Friday, October 25, 2019

Can't be 'effed Friday

Yesterday was Mother Day. R came with me. My cunning plan of us alternating each Thursday has failed. Your mother. You take her out. Last week the twins came with their mother. The week before the other two young great nieces and great nephew came. with their mother and Ex Sis in Law. Of course R wanted to see them, but then this week, he actually wanted to see Mother. Nice.

A rule is that we leave Mother's, well ABI Brother's by 3pm to avoid bad traffic. We scraped it in at 2:58. We heard as we left on the radio that the freeway was closed because of terrible accident.

The journey that in best case takes 55 minutes to get home took 1 hour 45 minutes. Oddly I did really well, avoiding congestion which included driving through a hospital car park. Once near home, it went really wrong because of traffic congestion due to tram track replacement.

I was annoyed at the delay, but then I thought about people who were picking up school children, had appointments, were going to work. Awful for them. I only missed a chat with strong man Vlad in Vladivostok.

We are doing this transport thing all too wrong. Nothing governments do fixes traffic congestion. It is about too many people and not having appropriate public transport in place.

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  1. It has been even worse. I fortunately had taken all little side streets to avoid office traffic and I did well. A truck had fallen aside and they had to close the highway on both direction ! Imagine people were stuck in there for 5 or 6 h and the red cross had to come and bring food and drinks ! Usually you make it in half an hour !

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    1. Gattina, six hours is awful but not as bad as has happened in China where it was days. And the obvious, what do you do when you need a toilet?

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  2. Had to laugh at you using a hospital car park as a short cut.

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    1. Marie, Mother was there once, so I knew it. Useful local knowledge.

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  3. You are so right about Governments 'traffic congestion fixes'. Which frequently aggravate the problem. Gattina's story fills me with horrror. A five or six hour delay? Stuck in the car? NOT a happy time.

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    1. EC, expand the population but don't put in the facilities. Our country is awash with money, yet much of it is not well spent. Wouldn't being in car for such a time so awful. I don't think that has happened in Australia........yet.

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  4. Yes it is about overpopulation in cities and the lack of enough public transport infrastructure. Yet Scummos government still actively encourages high levels of immigration to drive economic growth. I like your detour through the hospital carpark.

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    1. Cheryl, indeed it is a Ponzi scheme, population growth, underpaying workers, all propping up our enconomy.

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  5. Our government gets so much wrong it's almost a comedy. I do think they should work harder on the public transport thing though. I see other cities have underpasses and overpasses all over the place to keep things moving. Why can't we? Yes it will cost a lot and take time for the infrastructure to get done and be operational, but once it's done it will just be a matter of having enough trams and buses running along. I saw in Japan they have high in the sky trains, London has the Metro, USA has the Subway, we have major stuff ups with all types of transport sharing the one road system.

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    1. River, are expensive and ugly overpasses, along with nicer underpasses needed in your city yet? Oh that your city never got rid of your existing tram system. At least you have the very successful Obahn, and for those who don't know, it is a high speed guided busway and delivers people from an outer area to the city very fast and very efficiently.

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  6. I'm glad I don't have to battle with those battles. I purposely stay away from the cities these days. I never go to Brisbane, nor to the Gold Coast. I'm quite content...very content...to remain up here on the hill away from the hustle, bustle and burgeoning traffic congestion and problems.

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    1. Lee, which is perhaps why the young generations have issues with us of a certain age. They have to participate in the rat race of big cities and we can't relax in our ivory towers having benefited from a kinder Australia in our earier times.

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  7. Half the problem is that people who live in A work in B, and people who live in B work in A. Job exchange might help.

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    1. Cro, here is seems everyone works in A and commutes from B.

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  8. Someone said to me recently the only way to fix the whole nightmare is to double the price of gas and use the gains to pour into public transit. It all makes perfect sense.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, perfect sense to you and I, but not politically doable. Perhaps it could be done gradually. You may be interested to know that as well as normal tax on fuel here, there is also an excise tax. It used to be adjusted upwards annually, I suppose to inflation levels, but quite a while ago it became fixed. Fuel taxes don't even cover our road building, let alone subsidising public transport. Vehicle registration is fixed price, so we who mostly use public transport pay the same as heavy road users. It is all so wrong.

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    2. I suspect a lot of taxes would cover a lot of things if the governments didn't stuff it all into their own pockets via huge salaries and pay rises.

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    3. River, I don't begrudge them the money if they were doing a good jon

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  9. Don't think of it as stuck in traffic, think of is as quality time to think or talk to someone.

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    1. Travel, we did stay quite calm and we did talk. Fatalism. We knew ahead it would be bad.

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  10. It can get bad here early morning and when workers are heading home, but if I ever say that to my son who lives in Sydney, he just laughs, thinks it's hilarious compared to Sydney traffic 😁 Good to hear Mum is still happy and well.

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    1. Grace, it is rather compared to Sydney, but it will get worse.

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  11. I live in Cleveland, Ohio, the population of which has been declining for as long as I can remember, yet we still have traffic jams. I can imagine how bad it must be in a place GAINING population.

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    1. Kirk, exponential growth here. It is awful.

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  12. There are definitely advantages to living in a small town as I do. But I've been caught in traffic when travelling on the highway or in the big city two hours away. It is not fun. And your question, what about bathroom needs, is one of my worst nightmares!

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    1. Jenny, I suppose people manage somehow. Fancy being three days in a traffic jam as in China.

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  13. We are certainly gaining population here in Oregon and traffic has become a nightmare almost everywhere. Some cat rescue person in Salem got a T shirt that says "We are Spaying and Neutering the wrong Species". Might be onto something.

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    1. Strayer, I think we are in furious agreement about spaying the wrong species.

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    2. May I just add my loud "Aye!" to that!

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  14. Last weekend they closed part of the Lake Shore for a marathon. Caused huge impacts on Queen St. as the streetcars were diverted.
    Weekend before, long weekend, they closed the Gardiner and part of the subway line for upgrades. Total traffic chaos. We don't care as I have converted John to public transit. He has become a super huge fan, amazingly, as he used to be always in his car.

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    1. Jackie, you are fortunate that you have a reasonable public transport system in place. I wonder why it is so different in much of the States.

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