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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Night of the Many Pylons

Festive replacement traffic pylons for the Christmas season.You know you're getting old when you want to take off your belt and whup someone's ass.

Yesterday, on my way home from work there was a particularly unusual traffic jam. It stretched an entire industrial block. When the stopping and going finally landed me at the other end of the block, I discovered the problem.


Yep, some punks had placed orange traffic pylons across one of the left turn-lanes, forcing all of the cars to turn from one lane. However, the idiot drivers who encountered the pylon blockage were also trying to turn left from the straight-thru traffic lane, which was essentially causing the massive vehicular clog.

Half of the pylons were even knocked over, partially blocking the only left-turn lane. This was forcing cars to drive around them, into the on-coming traffic, causing an entirely different set of problems.

It was a total mess.

When I got home I immediately telephoned the police and reported the shenanigans. Then, Suz and I left for the Christmassy wonders of Canadian Tire and, using a 10%-off coupon, we purchased decorative gold Christmas trees that resemble traffic pylons.

Upon our return, the traffic jam was gone, as were the offending orange pylons. I was very happy that my phone call resulted in some corrective action. I just hope the pylons who put the pylons on the road are caught, and taught a lesson.


Blogger Chana said...

the Christmas trees are just beautiful. simple, elegant and full of the spirit of the season.
the chest they rest on is beautiful and i love the color of the walls..i say someone decorates very nicely.

sorry about the hooligans. here i thought that Calgary had all of them with all the chaos that is all about once in a while..

and Dr. John is wonderful, i wouldn't lie, specially to you ;) ..

4:27:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

ya know....i live in a town with such little traffic, there are no left turning lanes, there is only one lane of traffic. and your industrial city block is probably the equivalent of our downtown! i had to laugh at such a mess! sheesh!

anyway, yes, i agree with chana, very nice decor....

but most of all...

have a wonderful thanksgiving with your family.

oops, i just remembered (after already saying this to pete) you don't have thanksgiving right now! oh well,

have a good thursday while we stuff our faces!

mmm whip cream!

6:18:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I'm sure they are at the top of the list. More likely the officer sent to pick the cones up was told to get them before they end up with a traffic accident call on their hands. You can be certain no CSI types are checking the cones out for traces of the mishandlers' identities.

8:10:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Am I missing something or couldn't a cpl of them have moved the pylons themselves? They were huge?

Also am surprised someone didn't call for help long before there was a jam.

5:24:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Most ppl are mindless sheep and orange cones can make them fly off a mountian. I have to give whoever did it credit, so simple yet sooooo effective.

10:30:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Yep, Honkeie2 has got a point. Nobody questions orange traffic cones. They all just assume that the city has placed them on the street for some reason - when instead, someone just played a prank. And it worked like a charm!

Have a super-happy Thanksgiving all you American citizens! Eat an entire apple pie for me! (Please?)

12:21:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Ha dream on. The little asshats are rarely caught let alone taught a lesson!

5:44:00 PM


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