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December 30, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Banking on that

road sign for runaways truck ramp in Colorado ( Screenshot AAMCO Colorado)

Oh, it is too all connected and makes sense. Keep reading. (Screenshot AAMCO Colorado)

It’s the yearly Limbo Week.

No, not the “how low can you go”.

It’s the leftover week between Christmas and New Years when everyone who knows anything with any company is MIA and all you can get hold of is the second third string substitutes who if you get off customer service script, become deer-in-the headlight individuals – even if it’s over the phone, you can tell….

No wonder people have just become accustomed to just waiting out the remaining days  – not expecting much to be accomplished.

Brains on “please, hold”, twiddling thumbs(battered and bruised thumbs from attempts to find anything actually slightly entertaining on TV),  and over-eating leftover snacks (Hey, can’t let food go to waste)

Stalled, people go into endless looping of “what went wrong last year” leading to overly, optimistic resolutions fast tracking different behavior for a New Year.

Girl with "go fast" drag race flag (image Flickr/Dodge Challenger/

Girl with “go fast” drag race flag. Note the Highway patrol car and officer writing up a ticket…still she smiles? (image Flickr/Dodge Challenger/

However, Hank is using the downtime – as in “down the hall time trials” – as proof “Practice makes perfect.”

You see, we worry about him racing at top speed down the hall, towards a glass door, only to bank left at the last minute using the rug for braking during the turn.

Obviously no matter what customer reviews say, the non-skid pad is only gripping in certain situations….fast moving dog traffic not one of those.

Fish gotta swim and dogs gotta run…

Even if “Baby, it’s cold outside” or stormy weather

Rumpled rug due to dog traffic. (© Image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Appropriate runway construction for rapid transit dog traffic? (© Image)

Hank, being detailed oriented, rounded up His friend Dino to act as a drag race starter who was not too stuffy to roar "Go" but found his arms too short for a flag or scarf drop. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Hank, being detailed oriented, rounded up His friend Dino to act as a drag race starter because he’s not too stuffy to roar “Go” although his arms are too short for a flag or scarf drop. (© image)

rumpled rug from racing dog (© image copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

In science, nothing can be said true unless repeatable. Variables such as speed, length of trial run must be explored and taken into data calculation. More runs necessary for conclusions.(© image copyrighted)

Rug shoved up against door by racing dog. (© image no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Additionally, it has been discovered that the angle and point of launch for left turn rug banking also makes a difference. (© image)

Hank pondering the results of his run time trials on the rug. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Hank pondering the why he can’t manage a double ruffle roll-up with a rug- mat combo.(© image)

Hank the Siberian Husky tired from the day's experiments. You see Dino and rabbit "Baby". Hank is dreaming of sugar chums dancing in his head. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Hank, the Siberian Husky, tired from the day’s runs. You see Dino and the cherished “don’t dare touch my rabbit Baby”. Hank is dreaming of Christmas sugar chums dancing in his head. (© image)

Oh, for those who just can’t let a few giggle be worth a post, here’s some actually useful information

In case your imagination is in limbo, I will jump start it by saying, it is unwise to be on the runaway rug or anywhere between the door and Hank going full speed down the hall headed in your direction.

Cruising’ for a bruisin’, as they used to say

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Drag race scene from Grease, 1978. (image:

Ready to run and bankin’ on being the fastest…Well, the flag girl is bankin’ that the drivers can hold the cars straight. Warning: Dogs move a bit more unpredictably.  (Drag race scene from Grease, 1978 /image:





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  1. Kate Crimmins / Dec 30 2022 8:00 am

    My cats enjoying doing the carpet thing too. I am always amazed that those “stay put” pads don’t stay put under cat traffic.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2022 9:24 am

      Never underestimate the power of The Paw(s)!
      Thanks for chuckling along. Enjoy the end of this year and get ready to roll in the new one!

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  2. shoreacres / Dec 30 2022 8:41 am

    There are a couple of those runaway ramps out in the hill country, along the ‘Medina Mountain’ roads. They’re not as well constructed and not as long, but they’d do for a BlueBell truck that lost its brake, or a biker who miscalculated. If nothing else, they say “Why, sure, your highway department cares about you!”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2022 9:30 am

      A bit of proactive action – Hadn’t noticed those TX ramps, but will look for them now. Quite interesting engineering thought goes into those life savers. Math and commonsense in action…both so under appreciated recently
      Good suggestion for New Year’s resolutions?
      Onward through the fog ( and I hope that lifts soon…all interpretations…)
      Thanks for adding an elevated braking comment

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  3. sustainabilitea / Dec 30 2022 8:57 am

    I wouldn’t want a truck to have to use one of the those ramps (and I can imagine how it must damage the truck) but the alternative is much, much worse! Too many of those trucks are going too fast as well, as many do on other highways under all conditions.

    Happy 2023!


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  4. disperser / Dec 30 2022 9:49 am

    I look forward to the Running Hank Ramp at the side of the door.

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  5. SusanR / Dec 30 2022 10:24 am

    Of course there’s a glass door there. Wouldn’t be a challenge for Hank otherwise. He’s practicing his drift.

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  6. robstroud / Dec 30 2022 1:08 pm

    I love the runway construction analogy. We’ve got several of them in our house too. Oh, the joy these canines bring to our lives!

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  7. Littlesundog / Dec 30 2022 6:20 pm

    Always something new – every one of our kids has a different style. Hank’s a gem. Happy New Year to you – hope it’s a beautiful weekend for you!

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  8. Anne Mehrling / Dec 30 2022 7:05 pm

    My eyes aren’t the best, but I suspect the runaway rug is oriental, since Hank got oriented. Love your puns and enjoyed reading about Hank.

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  9. cat9984 / Dec 31 2022 5:06 pm

    He looks so sweet laying there.


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