How many times during your lifetime have you been told to "blow out the candles and make a wish"? Well, today is my day to do just that, and since I don't believe that wishes told are wishes denied, I am going to tell you what I wished as I blew.
I wish that the lights on Foothill Boulevard would be synchronized to a uniform speed limit—maybe 35 or 40 mph—so that a driver could travel east or west over its entire length from the Foothill Boulevard exit of the 210 Freeway in La Ca-ada Flintridge to Sunland Boulevard without stopping. Isn't that a nice wish?
I wish a minimum speed limit of 55 mph would be enforced on all freeways to keep people who are afraid of freeway travel off these limited access roads. Scary, slow drivers are a danger to everyone who has to pass them to keep moving. They belong on the bus—not behind the wheel.
I wish that turning on your windshield wipers would activate your headlights and taillights and that they would stay lighted as long as the wipers were in use.
I wish there was mandated semi-annual headlight and brake inspection on all vehicles driving on California roads. This could be affected by roadside inspections, with stickers affixed to the windshields of all vehicles qualified to proceed safely. Others states have such inspections. Why don't we?
I wish food servers could be forced to pick up their orders from the cook's ready counter as soon as they appear there—to be served piping hot to the customers waiting for them.
I wish everyone arrested for driving under the influence be required to spend a week in the county morgue, cleaning and helping to move bodies of people who were killed by drinking drivers or who died in accidents they caused.
I wish people who have been caught using handicapped placards be required to volunteer a few weeks in a hospital for disabled children.
I wish we could stop high-school athletic coaches from recruiting students from other high schools to make up winning teams. It's the job of a high-school coach to develop the talents of his school's students as well as he can. Pulling in students from other schools denies in-house kids the opportunity to play and is certainly not in keeping with the spirit of high-school sports.