Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Walk On By

I have started walking home from Tachana Mercazit in the afternoon. It is about a 35 minute walk which goes through Gan Sacher. Something very relaxing about it all - walking through a park, surrounded by grass, trees and butterflies as the day is coming to a close.

Lucky I have adopted this practice - city traffic was basically brought to a standstill yesterday as all the streets around Gan Sacher were shut down so a concert could take place.

I don't understand how the city can make a decision which adversely affects ten of thousands of people for a concert which maybe a 1000 attended. Have the concert but don't close down the streets. The streets struggle to adequately cope at the best of times but yesterday it was mayhem which was exacerbated by the cops trying to direct traffic. Everywhere you looked there was complete gridlock. It looked pretty ugly and the tempers of those behind the wheels was beyond boiling point. We are talking honking of horns at unprecedented levels.

The streets should only be closed in exceptional circumstances and this was no exceptional circumstance. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

Speaking of which, yesterday I wrote how I had seen everything on the buses - well add one more to the list. I get on the bus yesterday afternoon to go home and I see that there is only one spare seat. It happens to be down the back. I get there only to find a dog occupying it. Conundrum time.

Do I make the dog get up, then where will the dog go? The decision was made for me when the guy sitting in the seat across from the dog and her owner gets up and sits next to her as she picks the dog up and puts it in her arms. Problem solved except I had to be sitting next to that guy. You know, the one who talks loudly on the phone the whole way home.

Be careful what you wish for.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like quite the serious issue, the whole dog thing ....

9:55 AM  
Blogger Wisey said...

Are dogs allowed to get the bus?

Or are we talking that dog from the muppets- Rowlf?

10:32 AM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

I'm still not recovered from yesterday's Road Rage. And what made it worse was all those people in yellow T-Shirts (the demonstration attendees) telling us to calm down. Easy for them to say, they didn't miss their meetings!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Anonymous - It was and very sensitive. Don't want to be anti-canine.

Wisey - I guess so. No muppet dog - this was the real thing.

PP - If you are still shaken up - come over and have some Cadburys. How late did they make you??

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Co.il said...

Yes It was Annoying to Both Mom, Dad, and Myself to sit in traffic and take 40 minutes to go the 8 minute drive from Binyanei Hauma to our home, but, 75,000 people who attended is a bit more than the 1000 you claim showed up! Love ya hun but get your facts straight.


1:11 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

Yeah, facts straight!
You're starting to sound like your Father!

4:00 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Mrs Coil - 75000 people in Gan Sacher? Time to get off the wacky tobaccy

Wisey - No. You are.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

You Are!

Bloody foreigner.

(Nice try)

1:02 AM  

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