Friday, January 28, 2011


Do you remember your first day at John Tyler? What was it like? What were your worries or concerns that day? I'd love to hear about it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cookie or the Corn


If you didn’t know by now cookie season has arrived once again.  Meaning Girl Scout Cookies.  As all of us are probably excited about this, there is a question that’s come ashore that probably hasn’t been touched on.  Here it is:
Is a person bound to buy more cookies because they’re “good” or is it because a cute little girl is selling them?
How about a switch of senerios.  What if a Boy Scout came to your door and wanted you to buy popcorn, since the Boy Scout’s seller is popcorn.
Are people less likely to buy popcorn because they don’t like it, or because a boy is selling it?
It’s pretty evident that Girl Scout cookies are more popular than Boy Scout popcorn.  So is it the little girl with her curls and smiles that makes these Girl Scout cookie sales higher than the Boy Scout popcorn sales?  Or is it because the cookies are a taster treat than the popcorn?
 So, what are your thoughts on this?  Are you at all bias towards the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts?  If so, why?
-Kyle Rudnick
-Megan Way

Friday, January 21, 2011

Around We Go

Scenario: I’m driving on Monument Avenue towards the city in the right lane.  A burgundy red Ford Explorer is driving in front of me going around 27 or 28 mph.  We’re driving along when we hit the intersection of Monument and N. Allen Ave.  That’s the large multi-lane roundabout or traffic circle with the Robert E. Lee statue in the middle.  Well, I switch to the left lane before hand, because I plan on passing him after the roundabout.  So as we enter the circle, I keep straight and so does the Ford.  As I continue going straight, the Ford starts to shift to the left as though he is turning.  Both of us immediately slam on our breaks because he was about to hit my front right end.  He gets out of the car and starts cursing and complaining about how I should have turned left instead of keeping straight.  Well, of course I drive around him because I don’t care to start a scene with this guy.

This is just one "roundabout" scenario.  I am constantly running into people who don’t know how to drive in a roundabout.  Some don’t yield, others switch lanes in the circle, and I’ve even seen a few people stop and back up.  I know that in Richmond there aren’t many roundabouts, so it isn’t really critical to know how to drive in one.  Not to say that people don’t know how to drive in one, but to say that there are some who still don’t know how to.

Let me ask you something.  If you were to drive in a roundabout, would you know how to properly enter and proceed in one?

The answer is Yes, because I know you paid close attention in Drivers Ed. Class.  But for those of you who “forgot” about the rules, allow me to briefly review.

First, you must always yield before entering the circle.

If you intend on turning right or remaining straight, keep in the right lane.

If you intend to either keep straight, turn left, or make a U-Turn, keep in the left lane.

Never back up or stop in a roundabout, except in special circumstances (ie. an accident). 

Below are pictures from the Washington State Department of Transportation:



I hope that this was a good reminder.  Just keep one more thing in mind, when driving through a circle, watch out for pedestrians, I’ve come across one or two incidences where somebody’s been hit by a car.

I’m open to any questions, comments, stories, etc.  Thanks, and enjoy the weekend!

-Kyle Rudnick

Pictures: WSDOT

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Hello! That seems like a good word to start off our first blog with. I'm Kyle and I'm Megan. We're both super excited to be continuing the blog that Heather and Annemarie started. Below are some profiles that we wrote to introduce ourselves: