I have never lived in another state where I've seen this. Here are the states in which I've lived in chronological order, and omitting the Hong Kong period:
Yes, I know. I keep going back to some of them. On to the point.
I now live in MI. I have never lived in another state that allows people to STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF A FRICKING INTERSECTION --
I'm sorry, I'll stop shouting
-- that allows people with bright vests to stand in the middle of busy intersections with buckets bearing slogans like "Give the Gift of Life," (maybe an organ for you, Dear, when you are SMASHED TO SMITHEREENS - ahem, excuse me - when you are destroyed by oncoming traffic as you stand there in your stupid "dayglo" vest panhandling for the poor) or "Help Katrina Victims" or, most ironically "Help Retarded Children."
These people freak me out because:
A) I really think I'd rather not smash one flat. Mostly for insurance reasons. (then again, this is a no-fault state. . .)
B) It's awfully damn pushy (don't you think?) to sidle up to someone's car when they're sitting at the intersection watching for the light to change and expect them to fork over money just because you're peering in through their windscreen.
Ah well. So it goes.
I'm scheduled to give blood on Jan 8th. This is cool because
A) It's the first time in forever that the opportunity has shoved itself in my face when I wasn't nursing
B) I'm O Negative with large veins and they're going to have an orgasm or 3 over me
C) I have too much blood.
D) It was my dad's birthday, so what better day to give life in remembrance of him? :)
In other good news, my stepson and his friend made it to my IL's just fine. All is well. FIL is even in a good mood, which is rather shocking, LOL!
In less good news, MuNKi is off (no not THAT part! I love my MuNKi!) and I was warning him about driving in the library and PO parking lots at midday due to the large # of blind old bats who frequent those establishments. No sooner had I uttered these words of wisdom, than MuNKi himself witnessed an old biddy backing straight into the car in front of him. She had walked PAST it to get to her car, and then proceeded to back straight into it! OY!