Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When did they move Massachusetts to Mars?

Your tax dollars at work in Cambridge have gone toward hiring an artist that introduced, among other things:
3. a redesigned parking ticket envelope that introduces a series of yoga postures for giving and receiving parking citations. During his residency, Peltz learned that the aim of the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation was to maintain flow in the city, which led him to imagine a more peaceful exchange between Parking Control Officers and drivers being ticketed. This new envelope will be put into circulation and delivered with all parking citations, beginning in September.

You need to click on the link; there's a picture of the envelope in question. It's the most bizarre thing I've seen so far this week, and I live in Broad Ripple for heaven's sake.

Let me guess... There's some kind of competition with Berkley here, and the prize is a lifetime supply of free-range tofurkey patties?

25 comments:

Living in Babylon said...

Oh, the kama sutra jokes just write themselves. But here's mine-"The state likes a flexible victim."

Parking tickets would stress me less if they came with a pre rolled spliff. Maybe the next step.

McVee said...

Maybe there will be a series... hmm, this might be the one for bearded marxists?

(yeah, I know this is MA but they're cousins)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, reverse warrior for parking tickets?

Perhaps one legged downward dog for the water bill (hydrants)?

Pigeon for paying the property tax bill?

Shootin' Buddy

Jay G said...

Aw, Tam, c'mon. You leave poor Berkeley-on-the-Charles alone. They're just trying to lessen the sting of all those booted Priuses (Prii?).

Just remember, folks. This is MA, the place governed by Deval "It's a free country. I wish it weren't" Patrick...

(and I gotcha by 37 minutes, but I am local...)

Bram said...

I was a local. I even lived next door in Somerville for a year. For some reason I left and never went back.

Julie said...

WTF?????????????????????????????????

Newbius said...

If your Tofurkey has enough energy to range on its own, it is past its prime...

Just saying'...

(WV: "resod", because we need more grass here. Or, in the English Vernacular, we need more buggery. Take your pick)

The Duck said...

When did they move to Mars? What year did the Kennedys move in??

Greg in Allston said...

Roll another one....Just like the other one....

Dudes and dudettes, don't go on harshing their mellow; they're just trying to do their best to make this fleeting veil of tears, this sea of unspeakable madness, a little bit better for us all. CAN'T YOU SEE THAT!! Besides, they're very sensitive and you might damage their self esteem. And you really wouldn't want to do that, would you?

Lissa said...

New state slogan I suggested to Jay:

"MA: It just looks so GOOD in your rearview"

Florida in twelve days. Can't come soon enough.

Tam said...

It's moments like this that I'm so glad Broad Ripple got swallowed by Indy proper. I can only imagine the idiotic ordinances this collection of hairdressers, art professors, vintage clothing boutique owners, and yuppies would vote upon themselves if they had the ability.

Nathan said...

"The outcome of Peltz' residency is a 'suite of four gestures'"

I can think of a gesture for Mr. Peltz.

TJIC said...

Cambridge is one town over from me.

...or, as I like to think of it, "just close enough to drop .50BMG rounds into".

;-)

Bubblehead Les. said...

I protest! Why is Assachusetts Tax Money going to a Rhode Island Professor? Can't they find an Uber-Liberal within their own People's Republic?

Tam said...

"Why is Assachusetts Tax Money going to a Rhode Island Professor?"

It's probably some kind of exchange to pay for Kerry's yacht docking fees.

pax said...

After reading that whole article (it's pure comedy gold) I had to check the calender. But nope, April 1 is still some time away.

fast richard said...

I looked at the illustration. That was not at all the position that I envisioned.

Ferret said...

When it comes time to pay for all this, will they commission a stylized drawing of a mime with a single tear rolling down one cheek to signify that the price of a parking ticket has just been doubled?

staghounds said...

My hat is so off to the genius that is Mr. Pelz.

Just when you think we've reached peak stupid, a whole new deposit of meaningless fantasy for which arts money will be paid appears.

I wish I were so clever.

Will said...

Hmmm, I can see a rise in worker comp claims from the PCO's trying to utilize these positions. You know, more of those guaranteed "unintended consequences" of any gov't imposition on the public.


wv: rierch...the sound their back will make while attempting those moves.

DirtCrashr said...

Between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Berkeley, California we will always be Stupid-Independent and can never reach Peak Stupid - there will always be a stupid-surplus sufficient to drive high-snark transmissions.

Tam said...

staghounds,

"Just when you think we've reached peak stupid, a whole new deposit of meaningless fantasy for which arts money will be paid appears."

I [heart] your turns of phrase so much! :)

monkeyfan said...

Yoga Macht Frei

fireplaceguy said...

Mars? Would've guessed Venus or Uranus, myself.

1894C said...

And there is a ballot measure to cut the MA sales tax in half and only half the people poll for it?

I can't understand the mentality...