15 comments

  • Jared KrauseJared Krause, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    "Honey, you'll never guess what happened! I was on my way home from volunteering at the homeless shelter, and some pesky teenagers raked a pile of leaves and debris into the street. I wasn't sure if I should drive over it or find another route. What if there were branches and rocks under there? Or worse.. broken glass and nails? Maybe explosives?! You can never trust people these days. Even more disturbing, there was a creepy middle-aged man just standing there with a video camera filming the whole thing.. Just waiting for me to drive over his treacherous leaf trap of doom. Shouldn't he be inside celebrating Thanksgiving with his family? What could he possibly be doing out there? I decided to proceed slowly, politely waving at the crackpot as to not cause any trouble. As soon as I made it through the pile of death, I zoomed out of that neighborhood at dangerous speeds to get away from that Thanksgiving terrorist as quick as possible. Pretty sure I ran a few stop signs but hey, my life was at risk. He may have been following me! I'm seriously freaking out. Now hand me the phone, I'm calling the cops."

    12 points
  • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, 4 years ago

    "designed"

    9 points
    • Dan SherrattDan Sherratt, 4 years ago

      design

      decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), by making a detailed drawing of it.

      do or plan (something) with a specific purpose in mind.

      13 points
    • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, 4 years ago

      This seems like design to me: there's a problem, and he worked with the constraints to produce something that created the intended result.

      15 points
  • A Paul, 4 years ago

    I can picture this guy's thoughts as he was raking the leaves and taking photos: "This is going to be a great article on Medium. I can't wait to share it everywhere!!"

    3 points
  • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, 4 years ago

    Or, you know, accept that it's not up to you to control how other people drive on a street you happen to live on.

    3 points
  • Nicholas MandelbaumNicholas Mandelbaum, 4 years ago

    I had the choice between watching this or the latest photoshop releases. I think it was a better choice, thanks :)

    1 point
    • Josh LeeJosh Lee, 4 years ago

      You are most welcome, now it's your turn to give me something to use my time for that is better than watching abode propo's :)

      0 points
  • Dan SherrattDan Sherratt, 4 years ago

    What's interesting about this is what the driver is thinking, a huge assumption but I have a feeling this is less 'I should slow down because I am driving dangerously' and more 'I should slow down because this pile of leaves could break my car'

    There's a really interesting section in the Jon Ronson book 'So you've been publically shamed' that covers the effectiveness of the 'YOUR SPEED [ ]' signs and how the psychology of it works.

    1 point
    • Josh Lee, 4 years ago

      Yeah, thinking about it as if I was in the car I would totally slow down. What's funny is most people actually waved and smiled at me, while some just were zoned into looking straight ahead and blew right by. Not too many if any got irritated or whatnot.

      0 points
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, 4 years ago

    I love vignettes like this. Our studio is near an intersection that has more than its fair share of close calls. We've talked a number of times about possible lightweight interventions that we could do without running afoul of the city, so seeing something done just with leaves is neat.

    1 point