By Rebecca FordWednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
In cities like New York, the subway is the place where the public stands shoulder to shoulder and shares its workday gripes. Not so in Atlanta, where the closest most commuters come to camaraderie is bumper-to-bumper traffic. Feel like there's no common ground? Enter blogwise.com. The site is a kind of virtual subway, where blogs of metro Atlantans come together to bitch, moan and reach an epiphany or two. Here are some observations we "overheard" on the site:</
"Monday evening, my commute home from work was fucking spectacular, as I-85 south of Ga. 400 was wide open. Traffic normally comes to a screeching halt at that location. The lack of congestion was due to a massive crash on I-85 southbound near North Druid Hills Road, which blocked all the lanes. Based on this experience, I have devised a plan to solve traffic in metro Atlanta. Instead of spending billions on transit improvements and additional roadway capacity, all we really need to do is build a giant concrete wall at the Gwinnett County line."</
"Do not reveal your ability to perform a task unless you are willing to accept that task as a permanent part of your job. This simple but powerful lesson is the most famous bit of business wisdom I've coined. ... [C]o-worker — Doug G. — got so fed up trying to find the people who were supposed to run the mail machine that he figured out how to do it himself. Then one day another staffer was looking for the mailroom guy and Doug said, 'I know how to work the mail machine.' Before long, Doug was the default choice when people needed mail run. Lesson learned."</
"Every woman in my office has a space heater. So we are cranking out the AC in the building to compensate for outdated men's fashion. The women in turn crank out the heat. This uses twice the electrical power. Requiring more power generation, pumping more pollutants into the air. Someone please stop the madness."</
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