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Jud Snyder
Roundabouts on the agenda
February 1, 2018

We haven’t talked about animals in quite a while. So let’s get further acquainted with two favorites – the lobster and the armadillo. Yes, the lobster is the more familiar one, but the armadillo has quite a story and we’ll save it for later on.

If you want to talk about lobsters you’ll have to visit the Red Lobster restaurant here in Rohnert Park.

It has a lobster tank in the lobby and all of its denizens have their claws tied together as they might escape from the tank and cause panic in the lobby. 

I asked a waitress in the lobby if they have heard any complaints about the treatment of their captives. I’ve been told they grab the trussed lobster selection chosen and drop it in hot boiling water where it dies instantly.

The waitress said no one has complained about this because lobsters “have no sense of pain.” I tried to talk to the manager but after some discussions out of my reach she came out and advised me to talk to the company’s management somewhere down near Los Angeles and the phone number is 1-800 LOBSTER. 

Trying to change letters to numbers on a telephone is a real challenge for me and after  20 minutes of failing to turn seven letters into seven numbers before I finished, I gave up.

THE PLATYPUS HAS A ROLE in modern times.

The stories told to me are second hand for the woman with the platypus tale who didn’t want her name mentioned reminds me of the Helderberg Mountains east of Albany, New York.

These high hills held millions of broken trilobites, a common fossil found  practically worldwide. Very rarely would anyone find a whole trilobite. 

But half the fun is found in searching for fossils is the actual pursuit itself and I’m sure I could find tons of people who agree with me on that. 

IF YOUR HEAD IS STILL IN A SPIN I have a modest remedy to fix it. The City of Rohnert Park is looking for places to build roundabouts in the city. Yes, roundabouts, the dreaded traffic speeder-upper that’s used all over Europe, Russia, China, Singapore and Japanese territories.

Except the City of Cotati which foolishly banned roundabouts in order to keep Cotati rural.

 Well you know that some folks talk lore about medicine, we’ve all so been told. We are talking about platypus. It has three armored plates across its back and they’re in constant motion. Here it closely resembles the California Coast with its San Andreas and Loma Prieta earthquake faults. Think about it.

Anyway, this woman I know (no, not it’s OS) said ground-up platypus skeletons and crushed into a powder then given to a sick person with a glass of warm water has genuine healing power.

The trouble is platypus skeletons are only found in Mexico, Yucatan, the California  Sea south of San Diego, Arizona and New Mexico. But the problem is how old is the platypus skeleton for if it’s too old it could make you very sick.

SO I REALLY DID NOT back up the stories I’ve been told. They could easily fold into the category of folk lore, which many Cotati residents are talking about.

A Rohnert Park staffer, Art da Rosa, a deputy city engineer and ordered by Mary Grace Pawson, development services director, tells us why.

“Roundabouts can improve intersections  because traffic keeps moving rather than coming to a complete stop.

Roundabouts can reduce the need for roadway widening, collisions and improve traffic safety.

Roundabouts can reduce the severity of collisions because of reduced conflict points.”