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Washington State Traffic Radio Stations

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

When driving along the interstate it is not uncommon to see a blue sign with yellow lights on top, which says to tune into a certain radio station, should the yellow lights be flashing. Their purpose is to alert drivers to weather and traffic situations. The other day I emailed the Washington State Department of Transportation for a list of all of the radio stations they use, so that I can preset them on my car radio. Ron Vessy emailed me back a document called HAR locations, which is a map showing the WSDOT Highway Advisory Radio locations. Since I normally drive along I-405 and my longer drives generally include the Western half of I-90 and I-82 the two radio stations I need to be concerned about are 530 AM and 1610 AM. Sure, I could have programmed them while on the road, but officially asking should be safer.

Categories: Organizations, Travel

I think the Puyallup fair doesn’t want more visitors

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday Amanda and I decided to go to the Puyallup fair. We left Kirkland at 2:30 and made it to the parking lot at 5:20. Normally it takes about 50 minutes to drive between here and there, but there was a lot of traffic. Then when we made it there we had to wait in a slow moving queue to purchase tickets. We finally made it into the fair a little before six. The whole time we were slowly crawling along in traffic I was thinking about how the Puyallup fair would try to do more about the traffic situation. For one thing, they seriously need a light dedicated to the Golden Gate parking lot. Having really bad traffic means that less people will be coming to the fair, and it also means that people will have less time to spend money at the fair. Surely the fair organizers want more people to come and be able to spend more time at the fair.

When we made it inside the fair my thinking started to change. The fair grounds where packed; they were really packed. I think that the fair organizers don’t care about getting more people in because what would they do with more people. There were queue’s for everything. It took us forty minutes to get two hamburgers. We spend most of the evening standing in a queue. The only place were we weren’t standing in a queue was when we were looking at all of the award winning displays; which is kind of what you pay to into the fair for in the first place.

I still think that Puyallup should do a better job at getting people in and out of the fair. Especially with the nightmare we had getting out of their last night.

Categories: Travel

Disneyland has quick queues

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I know that Disneyland is infamous for having long queues for rides. I remember years ago when we were at Disneyland as a family that we would spend hours in some of the queues. I also remember when we would get near the ride that I would think that they weren’t loading the cars as fast as they could. Sometimes it was because of some park visitors had physical trouble getting in or out of cars, but most of the time it seemed like the process wasn’t as streamlined as it could be. Most of the time it seemed like the queues were never advancing, and we were more standing around than advancing in a queue.

Last week Amanda and I were at Disneyland with my family, and while we still had to wait in some long queues they tended to move quickly. I was honestly impressed with how the queues were generally always moving (Grizzly River Run being the exception). Then when it was time to load onto the car it was usually a quick process. Plus when we were on the ride I noticed how it seemed like the cars were packed tighter. Not more people per car, but more cars per foot of track. I remember when I was little how it was rare to see the boat in front of you in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Now, they’re packed so tight you can see four boats in front of you. I honestly think that Disneyland made a conscious effort to find ways to make it possible to allow for more people per attraction per hour. I was honestly quite impressed.

There was much less standing around in a never ending queue this trip to Disneyland than there was ten years ago. Thank you Disneyland.

Categories: Travel