Friday, October 26, 2007

Fridays with DaNte

Fridays with DaNte 26 - October - 2007

School! We are back to school... YAYYYY!!! I am so excited... NOT! It was a very quick holiday, and it went really fast. I wished it was longer... but I had a pretty good holiday anyway. Anyways, back to the reality! The first week of the holiday was well... quite hectic. I had to finish homeworks that were supposed to be done during the holiday. I had minimum amount of sleep, and mostly all because of HOMEWORKS!!! WHOO! And I didn't procrastinate... *smile* hey why is my nose growing longer? Anyways... let us begin then.

Erratic Picture of the Day

Auspicious Quote

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain." Anonymous

Word of the Day

Impoverished - very poor

Core Topic of the Day

Since no one wants to continue the chain story... I'll just write a topic of my own then.

Joy to Jakarta, for a path extension of its most infamous public transportation, Busway! The Bu
sway now has a more diverse route all over Jakarta, including the West side. Soon a single lane 'CREATED' by the government will be available exclusively for the Busway. There are more ways to travel around Jakarta, at a cheaper price! This Busway will surely have positive impacts, and will completely obliterate our most aggravating problem in Jakarta, traffic jam! Traveling time will never feel more expedite than ever before, and you will enjoy your trip everywhere in Jakarta. Busway, the best public transportation in Jakarta, is committed in creating a more convenient way of traveling.

Well, anyone who actually believes such an anti-thesis of reality is basically, sorry to say this, stupid. In reality, the recent construction of Busway lanes have created myriads of traffic problems everywhere in Jakarta. The Busway lane took one lane in the road. For instance, if a the road has 3 lanes for every transportation, the Busway lane took one. Imagine this, for a 3 lane road there's almost always traff
ic jams. What will happen with 2?! Every single day I have to endure the pain of traffic jams during school trip departures and returns. Today, on a Saturday, trips actually take twice longer, even more. My usual 10 minutes trip to a lesson had changed into a tedious, resentful 30 minutes trip. The usual time taken for me to travel from my house to the Taman Anggrek Mall was around 30 minutes, but now it morphed into a ludicrous and useless 1 hour 20 minutes (approximately) trip. The Busway lanes are open for everyone, but its barely useful. The lane was higher than the road, hence people cannot directly go into the lane. Does Busway actually have a significant role in our society? I guess not.

The governments of Indonesia have a very myopic view of this situation. The new government, Fauzi Bowo, mentioned that "I haven't come up with an instant solution for this problem," in Kompas, last week. "Bu
sway is created to reduce the amount of traffic," Fauzi mentioned (as far as I remember). What happened in reality was the opposite of what was planned. The traffic went rambunctious as days pass. This stipulates the first failure of Fauzi Bowo to handle a crisis in our city. Through inductive logic, we can simply jump into a conclusion; All Jakarta governments are the same, egoistic and brainless money-stealer. But, keep in mind that I might be wrong, for I am not a trustworthy primary source of political information.

In other countries, such as Singapore and England, they charge people who enters a certain zone in a rush-hour. This system reduced traffic up to 30%, so efficient that they are expanding the zone in the near future, as I heard from Eric McSylar (not the real name). I've also heard that Indonesian governments or political characters have traveled to a variety of foreign countries. Why cant the Indonesian government apply foreign country's laws and policies for the benefit of their home country? Is applying a rule so arduous that even political authorities cannot spend time to think and create a lucrative policy? The governments cannot even solve the simpler problem of Jakarta. In the toll road cashier gate, there are often traffic jams, as you all may know. Why? For %#@!'s sake it's a friggin TOLL ROAD! It's not supposed to have ANY traffic jam (sorry for the sudden burst of emotion). Malaysia, one of Indonesia's closer neighbor have applied the 'Touch 'n Go' system in their toll roads. The system works like this: you drive, you put up your card within the range of the card detector, and you leave. You don't even have to open your window to detect your card. Why can't the government create such a useful system instead of putting big ugly orange buses that takes a whole lane?

We cannot know for sure what the Indonesian government might be thinking. Maybe they have a grand plan for the Busway, or maybe they do not want to deal with us. I believe our city does not need any more
public transportation, since there are throngs of public transportation. It's even better if the government substitute the public transportation with brand new ones. If the governments does not make any improvements, we will soon see the deterioration of this beloved country of ours. I do hope the brainless and inconsiderate governments somehow open this website and read what is written here. Sorry if this post is similar to that of Gary's or anyone else's! I just have to write my thoughts and ideas about this crisis somehow.

Joke of the Day

For weeks a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house. One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event. The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Tommy, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?" Tommy burst into tears and confessed, "I think Mommy ate it!"

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