Monday, April 30, 2012

The Way The Game Is Played

Candidates campaigning in churches is bound to make the populace cynical.  It could also be a major reason why so many people stay home on election day.  Alas, making the church rounds is a common politico tactic.  What I find more distasteful is them showing up to funeral gatherings.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Reading Material

The April edition of In Laredo is out.  I especially found the article about concert promotion (page 24) at the LEA interesting.  The writer ponders whether rock acts will return to Laredo given our propensity for being last-minute ticket buyers.  And now that we have no radio station that caters to rock music, the chances of promoting such a show are now slimmer.

One thing that won't change is that we will always wait to buy our tickets at the last minute.  And by we I mean the people who enjoy rock concerts.  We're not special in that way as other cities have to put up with the same practice, but we take it to another level.  The only thing that I would add to the story is that perhaps the rock enthusiasts in Laredo are not the problem but instead the venue(s) available.   

UPDATE: August 11, 2016.

I'm including a photo of a ticket stub from 1999.  Fastball played at a club on Santa Maria Ave.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bucket Brigade

Raising funds for a good cause at the corner of McPherson and Shiloh.

UPDATE:  Done for the day.  It was a learning experience.  My legs are feeling it right now so excuse me while I go procure some Advil.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Friday Mash-Up

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

More to come.


The new issue of LareDOS is not up on the interwebs yet, but you can pick up a copy at participating outlets.  That is if you want to read the sordid details of Sara Jo Davila's complaint against Frank Sciaraffa.
Sara Jo stared at him and Sciaraffa said, "Don't worry.  You know I'll always take care of you."  Commissioner Sciaraffa began to fondle Sar Jo's breasts and then put his hand on Sara Jo's head and said, "Look, I haven't had any in a long time."  Sara Jo said, "No, Frank!"
LareDOS also has a story on the Bethany House vintage store where you can make donations.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bass And Buckets

Pro8news told me that Falcon Lake has been named the best spot for bass fishing by Bassmaster Magazine.  Good for themThe lake has always been popular, but the good press doesn't hurt, especially when municipalities are scrounging for money.  But check out the actual write-up.  The review includes a red flag or two.
Falcon is without a doubt your best shot at a 10-pounder, but it has also gained a reputation as a good place to be, well, shot.
Did I mention that Falcon Lake is number 1?

On another note, I'll be helping out the South Texas Food Bank this Saturday as they collect money with buckets.  The first person who can guess which intersection I'll be manning will get a box of donuts.  Good luck!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Am Keyrose: Hear Me Roar

Recently I've thought about setting up a new tab under the masthead entitled, About Me.  You would see it alongside the other three tabs already in place.  In the new tab I would include a detailed explanation of the events that led me to become "Laredo's Most Imposing Blogger."  But in thinking of pouring out my life's story to my adoring fans, it dawned on me that the practice would only serve to bore mankind.  You see, readers, my life is pretty humdrum and not the glamorous life that one thinks it to be.

Take last night, for instance.  I was in no mood to visit my mother even though she benefits from company.  (Who wouldn't benefit from Keyrose's company?)  I was lacking in energy, and all I wanted to do was go home to do nothing and think nothing.  But my intuitive wife didn't give in to my lethargy so quickly.  She proposed bringing my mother over for dinner, that way we could spend time together while I lazed around like a shifty bum.  Inspiration struck and the dinner table would have an extra place mat this school night.

Having the good fortune of having more than the adequate number of cable channels at my disposal, I settled on the movie, "The Way We Were," on TCM.  I know what you're thinking:  this is a chick flick that no man should have to sit through.  But as part host, I thought it would be a nice gesture towards the female contingent of my dinner party.  I didn't really care what was on anyway.  Like Rob on "High Fidelity" said, "I just want something I can ignore."  And yesterday was Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday, so it all made sense. 

So there we are, chatting up the day's events in between scenes and waiting for the evening's main course.  Overall it was a soothing night in the barrio.  The only defeat was knowing in my heart of hearts that I would never have a nice enough haircut as Robert Redford's.  Alas, some things are unattainable. 

This is only a brief glimpse into my life.  While others are attending token Laredo Heat games, or stumbling upon peculiar public happenings, I'm nestled safe in my comfort zone, classic Streisand movie viewing notwithstanding.  I really hope this doesn't make you think less of me.  I'm a blogger, but I'm a person first.  The only thing we can all do is get on with our lives the best way we can.

If there's anything I want you to take away from this is that you should 'talk it out before you walk it out.'
Cheers, friends.

More Violence In Nuevo Laredo

When we're told that mutilated bodies found in plastic bags are not cartel-related, or that a car bomb is an isolated incident, it's natural for us to scoff.  We've grown accustomed to attribute any heinous act of violence to those who are connected to the drug trade and have turfs to protect.  But to relate any wrongdoing to an organized crime syndicate is hasty and careless. 

To deny that cartels are responsible for the waves of violence along the Mexican border would be ludicrous, but we can't let our rush to judgement reach the level of punchline.  When Sgt. Sifuentes of "Bordertown: Laredo," or any of his colleagues, uttered the words "cartel-related" on the A&E series, it almost seemed like a running joke.  The thieves were busted, the case solved, and an obligatory shout-out to the cartels was proclaimed.  They seemed steadfast in their assertion, leaving us only to wonder if it was all done out of habit. 

Now a car bomb, and mass killings leave little to the imagination but who's to say that these aren't the workings of some lone nut, or a group of individuals out to prove a point.  Remember when Betty Flores implied that those who were kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo had ties to drug runners?
During her appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, she suggested that those who have been kidnapped were not everyday tourists and somehow involved in the drug trade.
Surprise, surprise, a backlash followed. 

Cartels could've been responsible, but it also could've been that somebody was making the most of the circumstances gripping the city.  A car explodes and we immediately think cartel.  The public is scared already so they're not going to get involved in pointing fingers.  And those charged with protecting the citizenry probably don't have the time to investigate every event in what now has resulted in daily chaos.  Everybody points to the boogeyman while a copycat could be getting away with murder, literally. 

Whomever is carrying out these acts of violence seems nearly negligable at this point.  Life is different and those responsible for making us live in fear are anonymous.  That leaves the door open for anyone to do as they please with little consequence, if at all.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Walking Improves Brain Power

This is reassuring.  The trick is not getting hit by a bus.
Exercise though seems to slow or reverse the brain’s physical decay, much as it does with muscles. Although scientists thought until recently that humans were born with a certain number of brain cells and would never generate more, they now know better.
If walking, jogging, and bicycling can help my cognitive faculties in my golden years, then I need to get new headbands.  What I need to find out is how exercise affects my seasonal allergies.  It seems with every new spring my reaction to trees blooming get worse.  There is such a thing as exercise-induced anaphylaxis, but I've never noticed rashes or bouts of nausea after I work out.

Physical activity is said to improve one's immune response but I have to maintain some type of constant exercise regimen early next year to conduct my own Laredo pollen case study.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Beautifully Yellow

The members of BOLAS (blogs of laredo advancement studies) have lamented the desecration of our local neighborhoods by those who dump tires, trash and used furniture all willy-nilly like.  Add stray dogs, junked cars and sneakers hanging from power lines to the mix and it's a virtual free-for-all.  But just when we thought we had seen it all, something new emerges:  pee in plastic bottles.

This (most imposing) blogger thought this sort of renal litter was reserved for the open ranges of Bob Bullock Lp., next to the houses that start in the 190s, but lo and behold, it seems that urine-filled throwaways have infiltrated the barrio -- and all right before the May primaries no less!!!

I would be outraged if I didn't compost my own urine.  But to scatter these urinals haphazardly like this is just disrespectful.  Be good to the barrios and dispose of your electrolytes properly.  If not for me, then for the dogs that might drink this stuff.

Earthy Day Stuff

Check this out.  (Enlarge, please)

It looks like one of Councilman Perez's neighborhoods (Heights) is going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to recycling.  And because of that, they (Heights) are getting newfangled collection bins to throw their paper, cardboard and plastics in. 

As you can see in the picture provided by the city, Mr. Perez poses with a registered voter eco-conscious citizen (from the Heights) to kick off the campaign of providing more bins for the public (Heights).  I applaud them (Heights) for their efforts and commitment.    

But fear not, for the bins might be available to you too (and not only the Heights).  You can reach city staff to take part in the pilot program.  Just check out the information below.

This blogger (in the Chacon) wants a blue bin.  I promise I'll take care of it.

Info. courtesy of the City of Laredo

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Marketing, Stupid

But it's for the other team!!!!!!!!!!

A .385 batting average.  That's great.  Pencil me in for those three games so I can go see the Lemurs be humiliated.  Note to self:  don't forget paper bag.

Presser courtesy of local sports organization that's used to marketing in the Bizarro World

Menso, Not Mensa

No matter how much Laredo moves forward, certain stories will keep making headlines.  It's inevitable.  Fifty years from now we'll still be hearing accounts of 8-liner busts, prostitution stings on San Bernardo, another Frank Sciaraffa lawsuit, and babies left inside hot cars by their parents -- that last point being the subject of this post.  Yes, readers, another parent thought if was OK to leave his infant child in a locked car while he went to run an errand nearby, and for that, he's our choice for Menso, Not Mensa
Martinez had returned to the jail Wednesday to pick up his property.  A news release states that he posted bail Monday on charges of assault on a public servant, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and jumping bail.
One bad mistake after another with this genius.  He was already in trouble and then he goes and pulls the old baby-in-a-hot-car stunt.  Perfect! 

Congratulations, Noe Martinez.  You're our knucklehead of the week.  Enjoy your jumpsuit.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I saw this beagle taking a load off yesterday between two gasoline pumps.  I figured the heat was too much for him to bear.  As I was filling up, I noticed that he would lift his head as if he were startled.  He would look back and then lay his head down again.  A friend thought that somebody probably dumped him there, and that when he looked up, he was actually hoping to see his owner return.  Given this city's problem with strays, hopefully this dog was just out cruising the south side scene.

New Campaign Tools

This could be a sign that this young man has become jaded early on, or that he's really perceptive when it comes to local politics.
"It's more of a popularity contest than anything else. It's become a 'who's who' of Laredo families and not so much a 'who's what'."
Social media outlets can be useful, but they're meaningless if the public thinks poorly of the whole political process, and one's intentions for running.  Wanting to be the voice for the people is one thing.  Actually carrying out those duties is another. 

The younger crop of potential candidates will be more willing to embrace Facebook and Twitter, but will they get too complacent and hide behind these new mediums?  At some point, they're going to have to convince the public that running for office is not some type of self-serving endeavor.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What About You?

This ad appeared on page 7 of the LMT today, and I gotta say, it gets my vote.  I mean, when I think of electing somebody who will be passing judgement on people, I want that person to have some experience with insignificant minor league hockey teams from anywhere USA.  My vote is easily won if the person heavily accessorizes. 

They Went To Shake Hands

Last month a throng of city officials made the trip to Washington D.C. to plead the feds for funds.  Everybody got new duds and put on their best smiles for photo ops galore.  No questions were posed concerning the mayor's, or city council's purpose for going.  All that was offered from them was the need to secure funding for public safety.  So with that, it's all legit, and there's no need for us to worry.

I wondered, however, about the need for lodging for 42 city officials -- the need for airfare, and meals, and what not.  Well, it seems that the city asked for donations from those who get city contracts have the wherewithal to fund such trips.  Of course, the donors put up out of the kindness of their hearts.

A grand total of $105,300.00!!!  That's traveling-in-style money.  I was kinda disappointed that Uni-Trade only gave $2,500.  They're probably pacing themselves as they have really close ties to this administration, and business between the two is still ongoing.

Junk: Vol. 7128

My work as a blog photographer has waned over the years, and it's not because there isn't stuff to cover.  The only explanation I can give is that I'm not where I was four years ago.  That, and I don't have a working camera at the moment.  Nevertheless, for your viewing pleasure I offer somebody's version of spring cleaning.  Pedestrians and disabled people be damned. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Somebody Is Better Off Today

Maximilliano over at LaredoTejas takes issue with what Garros Services will pay the city for upkeep of its cold storage facilities at the World Trade Bridge and Columbia Bridge.  Garros is now in charge of both sites after city council voted to award them the contract last night.  In return, the city will collect a small fee for every truck the firm processes, and will also receive a whopping $15,000 yearly sum for maintenance.  LT crunched the numbers on the projected truck traffic, and when you take into account what it may all add up to, it's pretty unbelievable amazing what's in store for Garros.

But all these figures are minor details.  We can't be bogged down by the minutia of big world trade.  City council, the mayor, and the city manager's office want to move forward and get down to the business of showing how international trade is done.  Gawd forbid anybody should question the trivialities of the contract; That person is bound to get his head chewed off.

Our city officials exclaimed that the process by which Garros was selected was transparent and fair, and that other firms had an opportunity to make their case before city hall.  What isn't clear, and what wasn't brought up at last night's meeting, was what perks staff enjoyed that had the possibility of swaying their favor towards Garros. 

Carlos Villarreal brought up the subject of asking one group to help fund the construction of the cold storage facilities when all the planning was taking place.  Nothing was mentioned whether Garros was ever asked to donate money for building said structures.

It's a funny business, this world of politics.  Tempers flare while others cower in confusion.

I Will Be Goth

Earth Day is this Sunday but Laredo is celebrating the event a day early at the Civic Center.  Go and see how eco-friendly Laredoans really are.  Or you can stay home and let Bordertown Blues show you how much we care about the environment.

I, on the other hand, will be celebrating Robert Smith's birthday on Saturday by donning the most gothy outfit I can find in my wardrobe, and then proceed to climb up a tree, ala Goths Up Trees.  I will revisit my goth glory days while honoring the Earth to my heart's content. 

Saturday is also Record Store Day.  It could've been the perfect trifecta for me except that Second Chance Music closed it doors recently.  Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's Just Business

The pending approval of a contract to Garros Services, i.e. Eduardo Garza, seems like a done deal, and it would all appear to be kosher if it wasn't for the cozy relationship Mr. Garza has had with the mayor and city manager.  At stake for Garros is a ten year lease to run a cold storage inspection facilty.  The firm was judged as the most qualified for the job, and they've got the political donation receipts to prove it.

Apart from $1000 campaign donations, Mr. Garza has treated city officials to free private jet rides.  Our representatives, of course, say it's all in the name of promoting the city, opening the door for trade opportunities, and saving on travel expenses.
Salinas said an opportunity to promote the city at no cost to the city is a difficult deal to pass up.
Any impression that there is a conflict with him traveling with Garza Robles is unmerited, Salinas said.
Sure, there's no conflict until contracts are awarded to those who footed the bill for the jet.  And let's not forget that that same chauffeur service is getting naming rights to the new baseball stadium. 

The mayor and city manager can easily say that it's the council who eventually votes on awarding the contract, but the presence of impropriety has been raised nonetheless.

Recently it's come to my attention that the city solicits donations from Laredo's wealthier citizens to help fund their excursions to Washington, D.C.  Again, it's all done to promote the city while lessening the financial burden on its citizens.  But at what expense do these favors come?  I realize political donors are rewarded for their trouble.  It happens at all levels of government, but I never realized the process could be so blatant.

I really would like city officials to respond to all this back-scratching that going on.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chosen Profession

Our own police chief, Carlos Maldonado, has submitted his name for the top job at both the Phoenix, and Brownsville police departments.  If he doesn't get to leave Laredo, then maybe he can become a burger chef like Ajay Maldonaldo from Regular Show.  He would need a total makeover as you can see by the photo above.

Cartoon tip courtesy of my son

Friday, April 13, 2012

Date It 2013

In a post some months ago I wondered what Louis Bruni's campaign signs indicated as he flashed a '40 K' message on them.  Eventually I found out from one of his supporters that he was going to donate part of his commissioners salary (once he won) towards scholarships.  Now to make his pledge more clear to the voting public, he went out and had props signs made in the form of big vinyl checks, promising the county's youth that he's got their back.

It's a cute approach, but his signs -- next to the more common political announcements -- seem out of place.  They look more like ads for a check cashing company, or a quick payday loan establishment.  I don't think this is effective in garnering votes since young voters  have their attention on their texting devices and not on the beautiful scenery Laredo has to offer.

I can't wait for the debates.  The cynic, the embattled incumbent, and the virtual unknown will go head to head, and who comes out on top is anyone's guess.

Biking: It's Good For You

I should ride my bike to work one of these days.
In March, about 11,500 cyclists used Metro buses for part of their trips, a 12.5 percent increase over the same month in 2011.  Nearly all Metro buses have bike racks or storage compartments, the agency said.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Su Casa Es Mi Casa"

He can't help himself.  He loves the cameras and improvising.

A Diamond In The Rough

Fracking sludge is not really disposed of properly from our streets, it's just tidied up a little.  Gene Belmares, if I remember correctly, when he was running for mayor, referred to Laredo as the jewel of the south.  It might very well be if it wasn't looking so grimy. 

Copyrights, Concessions And Costumes

Now every time a United High School story comes on I'll be watching to see if their logo is being used without permission.  I'll be looking out for the "deep dip in both sides," as UISD Spokesperson Veronica Cantu described.

The City of Laredo wants you to be aware that new risks exist when buying from certain street vendors.

The City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD) wants the public to know currently there are illegal ice cream vendors that we are monitoring as they are using illegal lead based containers which can be harmful to one’s health especially to children (from gastrointestinal problems, irritability, learning disorders to muscle and nervous system complications). Recently we have confiscated six (6) containers made of steel (see pictures) and want the public to know that it is dangerous to buy and eat the ice cream from these vendors who do not have any permit from the health department to sell food and they are using illegal lead based containers to store the ice cream.

But I hate waiting in line at Dairy Queen!!!

And lastly, our lives wouldn't be complete without our supposed true mascots representatives cheerleaders.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our next George and Martha Washington.

Photo courtesy of the LMT (Danny Zaragoza)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Via Digby:
That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is the feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion a virtuous cycle that allows companies to survive and thrive and business owners to hire. An ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than I ever have been or ever will be.
OK, bring the noise.

Waiting For The Call

I've taken part in national polls in the past, but never in any local ones.  At least I'm pretty sure of it.  But I have to wonder if a commissioners push poll would sound something like this:  if you knew that the incumbent traded political favors for sex, would you be more willing or less willing to vote for him?

More In 8 Liner Chicanery

Over the weekend, Pro8news reported on a pair of 8 liner busts, one of which raised the stakes with a charge of drug possession on top of the usual gambling promotion citation.  Around $9,000 was confiscated from both establishments.

This game of cat and mouse is now commonplace in Laredo -- people get permits from the city to operate these eyesores casinos; the operators pay out cash prizes exceeding $5 per person; and the cops swoop in to seize large amounts of money that may or may not be returned to the establishments.  This whole issue amounts to city-sanctioned corruption justified because of the revenue stream it provides for Laredo.  Because of that, and because supporters of 8 liners view these establishments as a form of entertainment, harsher realities are easily overlooked. 

KGBT reports on the valley's problem with 8 liners, and how the owners never seem to come up for air.


Away with all of them, I say.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Can't Wait

Laredoans have a tendency of supporting different business ventures until the "thrill is gone."  Can anyone remember USA Vivant?  I rest my case.  I'm glad someone else thinks that the new baseball team will be a passing fancy.  Adam Geigerman:
No matter how cool and new the Lemurs' shiny Uni-Trade Stadium and its $18 million price tag are, the freshness will put skin in seats for only so long.  The team must win and play good-looking baseball with both their gloves and bats.
Gawd forbid the team folds, the stadium will still be available for events, such as concerts, and wedding receptions.  And the stadium can host high school baseball playoff games, until the demand is so high for tickets that games will have to be held inside the LEA. 

Whatever happens, don't let my skepticism deter you from going out for the team. 

I'm reassured, $50 worth.

Monday, April 9, 2012

More In News

Laredo has a new team of t.v. reporters.  If you're curious, you can see them at 9 p.m. on Fox 39, channel 16 on cable.  I don't know that we'll learn anything new, but it's another choice, and that's gotta be something, huh?

Show Me Some Love

My better half noticed a fan of Laredo's publicly-supported Catholic radio station using Liquid Paper to show how much he loves 'em.  The bumper reads: I LOVE KHOY FM 88.1.  Well alright then. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Are You Counting The Days?

Whether we care or not, the Laredo Lemurs are coming.  We'll fall in love with the cute, furry animals and pay no mind to their stereotypical, computer-generated voices in commercials.  By the way, the assigned character interpretations are an example of Laredo's diverse culture.  Viva Laredo!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Oncologists Always Get Some Love

In obituary write-ups you usually don't see people thanking their loved one's physician unless the departed went through a difficult illness, in which case you'd probably see a cancer specialist getting a grateful mention.  They're a special breed to be held in such regard.  They see people through thick and thin, and for that, people shout out an emotional thank you to them.  But what about the times when they make you wait more than you have to during an appointment?  What about those times, when you're fed up with waiting and you consider walking out of the office?  Is there a proper place and time in the newspaper to badmouth an oncologist and his staff for being so slow, but yet having the audacity of posting a sign in the lobby that reads PAYMENT IS DUE FOR SERVICES RENDERED? 

Oncologists are the last ones I would think would get a lot of lip service from people, but it's bound to happen.  Except you probably won't see that kind of talk in obituaries.  Or will you?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Adding To Your Landscape

Screen shot courtesy of Pro8news.

In the past I've made big purchases at nurseries, mainly because my landscape was completely bare and in need of some decoration.  Now with each planting season I'll make two purchases, either to complement my existing design, or to replace plants that have withered away.

One thing that I've shied away from is using containers in my garden.  No matter how small a plant is, I'll usually find a spot for it in the ground.  This routine, however, has given me mixed results.  Of course, any plant or tree might have difficulty adjusting to a new setting; It might get too much sun, or too little, or the soil might stunt its growth.  By letting it mature in a bigger container, the plant might actually have a better chance at a longer life.  Therefore, to become a better gardener, I'm going to let plants take their time and I'm going to make more use of old containers I have in my backyard, be it ceramic, or recycled nursery pots.  Or I could set up something like this:

For a project like this I'm going to need a lot of potting soil, and the materials to paint old tires.  But the tires, as we all know, are easy to come by in the barrio.  And the flowers I can probably obtain through some neighborhood sharing program.  The possibilities are endless.  A setup like the one pictured above can be more beneficial for small plants, and you'd be doing the environment a good service. 

Photos courtesy of the Backyard Diva.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


One thing I've come to realize is that people don't really put a lot of thought into playlists.  And big box store selections might be the reason, or an extension of that.  A movie soundtrack might surprise sometimes, but for the most part we're fed stuff that annoys.  Case in point, some group called The Fray getting adventurous with the National Anthem.

Monday, April 2, 2012

New VA Clinic In Laredo

Good for the local veterans.
The new clinic will be 18,464 square feet and will replace the current 10,000 square foot facility. Expected to open in early 2013, the facility will provide extended primary care services, including: mental health, nutrition, women’s health, podiatry, dental, tele-health and social work services. Diagnostic capabilities will be enhanced with the addition of an in-house laboratory and general radiology room.
But they still have to travel to San Antonio for major care.

Press release courtesy of the City of Laredo

Oil Field Life

All most people see are the big payouts, especially elected officials who slobber all over land royalties and tax revenue.
But as every oil field veteran knows, there is a harsh tradeoff, beyond the grueling labor. Some men work hundreds of miles from their families, others live in primitive conditions or face the real risk of being maimed.
“You have no life. It’s basically work, sleep, work, sleep, and when you do go home, you sleep,” said Carlos Garza, 36, who drives a fluid truck and rarely sees his four kids in Mission, just two hours away.
“Sometimes we’re 30 hours on location. I haven’t seen my house in the daytime in two weeks,” said Garza, who bunks in Asherton.
It's unnerving to know that oil field workers who are over-worked and starved for sleep are driving big rigs through our narrow roads constantly.