Street equipment draws blank stares


“Every moment has infinite potential. Every new moment contains for you possibilities that you can’t possibly imagine. Every day is a blank page that you could fill with the most beautiful drawings.” John C. Parkin, F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way

It is utterly amazing to me how a simple piece of street paving equipment carefully parked on a residential side street can generate such idle interest, speculation and confusion as to the exact nature of its being in a certain location and time. The equipment was deposited on this side street early one morning ten days ago. Today it was hauled away by the contractor.

Blank stares. Idle speculation. Best guesses. Misdirected anger.

These and other public displays of general discontent were evidenced the past ten days as residents, pedestrians and motorists all cursed the presence of the equipment parked carefully on the side of the road.

Motorists were upset by the fact that a few good parking spaces were now unavailable. Parents were worried that their children might injure themselves if they playfully climbed atop the huge machine. Passersby walked cautiously around the unwelcome visitor as they illegally crossed the street close to it.

Other folks merely exhibited blank stares as they tried to figure what this behemoth was and why was it lurking about their own beloved and safe neighborhood.

Many times vehicles parked on the street become: (1) objects to be towed away because they were illegally parked; (2) subject to the malicious destruction of street gangs who tend to vandalize such expensive equipment; and (3) topics of concerned citizens groups protesting the size and the threat of harm to their children.

No matter how you view it a blank stare of minimal concern often fits the bill and satisfies human curiosity. Other times it is merely much ado about nothing.

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