Thursday, May 1, 2008

They Do This For a REASON!

Okay. I've griped about local politcs a few times now, mostly because of the stupid parking crap. The latest piece of nonsense is enough to make steam come out of my ears.
Rumors have been circulating for a little while that there's a certain gentleman in town who wants the town goverment to put up soundproof barriers at the rail crossings--all TWO of them--because he doesn't like the noise of the trains' horns as they go through town. This strikes me as just plain stupid because, A. The barriers cost upward of $10k each, and B. The trains have to blow their horns to 1. let other trains know they're coming, 2. let traffic know they're coming, 3. let pedestrians know they're coming. They're not making noise for the sake of making noise, y'all!
So last night around dinner time, this lady shows up at the door with a stack of pamphlets saying that the town should be made a quiet zone and that trains should be prohibited from blowing their horns as they go through town. I just stared at her in a "What the hell kind of drugs are you stashing in your coffee cup, honey?" kind of way, and when I finally collected my wits, I said, "No thanks. You do realize they have horns for a reason, right? No. No thanks. Have a nice evening." And then I turned around, slammed the door, and locked it.
I swear. People just have too much time to sit around thinking up this crap. The horns are there for safety reasons. Why do you think school buses stop at rail crossings and open the doors? It's so the drivers can listen for the HORN and make sure there's no oncoming train that might squash the bus, driver, and kiddies. Naturally, the razor-sharp wit who concocted this idiotic plan didn't think of that; the sole concern is that the noise from the cute little train driving through the cute little town disturbs them, and those kids and the school bus can go fly a kite.
Do they ever look at the big picture, do you think?

Otherwise, today I got a haircut. Much needed. Not that I was turning into Cousin It, but I definitely needed a change. It's one of those angled, shorter and layered in the back, long in the front things; the front part is shoulder length and the back is about half that. I'm not describing it well. The lady who cut it did a terriffic job, but she zig-zag parted it... bleh. Still, washing it and parting it down the middle fixed it and it's mahvelous. :P
Speaking of which, the shampoo bar got a field test today and there were bubbles everywhere! There are a couple of people--you know who you are!--who will also be field testing (muwahahahaha, my dear guinea pigs!) and eventually give me some feedback. I hope. Don't worry.. my hair hasn't turned green and fallen out, so you guys should be perfectly safe.


Rachael said...

LOL! Good to know about the shampoo bar. I have it sitting in my decorative soap dish because it seemed a little soft when it first arrived. But I plan to try it out soon.

That's so dumb of those people! A few years ago, a group of people in Lutz, a little town in north-central Hillsborough County, whose one claim of history is to their tiny train depot and adorable one-room schoolhouse that the town grew around, both of which have been meticulously preserved, tried to get the town to pass an ordinance that would require the trains to not blow their whistles as they went through. The movement was soundly defeated by people who were born and raised in the town, who loved the trains, but mostly by people who didn't want their taxes raised. If the ordinance had passed, everyone who lived within 5 miles of the tracks would have been required to pay an extra tax so that more flashing lights and other silent warning devices could be installed in place of the whistles. There was one man leading the charge for the ordinance, and he was a yankee and thought that he was living out in the country and that the country should be quiet. Moron. Maybe he moved up there where y'all are. I hope most people have the same reaction you had and that his little idea goes nowhere.

La Duchesse said...

It *is* a little soft, which might be because of the castor oil. The proportion of hard oils/soft oils can affect how hard your end product is. It should be okay and last for about a month or so, depending on how frequently you use it. Ooooh... decorative soap dish? Nifty!

Well, they've been talking about this for a while now, but I don't know how far they'll get. I sort of thought about getting in touch with the railroad to see what kind of rules and regs there are about it, but at the same time, I'm sick of town BS and think there are other people who can fight these battles, Norfolk and Southern in particular!