I heard on the news today that there are eLanes for the distracted pedestrian. REALLY?
First of all, this started as a joke? If I lived in Philadelphia, I would not be laughing at the waste of taxpayer money for “The lines, signage and sidewalk graphics.” Secondly, if someone is so phone obsessed that they can’t pay attention to where they are walking, they deserve to fall, break their neck and pay for their own medical expenses. Seriously, who is going to police this?
This reminds me of a similar anecdote from The Kingdom of Leo. One evening while walking the royal pooch, Mojo, I saw a girl on a cell phone that was not paying attention to where she was walking. The King did not accommodate this fool and continued on his path. The girl had the nerve to react indignantly to The King, who admonished her for not paying attention to where she was walking, and later laughed at this digital automaton.
Even more recently, I actually went to a birthday party, venturing out. I was standing next to my cousin who was on his cellphone, wondering where his party guests were. A girl walked up to us and instead of introducing us, my cousin and the girl directed their attention to their phones. I just walked away.
For God’s sake, there is nothing that important that a real person should be ignored. It’s like people that leave their phone on and get mad because someone calls too early or in the middle of the night. You don’t have to answer the phone, ass-wipe!
Don’t even get me started on texters; why can’t they just dial the digits and talk to the person they want to contact?
2012-09-23 Addendum: While updating my blog I noticed that I had tagged Steven Buckley and Michael Nutter. Who are they? As it turns out Michael Nutter is a government official in the city of Philadelphia and Steven Buckley is a journalist for the Boston Herald. I wonder if that is from where I got my quotes.