A very long time ago, it was pointed out to me that I’m not exactly what people consider normal.
I thought about that for a minute, said to myself, whatever and went on my merry way.
I have always marched to a different drummer and I have pretty much done things my way whenever possible.
Hence I tend to think outside the box.
This happens in my subconscience also, without me ever even thinking twice about it.
Let me give you an example.
On my way to work this last evening, I stopped at the usual quickie mart type joint and picked up a couple of items. This joint is on a corner of a very busy thoroughfare that runs North and South.
There is naturally a set of traffic lights there.
There has also been a whole bunch of some kind of infrastructure construction that has been going on on the smaller East West two lane road at that same intersection.
They have that road tore to rat shit basically. It’s been that way for over a month and I don’t see them getting done with it anytime soon. They have torn that road up multiple times, patched it and there are currently several places with huge steel plates in the road covering up the trenches they have been digging.
Of course this means they have people and equipment all over the damn place and the obligatory traffic control people at various places standing there flipping their STOP signs around and around trying to keep some semblance of regular traffic flow.
Naturally traffic gets backed up here and there so you have to wait.
Well today they had progressed down this road far enough that they had come to another intersection with traffic lights.
So they had someone come in and flip a switch in the control box so that it tuned into a flashing red light for everyone, then stationed a sign flipper on each side to keep people moving and you just ignored the flashing red light.
Where am I going with this rambling introduction?
Well here is what was going through my head while I was stuck waiting.
The flashing red light reminded me of the control boxes that you sometimes see right next to the intersection. The one that someone opened up and flipped the switch to make it a flashing red four way stop.
You know what I am talking about, these,
Millions of people drive right by these things all over the world every day and completely ignore them.
I would bet there are quite a few of those millions of mobile morons who don’t even know what they are if they do happen to notice one.
These things are actually REALLY IMPORTANT in our modern world.
As I was sitting in traffic waiting for my turn to go through the hoopty do’s and divots in the road, I remembered one of these things that isn’t too far away from me that literally got flattened a few years ago.
Someone, somehow, managed to plow directly into one of them, at speed, in their vehicle.
It was a mangled pile of faded flat green painted metal with big bundles of different colored wires sticking out of the ground that looked like some mutant Saw Grass tuft made up of psychedelic strands.
I remembered that because it screwed up traffic in that area for literally months.
If I remember correctly, it took the city about four entire months to get that fixed completely.
Of course it was on a major intersection too.
It took quite a while for people to figure out alternate routes to avoid getting stuck in miles long traffic jams because you know, morons that can’t figure out how four way stops are supposed to work.
It seemed like every other day they were towing wrecked cars out of that intersection for a long time.
This is where the naughty thoughts come in.
Imagine if you will, some freakish turn of events where two or three of these traffic control boxes got, umm, catastrophically disabled let’s say, in a large metropolitan area, at major intersections, about two miles apart, simultaneously.
This is where my mind went, seriously, while waiting in traffic on my way to work.
In just the few minutes I sat there, a nightmare scenario played out in my head.
Now that I am sitting comfortably on my skinny ass here at home, the repercussions and ripple effects of such a happening can play out a little farther.
In short, it would fuck shit up so bad that it would be gridlock for miles in every direction, for weeks if not months.
Just by taking out a few non descript metal boxes sitting at a few intersections in some major city, anywhere.
It would just be tragic.
See, I told ya.
Just how many people do you know that would sit and war game that kind of shit without even really thinking about it just to pass some time?