no joke, I read Brian O's column on the quagmire of closing the gap in the bike trail system around Sandcastle right after coming back from some afternoon biking also stymied by the same bottleneck. It's a big deal to some of us. Part of me wants to say there has to be a solution to the problem of finding a narrow bike trail through the area, but if you have been down there it is really a narrow and congested strip of land. Call it spatially challenged. I'm sure there are solutions, but probably nothing cheap. My Seabee colleagues I am sure could plant an elevated causeway along the riverbank. I really wonder what that would cost. Too much I am pretty sure, but it's fun to think about. Might be worth the publicity such an architecture might get if built.
Grata talks about feedback on his piece recently when he talked about how absenteeism is up at the Port Authority. It does make me wonder, the whole point of his original article was based on how absenteeism is up in recent years and the strong implication that workers were just skipping work. Yet you can't quite compare recent years given the big changes in the law (Family and Medical Leave Act), military leave (nuff said), and other factors; all of which would be expected to have an impact on those numbers. I would be interested in how much individual sick days per worker (adjusted for age) has changed in recent years before drawing too many conclusions.
and if I could ever transform myself from the itinerant typist that this blog represents into a 'writer' I would try to be Bill Bryson I think. That just came to mind because of a reference in Toland's Next Page piece on Chinese, English and all things language. I still think there is an economic development strategy worth trying to issue visas to a horde of Chinese language teachers so that Chinese could be taught in every school in the region.