhood and family members .. oh wow ... the way Im treated because of thier own guilt is disgusting ... they talk about the crazy old lady and talk about how im crazy and stare and point  its nuts .... all kinds of just mean nasty garbage - we just stay inside smile

    2. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      WHERE?! roll

  9. Nordichuks profile image60
    Nordichuksposted 11 years ago

    Yes there is just for the few.

  10. ddsurfsca profile image73
    ddsurfscaposted 11 years ago

    There is still intelligent life on Earth, but most of it is animal life.  If you want to find intelligent humans one must search and search, high and low looking in places like classrooms, or maybe finding that one lonely person on the beach with a book.


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