Its been a funny old few weeks recently. First there was the shock that I actually had to go back to work after the summer. Followed by relief that Kid #1 was finally back to school, followed, eventually, by the relief that Kid #2 also started her nursery. Man I swear Nurseries in this town were taking the Michael with their start date.... middle of last week?! Some kids had been back at school for a month already! And lets not get me started on the peculiar situation that I find myself in with Kid #2's nursery - I have to pay a registration fee every term? Seems to me a bit silly, if they need to charge more per term then... charge more per term, no?
I digress. Back to my gripe-at-hand. Speed bumps. I've been living here a decade now, and I really should have just gotten over them (pun intended) already. But really. Why are there SO many speed bumps here? Each time I see / go over a speed bump before a stop sign, all I can usually think of is, are people really so bad at driving they have to be forced to stop at a junction?
I must admit I am a bit fascinated by the sub-culture that has spawned around the need to cross speed bumps almost sideways to avoid "rubbing". And I totally get it.. cos they're never regulated in size! Have you seen the mega-bump outside the Opera house? I reckon that one single speed bump has probably netted RO 250,000 in repair work for various workshops around the city since they installed that thing.
Speed limits are posted (most of the time anyway) and speed bumps are also posted (most of the time anyway). However this has happened to me more than a few times when driving in an area I'm not familiar with: Driving along at 50 in a residential zone and then I wince as I just went over a speed hump I didn't see (street lighting here is... not always the most illuminating).
Point is, my poor, much loved, now geriatric, V Dub needs new suspension bits and bobs. Its a bit amusing because twice in the last few days I've been pulled over by people in (surprise surprise) clapped out Lexus' asking me if they can buy my car. No, its not lowered, its just knackered. And no, its not for sale. Yet. I love it to much.
Now yes, I'm moaning about something as pathetic as speed bumps, and really its because I like a good moan (try as I might I can't escape the reality that I was born British after all) and I wanted to write something here that wasn't advertising something. But really - am I the only one who curses every time they go over yet another pointless bloody speed bump? I'm not saying all speed bumps are pointless, and I can certainly see the real-world benefit (people will, it seems, always drive like they are auditioning for the next Fast & the Furious movie) of having speed bumps. But all that means nothing when it means I need to buy a new set of suspension.
Wouldn't it be nice if speed humps were designed to be travelled over at the sign-posted speed limit - so if you're speeding when you go over them, then yes, your suspension gets a paddling. But, if you are obeying the limit, and you go over a speed bump, it should be engineered in a way that it won't punish your suspension.
In Oman, it seems there are two types of Stop Sign: The Stop Sign (which no one obeys) and the Stop Speed Bump (which most people obey, if they see them). Surely if the objective is to get people to slow down, something like this would be more effective?
Perhaps its time for a new car after all. Those RAM 1500's sure do look nice... anyone want to sell me one?
Anyone else have any thoughts on speed bumps?!