It Wasn’t Us

Although if you got just the partial details off the radio or where ever, you might have thought it could have been:

From the Aiken Standard
Man dies, wife injured in wreck on Banks Mill

An Aiken man died Sunday after he and his wife were struck while riding a tandem bicycle along Banks Mill Road.

Gerald Hooker, 68, was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers around 3:52 p.m., where he was pronounced dead, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Hooker?s wife, who was not named, was also transported to Aiken Regional and released with minor injuries.

Hooker and his wife were riding a tandem bicycle north on Banks Mill Road when the two were struck by a vehicle while attempting to make a left turn onto Lone Oak Drive, Carlton said.

The vehicle, a 2009 Ford driven by Whitney Duncan, 23, of Aiken, was attempting to pass them, Carlton reported.

A stretch of Banks Mill Road was closed to through traffic Sunday while emergency crews responded to and handled the scene of the traffic fatality.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is to do the follow-up investigation.

Gerald Hooker is scheduled for autopsy today in Newberry.

This is the first traffic fatality in Aiken County in 2012.

Donna and I were actually out bike riding yesterday afternoon, on our single bikes, a couple hours earlier and on the opposite side of town.

You hate to think that every time you go for a bicycle ride you are taking your life in your hands, but in a way you are. Then again, everytime you go for a drive in your car, you are risking death as well.

It would be interesting to see what the statistical rate of death by auto for adult cyclists per miles ridden versus the same for driving….

They Still Make Those?

Why yes they do, but they are getting harder to find every day.

Yesterday one on the setup guys from the shop floor came in looking for something for his counterpart on third shift. Not too long ago everyone had some lying around in spite of the Valve Store’s(TM) network. In the last several years when a new PC was purchased here at the plant they didn’t even have a slot on the front for them anymore. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about a 1.44M 3-1/2″ floppy disk.

Of the nearly 30 CNC machines we have on the manufacturing floor, only the four HAAS Mini Mills are not connected to the wireless DNC system for transferring programs back and forth, they still rely on the sneakernet.

No one in the office had one laying around and while they used to always have a box in the office supply cabinet, there hasn’t been any in there in quite a while. We looked on line at a couple of office supply places and a search for “floppy disk” pulled up plenty of labels and mailers for such a thing, but it didn’t return any actual disks. We did find some for sale at Walmart and Best Buy, but they are not authorized suppliers for our company. Finally someone in purchasing found a supplier and they deliver. $6 for 50.

That reminds me, I have a bunch of those disks here at home and now that I have the new Inspron 620 sans floppy drive, no way to read them…

Started up, went down, still down.
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