[rant_on] In my many dealings with VicRoads I spend a lot of time on hold with there shit useless phone monkeys. While I know they are doing a simple job fill in the blanks, answer the question here etc I know its not the exact operators fault your talking to (usually) however there is no real effective method of complaining and voicing your frustrations and anger at this retarded illogical company. So losing your nut at the phone monkey is much more satisfying then losing it at someone near you directly after said phone call to monkey company, VicRoads. As stated, I spend some time on hold, so much time I actually know the menu options before they are read out. Dial 131171 for VicRoads, Press 3 for licensing matters, press 4 to wait 25 minutes on hold then speak to an operator. While the little recored voice comes in and says "the estimated wait time is 5 minutes until your query is answered" which ends up been closer between 12-17 minutes. best time to catch them, 8:45am when there coffee is still hot but they have read the paper and will actually answer the flashing light on their phone. (damn monkeys). In the midst of the p0rn music, they have recorded messages talking about your registration fee including a TAC fee for insurance, and major projects happening (ever so f^&*ing slowly) around the state. However, one of the recorded messages talks about Wire Rope Safety Barriers (WRS. The recorded message portrays something similar to this: (just before you read this, picture this tone, a female is reading the information, in a voice such that a primary school teacher would talk to a prep student on his/her first day of school. A soft calming voice, with emphasis of the safety segments as if to tell you they are correct no matter what.) $%^&$&^@%#@%^!#&^$@#&*($^#*@&$^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, we can all feel the angry burn now can't we, you want to tear wooden desks in half, kick yip-yip poodles across the MCG, bash street preachers with a spiky mace, angle-grind the pimply kid's face at McDonald's as you tell him you wanted no pickle in your cheese burger, all of the above and more at once. So after thinking about calm blue oceans for some time, or more correctly, falling asleep at work again, I was in the mood for stirring up some shit. It probably didn't help that recently I had an argument with a female which in the male's eyes seems completely pointless and logically flawed (really, sometimes I wonder why the f^&* anyone would want to pro-create in this stupid species). After dealing with the again, useless phone monkey, I asked about said WRSB and was referred to the traffic management something or rather. I quoted the so called super safe 90% effective super barriers and asked at what point did the super powers in super f^&*ing moron road company ever think about motorcyclists??? Suddenly I got greeted with "sorry sir I can't hear you"... Unblock your ears you Neanderthal c^&*, you could hear me fine at the start of the conversation. Again I repeat, "sir I can't hear you". Stops, breathes, squeezes my phone handset so hard it makes a funny creaking noise, then I say; "can you hear me now" moving the hand piece closer to my mouth. "Yes sir that is much better". I repeat the question about the WRSB's and explain it, slowly, so even a Labrador could understand it. Again; "Sir, I can not hear you." Of course you can't, your some f^&*ing retard they found in the bin of an abortion clinic. More colourful abuse and then I hang up. In my further attempts to stir up shit with VicRoads because simply, I've had a shit few days at work, I don't like my senior engineer, said communications with female were as fun as fire hose enema's and I really don't feel like doing the work that I actually don't have. So I decided to dial up some information, and came across the WRSB design standards. After a semi-speed read of the 19 page document, it states nothing about the target it is designed to arrest. Been from an engineering back ground this 'design standard' is totally, to put it nicely, f^&%ed!!! No where through the document does it state car / truck / motorcycle / bicycle / skateboard / speeding impala / goat on go-y. So basically, according to this document, the WRSB system has 'been designed' with no actual target or purpose in mind. Hmmmmmm :? While I realise that for this exact reason they are not going to publish the deal design standard, it still shits me to think, somewhere along the line one of two things happened: 1) During the define / select phase of the design process, the moronic team assembled completely forgot about motorcycles. 2) During same phase motorcycles were completely remembered and deemed to hard to deal with and therefore swept under the rug. But hey, what am I going to do?? That is why this is a rant. [/rant_off] This lovely post has wasted some time, my boss has left and i'm going to get a haircut at a new place for three reasons, the last place did a shit job, the new place has those cool spinning twirly barber poles, and the new places gives you a free beer between 4 and 6 with every hair cut. Oh and I almost forgot, the girl at the new place is much more attractive then the swamp donkey at the old place that couldn't cut hair for shit. Enjoy. :grin: Edit: spelling (only some).