THIS IS A major traffic artery in my hardscrabble barrio. Doesn’t look like it, but it is. It goes over a railroad track you can make out down thataway. It is one of only two routes to drive from one side of the barrio to the other.
And the other way is a long way off.
The pole began to lean about a month ago. It leans more every day. It’s a telephone pole, not electricity. The butcher down on the corner told me. This is personally a good thing because we have no land line, but we do have electricity.
We live just a block from here.
The butcher also told me it’s been reported to TelMex a number of times, but there it stands, leaning more by the day, a tendency not helped by daily rains and the rumble of passing trains. The good news is that it will not fall on the track, derailing a train.
That could get nasty and bloody.
I walked down there to see where it will fall. It doesn’t look like it will hit anything of note when it goes. As long as one of the minivans that make up our public transportation system is not in the right place at the wrong time. Could get ugly.
It will block the street, cutting access to the other side of the barrio by 50 percent. I guess TelMex will then get off its duff and do something.
Meanwhile, it’s a daily visual entertainment.