Thursday, December 8, 2016

Black Ice Avoidance

Winter driving is tough enough without the worry of black ice. Roads covered in snow are challenging, but on most drives we can know what we are dealing with. Black ice, however, is invisible and often appears where it is least expected.
Black ice is not, as the name might suggest, actually black. Although called black, it is its transparency that permits it to blend into the road pavement no matter the type, whether asphalt, concrete or other. It forms when light rain or fog encounters a road surface whose temperature is at or below freezing. Black ice can form suddenly, so it is important to know how to prepare for, detect and handle this type of condition. The big danger behind black ice is that it is very hard to spot. Most people drive right over it, not knowing that it is any different than regular pavement until their vehicle loses traction. IF you were to spot black ice, you would look for very shiny smooth sheets that look like wet, glossy, pavement. Whenever the roads seem to be wet it is important to be vigilant while driving even if they are not frozen!

To help avoid accidents involving black ice, consider these tips:

When can black ice form?

1. The air temperature need not be at or below 32 degrees; only the ground temperature must be at or below freezing.

2. Black ice is more likely to form during rain, fog, and mist in cold weather, when the ground is cold and there is moisture.

3. Black ice can form at any time, but tends to form most in the early morning and evening.

4. Bridges and overpasses ice over before roads do because they do not have the benefit of being surrounded by insulating soil, which can trap warmth. They are entirely exposed to the ambient temperature.

5. Black ice can form at tunnel entrances when there is a water source nearby, such as runoff. Because tunnel interiors are not lit by sun, black ice can form on the pavement within the tunnel if there is a source of water.

6. Black ice can form in the shadows of buildings if the ground temperature is at or below freezing.

7. Black ice can also form when roads are wet, but the temperature suddenly drops.

What are some signs of black ice?

1. Though the environment is wet, no water sprays up from the tires of nearby vehicles.

2. If the pavement shows signs of darker and duller color than other parts of road, there may be black ice.

3. If it is misting or raining, the back of the vehicle mirrors will start to freeze with no notable signs of water dripping off them.

What not to do?

1. Do not brake hard. If there is a concern that black ice exists, slow down and gently apply brakes before approaching an icy patch. Lift the foot off of the accelerator and glide over the ice before braking and accelerating again. You’ve hit black ice and your car is slipping and sliding. You’re first instinct is probably to hit the brakes. NO! The lack of traction on the ice can cause your car to spin out of control when the brakes are pushed. The best method when over black ice is to take your foot off the gas, let your car slow down naturally, and keep your wheel straight in the path you are heading. Basically, the less you do the better!

2. Don’t make any sudden movement, such as turning or changing lanes, which could cause the vehicle to skid.

3. Do not tailgate. Safe following distance is essential to avoiding collisions under black ice conditions. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles while driving. If you or another driver come in contact with black ice and swerve out of control, a collision will be less likely!

4. Avoid the use of cruise control in icy conditions.Cruise control is a wonderful thing on long road trips, right? Not in the ice! Avoid using this popular vehicle feature in any winter weather conditions.

What to do?

1. Evaluate the weather before starting to drive. Understand road conditions before the vehicle moves.

2. Increase the following distance from vehicles ahead. Allow for reaction time and plenty of gentle braking to stop or maneuver safely.

3. Downshift to a lower gear before coming upon black ice.

4. Keep the steering wheel straight. If the vehicle starts to slide, turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid.

5. Evaluate the tires and make sure the tire tread is in good condition. Have the tires and brakes evaluated prior to the winter season and maintain proper tire pressure. If you live in an area that has frequent freezing temperatures throughout the winter months you may want to look into getting snow tires for some extra tread. This will help your car stay in control during both icy and snowy conditions!

6. Drive slow. This may be the most obvious pointer on this list, but definitely be the most helpful! Driving slow will not only help your vehicle stay in control, but will assist in avoiding collisions with other vehicles or objects. By taking your time you will have a better idea of the conditions underneath you on the road. Be patient-Help ensure that you get to your destinations with you and your vehicle in one piece!

7. Use the car thermometer only as a gauge of determining temperature and the risk for black ice, as it might not always be accurate.

8. Wear your seat belt.

9. Drive with low beam headlights even in the daytime to help make your vehicle more visible.

10. Listen to the news and weather forecasts. It’s a good way to hear of icy conditions or even accidents that could indicate icy roads.

11. Remember- If you are ever involved in an accident do not panic! Call the appropriate authorities to assess the well being of everyone involved and any damage that has occurred. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Trinidad's Letter

Dear Son,

I know you may not know it, but one day this pain you will remember. It's hard for you to understand now but because of it you will be a better man. You will remember all the missed birthdays, all the missed Christmas mornings. You will remember the times you looked at the little boys in the park playing basketball with their dads. And because it hurts now it will propel you to be a good man. I see it in you now. How compassionate you are to others. How friendly you are and always wanting to make sure that everyone gets a turn. For you have known the struggle of life not being fair and in your own little world you try every day to make it better for the next person. Even though the person you have missed the most left you waiting and waiting and waiting. I've seen you process this struggle of balancing sadness and glee; of wanting to be angry and yet yearning so much for just a call. I've seen you shrug it off willing to accept the things you can not change and yet still be the bubbly effervescent you that only you can be. Don't ever change, Son. One day you will be a greater man than your father ever was. I hope that you get to have the relationship that you dream of with him. But until then, you have so many people that love you. And even though I may not be able to put you on my shoulders to dunk a basketball or throw a perfect football pass from thirty yards away; I'll never stop trying. I'll never stop watching WWE wrestling matches with you. I'll never stop singing Bruno Mars's songs with you. And I will never ever leave you or stop loving you. 

Love Always,


Monday, August 22, 2016

Smoke Alarms: Asphyxiation is the Leading Cause of Fire Deaths

Smoke Alarms

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually. Home fires can be prevented!
To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors 
  • Test batteries monthly. 
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries) 
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions when installing smoke alarms. 
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake. Open a window or door and press the "hush" button, wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Removing Fire Odor

The odors which permeate fire sites originate in combustion products that were distributed as part of the smoke plume. They deposit as particles that continue to emit odors broadly characterized as “smoky”. The odors are eliminated or substantially abated with removal of fire residues by cleaning, demolition or removing affected items. These deodorization methods are sometime called subtractive because they remove the odor-emitting particles without introducing other odors. In general, subtractive deodorization is preferable because, properly performed, it is permanent and benign in its environmental impact.
 Fire residues vary in intensity, as do the odors they emit. Procedures for removing fire residues and odors range from mild to aggressive, and are limited by the character of the affected surface. For example, textiles for clothing and upholstery tolerate a narrower range of cleaning procedures than wood or porcelain. Silk and wool impose more constraints than nylon. It is an inescapable fact that all surfaces cannot necessarily be freed of all odors. In cases where cleaning is not entirely successful, or not feasible, a variety of supplemental deodorizing procedures are available, employing chemical modification, absorption, encapsulation, and the application of vapors and scents. The effectiveness and permanence of the alternative procedures depends on how well they fit the requirements of the situation and the skill with which they are applied. Effective deodorization requires that remedies be tailored to fit specific problems. Trial and error is often involved, since the perception of odor is subjective and varies from person to person. In addition to generic materials, proprietary products and equipment also provide alternative approaches to odor removal.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Chillin' with Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

If I could time hop and bring back someone from the past to wax philosophical, I'd bring back good ole Winston. Winnie here was good at rallying up the troops and boosting morale. He was an eloquent orator who filled his speeches with inventive word play, alliteration, vivid imagery and metaphors. 

Imagine if you will, prior to tomorrow's NBA finals between the Cleveland Crybabies and the Golden State Warriors, Winston deliver's this speech in regards to the recent terror attacks in Orlando:

 ".......I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering. 

You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is policy. 

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer with one word. It is victory. Victory  at all costs- victory in spite of all terrors - victory, however long and hard and the road may be, for with out victory there is no survival......

.......I take up my task in buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. I feel entitled in this juncture, at this time, to claim the aid of all and to say, 'Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength."

Fuck ISIS.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Underground Economy

Are you affected by the underground economy? This handout was used at the Underground Economy Conference on April 7th of 2016. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones states that “Employers who commit workers’ compensation insurance fraud cheat the system, leaving their employees at risk and their clients vulnerable to financial disaster.”

Fraud is not a victimless crime. Insured workers, families of injured workers, consumers, and businesses who are left in the dust due to unfair competition are all victims when it comes to fraud.

Allied agencies such as the Employment Development Department, Department of Insurance Fraud Division and the Sacramento District Attorney's Office collaborate together in joint investigations.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Lightweight Shade or are they Beefin' ???

KFBK's 3 o'clock on air personality John McGinness blasted the Sacramento Bee for failing to print an article about the 6 year anniversary of the Arden standoff . Ed Fletcher had said that it is going to be in the paper but it had missed the print deadline. John McGinness posted on his website:

"Is it because they have taken issue with current Sheriff Scott Jones for endorsing Donald Trump and running against Democrat Ami Bera for the District 7 congressional seat?"

Like really? This is some serious drama, folks. Ed Fletcher even called in to defend the Sac Bee, but man it was just an awkward 60 seconds of politely disagreeing on air. I could feel that both parties were passionate on their stance. If I could've had them on a celebrity boxing match I would've posted up with my popcorn and paid to see it. This could be bigger than Meek Mill vs. Drake, Kanye vs. Amber Rose, Tyga vs. Mia Isabella (google it)!

John continued to say that the Sacramento Bee doesn't portray the Sacramento Sheriff Department in a positive light, but I think he's just mad because of the the four female sheriff's won $3.5 million against the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

Ed Fletcher's twitter response to John's rant was pretty awesome. 
So I can't wait for what kinda news fight ensues. But, I'll be listening...with popcorn in tow. 

And shout out to this lovely miss Tyler Foggatt for her excellent coverage of our local hero Deputy Orrlando Mayes. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton Can Suck A Fat One

Have you read this article?   Hillary silences Bill's rape victim

Hillary is a candidate who says she is "Pro-Woman" but she is really Pro-Hillary. Read this article : Hillary 'destroyed women so that their stories never saw the light of day'


Emails...What's she hiding?

Hillary Clinton is the living effigy of what is wrong with politicians. 

Fuck her. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Waiting at the DMV

Waiting at the DMV sucks. I usually bring my Kindle with me and of course the one day I need it I left it at home. I wonder how much the DMV employees make? It must be hard dealing with the public but the benefits are awesome I bet. At least at the Roseville office the waiting area chairs are spread far apart so that your not breathing down the neck of the person sitting next to you. The security guard here thinks he's pretty bad ass and  he light weight is flirting with the lady who checks everyone in. The security guard has a pencil thin mustache and whenever he walks the floor his black tennis shoes squeak. Well not really squeak. More like mush. On a side note, I listen to these talk show hosts in the mornings. I've been listening to them for years. Like maybe over a decade. Yesterday, the topic was something race related and they were commenting on how the Indian Tribe's adoption rules need to be changed because sometimes they don't have the child's best interest at heart and sometimes there has been abuse within the tribe. So anyways, they go on about how even if the child is one eighty forth Indian that child is considered Indian and therefore would be subject to the Indian tribal laws. One of the hosts commented and said how stupid that was and said so if I'm part such and such blood I would be considered that race. The line that particularly shocked me was when he said:  so if I am part "enner" blood. ...
What did he mean by saying "N-er" blood? Was he referring to the "N" word? That's how I interpreted it. I was super bummed out. I hate it when you like someone and they end up being racist. So I didn't even get to finish what I needed to do at the DMV because the stupid card reader wouldn't take my pin. How lame is that? I should've brought a good old fashioned check. 

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