I-95s, Overpass of State Route 17, in Fredericksburg VA
Quick! Glance over to your right. You are passing a lovely manicured campus. The Big Man on that campus is in fact a lizard. That’s because you are passing the corporate campus of GEICO Insurance.
In fact, the big lizard on GEICO's Corporate campus is no ordinary lizard but rather a gecko. And no doubt you have heard, The GEICO Gecko, that most uncommon of creatures, is uniquely adapted to help people save money on car insurance.
FAST FACT Number #1: If you tap the Deal Radar logo on your device right now and say, "Claim my Geico Gecko RoadSpoke Deal!" you can save up to 15 % on your current car insurance by switching to Geico.
Of course, you do not need to do the homework now but can check into that discount once you get in front of your laptop and go to Geico website. You have 60 days in fact to claim the deal online. You could save hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars!
FAST FACT #2: The cockney lizard has captivated audiences of all ages. GEICO is now the second largest writer of private auto insurance in the United States. This 40 acre campus is home to several company operations including our favorite, the GEICO auto insurance division.
The idea for the Gecko grew from a creative session at GEICO's ad agency, the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia. The name "GEICO" was often mispronounced “Gecko." As the brainstorming began, a quick doodle of a gecko appeared. Ad campaigns from the past have proven animals create a strong connection between customers and companies. Think Lassie, Morris the Cat, Smokey Bear, or the MGM Lion. But a lizard? Any how, with this in mind the Gecko came to life and made his debut in the 1999 television season.
But the Gecko is not alone. GEICO has launched concurrent ads with equally humorous characters. There’s camels yelling “Hump Day!” and silent manatees in T shirts. There’s even a walrus playing hockey.
The GEICO Cavemen promote commercials claiming to use their GEICO website is "so easy, even a caveman could do it”. Of course the sophisticated cavemen are deeply offended by this stereotype — and well should they be!
But the biggest threat to the Gecko’s job security came from a pork chop. Maxwell, the GEICO "Piggy" gave the Gecko a brief run for his money. If you can recall, Maxwell shouts a long "Whee" and appears in both radio and TV commercials.
Between the piggy, the caveman, the gecko, and 2,800 employees, GEICO is the largest private employer in Fredericksburg. This should make another character supremely happy — and that would be the Oracle of Omaha himself, Warren Buffet, who himself kinda plays a character, that of America’s richest granduncle! Turns out Warren Buffet's company, Berkshire Hathaway is the majority owner of GEICO Insurance.
So don’t you wish he was your Grand- Daddy? Common, dontcha? With all that doe, just think how you would never care about what day it was. Humpday would be so easy it would be a thing of the past! Oh... Sorry Caveman.
#Geico #GeicoGecko #Gecko #Caveman #Humpday #Camel #OracleofOmaha #WarrenBuffett
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Exit 14 I-95s To: GA 25, to Harriet’s Bluff Creek [~ 6.92 mi to Exit 7, ] near Fancy GA
Everyone brought their crowns, right? It’s time to put them on, because we’re now passing Kings Bay. Welcome to the last few exits in Georgia, a Bible loving area which happens to be the headquarters of Armageddon.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the east coast home to America’s Ohio Class submarines.
According to the National Interest Magazine, the Ohio Class of nuclear powered submarines is the sole class of ballistic missile submarines currently in service with the United States Navy. Fourteen of the eighteen boats are configured to carry nuclear missiles, which, along with United States Air Force strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles, constitute the so called nuclear deterrent triad of the United States. The remaining four subs have been converted to cruise missile submarines.
Why do Russia and China Fear America's Ohio-Class Submarines? Well it is not complicated.
Built in the nineteen eighties these boomers might be old, but they could wipe out an entire country in less than an hour. Prowling the oceans today , the fourteen Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines carry onboard upwards of half of the United States’ nuclear arsenal. If you do the math, the Ohio-class boats may be the most destructive weapon system created by humankind.
Each of the four hundred and fifty foot or one hundred fifty meter long vessels can carry twenty four Trident Two submarine launched ballistic missiles. Depending on the load, these babies can be fired from underwater to strike at targets more than seven thousand miles away. As a Trident Two re-enters the atmosphere at speeds of up to Mach 24, it splits into up to eight independent reentry vehicles, each with a 100 or 475 kiloton nuclear warhead. In short, a full salvo from an Ohio-class submarine—which can be launched in less than one minute—could unleash up to 192 nuclear warheads to wipe twenty-four cities off the map. Sweet huh?
Running silent and running deep, the sub’s nuclear reactor gives it virtually unlimited underwater endurance and the ability to maintain cruising speeds of twenty knots (twenty-three miles per hour). All the while these boomers produce very little noise. While other branches of the military may be deployed in reaction to the crisis of the day, all over the globe the nuclear submarines maintain a steady routine of patrols and communicate infrequently so as to remain as silent as possible. This makes them very tough to track.
Each Ohio class submarine hosts two crews of 154 officers and enlisted personnel. Cumulatively Submariners are known as Squids. Each Sub's Squids are split into 2 crews designated Gold and Blue, who take turns departing on patrols that last an average of seventy to ninety days underwater—with the longest on record being 140 days by the USS Pennsylvania .
Currently, nine boomers are based in Bangor, Washington to patrol the Pacific Ocean, and five or maybe six are stationed here in Kings Bay, Georgia for operations in the Atlantic.
Make no mistake. This is a nightmarish weapon of the apocalypse.
Luckily, the closest competitor to the Ohio class submarine is the Russia’s sole remaining Typhoon-class submarine, a larger vessel with twenty ballistic missile launch tubes. American Squids are confident their Ohio ships are superior, but if they told you why they would have to kill you.
In the event of a nuclear exchange, a boomer would likely receive its firing orders via Very Low Frequency radio transmission. While a submarine’s missiles are not pre targeted, like those in fixed silos, they can be assigned coordinates rapidly.
The logic of nuclear deterrence is simple. While a first strike might wipe out a country’s land based missiles and nuclear bombers, it’s very difficult to track a ballistic-missile submarine lurking in the depths of the ocean—and there’s little hope of taking them all out in a first strike. In fact, they rarely contact any other craft or command unit for weeks on end so once they go down they are invisible to track and/or hear. Their Captains do however enjoy exhibiting their speed, power, and acrobatics on the surface!
Thus, ironically ballistic missile submarines promise the unstoppable hand of nuclear retribution—and should deter any sane adversary from attempting a first strike or resorting to nuclear weapons at all.
At least that’s the theory!
#KingsBay #OhioClass #Tridentmissiles #Georgia #NationalINterestMagazine
Exit 49 I-95n in GA To: GA 251, to Darien, GA
OK RoadTrippers, listen up! At this Exit, we at RoadSpoke want to salute a Georgia born songster who once released an album entitled, HIGH MILEAGE.
Obviously, this cowboy poet is a man after our own hearts!
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE reports:
"As the tall man in the cowboy hat made his way through the New York City audience, some thought they saw a tear in his eye. “It’s such an honor to be included with all these people,” a humble and visibly moved Alan Jackson said as he became a member of the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual induction gala in June 2018.
And despite it being New York City, yes Alan from Newnan Georgia wore his signature ten gallon hat... which was no less weird than AeroSmith's Steven Tyler wearing spectacles!
“In this era of canned hits, boy band production values and me too braggadoccio, Alan Jackson modestly writes his own Country and Western hit songs and you can tell they are as personal as any poetry written by some modern day Shakespeare. Maybe it is because he is the real thing: a classy down on the farm talent with a word-smithing soul. Whether its a joyful insight into geography with his hit, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” to a subtle reflection on time and change as with his first ever number one hit single entitled “I’d Love You All Over Again,” Alan Jackson mines his soul , the world around him, and old country standards for insights to truths as plain as the nose on your face.”
As his website says:
"With hits like “Remember When” and “She likes it too” when it comes to deeply autobiographical storytelling that resonates with the masses, no singer-songwriter does it better than Alan Jackson. Whether it's the honky-tonk-styled “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” or his quietly evocative 9/11 tribute “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” he delivers graphic and universal images shared by millions. That’s because like a painter, Jackson “visualizes” his music, drawing from his own experiences."
His wife Denise is a big inspiration.
She supported the family as a flight attendant back in the days when the penniless Star struggled to break out. When asked about his evolution as a song writer, and whether he wrote poetry or short stories back in school Alan replied simply, “It must just be a gift from heaven. I don’t know where it came from. I never wrote a song in my life until I was in my early 20s.”
But no doubt the marriage and daughters with Denise is a recurring theme. And a country singer’s dream. It embodied the very themes of the singer’s own hits—a rags-to-riches story of high-school sweethearts who find superstardom without sacrificing true love.
In the days leading up to his induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame the keeper of 35 “Number #1” Country Hits is still sharing his stories — cowboy hat and all."
We at RoadSpoke look forward to many more hits to come.
#9/11 #AlanJackson #DeniseandAlanJackson #Countrywestern #NewnanGeorgia #RagstoRiches #SongwritersHallofFame #Billboard100 #BillboardMagazine
I-95 Rhode Island Southbound Exit 9 To: RI 4 S, E Greenwich No Services at Apponaug, RI near East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Ok now, Road Team, take a quick glance out over the water on your left. You will see a line of yellow buoys and four large red mooring balls. Underneath them is a shellfish farm. It is growing oysters.
Back in 1973, concerned about the impact of growing demand for seafood on the world's oceans, French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau wrote: "With earth’s burgeoning human populations to feed, we must turn to the sea with new understanding and new technology.”
Growing seafood, or aquaculture, is booming business in New England. Aqua-cultured shellfish in Rhode Island include various oyster, mussel, and clam species. These bivalves are filter feeders. This means they rely on what’s called “ambient primary production” rather than feeding on inputs of fish, or meal, or other feed. In other words, they filter water for tiny food like plankton and organic material.
As such, shellfish aquaculture is generally perceived as benign or even beneficial. On top of creating great seafood, this type of Aquaculture actually cleans the water. Pretty cool huh?
Depending on the species and local conditions, bivalve molluscs are either grown on the beach, on longlines, or suspended from rafts and harvested by hand. Here in Rhode Island most are grown in salt ponds where tides flush the estuaries twice a day.
If you have a time for a meal, why not get off I-95 at the next exit and drop by some of the local clam shacks on Route 4 and Scenic Route 1. You will not find fresher or more delicious seafood anywhere in the world!
#aquaculture #RhodeIslandAquaculture #oysters #Oysterfarms #Oysterfarming #Greenwich #EastGreenwichRhodeIsland #Bivalves #Seafood #JacquesCousteau
Today we drove 2 hours up I-95 to Rhode Island.
On RoadSpoke -- right where it happened -- we learned about Nathan Hale, Childe Hassam, Long Tooth the mastodon, blue fish, blue sharks, Taylor Swift...
...The Knights of Columbus, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Hat City, Sybil Ludington and her horse Star, Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases, Eli Yale, The Connecticut River, Wilbur Cross, John Cabot Lodge, The Lady Huskies, PT Barnum, Tom Thumb, whaling, sealing, harbor seals, aquaculture, Jewish War Veterans, Catholic Charities, Venture Smith...
…coywolves, submarines, Eugene O'Neill, Pilgrims, Pequots, Mohegans, and the biggest Movie Star Katharine Hepburn who lived in the littlest town, Fenwick, Connecticut.
And that was just 20 minutes in New Haven County!
#Connecticut #StillRevolutionary #Yale #TheCoastGuardAcademy #Pequots #FenwickConnecticut #KnightsofColumbus
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