22 Jul Christmas in July
“Did you see Mitch opening up that box of traffic counter tube road tape? He’s the traffic engineer equivalent of a kid at Christmas.”
In case you weren’t paying attention to the date, Brittany and Megan (above) would like to remind you that it’s essentially six months to Christmas. (Don’t tell our resident Grinch, Jeff Puthoff.) And Christmas often means the newest, latest gadget to open on Christmas morning, much like Mitch and his treasured tape.
New gadgets that excite us at Choice One are often atypical to the digital doo-dads popular each holiday season. For instance, Matt Hoying fondly remembers that special day, many years ago, when we received our first traffic counter and tubes, and he officially became M. John, Traffic Superhero. Many of us have gathered around a computer screen, marveling at the latest edition of SimTraffic and Synchro traffic engineering software, watching the little animated cars go around and around an animated street (or to watch when the bathroom is available). And who could forget when we got our new coffee machine and all of the “joy” it brought Tony back in early 2012?
So what’s on the Choice One wish list this Christmas in July? Grain farmers Andy Shuman and Jeff Puthoff are probably dreaming of rain. Brian Schmidt is likely imagining Arby’s. Or Pop-Tarts. Or just food in general. And co-op Collin Schroeder is hoping that Mitch’s prized mastic road tape is just a LITTLE easier to scrape off those twelve, 30-foot traffic counter tubes next time.