• Orange Highway Cones
  • July 2006
    PEP Pioneers
    Second Wind
    Torrance, California
  • Dear Friends

    Every driver encounters these "signs of progress". Often these cones are lined up for miles with no evidence of any highway work being done. Or they may be blown down by the wind or traffic and present a driving hazard.

    Occasionally they are in an area where about a dozen men are clustered around a few trucks and some highway repair equipment. In most cases only two or three men are really working. The others must be supervising. So it is with government (state or federal) project. Our tax dollars at work?!

    But why so many, and often without an obvious purpose? I have concluded that there is no place to store them, when highway projects are completed or not yet started. Another possibility I have considered is that they somehow clone themselves. I know little about orange highway cone reproduction, but can believe that it is a prolific process.

    What should we do about these ubiquitous cones? I have considered writing a poem about them. "Ode to a highway cone". There are many possible rhymes: bone, drone, moan, stone, etc.

    I will be in touch next month.

    Your friend,
  • Thomas Petty, MD