See saw

Published August 25, 2006

As I was driving to work this morning, I drove over an object in the road. As it slipped under the car and out of view, I noticed that it was a saw. You know, like a carpenter would use. Thankfully, it was in the middle of the road, between the wheels and couldn’t do any damage.

But how did it get there? Has someone got to their destination, unpacked their toolbox and sworn at the lack of saw they find there? Or was someone so unimpressed by the saw’s cutting ability that they threw it out of a moving vehicle? Or did someone on foot place it there maliciously, and then hide out in the hedgerows to giggle and laugh at any mayhem it caused.

They teach you to be a good citizen and remove things that are hazardous in the middle of the road, but this was on a busy dual carriageway meeting a busy roundabout and I wasn’t about to risk life and limb. Perhaps I should have called someone? Police? “Hello? I saw a saw in the road.” That sounds a bit weird.

There are all sorts of odd things residing in our roads. Things that always make me sit up and think are the shoes and/or socks. How can someone lose just the one shoe without noticing? I would go crazy if my shoe fell out of the car window. What were they doing dangling their shoe out there anyway.

What other crazy things have fallen in the road? How did they get there?

I think it’s one of the great mysteries of life.

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