Dunno about the people being better (except they seem more consistently better
educated at the high-school level) but the few roads I've driven there are
head-and-shoulders above Southeastern Penna's - which look more like some
But the repairs are sooooo bad. Guys just shovel a bunch of mix into a hole
until there's a lump, then they pat it down and move on. Usually leaves a 2-3"
bump in the end.
And when utility companies tear up the road, it's never even close to what it
was before they started working on it. If you or I did what I've seen utility
companies do on a regular basis, we'd be arrested for vandalism.
And don't get me started on the so-called 'white lines'..... -)
It must have been a while since you drove on a California road. They're
getting pretty bad, too. Although I must admit they aren't as bad as SE PA
;-) It's amazing though the difference here in Nevada - cross the state line
and it's like night and day.
Oh yuck. Remind me not to head that far east. You can tell exactly
where the state line between California and Nevada is by just listening
for the increased road noise and the sound of your suspension being beat
to heck as you enter California.
California has high gas prices because voters here have a difficult time
making the connection between kicking out the refineries and the cost of
trucking or piping in fuel.
The prices are about 50 cents per gallon higher, than say Colorado even
though Colorado has higher state taxes per gallon by about 4 cents.
That dear old chap jrk tugged on his pipe and said:
I believe that without tax the price of the fuel is the cheapest in
Europe and the fuel companies make the least profit on UK fuel sales -
I understand the base price is around 12 pence per litre - around a
dollar a gallon.
That's why in the UK now just about all garages are also supermarkets
and/or shops of one sort or another. You can't buy a bloody set of
spark plugs or a fan belt in a garage, but you can buy bread and pasta.
That dear old chap Jim Smith tugged on his pipe and said:
True enough - I do only around 600 miles per week commuting - plus
trips out, shopping etc - so I average around 45,000 per year. I think
that's higher than average though - in the UK I believe 16000 per year
is considered the average.
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