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Monday, September 14, 2009

I live on a secondary road that connects two main streets. There are about 6 or 7 side streets off of mine and we get a fair amount of traffic during the day. Enough for them to paint double lines down the middle of the road.

I was educated today on how the lines are repainted. Apparently, first they sand blast the old lines off so there's no bleed through. This is done by a very loud contraption that travels down the road reeeaaallly slow.

Then the "striper" truck applies the paint as it's catapulted out by the air pressure in a series of hoses.

Did I mention how loud all this was?

Oh and did I also mention it was done at 3:00 this morning?!?


  1. One of the things I've noticed about getting old, is the fact that nothing wakes me up anymore. Neither a paint truck in the street or Charles Manson screaming as he lunges through my window firing at my head. Makes me a wee bit leery of my safety in my own bed at night.

  2. I just put you on my blog under BLOGGER'S BLOCK. Every Friday, I do a FRIDAY'S READER'S SPECIAL where I answer the comments I received during the week, with a link-back to the blogs. Hope to see you there.

  3. Damn construction workers! I seriously think there is a conspiracy union somewhere and all they do is think up ways to annoy the piss out of people with useless construction projects. Tomorrow night, they will insist on ripping up the sidewalk in front of your house. Grrr...

  4. They've been ripping up various bits of road and pavement in front of my house for 4 months now. This obviously gives them much joy, as they've gone back and done some bits 4 times now.
    I often wonder what they're looking for, and if they'll ever find it.

  5. Ok...I so know what you're talking about because I have the pleasure of listening to the melodious sounds of a JACK HAMMER which starts at about 1-2 AM and goes until 6.

    I LOVE city life!

  6. I used to live off a major London throughroad and yeah; they always did their roadworks at 3am in the morning too.

    Loud indeed.

  7. I'd rather have the paint rruck come rumbling down my street painting double lines than live next door to the yahoo's that moved in...
    Whatever it is they do for work(play?) they come in around 5am, at least 3-4 times a week and then play music REALLY loud for several hours.

    Did it again last night. I hate them.
    So I mowed the lawn this morning at 8am. AND used the leaf blower. That'll teach 'em.


  8. Sorry Chrissy that all that noise woke you up. But I do have to say that I'm impressed that city workers got up that early (that's if city workers maintain your streets). Usually us city workers get up as late as we can.

  9. Aw, you know they only do that so they don't inconvenience you during the day. Isn't that thoughtful of them ??!?!? ARGH!

  10. @dana,
    I'm pretty much the same as you but this was LOUD. C'mon, I bet Charles Manson would wake you.. I'll check out your Blogger's Block. Thanks!

    @Travel Girl,
    Yep. Tax dollars hard at work.

    @Writers Block,
    I think they do it wrong just so they can go back and do it again. Job security.

    That's sounds as lovely as the crickets!

    Yes, but you and Ron are talking about the city. I live in a quiet (so I thought)suburb.

    Oh no! Not crappy neighbors. Doesn't he screen those people? Didn't you have bad ones before?

    I don't think they were city. I think they were a private contractor. Some people will do anything for money. Whores.

    That is probably the thought process behind it. Idiots.

  11. Isn't there a law against making so much noise at 3am?? That would absolutely wake me...and I'd be fairly unhappy about it. I'd assumed they like to save that stuff for rush hour...

  12. Kathryn,
    I was tempted to run outside and yell, "what's the matter with you a##holes? Don't you know it's 3AM?" But then I would probably be arrested for disturbance of the peace.


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