Friday Firesmith – An Argument Starter

I work with traffic, and on occasion, I work in traffic. There’s nothing more contentious than putting a traffic signal at an intersection unless it’s the timing of that light. At the intersection of Saint Augustine Road and US84, aka Hill Avenue, things get plenty damn weird at a little after five. All of the … Read more

Friday Firesmith – Stories from the Meter Box – The Black Ribbon

The one lesson that has always stuck with me after being a meter reader is that poor people are more likely to be generous than people who have money. Reading meters in a well to do neighborhood guaranteed you weren’t going to see anyone outside and if you did, they’d pretend you didn’t exist. Asking … Read more

Friday Firesmith – Stories from the Meter Box: Eden

There were two kinds of people, and only two kinds of people, when it came to those people who wouldn’t pay their water bill. There were those people whose lifestyle interfered with their bill paying, and there were those people who were broke. Thursdays meant we didn’t read meters. Thursdays meant we either cut the … Read more

Friday Firesmith – Why Does Government Exist?

Why does government exist? Could we live without it? As seen in the recent shutdown, when Park Services are abandoned people loot and destroy the parks. If the military were to be treated in this manner, imagine what would happen. If we depended on the goodwill of very large companies to support our interests, we … Read more