High Occupancy Vehicle Parking Only - Sign 10

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 At previous post, we talked about parking for Low Emission Vehicles:

- Special Parking for Low Emission Vehicles - Sign 3

Just couple days ago, I saw another interesting parking sign: High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Parking Only.

What its mean?

Fig 01- Sign for special parking only.

It is a sign which is plotted for vehicles with more than one passenger such as: - big cars

- buses (transit buses)

- big vans.

Two type of HOV parking signs:

1) HOV 2+

- means for 1 driver, and at least one passenger.

2) HOV 3+

- means for 1 driver, and at least two passengers, usually more.

Fig 02- Sky in the city corner, just for illustration

In addition to parking signs, there are also High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in roads and Highways.

Fig 03- Empty parking lot

Not all states uses HOV lanes in the USA. There are 21 states using this kind of lanes. Here they are:

- 1) Arizona; 2) California; 3) Colorado

- 4) Connecticut; 5) Florida; 6) Georgia

- 7) Hawaii; 8) Kansas; 9) Maryland

- 10) Massachusetts; 11) Minnesota; 12) New Jersey

- 13) New York; 14) North Carolina; 15) Ohio; 16) Pennsylvania; 17) Tennesse

-18) Texas; 19) Utah; 20) Virginia; 21) Washington

How about with your places or states or your countries?

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Green Lizard on the Window Screen – Critter 6

Saturday, May 14, 2022

During spring and summer, we always see the green lizards on the our window or door screens.

They seem catch insects fly nearby or crawling on the screens.

Fig 01- Green lizard shedding its skin

We didn’t know where the lizard come from. After observing quite a while, the lizards are living in our backyard.

Our state, Louisiana, has two species of green lizard, they are Green anole and Brown anole:

1) Green anole

- live in tree, able to climb trunks and branches

- we may found on the leaves of flowers.

Fig 02- Garden in the city

Fig 03- Little green lizard on a leaf of the plant

2) Brown anole

- live on the ground

- we never seen this species in our yard.

So far, we found Green anole only in our yards. The lizard also called as false chameleons due to their less able to camouflage.

The size is different between male and female of green lizard (Phil Purser, April 10, 2014: Green Anole Care Sheet):

- maximum size of male is 8 inches (20 cm)

- female could reach 5 inches (13 cm)

Have you seen green lizard in your garden?

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Free Meal Register for Students in Our City – Sign 9

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
We found a sign from an organization, or a company called as “Focus Foods” in side of our daily walking path. The sign is about:
- Register for Free Meals

Fig 01- A sign of Register for Free Meals.

After searching through internet that “Focus Foods” provide retail, catering and delivery services to:

- students (18 years old or younger)

- senior or elderly people.

In case of students, then, our city school system contracted “Focus Foods” to provide and deliver foods to eligible students to all schools under its administration in the city.

Fig 02- Cute dog on the street

Fig 03- Just for illustration

Fig 04- Some foods delivered by Focus Foods to students home

Free meals program to ensure all students get nutritious meals and quality snacks. The students include:

- elementary schools

- middle schools

- high schools

The students who choose to study online, “Focus Foods” will deliver frozen meals to students home. Weekly delivery include:

- seven breakfasts, lunches and dinners

- snacks, milk and juice

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Increasing of Suicide Rate in America

Sunday, May 8, 2022

It is surprisingly that suicide rate is increasing in recent years and a 30-year high in the USA.

Fig 01- Just for illustration (credit to Harvard Health)

In term of number, the suicide is 29,199 persons in 1999, and almost double (42,773 people) in 2014. Trending is continue until recently.

It is equal to 13 people in 100 thousand population. As reported by Tavernise (2016: U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High. The New York Times) that increasing of suicide rate occurs in almost:

- all age groups (25 to 64 years old)

- racial (ethnic group)

- and sexes (both male and female).

Fig 02- Blooming in the spring

Quite surprising that suicide rate among the teenage girls (10 to 14 years old) had been three time higher in 2014 than 1999.

Fig 03- Crowd people, illustration only

Other facts that marriage rate is declining, but divorce rate is increasing. Especially for lower education people. It is believed that divorce may lead to suicide.

Fig 04 – Hibiscus in blooming

Many factors that may cause suicide among others are:

- less education (lower than high school)

- less economic well-being

- hopelessness

- distress due to job lost and financial trouble

Health problems may lead to suicide as well. Several of these problems may include:

- drug overdoses and alcohol poisoning

- liver diseases

- or in-curable chronic diseases.

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Have you Tasted Alligator Meat? - Part 2 – Sgn 7

Thursday, May 5, 2022

You may read previous post (Part 1):

- Have you Tasted Alligator Meat? - Part 1 - Sign 7 | Tanza Erlambang Update 

Fig 01- Alligator filet, sold by Cajun Grocer, Louisiana

Alligator skin is made of keratin, a kind of durable leather. Then the skin is used for exclusive and expensive products such as:

- luggage

- handbags

- shoes

- belts

Fig 02- Seafood market in our city

Habitats of alligators have been attractive sites for ecotourism industry. We may see alligator in areas such as:

- ponds

- lakes

- canals

- rivers

- swamps

- bayous

Fig 03- Sausages sold in the seafood market

You might surprise that alligator meats are sold in the market:

- frozen meat sold in groceries include Walmart

- fresh meat could be found in seafood markets

- I believe you may find frozen meat through online stores

I saw the price for fresh alligator meat in one of seafood market called as Tony’s Seafood:

- tail meat is US$ 10.99 per pound

- whole meat is US$ 6.99 per pound.

Have you Tasted Alligator Meat?

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When Will We Have an Emperor in the Mars? - Part 2

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Fig 01- One of Elon Musk tweets

Elon Musk (the founder, chief designer and CEO) of Spacex, the man who has a dream to be an emperor of red planet in his tweet since several years ago and again and again recently.

Spacex is a private company which has one of its missions to send human on the planet (Mars).

The ambitious schedule that the first human landing in 2016. Quicker than well known agency, NASA proposed.

Fig 02- A walking area, illustration

Fig 03- White azalea flowers

Fig 04- SpaceXStarship (credit to The Daily Express)

In fact, Elon Musk’s Spacex unsuccessful to test its “Straship prototype” several times. The recent failed was last March, 2021.

Next flight tests will be coming soon (next couple months) with new Straship prototype, called as SN 20.

However, Starship is designed to bring crews into Mars. Highly unlikely by 2026, four years from now.

Efforts is continued, and history will prove whether Elon Musk will be emperor or just his dream.

We wait and see!

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How Important to Wash Our Hand – Sign 8

Sunday, May 1, 2022

When I was a kid, I didn't know how important about hand washing. Just told by mom and teachers to prevent spreading of germs.

The following photos are found in the one of hospital toilets.

Fig 01- A lot of germs in the poop

It might be surprising that one gram of poop contains 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) germs.

At least, there are four type of bacteria live in the feces and relate to human health. They are:

- Salmonella

- Shigella

- Vibrio

- Escherichia coli (E. coli)

Fig 02- A restroom in the hospital

I guess you are very familiar with E. coli, because infection of this bacteria makes many produces are recall from market.

Fig 03- Fountain, just for illustration

I watch CNN few days ago that a US company in New Jersey recall raw ground beef about 120 thousand pounds (55 tons).

Fig 04- Ad from CDC to wash your hand

The beef was contaminated by E. coli. The bacteria might come from animal and human waste.

We always get inform this kind of contaminated to other agricultural produces and recall by market. Some of them are:

- eggs

- sprouts

- lettuce

- fruit

- raw milk

- raw flour

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