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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!

Regards,

case44

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Fixing A Pothole With A Band-Aid --- In A Matter Of Speaking

Posted 06-26-2021 at 07:12 PM by case44


I've concluded that everybody in the world hates potholes. And especially when something like that takes place in the entry / exit point in the parking lot of an apartment complex. When the powers that be actually announced that they would fix the parking lot pothole, the first thought in my mind was, "How were they going to go about fixing it?"

Good question, Case. Just keep reading.

It would be ambitious to just take apart the hole in a block format and pour new concrete in, followed by an impatient wait for it to dry. Imagine how long that could take. Now, how can workers do it without disrupting incoming or outgoing traffic? That's a problem, Sherlock. Solution? I'm amazed they didn't consider just opening up the fire entrance just for few days and have a police officer patrol it until the hole got fixed.

Sounds good.

But the apartment officials didn't resort to it.

So, the workers decided to cover up the hole by fastening a metal plate over it. Yes, that's what they did. It hasn't caused any problems, but I'll admit, I was taken aback by it when I first saw the post-repair display. A metal plate. I doubt some people would actually trip over the four fasteners at the corners. Perhaps one could safely call this a band-aid for a pothole. And, maybe, it is.

Residents including this writer will have to make do until there's an extended slow period in which the workers can make real change. For now, though, it's the metal band-aid.
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    What will probably happen, eventually, is a long-term fix, but it may have to come at a dead time of the year. The problem is, there's more traffic in my neighborhood, and my complex is never at a shortage of visitors. That dead time will likely be when construction workers won't be working.

    It could be a Catch-22. That metal plate, while not all that bad, is here to stay for likely a long while.
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    Posted 06-29-2021 at 06:25 PM by case44 case44 is offline
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    UPDATE: Breaking News from the Case newsroom : My apartment complex management has allowed a group of contractors completely rebuild the entrance to the property. That crazy metal cover is finally gone now. A new entrance, with new concrete, had been poured while I was in Lubbock earlier this week and should open up in a few days.

    Rejoice, rejoice!
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    Posted Yesterday at 09:50 AM by case44 case44 is offline
 

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