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May 19, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Roadies and neatniks

Nothing like summer to inspire Shark Tank worthy new products.

Who hasn’t been there. So annoying to be stuck on a narrow 2 lane highway behind a massive 18 wheeler or monster bus.

Fret, curse, or risk desperate wobbling back and forth in the lane no more. Stop terrifying passengers.

Forget insisting the one in the front passenger’s seat lean out the window at the next curve and tell you what’s in front of the truck.

Avoid “that look” when you make the perfectly sane suggestion of holding a mirror out the passenger’s window at arm’s length to check out the road ahead.

Truck with wide cargo. (Glyn Baker/Geog. project/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“NOOOO! Now we’ll never get there before dark.” If you look really close, you can see the 3rd car back has stopped along the side of the road and the driver is banging his head against the ground. (Glyn Baker/Commons.wikimedia.org)

What if those huge vehicles sported a high quality camera on the front of their rig which relayed images of the road ahead to big screen on the vehicle’s back?

Just like seeing through a hole in the truck.

Big red letters could even flash: “Go Now!” like the sports arena screens. Talk about cheering.

If the traffic/road conditions were simply too bad and there was no point in passing the large barge ahead of you, perhaps the truck’s jumbo back screen could offer entertainment like cartoons (Road Runner?)

How about music videos with sing along words with a bouncing ball?

During long stretches of road construction, a perhaps flashing a helpful message on the big screen like “Your tax dollars at work. Here’s the contact information to tell those decision makers responsible exactly how you feel about this mess today.”

Even the sharks would be driven to giggle.

Solutions for everyday problems seem to find Shark Tank an easy swim.

Do you think this new service, Fold, would sink or float?

The premise: People are busy. The laundry gets washed, but who has time to fold and put it all away properly? Clothes are piled on chairs, stacked on tables, or become ghosts on door knobs. Kids grow up thinking it’s normal to dig through the clothes in the dryer to find something to wear.

The company’s solution: pay us and we’ll neatly fold your laundry, and put it where it belongs. Even organize clothes/shoes in closets or drawers. For a mere $30.00 and hour – less if you sign up for weekly or monthly visits.

“Houston company tackles your pile of clean laundry”

It’s neat all right, but really?

Can’t wait to hear Mr. Wonderful on this one. (“10 Kevin O’Leary Quotes Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From”)

Ready to see how these stack up.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

car and trailer. Buick Roadmaster with travel trailer. (Slauger/Commons.wikimedia.org)

During road trips, the only thing my dad hated more than being stuck behind a big truck was being stuck behind a slow car and a trailer…or worse, a whole line of sight-seeing drivers with travel trailers. They really do make mirrors on telescoping sticks, you know. (Classic: Buick Roadmaster with travel trailer. Slauger/Commons.wikimedia.org)

 

 

 

 

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23 Comments

  1. sustainabilitea / May 19 2017 6:38 am

    It was worse in the “old days” when we were all driving on two-lane roads. Interstates help that…unless it’s orange barrel season and it seems the entire highway is only one lane. Getting stuck behind an enormous RV in a place where the road is winding or hilly or both is the ultimate in terrible. You can’t see around them, there’s nowhere to safely go by even if you could, and they’re usually going slowly. When we drove to Philadelphia from Chicago recently, most of I-80 in Indiana was under construction and it took quite a lot longer than usual.

    But it could get even more interesting/worse. My husband read that the self-driving trucks will be three or four units long. Imagine trying to pass one or to merge!!

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2017 8:05 am

      Oh, the delight of routes on 4 lane/interstate highways…which are now narrowed with those dreaded orange barrels. There’s never enough junk food or bathrooms available.
      The late snowfall in the west/CO. would make spring trips more complicated/interesting this year.(Sigh)
      Along with self driving massive truck trains, here they tried to jam down our throats massive massive multilane new super roads – with additional lanes either in the middle or on either side just for self driven trucks with multiple trailers from southern US border to northern border…and want to land grab historic family ranch lands to build it (by a Mexican contract company). “It would be so much safer to have designated lanes”, they shouted!…and then they would insist we all ride in self driven cars…so much safe-ish, too.
      Time to get a horse and a motorcycle? Thanks for leaving a comment ion this route

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      • sustainabilitea / May 19 2017 8:45 am

        Although I can see the usefulness of self-driving cars for some people (older people who can no longer drive, etc.), I’m not really excited about them and I think the horrific possibilities of someone hacking the system are too high.

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  2. shoreacres / May 19 2017 6:40 am

    I WANT that Buick with its matching trailer. Now.

    As for traffic issues, it occurred to me the other day that we’re also being overrun with people who don’t understand the courtesy move to the side of the road to allow a faster driver to pass on a two-land. They don’t do it, and even worse, they don’t take advantage of it when offered. I learned it early, along with the steering wheel wave, and it’s always fun to get the wave or the flash of lights from the F150 whose driver suddenly is thinking, “My goodness — it’s another Texan.”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2017 6:58 am

      Can’t get much cooler than that pair. Would really make the journey the important part.
      I think “Drive friendly” went out with the “Don’t litter” as so many “new” people moved in from out of state. Some traditions are worth keeping – especially the move right – even on the shoulder if you’re holding up traffic. Still happens in a lot of rural areas and small towns.
      Count the license plates. I had forgotten mow’s ploy to get us to learn states and capitols. We had a map and checked off ones we spotted. Never got Hawaii.Alaska (thanks to one uncle), but not Hawaii. When they became states, the game reached another level.
      A real Texas road salute for pulling over to chat.
      (and restlessness persists…)

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  3. easyweimaraner / May 19 2017 6:58 am

    that was the nucclear meltdown for my dad too… and our small freddy ford wasn’t strong enough for crazy passing maneuvres :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:21 am

      Worse case scenario was heavy traffic, hot weather and no car AC, and only a little time before sun set. Brother and I were in charge of putting up the tent – not fun in the dark…and you couldn’t see if that was a rock or dirt you were trying to hammer the tent stake into. We were sure the skunks were watching and laughing at us. HAHA
      Thanks for rolling by with a comment. (Will be over to your place shortly – break in rain and Molly can only cross her legs so long…)

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  4. pensitivity101 / May 19 2017 7:01 am

    Oh yeah, being stuck behind ‘shed’ (caravan) pullers sucks. What is worse though is being behind FOUR HGVs in convoy going up a 1 in 6 gradient hill, nowhere to pass, and only having a little car with less than a 1000cc engine! 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:15 am

      Sometimes there would be passing lanes on the downside of mountain roads, but the problem was the big trucks that struggled up hill, zoomed like race cars down hill. Vacation road races. Blankets over kids’ heads are quite reasonable HAHA
      Thanks for traveling over to leave a comment

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  5. D. Wallace Peach / May 19 2017 8:28 am

    I have to say that I also get a little impatient when I’m at the end of the “parade” especially when the parade is moving about 15 miles per hour below the speed limit. *Groan.*

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:12 am

      Sightseers on parade are bad enough here (a resort/boating area) in nice weather and during the summer, but in the mountains, they are excruciating. I remember once when a kid in the Smokey Mts, brother and I actually got out of the car because we were going so slow, went in a got coke/ice cream and then went back out, walked a short way and got back in the car. Dad never went that route again. Not the type of memory you really plan for on vacation HAHA
      Thanks for adding a comment of misery!

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      • D. Wallace Peach / May 22 2017 8:20 am

        That’s so funny! And excruciating! The twisty roads here are killers. You get stuck behind a slow vehicle and there is nothing you can do.

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  6. Kate Crimmins / May 19 2017 3:10 pm

    That Buick with matching trailer is very cool! I wouldn’t mind being in back of that for a while. Better driving it though.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:06 am

      You’re right. With the radio on loud. It is road trip season. Sigh.
      Thanks for steering a comment this way

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  7. The Coastal Crone / May 19 2017 3:53 pm

    Stay safe out there!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:06 am

      Ah, if only. Currently just daydreaming. So ready to get away. Sigh
      Thanks for packing a comment into this bin

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  8. Carrie Rubin / May 19 2017 4:39 pm

    A big yea to the flashing truck sign that tells us when we can pass, but a nay to the laundry folders. That one’s a bit creepy!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:04 am

      Creepier than clowns!
      Is this a case of creating a product you didn’t know you needed? Mom who worked always piled our clean laundry on top of the large flat freezer and told us we had X amount of time to pick it up and put it away “Or else…” We never found out what or else was…One did not question…
      Thanks for folding in a comment

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  9. islandeditions / May 19 2017 6:23 pm

    I wish my trailer and car had matching paint. 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2017 8:00 am

      Should I forward that to members of the art car community here?…they have a little experience in vehicle painting HAHA
      We’ve actually been looking at small trailers for maybe summer trips. Pacific NW looks good – with all the sailing around BC/small islands. Molly says Key West is too hot – and she has already called shotgun seat. (The cat is less enthused).
      (Thought you might find this intriguing British researchers are working with Zika virus and brain cancer in Humans…virus affects adult cell differently. We’ll see..)

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      • islandeditions / May 22 2017 10:13 am

        Interesting! Thanks for that … both the paint job and Zika update.

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  10. Amy / May 24 2017 2:25 pm

    I love the idea of the camera in the front of the truck with the screen hanging on the back. Of course, that would open them up to liability suits. What if the image got delayed? Yikes, didn’t see that one coming.

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