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Urban Congestion

We often make references to congestion on highways especially in major urban areas. Its traffic, it takes longer, it requires patience.

Although the photo is slightly out of focus, you can see that The Colonel travelled 29 kms at an average speed of 27 kph it took over 1 hour. The fuel economy was 15.1 L/100 kms...yes also a little chilly outside at minus 9 C.

There are sound bites about self driving cars, fuel economy, winter tires, and so on and on. Having to endure congestion is part of the urban reality these days. Do we really focus on how much time, and resources are wasted in dealing with congestion?

There are hundreds or is it thousands of vehicles/drivers enduring the same situation on that specific highway, at that time. Obvious there are several other highways/roads that are also congested.

As you sit in a car dealing with congestion its easy to immediately think about AV's (autonomous vehicles) that would make it more productive (on the premise that you could be doing something else). Then the thought goes to "Are we really on the cusp of having full on AV's?" and as you continue to crawl "Don't think so" immediately comes to mind.

Even as CES is going strong in Las Vegas and AV's are navigating parking lots, for some reason AV's in winter in Canada...perhaps its not a done deal just yet.

In the meantime we endure congested highways, poor usage of time, and resources (gasoline).



Saddleback Leather - 5 Year

Time is the great equaliser for everyone, and seems to incrementally increase in velocity.

The Saddleback Leather briefcase is 5 years old, looks brand new with additional patina from the years of use. Yes...its a luxury tool, exclusive, continues to attract attention especially at airport security.

Luxury tool? Yes...with the current exchange from CDN to US money. You pay a premium to have a briefcase that is unique, versatile, useful, endures abuse, and looks new.

Where has it been this past year? Well...its been to Texas twice guess it tried to get close to its origins. Continues to travel in Canada, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatechewan.

How does it travel? By car, SUV, planes, it would be interesting to see how many kilometers it travels in a years.

After 5 years The Colonel does not travel anywhere without the Saddleback briefcase.

What does it carry? The usual staples of business travel, laptop, smart devices, camera, writing instruments, change, writing pad, memory sticks, keys, to name a few. Its the large version and well loaded every time.

Every inside pocket is used and has its own function, one is for change in a plastic bag when dealing with airports security, another is for spare business cards, another for the wallet  and writing instruments, another for earplugs, spare batteries. The inside laniard is great for memory sticks - VPN key - car keys.

Still gets shoved under airplane seats on a regular basis.