One of my favorite and one of my least favorite things are coming together in Caracas, Venezuela, and I think my head is going to blow up as a result: transportation and mimes. Yes, mimes. A sure sign of the apocolypse, in my book.
Thanks to my sister-in-law Julie, who saw this article in the newspaper yesterday and called to alert me to it. Apparently The Mayor of Sucre, in the eastern part of Caracas, turned to mimes to encourage civility among reckless drivers and careless pedestrians.
About 120 mimes (where do you find THAT many mimes??) hit the streets last week, wagging their fingers at traffic violators and pedestrians who streaked across busy avenues rather than waiting at crosswalks.
Despite the creepiness factor, they’re having some success. Good thing too, because the norm there is for motorcycle riders to drive on sidewalks, buses drop passengers in the middle of busy streets and drivers treat red lights and speed limits as suggestions.
I can’t even write about this anymore. Here’s the article if you want to know more.