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OTTO’s COLUMN

by Otto

Hi everybody, What is it with you lot and your precious cars, I wonder? Oh, you might think, what is he on about? Weeeell, I’ll tell you. The other day, and to be fair, this day was like any other day as this matter happens all the time, so, the other day we went out for a walkie. It was early lunch time, but again, it could have been any time of the day really. So, we are out on our walk, down Doddington Road, but guess what, even where we were walking doesn’t matter, as it happens everywhere these days. Now, we are out on our walk on Doddington Road, down towards the river, and there is a footpath, as you all know. But hey, humans., small or big, dogs, cats, whatevers can’t use the footpath, because every few meters there’s a car parked. I am not talking “standing a little bit in the way”. No, I am actually talking about “standing full on parked on the footpath”!! What do these humans think? Is it that they are scared that oncoming traffic might hit their precious little car? Is it that they think their car shouldn’t park on the side on the road as it would be in the way of traffic and they might have to drive around it?? So, do these humans

think that they are being considerate by parking their tin-can on wheels on the footpath??? Or is it, could it really be, that those tin-can owners don’t think at all???? Let me tell you, I don’t care if the oncoming traffic has to slow down because there is a car (tin-can) parked in the street. Many of the drivers could do with glasses anyway as they seem to find it difficult to see the 30 on their dashboard and mistake it by a 50. Easy mistaka to maka, I guess. I also don’t care if the owner of the tin-cans think they protect their car by parking it out of the road, on the footpath, they should be insured anyway, so nothing to panic about. What I do care about is the following: Little kids, driving safely on the footpath on their shiny little bicycles, they have to drive into the street to get around those silly parked cars. People who aren’t that mobile and are on their way with a mobility scooter or walking stick struggle over the kerb to get around these cars. And finally, me and my friends have to walk on the street to get around these cars. And with “and my friends” I explicitely would like to include cats this time! I am not sure what to do about this, I am just a dog after all, but maybe, as a human, you might have a chat with your mates, to make them understand??? Thanks from the hound.

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