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750 On the Streets
Late December

Portipotty with door pulled from hinges

2012 is soon ending. As we reflect back on the year, one of our favorite additions to the Metro to Mountain Journal has been the 'On the Streets' series. You might not live in our neighborhood, city, state, or country - but people are people wherever you live. If you don't take them seriously, they will make you smile.

During some recent walks, dog walks, runs, and bike rides, these are a few interesting observations ...

Poor Porti-Potty

Last week we walked the Richland Creek Greenway. To our disappointment, the door on the porti-potty was sitting inside the stall, off the hinges. We quickly talked about scenarios for how the door was broken.

  • A runner was in a hurry, ran in and really slammed the door and it broke.
  • Perhaps someone was swinging on the door and they glided back and forth to catch whiffs of the aroma until it broke.
  • What if someone lit a cigarette after consuming bowls of mom's chill beans. The door was then blown from the hinges.

These were all good possibilities, but more than likely vandalism was the cause. It is so sad but, the door was pulled from the hinges.

Porti-Potties at the trailheads of greenways are luxuries. While using a greenway in an urban area, there are few places for the hiker, runner, or bike rider to stop along the trail to relief themselves. More times than we care to acknowledge, we have been saved by the the little blue stalls. Well, that is, a little blue stall with a door. It is sad to see the small comfort stations damaged.

speed bumps on a sidewalk

Speed Bumps

Speed bumps are used to control speed. At a house that we run and walk by regularly, there are a set of speed bumps on the walkway leading to the front door. But why?

  • The slope of the yard is not extreme, so I doubt that the bumps are used for erosion control.
  • Perhaps to slow down bicycles, but the rider would just go to the grass bypassing the bumps.
  • Maybe they were installed to prevent skateboarding, but the riders usually enjoy bumps.
  • Possibly the mail person was rushing so quickly to deliver, the bumps were added for his safety. Through rain, sleet, snow, and sidewalk speed bumps, the mail goes on!

We need to stop and ask, but for now, it is a good guessing game as to why the bumps were installed.



Wow. This was Journal # 750! Wow! Thanks for listening.


Happy On the Street trail


other On the Streets from the Journal

On the Streets - Halloween 12 - 723

On the Streets - Christmas - 744

On the Streets - Late December - 750

On the Streets - February - 774

On the Streets - Spring - 794

On the Streets - Blimp - 801

On the Streets - Sidewalks - 856

On the Streets - Halloween 13 - 878

On the Streets - December - 890


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