|Cones! See how they protect this truck?|
But I'm intrigued by one beneficiary that we never think about, even though it's staring us right in the face: The people who make orange traffic cones must be doing one whale of a business.
I want to find out who makes those things, so I can buy a little stock.
This raises a curious question, though. Back in the day, when a work crew showed up on your street, they simply parked and went to work. Maybe someone put out a "Men Working" or, in later years, a more inclusive "Persons Working" sign, but that was about it.
Now it seems that a cop can't pull over a speeding motorist without pausing to place an orange cone behind the left rear bumper of her car.
What's up with this?
Back in the day, if we drove down a street and saw a truck parked or a construction crew at work, we didn't go, "Whoa! I almost hit that truck! Dang, I wish they had put out an orange cone!"
Nowadays, though, they'll practically surround any unusual activity with cones, a visual way to yell, "Watch out! Something is different here!" I suppose if I weren't too lazy to call City Hall and ask, they'd tell me, "It's a safety thing. It's all about security." (Do orange cones ward off terrorism? There's an interesting question.)
Anyway, now I'm starting to wonder if I should carry a couple orange cones, and set them down around my car when I park. Would I be safer? Or would I get in trouble for impersonating an Official Activity? What do you think? What would you do?