Saturday, September 13, 2008

Middle of the Road?


We've written before about the silly amusement we get from the local traffic reports, which feel compelled to tell radio listeners what foreign object is blocking traffic. We have a list on our fridge of all the road obstructions we hear about.

Apparently, we're not the only ones who pay attention to this. Sheri sent me this link to a Perspective on our local public radio station.

And for our blog readers, who might not be paying close attention to Bay Area traffic reports, here's a sampling off the fridge:

metal pipes
wooden pallets
an injured goose
a rocking chair
a sign
a chair
a bicycle
a big bag of debris
a huge bumper
a couple of mattresses
a large black rubber mat
sand, and pieces of chicken
a box spring
large boxes of ... something
a couch


The Gillespie Tribe said...

Just a few days ago we were hearing reports of a brown cow in the road. I thought it was funny that they had to mention the cow was brown.... whew! For a minute there I thought it was the darn black and white one again =o)


. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

you crack me up!

Anonymous said...

I am DYING to know which chicken parts were burried in that sand...


. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

That "pieces of chicken" thing really conjures up a peculiar image, doesn't it?

For the life of me, I cannot fathom why the traffic reporters tell us this stuff. Okay, I can. They must be bored out of their skulls, and this lessens the tedium.

And it sure amuses idiots like me and Robb.

Christie said...

I'm friends with David Bruce (a frequent traffic reporter on KQED as well as many other Bay Area radio stations--also goes by David Fowkes on KGO), I'll see if I can find out what the thought process is behind the reports.
SJ Honey Bunny

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Oh, just please don't do anything that might make them change this policy!

I get so much glee out of the fact that we're being told that a man in a gorilla suit, running on the median strip, waving at motorists is slowing traffic.

I would *never* want this to end!!!

ASL Girl said...

I wouldn't want that to end either! I just love random stuff like this!!!!!!! Thanks for posting!

ASL Girl

Ron Sullivan said...

My favorite ever so far was a report from somewhere in the Valley of a three-way collision of trucks loaded with hives of honeybees, molasses, and BBs or lead shot, I forget, all of which spilled. Snarled highway traffic for hours, of course.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Oh lordy Ron, all that was missing on that traffic report was ball bearings and whoopie cushions!


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