Waste bas­ket of so­lu­tions

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

BE­CAUSE of the flu, I woke up early to be able to catch the sec­ond quar­ter of the game be­tween the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and the Phoenix Suns in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. I didn’t miss much, it turned out, be­cause LA trailed the cel­lar-dwelling Suns by a wide mar­gin early in the match.

The Lak­ers built a com­mand­ing lead in the next two pe­ri­ods so that by the time the last quar­ter opened, Lebron James and his cast in the start­ing five had the lux­ury of watch­ing com­fort­ably from the bench, wildly cheer­ing for their Ger­man rookie who scored his first points (ten) in the NBA.

LA won and, miles away across the At­lantic, so did my other club, Liver­pool in the English Pre­mier League but this one barely, against neigh­bors Ever­ton.

The Lak­ers will prob­a­bly not even qualify for the post-sea­son and while Liver­pool sits sec­ond in the ta­ble, the cur­rent leader Manch­ester City is very strong and ap­pears headed to a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ti­tle in Eng­land’s most pres­ti­gious foot­ball league. Sorry about that, Jurgen Klopp.

But these days when the pic­ture looks bleak ev­ery­where else, it is healthy to sa­vor lit­tle vic­to­ries even if they hap­pen only in sports. I rarely watch the news pro­grams these days and I scan only the front pages of the news­pa­pers be­cause I would only end up de­pressed if I did oth­er­wise. Maybe, that comes with age.

Or maybe, there’s just noth­ing to cheer about what you watch or read. Another drug bust, another pusher killed. Where do these shabu come from?

Will the sources ever dry up? Why are there so many stupid peo­ple who con­tinue to en­gage in the nar­cotics trade even if they know that it means cer­tain death?

Taxes. As in ev­ery new gov­ern­ment im­po­si­tion, we’re told to just grin and bear the Train be­cause they have safety nets and be­sides, the suf­fer­ing is not go­ing to last. I thought they meant that re­lief, even re­wards, were forth­com­ing. Well, it seems that what they were re­ally say­ing was that brace your­selves for the long haul, af­ter a while you’ll get used to suf­fer­ing.

Char­ter Change. Here comes a for­mer pres­i­dent, bet­ter known as

Ms. I’m Sorry, an­nounc­ing that they will spend the last ses­sion days of Congress to re­vise the Con­sti­tu­tion. Holy cow, why are they so ob­sessed with do­ing some­thing that, our ex­pe­ri­ence shows, we can­not trust them with?

Traffic. This you do not need the news­pa­pers or the TV sta­tions to know be­cause you run into it and it stares you in the face ev­ery time you move out from the park­ing lot to the street. What hap­pened to the prom­ise of a “bas­ket of so­lu­tions” to our traffic woes? Where is the BRT or the LRT or the MRT? Or did they in fact say, a waste bas­ket of so­lu­tions?

Oh, yes, they just gave us the In­ter-agency Coun­cil for Traffic last week. It’s a good idea, ac­tu­ally, since the lack of dis­ci­pline is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the traffic prob­lem and I-ACT has se­cured the as­sis­tance of armed sol­diers to bring back dis­ci­pline. The sol­diers are a wel­come sight but they can only do so much; they can­not widen the streets or de­velop mass trans­port sys­tems and ab­sent those, our hor­ren­dous traffic sit­u­a­tion is here to stay.

Wait, I am sup­posed to es­cape from, not dwell in, our dark world of prob­lems. So back to Lebron and the Lak­ers and Sa­dio Mane and Liver­pool./ Sun­star Cebu

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