Like many of our stories this one started after contact from a reader apparently mad enough about a malfunctioning local traffic light that he threatened to assault it with one of the least favored guitars in his collection.
We counseled against that, having a thing for guitars, but found that our musically-inclined-but-frustrated reader was not alone – with several people knowing exactly which light he was referencing and voicing similar inclinations. Just not with guitars.
We started wondering what else was out there that was making like difficult for lots of people on a fairly regular basis. A few obvious answers came to mind, including one that started with Sink and ended with Hole in Moraga – a natural calamity with rippling implications and a stratospheric price tag, to boot.
What about you? Is there a malfunctioning piece of hardware or infrastructure impacting your life and the lives of others on a regular basis – with no sign of a fix in sight?
That blipping light we talked about happened to be in Orinda and we think you all know where the sinkhole is by now, but if you’ll submit a description of your favorite Malfunction with its location and, if you wish, a picture – we’ll all take a look a see if there isn’t a fix to be found.