Pot Holes? What do They Really Cost?
Pot Holes! Got your attention right away didn’t I? No joke, if the Pot Holes in my town were Kansas wheat, it’d be a record bumper crop. They’re everywhere! Going down the Main Street in my beloved Burg has turned into the Monaco Grand Prix, complete with vicious twist and turns with and straight aways with massive acceleration. Except the speeds aren't fringing on 100 MPH or the posted 35, but actually a cautiously crawling 10 MPH... Ohhh, it's painful.
My fellow citizens and I have become so fond of some of them they have their own scenic road signs...”The Grand Canyon”, “Cliffs of Dover”, "The New River Gorge” and my personal favorite, the “Snake River Canyon”. There was a small contingent of Police out there on Saturday so an Evil Kniveal impersonator could set up his ramp and jump that Beast! Shame too, he almost made it.So, now really, what’s the cost of a Pot Hole? I know from a personal perspective it’s exactly $323.23.
Let me walk you through my figures. And please, particularly if you're a City Engineer, don’t jump ahead, as this has little to do with asphalt and labor. I’m talking real cost.So expense number one... Button down dress shirt x 2 = $62.50. How is that you ask? Welp, the first one fell pray to a steamin cup of Joe. Yes Sir, straight down the middle of the fairway. Newly pressed white business shirt gained this growing inky spot when the front half of my truck disappeared in one of our more infamous creators. After a few choice expletives, I realized that puppy wasn't coming out. Nice new gardening shirt.
Shirt number two you ask? This one was worthy of a commercial, or at least a You Tube clip. On the way in for a basketball game my cheek inadvertently collided with my Chili Cheese Burrito which landed squarely in my pocket. What are the odds of that? Apparently pretty good. All as the result of my left front tire plunging precariously into a newly created creator causing it to skip a full revolution, sending me and my Burrito careening toward the curb. After shirt number one had bite the dust you'd think I would have worn black to the game.
Expense three...$132.23. Front end alignment and tire balancing. This one goes without saying. But my guess is, seriously, if I came back into town at 3:33A.M., I’d bet the dedicated employees of all four auto part stores and two garages would be working in complete unison to make these freaks of nature BIGGER! Jack Hanners, pic axes, sledgehammers, the whole deal. Swinging, picking hammering toward their winter bonus!So the last, and most certainly not the least, of my Pot Hole expenses is the fiscal and emotional toll these gargantuan holes have placed upon my relationship.
Here’s what I mean... so most of us dudes look at this newly minted obstacle course as a challenge right? Who among us hasn’t bragged about our speed and "Tire to Hole Ratio"? How many times you’ve braved the gauntlet and not hit ONE!
So as the course flag dropped last Saturday on the way through town, I was on fire, hadn’t been engulfed in one!! However, and this is big, my loving spouse was furious, giving me “The Look”. Unbeknownst to me she had banged her head twice off the passenger window, poked herself in the eye during the traditional make up/ touch up session, and drawn a "Chantilly Red" smile across her cheeks that The Joker would be envious of.
My best gauntlet time was quickly overshadowed during a quite $137.41 dinner at her favorite restaurant with two fairly expensive bottles of wine. I don't drink wine. Just sayin....
So, how much am I willing to chip in to fix our Moon-Like Pot Hole conundrum?
Well, about $323.23. You??