Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Drive Home

I normally get to work in twelve minutes. I allow twenty minutes. It takes bit longer to get home, especially in the evening at knock off time, twenty plus minutes.

Tonight it took forty five minutes, and that was using my back street knowledge. Unfortunately many others have back street knowledge, and I would have done just as well to stay on Highway One. I have never seen evening traffic congestion like I did tonight.

There is/are just too many people in Melbourne. Our Federal and State Governments who are responsible for the misery that driving in your car or using trains, trams and buses has become in Melbourne. Individuals can do nothing. It is up to our governments. Punish or praise them when you vote. They need to remember how fascism, army coups and revolutions start.

15 comments:

  1. All ballot papers should have a "none of the above" option.

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    1. FC, it might be better if bureaucrats ran things, without interference.

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  2. Mate you have been to Japan and taken their train.

    Try imagine the whole country of Singapore planted on top of Melbourne, all 5 million.

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    1. I've been to both MC. I've ridden a peak hour train from Ginza to Ueno, been in a Tokyo taxi in the morning peak. Been on buses, trains and taxis in Singapore. Melbourne is worse.

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  3. Oh god, I hate overcrowding and even more congested traffic. Somehow or other we need to get a grip on the population; perhaps something like only one child to a couple. Otherwise, well need I say more. Over here, some of our immigrants are having children like nobody's business. It's insanity.

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    1. Rubye, I don't know if you use the expression there, you whistle and I'll point, but I know which group there has a staggering birth rate. Yet I feel, with perhaps the exception of LA, your big cities do better than we do with growing populations. But at some point, enough must be enough.

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  4. Exactly the same is happening here in Perth Andrew. Perth's population is growing faster than any other city in Oz apparently..we have no money to improve the road system, Colin Barnett is too busy wasting money on Elizabeth Quay, it'll be his 'swan song' for sure, but too late, the money will be gone, stupid man!

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    1. I'll be very pleased if Barnett loses because of the Quay. I took a good look at it and I was appalled. I'd like to say it wouldn't happen here, but I am not stupid.

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  5. Sounds like walking would be a better option since your workplace is so close. I reckon this new tunnel the government and other parties want to build will only transfer the congestion problem to other areas.

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    1. Windsmoke, walk? In the heat? Actually it would been much quicker to get the tram, but that is rare. I agree about the east west tunnel. White elephant? I never thought that about City Link, but I never imagined the traffic they would carry. Without doubt if you build bigger and better roads, the traffic will come.

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  6. Yes, it took me ages too. I drive a lot for work and during the day at this time of the year is a nightmare. I think next week I should ban client visits for the week. Too dangerous on the roads.

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    1. Something went wrong last night, but I heard nothing. Tonight was a dream.

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    2. Yep tonight was good. Mornings are easier for me this week too. Bring on full school holidays.

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  7. How can there possibly be too many people in Melbourne? I'm convinced half of them are over here in Adelaide, queueing up at my checkout with the rest of Adelaide.
    Christmas madness...

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    1. I will say River, Adelaide felt like a pretty busy place to me. The tram was full and the roads were busy, along with lots of people.

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