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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby jmar2 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:15 am

thanks James!

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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby Georganna » Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:29 pm


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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby jmar2 » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:37 am

Oh, I can't resist this Georganna, you made it too easy. :)

You mean your 'how-to' books aren't fiction?

hee hee.

And your advice wasn't wasted. I use many non-fiction sources in my research, hopefully it makes my stories more believable.

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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby Blackheart » Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:55 am


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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby Jumbie » Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:17 am

Back to your original question... (really, you people get distracted so easily **shakes head in distain**  ;) )

I would write I-15 or US-80, or whatever the numbers and initials are. I think it's easier for the reader to understand.

And who are you calling a "highway geek"? We're just experts in a variety of areas who are unselfish enough to share our vast knowledge.


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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby jmar2 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:56 am

Thanks Meddie. Geek is justy another word for so fascinated by the topic you become an expert on it. In theory if the good old government really had stuck to the original plan, you'd be able to travel anywhere without a map, just by knowing the numbering system. I forget which, but odds were to go only E/W and evens N/S, or vise-versa. Then the 295s style were looping one way around a city and the 495s another way. If I remember correctly then 600 series were to be cross connectors in one direction and the 80 series in the other, etc. etc.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, someone must have said, "But I like highway 37!" and that finished that.

John

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RE: Attention Highway Geeks!

Postby bongobro » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:18 pm

Most writers I've seen refer to interstate highways as "Interstate 70" or "I-70", as "St. Louis is a meeting spot for four major interstates: I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70." Unless it's Route 66, I refer to U. S. highways as, for example, "I-64 is better known to St. Louis motorists as Highway 40." If it's a specific state route, I would include the state; for example, "Brio Yates lives near the junction of Illinois Highway 203 and I-270."

Unless you have an anal editor, I think this would be sufficient!

Charlie

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