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Morning Gripes: Thursday

1. Number one today is my own fault - the skytrain made a noise I'd never heard it say before, and the lady-voice said: "Millenium Line, to: Commercial Drive". And in a moment of panic, I thought: "Oh, crap, I missed the station". Because admittedly, I had been lost in thought, because I was thinking about my other two gripes. But I didn't miss the station. The skytrain computer just arbitrarily decided to screw with my head this morning.

2. We all know how I feel about smoking, so I won't go into that. But. I must make a request, which is why this gripe takes the form of a public service announcement.


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PEOPLE (or anything else you care to name, for that matter), PLEASE don't smoke at bus stops. When it's below zero, the smoke is *worse*. Haven't you ever heard of the London Peasouper? Where upwards of four thousand people choked to death because low temperatures forced all of the smog to ground-level? That's what you're doing to me, right now! If you feel you *must* smoke, why don't you go *over there*, six-to-fifteen feet away? So that I *don't* have to breathe your fumes? If the rest of us wanted to smoke, we would be smoking. If we wanted you to *share*, we would *ask* you. But as we *haven't*, PLEASE don't smoke at bus stops. Ew.

Yeah. A mild asthma attack is not a good way to start the morning.

3. Okay; British Columbians are considered to be fairly environmentally-conscious, right? Well, apparently nobody told the developers. On the bus this morning, I happened to pause next to an empty lot between Denny's and what I *think* was... okay, I can't remember what it was. What I *do* remember is the sign saying "SOLD: Strip Mall, Phase One."

I glared at the sign. The woman sitting next to me inched away.

I am bloody sick and tired of developers deciding, again arbitrarily, that a piece of land is being "wasted", and that it must be "usefully exploited" for the sake of "progress". It pisses me off like almost nothing else. It's certainly on my top five list.

For example, there's this great big chunk of woodland by my house - fields, trees, marsh. Gorgeous when the sun is on it, either coming up or going down, bits of it over three hundred years old.

And there's some developer bidding for it so he can build condos. Rip down all the trees, tear up all the ground, and build *condos*. Like the hundred-fifty-five condos a hundred feet away on Hammond Road are so *very* full (in fact, only fourty-three of them have anyone living in them), and sturdy, too - built on another marsh (most of Pitt Meadows *is* marsh) by dumping in piles of sand. So the first big quake, every single one of them goes under like quicksand.

It's just blatant stupidity, and this isn't the kind of small, trivial, forgettable stupidity that one sees *every day*, *all the time*. This is the kind of stupidity that causes hundreds of thousands of people to die horribly, because really, it's all those useless trees and weeds that let you *breathe*, you idiot developers.

I have said it before; the world distresses me.

But if they start bulldozing that field, I *will* chain myself to a tree.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 17th, 2002 10:07 am (UTC)
Stand upwind.

I'm asthmatic. But at bus stops, what are they going to do? I've also been a smoker and know the all-consuming panic that is a nic fit isn't something fun, and I'm prepared to let them go have their fun. Ask them to stand downwind. Griping is nice and all, but unless you asked them to move and they don't move, or, unless they're smoking inside a shelter or something, you've got nothing to complain about.

The most annoying part is when somebody decides they want to hotbox a cigarette inside a bus shelter and you're cramped in the corner. And you ask them to go outside, and they say 'no'. THEN go ahead and gripe.


Nothing personal, though. LOL can you tell I've been living with nightly wheeze attacks since tuesday?
Oct. 17th, 2002 10:20 am (UTC)
I pretty much always ask them to move, but they very rarely will. And standing upwind doesn't really work when a) there's no wind or b) they've got you boxed in on all sides. I'm saying, if they *must* do this, go away where I don't have to breathe it. Ever. I don't care if it's raining - I don't care if it's warmer on *this* side of the shelter. I don't want to breathe their smoke. *I* don't eat cloves of garlic and then burp in their faces, so I think that's only fair.
Oct. 17th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
Didn't say it was supposed to be.

Pull out your trump card.

"I have a medical condition I can't control and you're doing something you can control, let me get this straight, you're making me sick because you're too rude or lazy to move?"

Get some satisfaction out of calling them a bitchface at least.
Oct. 17th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
*mad cackle*
Heheh. Exactly my thoughts.
Oct. 17th, 2002 11:14 am (UTC)
I would pay good money to see you chained to a tree. Hehehe:)
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