In an attempt to add a little of that vile word…I can hardly bear to type it…’exercise’ to my life I have taken to catching the train to work.
Soon I was feeling the effects of my endeavours in the form of shin splints and a hyper-extended Achilles tendon. However, I trudged bravely on and now can make it all the way to the end of the platform without undue fatigue.
Another advantage of riding the trains is the informative and edifying advice that one can glean by observing the posters thoughtfully placed by our municipality to assist the fair citizens of Perth function effectively as they make their way about the city.
The photo above is an example of the pithy advice that the powers deem necessary to promulgate lest society breaks down.
Now perhaps it is just me, but I felt that this message was just a teeeensy bit unnecessary.
Stupid as human beings may be, I cannot say that I regularly see piles of them at the bottom of escalators crying out for advice, incapable of working out for themselves that you just have to walk away.
“When you finish the ride…step aside”
What scintillating poet came up with this deathless phrase? And then there is the exquisite art work!
Cheech of Cheech and Chong seems to have paired up with Donald Trump to give us their “thumbs up” in appreciation of our great wisdom in walking away from the elevator.
Then you read the small print! Not only can you read the poster but you can see the video which shows you how to get off the elevator! Thanks the gods! At last, to be able to see how it is really done! 45 years of not knowing!
Given that the cost of producing these posters (and the fabulous video), which now adorn all the public trains, must have cost tens of thousands I wonder if there is indeed a crisis that I have not been privy to.
Perhaps there are indeed thousands of commuters who need to be told to get off the elevator. Maybe the transport “feedback” line has been swamped with requests by passengers along the lines of…
“When I get to the bottom of the elevator I seem to stop. What do I do next?”
If so, I applaud the Perth council for responding to this terrible social problem.
I now await more posters addressing similar shocking and burgeoning issues.
“If you jump on the tracks you may ruin your dacks” (dacks are the Aussie slang for trousers)
“If it is dark at night, turn on a light”
“When you sit chum, use your bum”
or more important still…
“If you don’t want to die…breathe!”
I await to see the safety campaign develop.
You can always see more by clicking here, plus the very photo of the “thumbs up” dudes!
Thank you Perth Council!!!!!