The fable which I now present,
Occurred to me by accident:
And whether bad or excellent,
Is merely so by accident.
A stupid ass this morning went
Into a field by accident:
And cropped his food, and was content,
Until he spied by accident
A flute, which some oblivious gent
Had left behind by accident;
When, sniffling it with eager scent,
He breathed on it by accident,
And made the hollow instrument
Emit a sound by accident.
“Hurrah, hurrah!” exclaimed the brute,
“How cleverly I play the flute!”
A fool, in spite of nature’s bent,
May shine for once, by accident.
The above at least partly expresses my views on today’s politicians.
And I wonder if I am the only one who sees a comparison between our current leader and one from Asimov’s Foundation novels.
A couple of hundred yards from our house is Adams Avenue. From Mesa Verde Drive East to Beach Boulevard it is six lanes wide, three lanes in each direction with a wide median (concrete with bushes and trees in our neighborhood). The “official posted speed limit” is 45 miles per hour. Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach seem satisfied with actual speeds as I have seen police with radar guns only twice on this road in the twenty plus years my wife and I have lived here.
It seems to me, however, that the actual speeds are too fast. Is 55 too fast in a 45 zone? or is it just about right? or, for some (many? most?) is it too slow? Well, whatever.
Sometime around 6.30 this morning as I was having coffee and reading the paper and my wife was outside reading and having a cigarette there was a loud bang and crunch. She rushed in to tell me about it but I had heard the noise myself. I figured it was yet another accident at the Adams intersection a furlong down the street from our house and didn’t want to add my presence to the looky-loos on the scene. A minute or two later I heard the siren from fire rescue – the nearest fire station is just another furlong up the street (about a quarter-mile from the accident prone intersection).
Last week there was an accident just a half mile west of this intersection that took out a gas pump at one of the four gas stations at that intersection.
Several years ago there was an accident at our intersection in the evening that had a medivac helicopter land in the street in front of our house. Medivac helicopter? we’re just two miles from a major hospital and ten to fifteen minutes from Hoag Hospital if you obey the speed limit and stop at red lights.
Slow down, be careful. If you are going straight watch for those turning left in front of you. If you are turning left, ten to thirty seconds waiting for oncoming traffic to pass won’t kill you – turning in front of and trying to beat that speeding oncoming traffic could kill you.