Thursday, April 12, 2012
Everything in Life is Now a Crime
I walked down Rouse to a local Wendy's, located on the corner of Rouse and University, where I ate my monthly #7. Large. It used to be #6 on the menu. It's turning hot in Orlando, so I broke out in a small sweat just walking around in the bright sunshine. Nothing horrendous, but a reminder of the coming summer heat and humidity.
On the way back I passed several of these signs sitting between the sidewalk and the retention pond, the retention pond that sits between Rouse and the backside of the office complex where my office is located. What's so important that someone felt compelled to put up no-trespassing signs in the middle of open area between the public sidewalk and the retention pond? Is is valuable? No, not really. Is it fenced in? Not at all. On a bright sunny day, what's wrong with slowly walking down by the water where the ducks like to swim and enjoying weather?
Not a damn thing, really. Some officious asshole, in local county government or perhaps some absentee owner of that little bit of real estate, decided to put up those signs to keep the riff-raff away. Riff-raff like me, who work next to it in those office buildings that sit next to it on the other side. You can't trust engineers, they ask to many questions and they're too clever by half.
And it's the kind of pointless posturing posting that police will use against you if they just happen to come by and decide, for whatever reason, they don't like you and need any flimsy excuse to arrest you. The same police who turned a blind eye to the killer of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, the same police who run speed traps a block up on Corporate, the same police who pulled me over in my neighborhood because I took a photo of one of them sitting in an unmarked car for no good reason. The same kind of police who brutalized all those Occupy protesters all last year from New York to Washington to Oakland and points in between. The over militarized police who have slowly become as much the enemy as the "enemies" they say they're trying to protect us all from.
Photographs taken with the Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 45mm. Post processed like crazy in Lightroom 4.