Maneuvering the WOW (A Short Film with No Intermission)

They have a lot of roundabouts in Europe, but, comparatively, there aren’t so many, of what many of us call traffic circles, on this side of the Atlantic. I remember one of the first I ever encountered in a car was in Sheffield, England years ago. I had a hard time maneuvering this circle, not only because I hadn’t ever had to traverse one before, but I was also driving on the left side of the road for the first time in my life. Whatever I did was obviously wrong because other drivers started honking at me, something the polite British seemed to rarely do.

This is the WOW at Westcott and Washington. I see some drivers, who themselves obviously haven’t encountered very many traffic circles before, trying to make their way around it, deciding which lane they need to be in, and finally figuring out which street to exit on. I’ve seen some get so confused that they go all the way around it before realizing that they are back where they entered the circle. I’ve seen semi trucks crunching up the curb and squeezing out cars. I’ve even seen a few fender benders and almost have been in more than one because drivers in the other lane try to make a fast move into mine. Even worse is that very few drivers pay attention to the yield-for-pedestrians-in-the-crosswalk signs, some of them even “gunning” their engines because, despite seeing the man and his little dog, they want to beat him to the crosswalk so they don’t have to wait for them to cross.

Most people that have lived in Memorial Park area for some time really like the roundabout. The WOW works so much better than the old intersection of five streets, where cars backed up at the never-ending red lights. Not only that but the traffic circle adds character to the neighborhood, especially with its old Live Oak tree (which came through Hurricane Ike practically unscathed) standing majestically in the middle.

Even with some near misses and encounters with a few arrogant drivers, I like the WOW too; thus, I’m using it as the setting for one of my first attempts at making a little video on my very recently purchased Everio camcorder. (And by the looks, I still need a great deal more practice.)

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Houston Weather–Enjoying the Rainy Week in the Camp Logan, Memorial Park, 77007, and WOW Area

Annie Taking a Break

Annie Taking a Break

Pretty Red Roses

Pretty Red Rose

Yellow Trumpets

Yellow Trumpets

Tiny Purple Flowers

Tiny Purple Flowers

Tuesday, 8:30 PM–The rain stopped here in the early afternoon hours, but the sky stayed cloudy, almost promising more showers, which never occurred. Annie and I took a leisurely walk over and back through the Camp Logan area to Memorial Park. There were puddles to be jumped and a myriad of scents to be found on the ground. I took my camera along; there are always so many different things to see, and my cell phone doesn’t have Blue Tooth. Some of the other dog and owner friends were also out

Light Purple Oleanders

Light Purple Oleanders

and about trying to dodge any new rains that might come. There were quite a few runners

Pink Hibiscus

Pink Hibiscus

Light Blue Posies

Light Blue Posies

Spec's Liquor and Foods on the Wow

Spec's Liquor and Foods

Annie Smelling

Annie Smelling

on the jogging trail, taking advantage of the almost cool mid-70s temperatures. When we got closer to home, Annie started dragging her feet, wanting to go back and see her friends at our own little park.

Yellow Gate

Yellow Gate

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Small Red Flowers

Small Red Flowers

Shipley's Donuts on the WOW

Shipley's Donuts on the WOW

Another Hibiscus

Another Hibiscus

Small White Flowers

Small White Flowers(I took all these photos today. Click on any to get a better look and copy if you like.)