Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Hurricane Juan

So, I guess we had a hurricane. I almost wish I was here for it, but instead, I was stuck in a Howard Johnson's in Newark. My flight home got cancelled because of our friend Juan. As of Tuesday night, my house still does not have power (I'm writing this at my brother's place on Lady Hammond Road) and isn't scheduled to have it restored until Wednesday night.

Since there was nothing to do at home, I jumped in the car and drove around to take pictures of the carnage. My car was also the only place I had to listen to the radio, so I wasn't being *totally* voyeristic :) What really pissed me off was that I lost my nearly-year-long uptime for spine.cx :(

Here are the photos of the carnage. Remember to rate them!

Thursday, September 4, 2003

HRM drops Clayton Park speed limits

The speed limits for quite a few streets coming off the Bedford Highway have been reduced to 40 kph. These streets include Bayview & Flamingo, two of the most travelled roads in that part of the city. I can understand why they're doing it. I mean, I've seen cars that are trying, hopelessly, to back out of their driveways in the morning among all the rush-hour traffic. These streets were obviously not designed to handle the amount of commuter traffic that they now do.

The real problem, in my opinion, is the lack of ways to get off of the Halifax peninsula. Currently there are only three: The armdale rotary (and we all know what a traffic snarl that can be), the Bi-Hi entrance on Joseph Howe Drive (recently made much better by some modifications), and the Windsor Street exchange leading to the Bedford Highway (which was widened, but still sucks).