On Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:27:59 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
You're free to do that.
It's not that the car has an impact on my life. It's that my inaction
would have a negaitve impact on me.
I have plenty to do, believe you me.
And I'm not obsessed. It took 5 seconds to decide to pump up the tire
and maybe 10 minutes to do it. Then nothing for four more weeks. Then
another 10 minutes. And I slid a note into his car door. Took two
minutes to write and 2 minutes to stuff it in. I hope he calls. I'm
curious where he's been for the last month.
The only question was whether to tell the police where it was, and the
police reaction was interesting in itself and enjoyable to watch. And I
got the info I wanted without telling them anything but the plate
I appreciate all the people who replied. You helped me think things
I wondered, too! "Reflect" translates to "bend back." If light
doesn't pass through an object and isn't absorbed, it's reflected.
"Back" means the light comes back on the same side of the surface as the
A piece of stationary may reflect 90% of the light that hits it. That's
diffuse reflection. "Mirror reflection" means the angle of incidence is
the same as the angle of reflection. That's why every spot on the
surface will show you light from a certain spot in front of the mirror,
although a mirror may reflect less light than white paper.
"Retroreflective means "bending back backward." Wherever the source is,
the light is bent twice to go backward toward the source.
The original method was to use glass beads, but they must be perfectly
round. The Potter Company started producing them in the 1930s. They
were used in movie screens, bicycle reflectors, and safety tape.
A second method was to use prisms. I haven't found out when such
reflectors appeared on bicycles, but 3M began producing tape with
microprisms in the 1960s.
A 3-horsepower motorcycle may not meet the legal definition of a
motorcycle. I suppose retroreflective tape is like that. Here are a
couple of sites I found interesting.
Colors vary from state to state. AFAIK the only emergency equipment
that seems to have any standardization in light colors is fire
equipment. In AZ it's illegal to have a blue light visible from any
direction, yet I've seen a couple states where they allow volunteer
firemen to drive around with blue lights on the roof. I haven't seen
anything with a green light on it for over 30 years and the one time I
did it was the Indian Police.
I'm pleased they some what standardized traffic
lights. Would be rough to have to remember in
AZ to stop on blue, and go on orange.
Last I knew, in NYS, blue is volunteer FF,
Green is ambulance guys responding from home,
cops and fire trucks and ambulance are red
(Some state PD include red and blue from the
back, but not from the front). Tow trucks,
construction, and travel escort vehicles use
Ah, well. And it's different else where.
You need a red and blue light in AZ
In most states the volunteer firemen have a permit for the blue
light. Drivers are not mandated to give them right of way, but they do.
Could be your house burning.
Back about 1960, we had a blue Chevy Impala hardtop. We did the usual
nose/deck thing, put in a bar grill, very popular at the time. To dress
it up, my brother put blue lights behind the grille. The second time he
drove it a policeman explained the lighting laws to him.
On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:08:10 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
I think you are right overall .. the reason I suggested he see if it's
locked and perhaps look in teh glove box if it isn't is because he's
been hanging around it several times now pumping up the tires. If you
are going to spend time pumping up a tire you've already involved
yourself in the whole thing.
Here in Ontario, and most of canada, showing a red light or
reflector to the front is illegal except for emergency vehicles.
Volunteer fire fighters use a green light, service vehicles use amber,
and snow removal use blue. Red and blue together is POLICE ONLY. Red
and white is fire or ambulance, Blue and yellow is highway salter.
sander, or plough..
When we were night rallying, we had a red maplight to protect our
night vision - got pulled over by the cops because they could see red
light from the front. We got off with a warning and a full citation of
the applicable laws - that was 34 years ago so I do not have the
"chapter and verse" We went to a dark amber lens from then on.
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