Thursday, April 02, 2009

Paved With Good Intentions

Our beautifully handcrafted artisanal sidewalks have a lot of hollow pockets in them - spaces used for piping and wiring and whatever other slapped-together infrastructure needs the city may have. It never seems to dawn on anyone that, being hollow, these parts of the sidewalk ought to be made stronger than the rest of it, the result being a great number of treacherous holes in the middle of the sidewalk where fat schoolchildren have broken though the pavement while on their way to buy two-liter bottles of Coke.

Fortunately, you can always count on some quick-thinking Good Samaritan to take an enormous rock and plunk it down on top of the hole in the middle of the sidewalk, thus eliminating the hazard and ensuring pedestrians' safety.

We took this picture after we managed to crawl back onto the sidewalk, having protected our camera by landing face-first. (Always keep your breakables in a backpack behind you, kids. That's just common sense.)

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