Hanging By A Cone

Cones Hanging From BridgeOn a boat.

Cruising up the Chicago River.

Bridge repair in progress above.

Traffic safety cones hanging from the bridge.

Cones suspended by lengths of rope.

Several different kinds of cones (although not in this picture).

Several different lengths of rope.

Meant to keep boat traffic from passing under certain areas of the bridge?

Are these the best tools for the job?

Are these just the best tools on hand?

Bangalore Traffic

Some time ago Bangalore was known as the Garden City.

While some parts of the city still cling to enough green that this nickname works in those areas, I am starting to think that the Traffic City might be a more appropriate moniker for the city as a whole.

The following video is NOT a video of Bangalore traffic at its worst. Such a video would just show a bunch of vehicles sitting still and would be quite boring. Today I am just going to share a thirty second video of traffic on a road by my apartment.  Just to give you an idea of the type of vehicular mix that occurs in Bangalore.

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Nothing thrilling. Just a glimpse into my day-to-day life in Bangalore.

Just a glimpse into my day-to-day life right here.

A quick first glance at Bangalore

I had been warned that traffic in India would make me think that the craziest drivers in Chicago are completely tame. Traffic has seemed a bit out of control, but I am sure I haven’t seen the extremes yet.  Still, if there needs to be a sign specifying that drivers ought to obey the rules, then chances are nobody is actually following the rules!

On the wall across the street from my apartment this phrase is painted about every twenty feet. Unfortunately, this request is routinely ignored.

I thought it was worth noting how the stenciled sign initially read “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE”, but someone realized that this was a huge imposition to be requested of anyone.  The sign was then updated to specify “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE HERE,” which in my opinion is significantly more reasonable.