It’s been a few months now. Actually it was last October. It was then that we wrote the most recent installment of cars driving into buildings, a phenomenon happening so regularly we can’t miss it. If you’re thinking you must have missed it, you didn’t. We never got around to posting that one. Something else more blogworthy must have come up. Then we took another look at it and it and found something else instead. Then something else. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. Before we knew it, it have gotten moved into the “unposted” folder and just sat around. And since then we’ve actually not thought much at all about cars being driven willy and nilly into buildings. Until yesterday.
Oh buildings were still being assailed by cars. Some were little taps into a door frame. Some we quite spectacular and took out entire corners of buildings. And then there was yesterday.
Yesterday there was this perfectly innocent building, sitting along a perfectly picture perfect downtown main street. So perfect a main street it is that it is named Main Street. And along that street were stores you don’t see much along main streets lately. There is an insurance agency with just a couple of agents always handy, a deli-style sandwich shop where everybody knows your name, a florist with real flowers in real vases and a carnation for you, a real estate office with pictures of houses for sale taped to the inside of the front window, and up until yesterday, a chiropractic office manned by Dr. C., of course. Now gone is the building façade. Gone is the receptionist’s desk. Gone is the waiting room. Gone is most everything in the front half of the building. Fortunately the driver responsible for doing all that did it along about 8:30 at night, long after everyone in the office had themselves gone.
So why such a big deal over such a little office along such a little street in such a little town? We’ve written about big buildings getting plowed into by big trucks. We even wrote about an airport getting in the way of a crazy lady on a mission. So now we’re up to some 350 words about that little office along a little street in a little town. But it’s special. It’s She of We’s town. And it’s her Main Street and her deli and and her florist and her buildings. These are people she knows.
Now it’s not just an interesting topic to post for you to read. It’s not trying to figure out how many building assaults per how many days. Now when we pose just how distracted does a driver have to be to not notice a two story, glass front, brick and mortar building getting bigger and bigger in the windshield it’s a building that we’ve seen, driven past, walk by, pointed to.
We know we aren’t the only ones to know a building that has come under attack. In the Buffalo NY area, petitions began circulating calling for guard rails around buildings at street level for goodness sake! But now She of We enters the elite club of not only knowing buildings that have been disrupted by drunk, disorderly, or distracted drivers. She knows the people in that building too.
Where will it end? Last year in our metro area almost 100 times did the cars and trucks run through mortar and glass. We stopped counting at the end of the year. We still noticed them. We pointed them out on the news. We just didn’t pay attention to them. Until yesterday.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?