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Monday, September 25, 2006

bitter street symphony

They must be doing some craziness with the bypass and the tunnel today. There was traffic backed up (who's in town? the pope? ...sorry -that wording ALWAYS makes me think of the Wyclef lyrics) basically all through the blocks between Courtenay and Webb.
A lot of people sitting in queues in their cars and the pedestrians smirking as they strolled past. Risks being taken with orange lights and pausing mid-intersection and the ubiquitous scuttle while texting or chatting.
An alarm was going off somewhere on upper Cuba, near where all the worst of the (de)construction is taking place. The sound was echoing off the walls, ricocheting round in that piercing way. Not a car alarm, maybe a building or some kind of sensor. A voice rang out "oh fuck off!!" from an apartment up above me. The frustration was just so palapable and yet there was still a vibe of everyone tolerating it as part of city life.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fast times in windy Wellington. 04 wind isn't as disgusting as 09 traffic. :)


Tue Sep 26, 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

oh Joe but we seem to be doing our best to complicate matters in a most AK way! the most horrifying thing so far is the roadworks/bypass are intersecting a block now and the footpath has been ripped up completely. In consideration for those of us who must walk past and dart across each day, they've put up a sign:
oh gosh sorry yes, imagine me trying to scurry along and having the audacity to get in the way of your not-even-a-road yet!! honestly!

Sat Oct 07, 12:47:00 AM  

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