A nearby beach community recently came up with another gem of brilliance. I’m not a resident, so none of the following affects me directly. These are simply annoyances when passing through.
Beach boulevard intersections were converted to a series of intersections requiring J-turns. Left turns from this major, four-lane thoroughfare, are accomplished by going past where one formerly turned directly into shopping centers; then by entering double left turn lanes, making U-turns, then making right turns.
Did that make any sense? Reasoning was to avoid left turns against oncoming traffic at busiest intersections. No argument from me on traffic safety issues. I think pedestrian-friendly overhead walkways are needed more. There have been numerous pedestrian fatalities.
I’m against their proposed traffic circle on Canal Rd. Why take a perfectly controlled intersection and turn it into chaos? Is it that the city doesn’t want to maintain traffic signals? Most people in this country don’t know how traffic circles work–as to rights-of-way.
I refuse to pay 3.50 fare each way to cross the Intercoastal Waterway on their privately owned bridge. So what, if it’s an extra five miles to go around. It’s the principal of the thing. Rumor is, they may build another new bridge to the west of the existing one. It would also be privately owned.
Be gentle, please
This is certainly awkward
I never know you’re there
Except, two times per year
When spring leaps forward
And, fall, falls backward
It’s a stormy Sunday afternoon and evening. There have been tornado warnings. I’m grilling shrimp kabobs–under porch roof, of course.
Different things run in and out of my mind. Not getting wet on trips back to the house is of utmost importance. Not overcooking the shrimp is secondary.
Remedies for baldness always amuse me. Not that I have an excess of hair at my age. Such remedies have been around for ages.
Do they work? It’s difficult for me to fathom how fibers from an “overgrown pepper shaker” would bring relief. If they give those challenged by the lack of hair some satisfaction–I’m all right with it.
Another “screen grabber” extolled a scientific discovery that all life may have originated on Mars. That would certainly be at odds with the “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” way of thinking. These stories repeat themselves with regularity.
Perambulating under ladders
not a good thing to do
at any time
not just on
spaced too closely
Hotels left out
Did that really
Luck is right place
We make our own luck
our own superstitions
That’s the way
it has always been
Editor’s Note: Written before my fast-food order got totally botched. Two value meals, same as I always ordered. How hard could that be to understand? Maybe there’s something to the Friday thirteenth thing. No Friday thirteenth fast-food from now on.
Lots of letters–of course
Enough vowels to avoid confusion
Could be blissful, wistful, strong
Not likely to be wasted words
Describing persons, places, things
Peppered with apostrophes
To mark missing letters
Hyphens were popular
As were, compound words
Wait a minute–I said as I pondered
What I’d just written was absurd
Words weren’t supposed to be
Compounded to confound
The best words were those
Used in casual conversations
Not those hard to remember
From the social stratosphere
Propped on front yard mental blocks
No swim zones–surrounded by water
With best of everything, and no money
Phenomenons learned from lemons–without limits
Never volunteered, never admitted to anything
From jalousie windows
Got the blues–their compassion
Eaten by moray eels
Didn’t care for salads
Meat, meat, more meat
Potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes
Until they were all starched up
Played mental games
With sock-monkey puppets
Finished against head strong winds
Arrgh! My watch band broke. Where was the receipt? Found it. Purchase date, April 22nd, of the current year. Warranty disclaimers had more holes than the Titanic.
Went to the place of purchase. They were more helpful, than expected; temporarily fixed the band, till the correct pins arrived by mail.
The worn-out vacuum bit the big one and went to dead appliance Valhalla.
Much to do before escaping for an extended weekend with friends. Did I mention the riding mower battery failed before mowing the lawn? It failed to hold a charge–four-years old. It’s been hard to keep ahead of the broken stuff lately.