Blathr Wayne Lorentz

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No tip for that guy

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 Alive 18,942 days

A vulgar conveyance

If your crappy taxi can only handle “two fat chicks,” then perhaps you should do a better job of maintaining it.

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City of disrepair

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 Alive 18,438 days

A broken embedded railroad crossing signal along Main Street in downtown Houston

Iʼve long moaned about how Houston is a city that would rather spend a lot of money tearing things down and rebuilding them, than spend a little money maintaining what it already has. Since Iʼve returned to the city, I see it over and over again.

This is the latest example. These are warning lights that were embedded into the stop lines of streets that cross Metroʼs Red Line downtown. They were pretty neat when the train first ran, taking the flashing lights usually hanging beneath a grade crossingʼs crossbuck, and putting them into the street, itself, nice and tidy. The resulting wigwag light pattern both alerts drivers to the approach of a train, and also lets them know where to stop.

That is, if theyʼre working. Which theyʼre not. None of them work anymore. I wrote to Robert Gallegos, my elected city councilman asking what happened to them.

Not only did he not respond to my letter, his office didnʼt even acknowledge its receipt. Having previously lived in Chicagoʼs 42nd Ward under its very responsive Alderman Brendan Reilly, Iʼm surprised that a local politician would simply ignore a constituent. I guess Mr. Gallegos doesnʼt need my vote.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 Alive 17,339 days

A car smashed to bits outside my office window

Back to work day. The window never fails to entertain.

California license plate. Must be a local.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 Alive 17,325 days

The view from a limo ride home

Itʼs nice to be a passenger for a change. Too bad thereʼs nothing to see

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 Alive 17,325 days

What might end up being an expensive ride home

If the garage gives me a free limo ride home, I should probably worry about the repair bill, right?

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♫ Theyʼre coming to tow you away, ha ha! ♫

Monday, October 1st, 2018 Alive 17,324 days

A tow truck in my driveway

What a cancelled vacation looks like.

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