You wouldn’t believe how truly difficult it is to get any work done when there are workers using jackhammers to destroy pavement and sidewalks across the street from you.
The irony is that Catherine and I used to cross the street when going up town because of the nice, modern, smooth sidewalk on the other side of the street. For some reason the City Fathers decided that it would be a good idea to show up at the crack of dawn yesterday and completely remove this sidewalk with a front-end loader, and they are spending today doing collateral destruction using the aforementioned jack hammer.
Now if this destruction was in the service of Good rather than in the service of mindless “the schedule says we have to destroy this sidewalk even if it is in good shape” Evil, this wouldn’t be so bad. But it’s bureaucratic jack hammering that’s drilling through my mind, and there’s no more annoying a type.