Since I’m (still) unemployed, (and we are so
not going into that today... trust me, it's better that way) I’ve been shuttling Dear J to work. This morning
we were heading down Schroeder Road and saw this.
Oh great. Not again.
“No big whoop,” we thought, since there’s been weird road construction
projects all over our neighborhood this year. “I wonder what they’re digging up now?” I pondered aloud as we passed the sign.
About a hundred yards later, we found out.
(They’d moved it aside by the time I took this picture.)
Yup, a road-closed-to-through-traffic sign, on Forward Drive. There
were flagwomen and giant construction machines, and a huge trench had been dug down the middle of the street. And you might
think it’s no big whoop, since Forward Drive is a dead-end street that doesn’t see much traffic.
But it’s Election Day. And my neighborhood polling place? It’s
in a building on Forward Drive.
It’s so nice to see that the City of Madison Streets Department
chose November 2nd to basically turn Forward Drive into a one-lane traffic nightmare.
One lane only.
Trench full of loose dirt.
Ginormous construction machines.
You want to turn left? I don’t think so.
Jerks in cars, honking at the poor harassed flagwomen.
Sheesh. You’d think the Government would want to make it easy for
people to vote, not shut down the one road that all the sweet little old men and women who live in my neighborhood
(and there are a lot of them) have to drive down to get to our polling place. I mean, they get confused enough when they have
to execute the complicated maneuver called “making a left turn”. I can’t imagine their consternation at seeing the road was
It almost made me want to write in Wile E. Coyote and Daffy Duck.
Really, they couldn’t do a worse job than the boneheads in city government that made this decision.
I just hope that no one was put off voting because the road was blocked.
Because this election?
It is a big whoop.