Traffic Light Installation


On my walk to work this morning, I happened across several workers in the process of installing a new traffic light. For all the streets I’ve crossed in Chicago over all the years, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a traffic light being installed.

I found the whole thing really fascinating.

I wish I had a better photo of the moment. But this image mostly captures what was going on – the group of workers on one side, the pedestrians moving about their day on the other. The one worker holding the actual (and massive) lights, and the other two workers kind of joking and relaxing nearby.

I swear, a large part of me could have just stayed there on the corner for the next hour and simply watched. That would probably be a little weird and creepy, me just loitering and staring. But 10-year-old me would love nothing more.

Whenever I encounter construction and work like this as I’m heading in to the office, I wish I could just pull up a chair and simply observe. I find it all so darn fascinating.

But… sadly. Inevitably. I remember that I have a desk to go to. And tasks that need to be done. And so after a brief pause, I move along and join the crowd of folks who all have their desks to go to. And their tasks to be done.

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