Wednesday, December 22, 2021

It's Almost Like Somebody's On a Mission!

A funny thing happened on the way home from Country Mart on Tuesday. I only noticed it as I was putting T-Hoe in reverse to back out of my parking spot. I was so shocked that I turned off the ignition, and reached for my phone camera.
Did you notice? No, it's not a lack of customers, nor the absence of a bicyclist blocking me in by standing beside her bike at T-Hoe's door.

Do you see what I see? 
A slab, a slab, broken in the day
Makes me wonder again, "WHAT THE HEY!" 

Okay. That little reference was a bit of Christmasizing in honor of the holiday season. But I DO wonder what in the Not-Heaven is going on here! WHO is breaking all these parking slab tire bumper thingies? 

This is the 3rd one I've seen here at Country Mart! And when I looked along the sidewalk, I saw the 4th broken parking slab tire bumper thingy!

Number four was broken even worse! AND knocked up on the sidewalk! Is this one person with a hatred of parking slab tire bumper thingies? Or a gang using this act for initiation? 
Is Mr. Magoo shopping at Country Mart?

Maybe it's a problem with their construction. That one seems to have the bolt needed to anchor it down. If the others don't, shouldn't they just move? Wouldn't the anchored one break just as easily?

It could be substandard materials, used to save a buck. What are these broken parking slab tire bumper thingies made of instead of the usual concrete? 
Chalk, maybe? I know it took precious little to snap a piece of chalk back when we still used blackboards! You'd no sooner take a piece out of the box than it broke as you were laying it on the chalk tray. 
Or maybe the stuff from those candy cigarettes? C'mon, man! You remember when cigarettes were CANDY, and nobody saw anything wrong with kids chewing on sweet white (before they were known to cause) cancer sticks, with the ends tinted red like an ember. IF you were lucky enough to get one that wasn't broken in half in the pack.

I'm going to keep my eye on this situation. To see if these parking slab tire bumper thingies get replaced, or if MORE get broken.


  1. I remember candy cigarettes! I am thinking you are right about using substandard materials.

    1. I've never seen so many broken parking slab tire bumper thingies! I'm not sure I've seen another broken one anywhere else. Maybe a company that sells parking slab tire bumper thingies is sending out someone to break them!

  2. That has to be intentional. Looks like someone took a sledge to it.

    1. I don't see any surveillance cameras on the wall. Hick could hook them up with a fake one, which might act as a scarecrow.

  3. Now you've got me wondering how and why and don't these people have anything better to do than roam the countryside breaking tire bumper thingies?

    1. I guess they had to find a new target, after destroying our bus-waiting shed down by the creek.