My town is planning a ridiculous bypass that cuts through residential neighborhoods and a state preserve all to eliminate the congestion on US1. This congestion mind you, is only there during rush hour when people are trying to get to and from work. Guess where a lot of people work? Downtown.
This bypass? Bypasses the entire downtown.
Pointless. Millions of pointless dollars spent to alleviate a problem that only lasts for about two hours a day total. Locals know how to avoid it. We know the short cuts and the hours to stay away from US1. Personally, I have never spent more than 15 minutes sitting in traffic and that was because of an accident.
What will the bypass accomplish? Not much aside from directing tourists away from the historic downtown and away from the US1 business district. Guess what kind of town this is. A tourist town. It's the biggest industry and employer (in general, mind you not as a single employer).
In a story published in the local paper an elderly resident (whose home is in the residential district that will be affected) claimed that the local developers and state officials had “boondoggled” the town residents. In the comments section for the article, one very…shall we say illiterate…person claimed that he couldn’t take the complaint or the issue seriously because the elderly man used the word, “boondoggle.”
This, my Friends, is the word that led me to this year’s A to Z theme.
Boondoggle is a verb from the 1930s meaning to cheat or swindle. Interestingly, Boondoggle is also found in the 1850s as a noun meaning a gadget. I like it as a verb.
Example: Benny and Billy, the Blarton Boys, boondoggled Betty into banning Bobby from her birthday bash by boldly braying that Bobby’s bollocks were blanketed in bleeding blemishes.