Wednesday, March 14, 2018

#OpenWhineWednesday – HOV Edition

"Visiting California, Trump says Gov. Jerry Brown is doing a ‘terrible job’" 

Trump has repeatedly bashed the state, dismissing California as "out of control" during a 2017 interview, a comment he repeated Tuesday.

I can’t speak to those allegations first hand but I can pass along this  #OpenWhineWednesday anecdote via my neighbor. He had been on a business trip in California last week. When I ran into him yesterday he had just received a citation in the mail for unlawfully using the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane while he was there. Oddly enough the citation was not because he didn’t have high occupancy in his car – there were 4 of them traveling together – but because his (rental) vehicle was not “registered for use of the HOV lane.”  I believe it’s that type of regulation on top of legislation that partially defines “out of control.”


I didn’t ask but I suspect the fine was significant as my neighbor was really, really irritated.  I don’t know why rental companies don’t just register all of their cars for use of HOV lanes but I’m guessing its because the regulations doesn’t allow them to do so en masse (and probably costs money for every car that is registered).

I’m not even sure HOV lanes are legal under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment but that’s another whole can of worms and we’ve got much bigger fish to fry than freeway lane access should anyone care to open that can of whoop-ass.

This is “Stone Cold Steve Austin” trash talking whoop-ass to Donald Trump. Let the record reflect that Steve in now a retired wrestler and Donald Trump is President of the United States.

So that’s my proxy #OpenWhineWednesday gripe. What’s yours?

Oh, and Happy Pi Day! Finally, I thought it would never get here.

wife of pi

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