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25 May 2006 @ 08:48 pm
Some thoughts  
Signs of the impending Apocalypse: chocolate-scented garbage bags (I swear I am not making this up).

Why is it that whenever the police are directing traffic, they tell the traffic to do whatever the traffic lights were telling them to do anyway? The other day, I counted at least a dozen police at one intersection - a bunch on each corner and a couple in the intersection itself directing traffic in time with the lights. What the hell are we paying these jokers for?

Am I the only one annoyed that the Dictionary.com Word of the Day feed almost never showcases a word I didn't already know the meaning of?

I think the whole bukkake movement has a lot to answer for. I mean, hardcore porn always had "the money shot", but now every single time it is always in the woman's face. It's not something I'd ever do, and not something I really enjoy watching. I never really was a big fan of "the money shot" to begin with, but now it's so much worse. Damned kinky Japanese.
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Some guy called Lap?harkon on May 25th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
I think the idea behind police directing traffic is that people are less likely to try annoying things around an accident. ie. Stop people from slowing down to have a look too much or pulling dodgey stuff when trying to get around the traffic jam caused by an accident. Not sure how well it work though, I'm not really paying much attention on the road.
Jacobyak_boy on May 25th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
At an accident, sure.

I think the same may apply in this case too, they have a police presence when they are expecting large crowds of pedestrians, just because the mere fact that there are cops there makes people drive more carefully.

But a dozen plus cops at one intersection? Were they expecting a riot?
Outlier Manlukeii on May 25th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
There was football on, of course they were expecting a riot.
Jacobyak_boy on May 25th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
This particular occasion, I could be misremembering, but I think it was mid-week.

And it was nowhere near the 'G or the Dome.
Outlier Manlukeii on May 25th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to say, I don't think they go out and do it just for kicks. There is quite likely to have been a reason for it, alebit one that was not obvious to you.
Jacobyak_boy on May 25th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
No doubt.

It just seemed odd.

But I guess the directing traffic in time with the lights thing does make sense when you see it as making drivers pay extra attention to that particular intersection.
carlowecarlowe on May 25th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
perhaps they were training baby policemen...

can't say watching the come-in-yer-face does much for me either. mind, I don't think I want to say here what does! :)
Jacobyak_boy on May 25th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Djangoleadgend on May 26th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
They were training new police. I see it a fair bit in the city. Sometimes they turn the lights to blinking amber. You can tell when it's training as there are 6 or so cops, often there are two cops in the middle of the intersection and the other cops take turns to do the traffic directing.
Jacobyak_boy on May 26th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Well, there you go. That makes perfect sense.