July 24, 2014

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The Insect Photography Of Al Popil

Hi Don, Some insects from around Akinsdale. Al.

 
Leafcutter Bee
A Leafcutter bee uses its mandibles to create a larger opening in a patio deck where she will tunnel to bare her young.
 
Orb Spiders
Baby Orb spiders play on a web. The spiders are about the size of a period in a newspaper.
 
Hover Fly
A Hover fly prepares to "taste" the stamen on a flower. The flower is about the size of a dime.


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SUBJECT: SMART City

* Any idea to improve traffic jams on the Trail would be more than welcome.

Yesterday just before noon I left our home in Forest Lawn off Falstaff onto Hebert and west to the Trail. To my left, traffic was backed up all the way across the overpass that crosses the Henday as far as I could see. I made the right onto the Trail and when I got past St. Albert Dodge signalled to turn left into the street between the Husky and Boston Pizza. Traffic southbound on the Trail was backed up as far as I could see to the north beyond the hill by Green Grove Drive. I waited a very long time before some kind soul finally stopped in one lane which caused cars in the other two lanes to stop and allow me to make the left turn.

After gassing up, I tried to leave the Husky via the Trail exit and traffic was still clogged as far as I could see to the north. After a shorter wait, a lady in a van in the right lane stopped and allowed me to turn right into traffic. I then had from there to Hebert to try and cross three lanes to get into the left turn lane. Each lane change required me to signal, then stop and wait until someone allowed me to get into the next lane to return home on Hebert. This was repeated three times and further held up traffic.

The situation is simply unacceptable. Traffic on the Trail is far too busy to have the left turn lane constriction policy in effect.

Any dummy who uses the trail can plainly see it is creating a traffic nightmare.

The thing is that there is not a single person in charge of traffic at the city of St. Albert smart enough to see the monster they have created.

All this to keep bad drivers from running amber lights. Let 'em crash I say and let the rest of us get back to normal.

Grrrrrr.


* Head Honcho : Same thing happened to me on Saturday when I had my propane tank refilled there. If someone wouldn't have stopped to let me in, I might still be there.

Just wait a few years when the developments north and north west of the Hospital are completed, add in the developments in south Morinville and area and that section from Hebert/Trail to Trail/Boudreau will test all drivers patience.

Solution?

Well there are the standard default answers like Carpool, Transit, Business opening hours staggered and so on. But let's face it, there is no answer as we are resistant to accept any of those. Work from home, move closer to your work if you work outside of St.Albert are possible solutions.

I highly doubt the city will realize it is ruining the quality of life by plowing ahead with more and more residential development.

Perhaps a policy is needed that the city of St. Albert will not contribute to gridlock by only hiring those who live within city limits. I think we need someone to work up a plan on that.


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The Back Pew

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A pastor's wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the pastor's family expanded; so would his paycheck.

After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the pastor's expanding salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the pastor's additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost.

After listening to them for about an hour, the pastor rose from his chair and spoke, "Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us." Silence fell over the congregation.

In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, "Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers."

The entire congregation said, "Amen."

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* Lawsuit: NYPD keeps asking to see my dead husband.

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Almost Half The World Actually Prefers Instant Coffee

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Americans’ taste in coffee might be getting more high-end—with a growing fixation on perfectly roasted beans, pricier caffeinated concoctions, and artisan coffee brewers—but it turns out a surprisingly big part of the world is going in the opposite direction: towards instant coffee.

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