Archive for September, 2010

Annoying to keep feeding meter – By Mr. MC

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Man, I guess I need to park my car somewhere else other than the meters. It’s annoying to keep feeding the meter every 2 hours. Oh, now, I have to feed the meter again!

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Cheapest meter parking in Hong Kong – By Mr. MC

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Meter parking at where I stay in Hong Kong is the cheapest of all. It is about US$ 50 cents per hour. However, one may only pay up to 2 hours, but the parking is free from 8 PM to 8 AM. So, if I have to park for 24 hours, I have to feed the meter 6 times in 24 hours.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Almost got hit by the Hong Kong Taxi – By Mr. MC

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I am in Hong Kong now. I almost get into an accident while turning at this circle. I was at the outer lane of the circle, and I was trying to figure out where to go since I am not familiar around the area. There was a Taxi at the center lane of the circle, as I was circling, a Taxi almost hit my right driver door since the driver was trying to exit the circle. However, the Taxi driver was expecting me to exit the circle as well. Anyway, even I was not familiar with this area, I was still able to spot this Taxi driver’s intention, and I prevented the accident by exiting the circle immediately. And, by the way, I have no idea how the hell this circle works. For every entrance into this circle, there is a sign which says, “Give way” (in UK, or Yield in US). So, I guess I have to yield before entering, and I am able to drive around this circle any number of times ??!!  Not sure, I need to check the driver’s manual.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

A car passed a truck from the right, and got hit by the truck – By Mr. MC

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

It was one morning while I was driving to work on Hwy 85 northbound, I saw an accident where a seda was hit by a big long-bed truck. I believe it was the sedan which tried to cut in front of the truck from the RIGHT during heavy traffic, and it’s rear left door was hit. What happen was that during heavy traffic, most drivers like to cut to the lane which has more room. However, they have under-estimated the stopping distance required by a truck which is usually longer. So, when that car cut in front of the truck from the right, the truck driver most likely did not notice it until the last moment, the truck driver then began to brake at the last moment. Since the truck normally need more distance to come to a complete stop, it could not be stopped, and crashed into the car’s rear left door. Luckily, the car crash was only happening at a speed below 35 MPH, and the sedan driver was not harmed. The sedan driver should have learned this mistake by heart now.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Am I driving too fast ? By Mr. MC

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

For most of the time, I realize that I am driving at least 10 MPH more than other cars on the freeway. Or, are most other drivers driving slower these days ? I don’t understand. I was only driving at 80 MPH, and I am passing most cars. Well, perhaps, this is during weekends, and it was around 10:30 PM on Saturday. Don’t know for sure. But, during weekdays, especially on Friday evening, drivers are much more aggressive since they were rushing to meet their friends on a Friday night ??!! I noticed many drivers on Friday evening were on the cell while driving, and they were not paying too much attention on the road.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Cheap Taxi fare in Hong Kong – By Mr. MC

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I am in Hong Kong now. In terms of transportation, it is way cheaper than most countries. The Taxi is only HKD$18 (US$2.3) for the first 2 Km (1.24 mile). Then, it will be an extra charge of HKD$1.5 (HKD$0.2) for an additional 200 meters (0.12 mile). The details are provided at the Transport Department of Hong Kong. For most of the time, passenger only spend about HKD$50 – HKD$80 (US$6.5 – US$10) for each trip. I learned from a Taxi driver that if a passenger wish to hire the Taxi and the driver for 8 hours, it is around HKD$800 (US$103). I remember the most I have ever spent on Taxi is to get to the airport from Hong Kong island (80 Km or 50 miles). It was around HKD$400 (US$50). In US, I believe it will be more than US$100 from San Jose, CA to San Francisco airport (50 miles from San Jose to SFO).

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Dissect cell phone talk violation (CVC 23123) – By Mr. MC

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

California Vehicle Code Section 23123 – Use of Wireless Telephone While Driving; Hands-Free Operation Required; Exceptions; Infraction Penalty

(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.
[EXPLANATION: Even if you have a blue-tooth hands-free cell, you still need to use the headset in a hands-free style. If your hand touches the phone, or you merely turn on the speaker volume, you are still violating this law.]

(b) …

(c) This section does not apply to a person using a wireless telephone for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to, an emergency call to a law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services agency or entity.
[EXPLANATION: This is the tricky part. Besides the above mentioned purposes, if you drop the cell phone under your brake pedal, you may touch the cell since it has prevented you from driving safely. Or, if the cell make too much noise which has took your concentration away from the wheel, you may touch your cell "just to" turn it off.]

(d) …

(e) …

(f) This section does not apply to a person while driving a motor vehicle on private property.
[EXPLANATION: As long as you are on the private property, that's fine!]

(g) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2011.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Rental van gas level indicator – By Mr. MC

Monday, September 20th, 2010

This morning, I took a day off from work so that I could move some heavy stuffs with the help of a friend. I rent a cargo van from U-Haul, and it was a Ford Econoline van. And, this reminds me that last time when I rent a van from another rental place, I had a hard time refilling the gas back to the exact level for which was given originally. The tank had about 3/4 only. So, at the gas station, in order to see the most current gas level, I have to switch key right before it could ignite the engine. But, while I was filling the gas, the gas level indicator was not moving much. I realized that I have already filled 10 gallons of gas for which was impossible for less than 50 miles of the distance I had traveled. Then, I stopped pumping, and I left the gas station. After 15 mins driving the van, the gas level indicator finally start moving, and it reaches the full tank marker. I felt that I was being cheated by the amount of gas money I put in the van. Luckily, the rental car company reimburse $15 back to me.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Honda Accord hit and damaged a fire hydrant in Milpitas, CA – By Mr. MC

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Today, when I was traveling from Milpitas, CA back to Cupertino on Hwy 880 southbound, after passing Dixon Landing Rd, I saw a lot of water coming out from a fire hydrant on N. McCarthy Blvd on the right. Then, I spotted a 2005 Honda Accord inside the brushes nearby the hire hydrant. I believe that the fire hydrant was hit by the Honda. I thought that scene could only happen in the movies. I could not believe my eyes as tons of water where shooting towards the sky to 30 – 40 feet high, and that portion of the street looked like a river.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Foggy Daly City – By Mr. MC

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

This morning, I drove on Hwy 280 northbound from Cupertino, CA to San Francisco. When it get close to Daly City, the weather became very foggy. It was like little rain drop on your windshield. However, the visibility was pretty good for which I can see at least quarter mile down. At some point, I have to turn on my windshield wiper to brush off those little rain drops. I also notice not every driver turned on their headlights. I actually suggest every driver to do so during foggy weather.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com