By Dan Irvin
There’s obviously still a little bit of winter hanging on, even though the days are getting longer. We just need to soldier on for a little bit.
Some things can’t wait for spring.
It looks like the Canada geese in many parts of the community are already starting to bed down to make a space for the coming little ones. It seems earlier this year.
But the surest sign of Spring are the ubiquitous potholes. And they seem to be earlier, too.
My wife Karen said she’s seen and heard and read media mention of the potholes around town elsewhere, but I haven’t; so I hope I’m not repeating somebody.
Man, when driver safety proponents tell you to keep your eyes on the road, in this case the advice is literally on the road, keep your eyes.
I hate that bang, and worry about what’s happening to my suspension, and then I self-criticize for losing focus.
I’ve seen road crews out a little bit doing their patchwork, but, you know, for a while that’s a losing battle.
Oh, I’m cognizant of where the road mines are on my usual route to and from work and I drive around them, but it’s when I’m going someplace atypical that it’s a real problem.
I suppose it’s an urban myth but I seem to recall that there was a conspiracy theory back in the day that materials engineers could create asphalt that would provide pothole-resistant roads, but that obsolescence was a whole lot better for business.
We used to say the same thing about light bulbs, and now they have much longer life, so maybe there’s hope for the roads, too.
In the meantime, be careful out there.
Dan Irvin is Secretary of the Board of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board, and a member of the Heartland Community College Foundation Board.
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