CAT Tracks for October 16, 2012
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

Rumors that the water crisis in the City of Cairo might not be resolved quickly prompted local institutions to take emergency measures.

Below is a sampling...


The First National Bank simply augmented their regular services.

The drive-in window was in operation and the front door was standing open for customers wishing to make regular withdrawals and deposits:

However, for those customers in need of making emergency deposits...

...new "facilities":


An aesthetic footnote...

...I was impressed by the subtlety, possibly one of those "subliminal message" things (like where movie theaters allegedly flash split-second images of popcorn or soda or juju beads on the screen to entice the customers to interrupt their viewing pleasure for a quick trip to the concession stand.)

I mean...

From the following pictures, you will notice that porta potties come in different colors (except for some unknown reason, not brown.)

The management of the First National BANK chose GREEN, the color of MONEY!

Impressive!


As you can clearly see...

...the Capaha Bank opted for BLUE.

Maybe they were trying for a different message...

...offering hope to their customers (and would-be customers.)

Sunny skies...

...BLUE SKIES!


I sincerely hope somebody does a study of the local banking business on that fateful day...to see if there was any significant difference that could be attributed to choice of color.


Moving on to the Cairo Public Library...

...they too went with the blue theme.

Then, again, it's a library...a non-profit organization, so you wouldn't expect them to be focused on the money.

(CAT Tracks Editor's Note: And did you notice...how adorning herself with a blue porta potty brought out the blue in her eyes/windows?)


The Alexander County Courthouse/Sheriff's Office/Jail...

...a multi-purpose building. Probably accounts for the multiple potties...the multi-color approach.

I'm guessing here...

BLUE to offer hope for those unfortunate enough to be incarcerated, that if they would just turn their lives around, give up their evil ways...they could re-enter society, nothing but blue skies would they see!

GREEN...well, maybe a subconscious yearning or reverse psychology. I mean...from reading The Cairo Citizen (past and present), we all know that Alexander County is broke, broke, broke. MONEY?

County officials could be forgiven if they are focused on money...specifically, the lack of it. Vendors suing or threatening to sue for non-payment. The Regional Superintendent of Education taking the "stick and carrot approach"...admonishing the county board for being years in arrears, but saying that she didn't think it was their fault...offering to work with them to resolve the issue.

Yeah, GREEN definitely overshadows BLUE skies in Alexander County...maybe 3 to 1.


There were porta potties in other locations throughout town, although not as many as one would think given the rumors of a prolonged siege.

On the drive back home, I even saw one private home with its own portable privy...proudly displayed up front and personal! There may have been others, but I had to cut my excursion short...nature called. Yes, I was tempted to pull over to the curb and simply use "the facilities" so freely offered, but this is Cairo...you could get the sh..., uh, stuff shot out of you if you mess with the wrong people! Scared the pee out of me...

Butt...

...enough of bathroom humor.


Operating under the principle of "saving the best for last"...

The Cairo Public Utility...

What?

You were expecting a BLUE skies theme?

Oh, but "NO!"

Blue skies offer solar heat. Even if you don't have solar panels, a sunny day definitely warms your house...for FREE! That reduces your dependence on and use of gas. Blue skies offer natural light, allowing you to turn off the bulb-burning lights...reducing your dependence on and use of electricity. Blue skies reduce your CPU B-I-L-L!

You might be happy, but the people with the power?

Not so much...


I was somewhat surprised...

With the amount of money that we spend on utilities in Cairo, I was expecting something special from CPU...something biggie-sized, maybe a two- or three-holer!

Then an obvious thought came to me...

But, I needed to come back and check out the situation at night, in the dark and the cold.


The best laid plans...

...thwarted by old age and the accompanying faulty memory.

Went to the school board meeting at 6 p.m., and that was okay...it was still light, still warm, no different from earlier in the afternoon when I did my CPU drive-by.

However...

The BOE "early dismissal" (7:14 p.m.) excited me to distraction. Then, my self-imposed obligation to supply minutes to Curious CATs and those with enquiring minds wanting to know automatically kicked in...

I just flat forgot to return to the scene and check out my theory.


My theory...

I just know (ass-u-me) that the porta potty in front of the Cairo Public Utility building had lights...and heat!

I mean...

...if you got it, flaunt it!


FOOTNOTE:

Song for the day...

...another obvious, but highly appropriate choice...

...performed by Billy Joel:

Pressure!

In the City of Cairo - as of yesterday afternoon (and still this morning!)...

...water pressure?

We got it!