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Curious Distraction

13 December 2013, 13:02

As the sky wept with the rest of our nation in mourning on Tuesday, I was struck with the funny thought of whether our foreign visitors would be affected by the wondrous annoyance we locals have come to erroneously adapt into our everyday lives, the curse of the wet robots.

Of course I then just assumed with all this road works constantly happening, I figured the problems were that of the past. But on seeing a picture of the USA President’s escort caught in traffic, I was proven wrong. According to a friend, the holdup was so bad that, the man himself had actually exited his vehicle, along with his security detail, to check and see what the problem was.

I’m guessing he assumed there had been an accident or some horrible incident that had halted their progress, only to find out that they were stuck in traffic caused by the malfunctioning of a robot attacked by the horrid waters from the sky, followed obviously, by the strange stupidity that comes over some drivers when the roads have seen water [even if it were a puddle].

First, one must ask what all the road works had been for [aside from the gantries] and then wonder why hadn’t they [the USA escort] been given the route JZ had clearly taken?

Then of course maybe Mrs. Obama wanted to get in a bit of sight-seeing, of what? Well, I guess I’m too much of a local to see the appeal of the roads leading to the FNB Stadium, but hey, each to his/her own.

But I guess that can just be chalked up to another blunder of planning fail for the event.

Going back to the rains, they didn’t stop on Tuesday and while sitting in traffic in what was once the quiet back road route to work, I was struck with the curious question, ‘where the Gantries working?’.

Upon questioning a relative, a colleague, a friend and even a random stranger, I learned the answer and would you know it, those things are beeping and glowing away. Apparently our robot-assassinating rain has no affect what so ever on the wiring, circuits, etc. of the steel structures.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the whole purpose of e-tolling to pay for ‘road upgrades’ and ‘maintenances’ and what-have-you?

How then is it, that those gantries where built so soundly and with great waterproofing BEFORE the robots could be given such attention?

Considering the robots are more needed and useful, plus they save lives and add value to the lives of THE PEOPLE, you would think they would be given first preference.

But I guess the lining of silky pockets is more important than the lives of those who define a country.

Let’s just allow that to sink in as we boove on.

On a side note, I wonder how the president of Brazil reacted as she was driven through those things, did she laugh or was she staring in disbelief?

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