Today's Hot Lunch Special...  

pragmaticCTcpl 62M/51F
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5/18/2006 2:33 pm

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5/19/2006 3:35 pm

Today's Hot Lunch Special...

With our first FULL day of sunshine in the past two weeks, I finished what paperwork I had to do early this morning...and headed out to check a few field locations.

First, it was down I-91, to North Haven...spend about an hour looking things over...and from there, all the way down I-91...turn left onto I-95 North...and on to Waterford.

Once I got past the for-the-rest-of-my-lifetime construction in the Haven's...New and was actually a pretty nice ride.

Not much more bumpity-bump and changing lanes through construction zones...but I did start to notice an abundance of road kills..!

Possum's...raccoon' Canadian Goose...and a couple of splotches that were definitely road kills, but unidentifiable..!

It was a little after 12 Noon...and my mind started to whirr and sputter for this blog.

About 2 miles or so, before the exit for Rocky Neck State Park...traffic started to slow down.

I had noticed some black smoke, on the clear, blue-sky horizon, as I passed over the bridge in Old Saybrook.

Coming over the crest of a hill, and slowing down, to match the traffic flow...I could see the source of the smoke...about a mile ahead.

I then noticed that there was absolutely NO traffic going southbound.

As I got closer, it was obvious that a vehicle was on fire.

Slowing to stop-and-go I got ever closer to the vehicle on fire...two fire engines raced by me, going the wrong way in the southbound lanes.

Firemen in full gear and Scott air-packs jumped off the engines and started to pour water onto the blaze.

By now, I was only about 50 yards from it all, and as the cascading water drenched the vehicle, I was able to see that it was a older, small pick-up.

As I inched along, and got directly across from it, I could see that the flames had been extinguished all over the pick-up, except directly under it. The oil pan, transmission housing, and gas tank were all still crackling away with orange flames.

The firemen did their best to try and ricochet the water from their hoses underneath the truck, but being a small pick-up...low to the ground...they weren't having too much luck.

Now safely far enough past the flamer, I breathed a sigh of relief. No exploding gas tank pieces to pick out of my body, today..!

Just before the traffic started to resume to normal highway speed, I was able to glance over at where the State Police had blocked off all of the lanes of the southbound side of I-95. Cars and trucks were backed up for about two miles or so, and at the front of the blockade, were three State Troopers and one other guy, whom I assumed was the driver of the little pick-up, that was still blazing away.

It was then I started to laugh out loud.

The guy was very nonchalantly eating a hot dog..!!!!!!

What some people won't do for a hot lunch..!


fantasylover_05 63M

5/18/2006 4:54 pm

Now that is a GAS GRILLE!! LOL

I do hope Mrs Prag made out okay yesterday?????

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/19/2006 3:04 pm:
Yep...fried Datsun..!

From everything I know and have heard, modern diagnostic medicine is too good for our own good these days...and, too guarded in it's diagnosis.

Mrs. Prag is just another "patient" that has to wait and worry...until modern medicine can grow some balls and call it definitively.

docdirk 49M

5/18/2006 5:47 pm

Unfortunately, a near daily site on 95 around here. That 2-lane stretch is just impossible! They keep talking about expanding it, but I dread what that might entail. Talk about back-ups!!!

You should have kept heading toward Groton/NL. I could have fixed ya lunch!

BTW, did you pass The Lyme Tavern near Rocky Neck. I practically live in that establishment durng football season!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/19/2006 3:12 pm:
I usually run down Route 9, and hook into 95 in Old Saybrook to get least it cuts out the for-the-rest-of-my-lifetime construction around New Haven...and this is the first time I've really had any problem. Of course, only going out there, once, every two weeks, doesn't really qualify me for "Road Warrior" status.

Can't say that I noticed the Lyme Tavern...but then again, with that strange, blinding, bright light we haven't seen too much of lately, I'm surprised I even saw the pick-up on fire..!

Phuc_Buddy 47M

5/19/2006 2:28 am

Well had least you had a show while you were stuck in traffic yesterday!

Oh and I hear you about getting out yesterday...I took the morning and went to play in the dirt!!!!

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/19/2006 3:15 pm:
At least it finally was dirt...instead of soupy mud..!

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