Basically, what this study says is that 6000 people died between 1992 and 1998 sothat a few others could save a few seconds in traffic. What a waste...

It was a beautiful morning for flying. The sky was overcast at 2300feet with a 1700 foot overcast over the North Bay, where the practice area Iusually use is. So, I was in the pattern at Oakland doing touch andgoes and practicing various landing techniques. Sometimes this can bea real pain. If there is turbulent air and/or a number of other planesin the pattern, touch and goes can be somewhat frustrating. Thismorning, however, the air was smooth and the pattern was utterly emptyexcept for myself. Today was the first time I've flown a Cessna 172 ina month, too. The last few times I've been up, it's been in a Cessna152, a much smaller, but more nimble plane. For some reason, flying ina 152 helped my 172 flying immensely. I'm not sure why, but mylandings were all full-stall landings today, even though I was practicingmaneuvers at which I'm not the best. All in all it was a really funmorning of flying. Anyone who buys the gold trim and chrome plated exhaust pipe options fortheir SUV ought to be sent one-way to North Korea or Cuba. Those aretwo sure signs that an SUV owner never plans on taking the vehicleoff-road, and hence, that they really don't need an SUV.