Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Friday, we spent the day cleaning up the shop, getting rid of scrap and the insulation removed from the boiler, installing our flush porta john and making room for food vendors.
Saturday, the Santa Train ran and ran and ran. People came and went. Money was made. Joe worked on the drill press and large grinder. The grinder works well, the drill press works better than it did but is not quite ready for prime time. The coffee was good, the Ice Cream was good as well, I thought the Apple cake was excellent.
Sunday, more coffee, Apple cake and Joe tearing apart the old furnace. More train rides with Santa.
Friday, we will be starting the UT grid on the engine. We could also begin to drill out staybolts We have some scrap metal from the furnace to dispose of. Otherwise more Santa train fun.
Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue. This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medication side effects, drinking alcohol or shift work. Drowsiness makes drivers less able to pay attention, slows reaction time and can affect decision making.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths happen each year related to drowsy driving.
No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body. If you experience warning signs, pull over to rest or change drivers. Turning up the radio or opening the window are not effective ways to stay alert. Watch for these warning signs:
- Yawning frequently
- Inability to keep eyes open
- Trouble keeping head up
- Difficulty remembering past few miles driven
- Missing an exit or turn
- Drifting from lanes or onto rumble strips
Prevent drowsy driving, before taking the wheel
- Get enough sleep – the average adult needs seven to eight hours every night
- Stick to a sleep schedule
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking medications that make you sleepy
- If you have a sleep disorder or symptoms such as snoring or feeling sleepy during the day, talk to your physician