Bin and Bomb


Humor masks our greatest fears and an event yesterday proves I am still full of it, the fear I mean. This blog is my mask.

Blame it on a sick sense of humor and fear, but I laughed when Shelly Dass on TV6 reported that the police were still investigating what caused a “garbage bin to blow up in down town Port-of-Spain on July 11th “. I laughed when a friend told me that the police was now on the hunt for Dust-Bin Laden. I laughed all the way to St. Anne’s.

The reason is not important, but only the fact that I had to take a trip to mid-town Port-of -Spain starting from somewhere on the extreme west of Park St. My regular route through Victoria Square soon turned into a nightmare when I suddenly noticed that I was surrounded by bins upon bins (see illustration above). If the amount and the placement of these bins (poor attempt at small circles on the drawing) were typical, I could not say because like most people, I never paid attention to garbage bins before. Take a look at the drawing. Wouldn’t you say the amount of bins and their placement are strange? This had to be the work of a sanitation engineer gone mad or the Government.

Gripped with fear, my mind, independent to my brain and body, told me “get the hell outta here.” The only two other people in the Square were vagrants. I made this assumption because they had that very calm, not-a-care-in-the-world look about them and their sense of fashion begged to be forgiven. Their calmness was reassuring but their distance from the bins weren’t.

As good fortune would have it, I came out of the square physically intact but mentally shattered. I couldn’t help but wonder if I was the only one in the country who reacted, and is reacting this way. I think not. My humor only hides my fear but my ski mask probably does a better job.

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5 thoughts on “Bin and Bomb

  1. I think as much as ur marvelous writing style and simply ‘smileable’ drawing makes me wanna laugh and smile… I can’t help but feel that undercurrent of serious fear and concern… Putting myself in ur position, I would prolly have reacted similarly.

    In this instant, your humor can hide your fear from some…but to me, it makes the reality even more alarming.

  2. ah, but were they metal dustbins aka?

    i haven’t walked through Victoria Sqaure in a while, come to think of it i haven’t walked through much of POS in a while either. Just my usual 2 min. walk from the Cor. of Park and Fred. St. to Roytec. It’s strange that we can block out such things like garbage bins from out peripheral vision especially when we are not actively seeking them out.

    The way things are now, we can’t even afford to ignore ‘harmless’ objects like these.

  3. humor, fear and bins, they all go together so well 🙂

    Tunks, you are right about how humor makes the fear more alarming. The one thing humor does is that it helps not to forget. Obviously the bomb planter aim was to create fear in the public’s mind. Humor takes away a bit of his sting – for now that is.

    snbg, you are probably a bit of an expert on fear and how it is used to control people. The movie The Village was a good example how fear could be used to control people and shape their beliefs. I wonder if the new edition of THHGTG has Trinidad still listed as mostly harmless 🙂

    p.s apparently the bomber wasn’t too smart since he left a note as to the reason he bombed the bin. It was taped to the bomb 🙂

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