I cannot think of a more appropriate tempest in a teapot than the tiny controversy of the love locks on the Los Gatos Main Street bridge.
Frankly, I'm wondering why we can’t find some really more significant wrongs to be righted with all of our righteous energy. I’ve seen the love locks and the fact that there is a controversy at all strikes me as absurdly ridiculous.
Since the early 1970s, I’ve been dealing with a discreet and personal disability that I don’t like to talk about but for a very long time it has kept me involved with numerous bureaucracies with specialized services and many levels and tiers and sub-strata and side compartments.
For some reason it seems that each of these “compartments” have their own set of rules, regulations, each with their own overdeveloped and little understood vernacular of three-letter acronyms and secret, ultra-important, privately held dialects.
The problem is, the ultra-importance is only important to them, the big fish in the little pond, all the little ponds, the tempests in so many tiny teacups. And the big fish, and all their supportive little fish, take all this “importance” so seriously. They will fine you or put you in jail if you don’t respect each and and every important thing that they cherish and fear in their particular pond.
How many big fish, in how many little ponds, did it take for the faceless “powers that be” to become aware of the locks on the bridge. And how many other big fish got involved enough to design, then print, then put up all of those faceless signs all along the bridge?
Oh, yeah, I wonder how many over-manned road crews it took to put up those plastic covered pieces of paper? How much did it cost the taxpayer to pay for these “important” attentions and actions? And why did they even bother with it in the first place?
Are the one or two dozen or so locks going to throw the bridge off balance and dump it down onto Highway 17? Are they going to blind the view of the picturesque freeway? Are they eventually going to rust and contaminate the cyclone fencing, which is covered in protective plastic anyway?
Why don’t these powers that be go down to some of the underpasses and overpasses in the area and get rid of some of the very obvious, ill-intentioned graffiti and leave these tiny, romantically intentioned little tokens alone?
The entire thing is simply preposterous. Why doesn’t the town manager or Los Gatos Town Council or whoever represents us, tell what ever department to leave our town locks alone? Oops, that’s just dragging in one more little pond and even more big fish.
If anyone can’t tell, bureaucratic idiocy is at the very top of my list of things I feel free to bitch about, as much as I want.