|Published September 14, 2006.|
|Ahhh, boo hoo!|
|There are probably going to be lots of complaints about this, so feel free to lump it with another one.
I got to spend about 3 hours at bus stops and on the buses listening to everybody bitch and complain about the traffic jam because Condi was in town. One woman in particular was going on for a good twenty minutes, when she could have gotten off and walked the four blocks she needed to go instead of complaining to her friend the entire time we were stuck on Connaught.
Then, on the way back, the Barrington bus didn't show up for 2 hours, going southbound from the mall. Yes, it was inconvenient. Yes, like everyone else, I had better things to do. But it was a nice sunny day, it was reasonably warm out, so no worries. But to listen to some people talk it was like someone had taken away their birthday. If the biggest problem you have on a Monday is getting stuck in traffic, then how horrible is life really?
The other thing that was annoying is that everyone was blaming Condeleeza Rice. Yes, her visit was the reason traffic was so bad. But for fuck sakes, she came to Canada to thanks people for what they did on 9/11. Yes it was probably politically motivated to boost support for Canada's role in Afghanistan, but so what? People can't just say 'You're Welcome"?
The problem wasn't that we had a visiting dignitary, the problem was that a)the Halifax street and highway system is a colossal mess, and has bottlenecks everywhere and b)instead of getting one of the 9 buses that changed to 'Out of Service' when they hit the end of their route into a Barrington bus, someone couldn't make a decision.
This was a well publicized visit, people responsible should have made plans based on the road closers, but they didn't. If you want to be mad at anyone, blame them, they completely shit the bad on this one. And really, Ms Rice will likely never be back in town, while the asshats who dropped the ball will roll in to work tommorow and the day after... Maybe if they get shit, they'll be a bit more proactive next time.