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I’m from California, I know how to drive.  I was driving Roundabouts in Berkeley before the ones in my home town were even placed in front of the planning commission.  But people don’t know when to enter, which lane and even, simply enough, which direction to go.  Pay attention.  The life you safe may be your own, because if you hit my car, I may hurt you.


I wanna talk to you about roundabouts. You know, those things that are built to be safe and efficient, but take weeks, sometimes months of orange cones, road construction and slow downs? There are still people over the age of 30 who can’t figure out how to enter a roundabout, which lane to use, and on occasion, which direction to go. Let me explain how roundabouts work, because apparently there are many MANY who do not know. In the old days, if you wanted to make a left turn, you turned left. Here’s why people get confused. The direction of travel in a Roundabout is counter-clockwise. Yield to drivers in the roundabout…Stay in your lane; do not change lanes…Do not stop in the roundabout…Avoid driving next to oversize vehicles. Always Please share this information with those otherwise uninformed of the workings of a roundabout. Basic rule of thumb, When entering a roundabout, the main reason to look to your left, is NOT to see if you have enough time to jut out into the circle and slow the path of traffic. Be patient. I’m Marla. Thanks for listening. See ya. And Drive Carefully!


Unasked for Advice

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Traffic Jams

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Talking to Strangers

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Questions to Ponder at the Grocery Store

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Yes Ma’am

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Hi. I’m Marla.  Gimme a Minute.  I wanna talk to you about gratitude.

If someone is grateful, they show gratitude. So when I’m thankful, I should show Thankitude, right?

A wise person once said, ok, it was Oprah, anyway, years ago on her show she said, to wake up each day and think about five things you are grateful for. Or was it one? Doesn’t matter. My five are family, friends, food on the table, fun in my life and Fridays. Yes, Friday. If you know me, whether I’m drinking coffee tea or wine, I always toast to Friday.

Today, I want to tell you about other acts of kindness I’m grateful and thankful for.

I’m grateful to whatever power there is in the universe that enables me to wake up every morning with a smile on my face, greet a family I love, go to a job that I love, and live in a place that I love.

I’m grateful to be part of a family with relatively little drama and lots of comedy.

I’m grateful for the people in my community who do the work they do, and live the way they do, to make Bellingham a place I’m proud to show off to visitors.

I’m forever grateful and thankful for the friends and family in my life who were able to step forward to help me in my times of need.

This Minute is dedicated to you, to show my gratitude and thankitude, in awe of your kindness towards me for letting me be here, on this most beautiful day.


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Thank you.

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