Saturday, March 26, 2011

Muffin update: pop quiz

This is a picture of the bus stop right outside of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center which is located on the campus of the University of South Florida here in Tampa. Take a look and see if you notice something not quite right about it...
Hint 1: My, it's a nice, bright sunny day, isn't it?
Hint 2: It's a really bright, really sunny day, like so many days in Florida, isn't it?
Hint 3: That ol' sun is just bombarding this uncovered bench with cancer-causing UV rays, isn't it? Boy, anybody who had to wait outside in a wide open area like this with no shade whatsoever for an extended period of time waiting for public transportation could be putting themselves at risk for skin cancer.

Times up. If you guessed that the bus stop placed outside of one the world's leading cancer research and treatment facilities provides no shelter from the elements, including exposure to the sun, you're right!
Bonus points if you were able to discern that the little old lady in the picture is smoking a cigarette, which she was, or that the ground around that bench is carpeted with cigarette butts, which it is.

Maybe it's just me but it seems a little dumb that ALL bus stops don't have at least some partial covering but it's extra dumb that between Moffitt, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit and the University of South Florida somebody didn't suggest throwing a shed over this particular one. However, we can rectify that by making that suggestion here. I don't know what stop number it is but here are answers to other pertinent questions on the form:
  • Bus Route Served: 5
  • Street: Magnolia (specific address - 12902 Magnolia Drive)
  • Which side of the street? West
  • Nearest Cross Street: West Holly
If they get enough feedback, hopefully they'll correct this situation

OR MAIL CHECKS AND/OR MONEY ORDERS (payable to The American Cancer Society) TO ME AT:
3655 Coopers Pond Drive, #202,
Tampa, FL, 33614

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