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What a tiger and bike have in common

Written October 18th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

So, a tiger is about 6 feet long, is it? Good to know, I guess, but the social-distancing plea on this sign may be at least a little misleading.

Why misleading? Because it’s attached to a bench thoughtfully provided at the corner of Waverly Drive and 47th Avenue in southeast Albany, just outside the Mennonite Village. And because it’s attached where it is, it implies that it’s possible for two people to heed the sign’s advice and sit on this bench. It isn’t.

It’s not possible because the bench is 4 feet long.

The drawing of a tiger caught my attention as I rode past the spot on Sunday. Then I stopped to read the text. Pretty cute, you have to admit.

Better than what they might have said instead, such as: “In view of Covid-19, this is a single-occupancy bench.”

I used the bike to measure the length of the bench, which yielded the 4-foot length of the latter. Now that I’m looking at the photo, I realize something else:

The bike is just about as long as a tiger. But it’s easier to ride, and I bet it’s safer too. (hh

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One response to “What a tiger and bike have in common”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    It’s weird how the so-called experts have defined “social distancing.”

    We haven’t been directed to distance ourselves socially. We have been directed to distance ourselves physically.

    The word “social” has nothing to do with the 6 foot distance mandate.

    What we need is social solidarity on how to combat this virus, and given multiple examples of conflicting advice from medical “experts”, that is a pipe dream.


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