By: joealaska , 5:34 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

UK had a close call for sure. That truck driver did good. A guy I worked with years ago was killed by a wrong way driver. He just pulled out from behind a truck on a multi-lane interstate to pass and another car was right there coming his way. You never know when your time has come. Glad to hear UK is still with us. Personally, I would like to see one of those 70 mph roundabouts over here. Set up a couple cameras and sit back. REALITY TV!

It was a beautiful day in Louisville Thursday. Had to golf, and I did. It has been one year now that I have been in Louisville. I have been trying to play all the golf courses that I used to play MANY years ago. I knocked an odd one off that list today...Shawnee. It is on the far side of the OTHER side of town. Along the Ohio River. Because it was so far away, I usually played other courses closer. It has been at least 20 years. My memories of the course were different than what I saw today. I thought it was a bunch of holes back and forth along each other. WRONG. There are a LOT of trees, many of which I met personally today. The course is bisected by I-64, a major interstate. It crosses as it turns into The New Albany Bridge, a big Ohio River Bridge.

Shortly after I started I saw a group of jets pass by at a low altitude. There is a big show here in town this weekend, Thunder Over Louisville. A big air show downtown over the river Saturday afternoon, then it turns into lotsa fireworks after dark. Obviously these jets were in town early for practice or just a warm up for the locals. They buzzed downtown most of the afternoon, and they were over Shawnee Park constantly. Only after I looked later at a photo I took could I see for sure they were The Blue Angels. Pretty cool to see so close.

The course was OK. But it was hard against The Ohio River, which I found interesting. The back nine holes had obviously been flooded recently, I am sure it was the river overflowing. At one point a tug pushing a dozen barges came by, then pulled into the shore just a hundred feet away. I was so close I saw a few workers hammering at something between a couple of barges. All I know is that I left them behind as I played on.

The high point was #18, where I hit a 30 foot putt for a par.

Yesterday I dealt with New Jersey. I had gotten a piece of mail regarding my not paying toll in New Jersey a month ago. It said I owed them $2.90 for toll, and $50.00 administration fee. Before I got too pissed off I saw that most of the notice I got showed you how to dispute the charge of 50. So I did. They gave me three lines of space, and said to be detailed. I told them to “see attached” and gave them a page and a half. Hope they appreciate the local jargon I used.

Last big hurdle with LEGGS is registration. Now I hear they want to inspect the RV first. OH, and now I see they want signatures notarized on the title. Now that they are already signed. How can anything be done nowadays without notarizing? I have been taking my stuff over to the RV a few times, planning on being fully (not fooly) packed by the 26th.

Will watch a lot of THE MASTERS golf tournament this weekend as I pack up.


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15. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:59 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
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14. Ylee
8:58 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Me, I'm going back to Classic until they tweak the format a bit.
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13. insideuk
5:04 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
I was doing a spot of weather history coasting myself the other day OSDianna. I was checking out the weather for the location of my next trip to Scotland (near Ullapool in October). They have their own weather station on the camping site next door, where it proudly displayed the current temperature at the time I was looking as being -86c/ -122f.

and my holiday lodge has solar panels on the roof....

Nobody can ever accuse the Scots of lacking in either humour or optimism.

If you use GlowyWUMAIL then pay heed to that little white head and shoulders symbol top right of the page. The only notification of new mail you will get is a small dull orange envelope sat up there. I'm assuming for the colour blind folks this new site was designed for that the tiny envelope appears bright as hell?

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12. osdianna
4:32 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Thanks to UK who got me going down the right road for in yesterday's highs/lows, when the rain started in my neighbor's yard (and therefore mine), and...oh, boy I can read this without my reading glasses! I love how the red slider across the page can give the exact temps...definite improvement. But I don't like having to scroll down to find my last read post, and scroll up to find each succeeding post; maybe I'll get used to it, but it's the only thing I still don't like.

My sympathies to all who are now experiencing or about to experience more winter; we had a couple of days of springing into summer weather, even a 71 degree day on Sunday! That was great.

I echo the theme here...stay safe everyone.
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11. insideuk
9:34 AM GMT on April 15, 2014
The roll out for 2014WU appears to be universal now, check out the new logo, it quivers when you hover over it (top left), I think I'll rename this version as GlowyWU.

As is my wont.


There are still plenty of glaring omissions from the new site format, and things like that comment box position that Dave mentioned have already received criticism. Bogon was first to suggest that it should become the users choice as to where that box appears (top or bottom of existing comments) – dependant on which order you choose to view the comments (newest first or order posted). That seems an entirely sensible solution to me. We shall see how the site designers respond over time, they say they are listening and will continue to make changes.

Right now they appear to be so busy driving WU down new roads that they are ignoring much of the shouting from the kids in the back. Those kids will get louder now everyone is sat in the same car, all of us asking 'are nearly there yet'...

It's not all bad. Some of it I like very much.

The big typeface IS easier to read, and on that basis you will definitively know that you have lost an essential constituent part of WU on the basis that if it was there you'd definitely be able to see it.

Which is the kind of logic my brain enjoys pitting itself against.

You are likely to find different glitches dependant on which browser you are using, the age of your computer and it's RAM capabilities, or if you are on a touch screen device like a phone or tablet you have endless hours of finger stretching fun/ frustration ahead of you. And all that just to get to where you were yesterday, before you got lost down some random cul-de-sac and the dog threw up on the kids.

Classic WU is still available for when you really tire of navigating GlowyWU.

The big test will be seeing if Joealaska can figure out how to post a new blog/ photos.

I'm ready for the big reconnaissance mission if he fails to show up. It is always possible he has ended up on a toll charging cul-de-sac and is attempting to reverse his way out without paying...

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10. DHaupt
7:54 AM GMT on April 15, 2014
SCHOCK AND AWE!!! Lawdy what a waste of space! I had a hard time locating the "Your Comment" because I thought it would be at the bottom where it belongs. Some of the techy and graphics on the local weather page might be nice when I figure them out, but on the whole, this is pretty much a case of ruining a good thing with undo improvements. I think they got the idea from Apple! Who got the idea from Microsoft.
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9. dotmom
2:17 AM GMT on April 15, 2014
Guess I have the new blog. The print is large - and an old-timer appreciates it!

Hey, too many close calls going on here. For sure you have to watch out for the other guy - you can watch yourself, but you can't control "the enemy."

Snow predicted overnight here. Yuch!!! Had a beautiful day yesterday. Rain today a lot.

Be careful!
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8. iaotter
3:34 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Please, everybody drive carefully. This blog wouldn't be the same without all of you.
Woke up to snow covered town this morning. Had a lovely rain Saturday night and most of Sunday and last night the temp dropped and we got about an inch of snow. It sure was a short spring and summer.

Farmers were all excited about getting into the fields. One family was planting alfalfa and got almost all of it done before the rain came through. Make for a good crop when it warms up again.

Dog is enjoying the cold. She was quite excited when she got to the deck door and saw snow. She likes that a lot better than rain. Even though she will happily splash in the river and romp through puddles she is a total wuss when it comes to getting off the deck to go potty in wet grass. She always acts like her dainty little paws will melt.

Of course if she goes out without her rope she never even stops to see if the grass is wet or not. Just takes a flying leap off the top step and races off to see if the bunny is under the blue spruce at the edge of the yard. Silly dog.
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7. Rotty3
12:59 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
not really funny ha ha, but funny weird story: this morning I nearly got creamed by someone passing a school bus and coming right at me in my lane at high speed. Thankfully, there was enough room to pull over to the far right of the road and give this id**t enough space to fly by w/out a head-on collision. No warning here as the bus was just on top of a small hilly area and I was coming from the bottom.
Shaken, not stirred comes to mind. But,... it too shall pass. Not for naught that road is call "Highway of Death" by many. :(

Hope everyone has a better start into Easter week!
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6. lotis2
8:07 PM GMT on April 13, 2014

UK: Glad you were able to see the other car in time. Had one coming at me one night several years ago on the way into work. I know where he got on the wrong side at. I still go a little slower and watch when I get to that same spot.

I'm just a couple of miles (as the crows fly) from Scott Air Force Base. Every year they had an air show with the Blue Angels or another group. I would sometimes see them as they flew over my house. There was no air show last year (due to the cut backs) and an article in the paper recently said probably won't be any more. They would draw in 100,000 people every year.

WU hasn't changed here yet. Hope they have it all fixed by the time it does.

Joe, is every thing fitting into Leggs? Are you going to have a sale for the stuff that won't fit or are you donating it to a local group for a needy family?
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5. osdianna
3:59 PM GMT on April 13, 2014
In 1996 I stood in a parking lot in San Diego, Ca. watching as the Blue Angels rehearsed their show, including the four-man cloverleaf maneuver when they head vertical, burst out at the top and emerge flying really low to the ground in the four directions. I was photographing the north-bound jet flying right at me...could see his helmet/face...awesome photos, I thought. I had to get back to work, so put my camera in the trunk of my car, left the window down about 2 inches (it was July and pretty warm) and came out to find it missing. Toyota's have a trunk latch that allowed someone to use a wire hanger to drop it straight down the window opening, unlatch the trunk, and remove my camera. Insurance replaced the camera and 75-250 zoom lens, but the photos (film) were lost.

UK: I found the proper history page thanks to your directions combined with theirs from the customer feedback questions/answers. Thanks for the help.

59 degrees yesterday and sunny...but the wind picks up and it cools off pretty fast; still requiring a jacket by the time Maggie and I hit the beach for our daily walk. I just can't seem to get my butt outside before 11am! Too much computer work to be done each morning...shorebird festival coming up in two weeks, and I am the registrar.
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4. Rotty3
8:03 PM GMT on April 12, 2014
uk: glad you are okay. Somehow missed that story on the previous post. Sorry. Those things are very scary. I'm afraid, you may not be able to lose that image anytime soon. But glad that despite it all, no one was hurt.

I know when I barely escaped a log truck's swipe three years ago. He sadly killed someone only a mile down the road after a vehicle I had just passed about 2 miles earlier rammed into one of the rear tires. I still have some flashbacks when any log truck comes toward me. Even if they are clearly in their own lane. And even worse, if it's close to the place where it happened.

Around here, I still have the "watch this space" logo 12 (the one where the broom sweeps what appears to be a cartoon version of "Gregor Samsa").
For those who already progressed to a further advanced logo, did they finally bring back the dual numbers? I.e. metric / English together?
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3. insideuk
12:01 PM GMT on April 12, 2014
OSDianna - the historical weather data is available on GNUistWU. From the GNUistWU homepage select 'Full Forecast' which is situated near the top of the page under the blue search box.

From the 10 day forecast page, scroll down and look on the left side where it says 'Almanac' and then 'History' - then click where it says 'calendar view' in the history section. That gives you the historical data, and the layout from there should seem familiar!

I put a comment (#61) on the Product Teams 'New Site' blog to try and regain a few of the features that I see missing in the BETA preview version of the website. I am especially keen that they realise the importance of linking a blog to the blog authors photos. Having the Joealaska blog without that clear connection through to his WUphotos is unthinkable.

Feel free to tell the WUmakers what needs to change - they do appear to be taking onboard at least the most oft repeated complaints.

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2. insideuk
11:42 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
Thanks for your kind words everyone. The 'near miss' scenario does still keep finding its way to the front and centre of my mind, mostly in the form of the visual memory of that car suddenly appearing. I get this sensation of wanting to physically jerk myself sideways – I swear I've woken myself up at night doing just that. I'm thinking it will just take a few days longer for such a vivid memory to find a pigeon hole in the deeper recesses of my brain, from where it can lurk without the lurch...

Meantime I'll just stay away from sharp objects to my left.

I loved the Joealaska photo of the Blue Angels (British equivalents are known as the Red Arrows). I can't believe how clear the image was, given that they can't have just been gliding slowly past. Even my very limited knowledge of aeronautics tells me that having them dawdle around to 'say cheese' for the camera isn't a viable option. I know I've tried to capture fighter jets in Scotland – capture on my camera, not in the literal sense – and they hurtle along the lochs for low level flying practice sessions all the time up there. What I mostly caught was a gazillion pixels of cloud and fighter jet exhaust gasses.

It is the photographic equivalent of a blank canvas.

The first time I tried to take a photo of the RAF jets I was sat in my car as they rushed straight toward me. As it turned out JPEG #000001 was a delightful, if blurry, capture of my car dashboard, whereas #000002 strongly featured my nasal hair. By the time I'd captured the exhaust gasses I was thinking of entering competitions with it.

Suffice to say I think Joe did remarkably well to crawl underneath those parked jets on the runway...
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1. dotmom
11:52 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
That was a real close call for UK and I hope by now the "aftershocks" have subsided and her underpants are completely dry!!!

I had a similar incident a couple of months ago, but it was just on a boulevard street a few miles from here and everyone was traveling 20 - 25 but the sight of someone coming at you - the wrong way - is terrifying even at a slow speed. Too many times it is a senior who is oblivious to the whole thing.

Stay safe!
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