If there's any question that the world has problems, let me submit this nugget: London officials are testing padded lampposts to reduce the number of injuries of people texting.
Apparently, people have been so consumed by pecking away at the keypads of their mobile phones that - BONG!!!! - they've walked headlong into metal lampposts around the city.
And it's not just one or two folks, according to a foxnews.com article. A study by a British phone directory service, found that one in 10 people - some 68,000 Brits - have been hurt while texting or talking on their phone.
What amazes me is that no one has apparently offered a simple and cheaper solution: How about not walking if you are typing? Of course that won't work because most people who need to text that much are probably too busy to waste 15 seconds of their precious time by stepping out of their fast lane to actually communicate - light poles be darned.
While I'm on my soapbox, I have a suggestion for this side of the pond: While we are coddling the texters and cell talkers of society, how about adding padded guardrails along interstates and streets? Comedian George Carlin asserts that anyone driving slower that you is an idiot, and everyone driving faster than you is a manic. Well, let's add a third category: Anyone who is creeping into your lane, disregarding the basic rules of the road or just slammed into the back of your car is probably on their cell phone. Or drunk.
The difference is we can't charge them with DWT - driving while talking or driving while texting. Maybe that's something we should think about.
(I should admit that I am just as addicted to my mobile phone as anyone else. I just try to be aware of the rest of the world when I am using it - especially if I am driving or if there are any light poles that could jump out in front of me when I am walking.)
Meanwhile, a great event is just on the horizon. The second annual Riding for a Cure horse and wagon trail ride is planned for March 29 (a day later if it is raining). During the event, participants will get a chance to parade across the McDuffie County countryside with a traditional fox hunt, have lunch at the rock dam and help raise money for the McDuffie County Relay for Life.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the gate, and lunch is included in both prices. For more information on the event, drop Nancy Trivett a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone that missed the opening ceremony of the Belle Meade Hunt in November, this is a perfect chance to get in a make-up. And for those who can't remember the November Hunt, this is a good time to re-live a few memories.