Ken Boddie en Café beBee Ambassador • beBee 24/9/2016 · 3 min de lectura · 2,9K

Fellow Bees, We Have a Traffic Problem!

Fellow Bees, We Have a Traffic Problem!

Two things I love to do are speak and write!  Forget the speaking on social media, however, as my squeaky, whining, far-from-dulcet vocal tones, complete with composite (or is it distilled) Scots-Kiwi-Aussie accent, will not be entertaining you by 'Live buzz' any time soon.  My public speaking is reserved for the teaching environment where I have total control over who throws what at me.  So, focusing then on my writing activities on beBee, these, as for most active bees, follow two distinct and interactive formats, which feed off each other, and comprise the following:

  • my buzzes and honey-making (short form and long form articles); and 
  • my reading then commenting on all too few of the ever increasing numbers of posts out there.
Personally I find the two activities are closely linked, as the latter (interaction with other bees through comments on their posts) often sews the seeds of a story or two and can give me incentive for developing initial comments into future posts.

But this isn't about me. I am writing about all of us, and how we all read, write and interact.

The former activity, the writing of posts, is a totally proactive one.  It is like one-way traffic in an orderly back street, where writers (lets call ourselves drivers) are totally in charge of the stop-go signs and traffic lights, and where parking is free without a warden in sight.  Although the one-way streets of short and long form post writing are not where the traffic problems are found, we must be aware that our driving activities, even when moving in an orderly one way flow, are often necessarily tempered by our experience out on the highway of life, where the traffic flows in multiple directions and in less than an orderly fashion. 

Back in the early days of the beBee road network, our reading and commenting activities (second bullet point above) used to be akin to a roadside check, when a vehicle could be slowed down or stopped, its driver and contents examined, given a quick wax and polish, or oil and lubrication, or even the occasional tyre pressure check, and then sent on its way with minimal disruption to traffic flow.  Alternatively, think of this reading and commenting as being typically how we interact with other drivers at junctions, roundabouts and merging lanes, where we give way, anticipate each other's movements and generally move forward politely avoiding bingles and costly fender benders, learning a things or two as we go, about the road rules and how the other driver's vehicle compares to ours.  Everyone is polite and friendly and gains much experience from the various interactions.

But, as beBee has matured and more newBees are coming onboard, interaction is becoming more like trying to hail a cab on a Los Angeles freeway in peak hour. This essentially reactive activity, is now becoming much more demanding than previously, since, once a worthy 'cab' is missed, due to other activities which necessarily take us away from the traffic, and into buildings or parks, it is often near impossible to find our cab of choice again, as it races down the wall (let's call this Wall Street) which each of us peruses on opening beBee, and disappears into oblivion.  In earlier days when the beBee traffic was less busy, if we missed a cab, we previously just ambled down to the next junction or so, and when we were ready, hailed the same vehicle which was generally circulating in the same block.

There is, of course, the occasional chance that said missed cab has parked at a well frequented hive cafe, where the driver stops to refresh with other cabbies of similar affinity, but many of us may not know which of these roadside hives are being frequented on any particular day a cab is required, and cabbies of course are not adverse to dropping in on a  variety of roadside hives, which numbers are also increasing exponentially. On any one trip, as we well know, all cabs are limited to only three roadside hive cafes.

Now what about the impressive Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Lamborghini or Porch which frequents the beBee road network a few times a week, handing out jars of honey and other digestive goodies.  These are the vehicles which we make a point of always flagging down when we see them, as we have become addicted to their honey handouts, and their shiny paintwork and glistening chrome lifts our mood and makes our day, as we give then the occasional wax and polish, tyre pressure check or oil and lubrication, by way of our comments, likes and shares, helping them on their way.  Unfortunately the traffic is becoming so heavy that we are now regularly missing these vintage road users and they too often disappear down Wall Street all too quickly. 

There is, of course, the late night emailed news program, beBee Producer, which provides an occasional window for us to savour a late night jar of vintage vehicle honey, we would otherwise have missed.  News coverage is limited, however, as in the case of TV networks, to what can be provided in between other regular programming, and beBe Producer is no different.  So now many of our cabs and vintage vehicles are passing down Wall Street un-hailed and/or unnoticed and I, for one, am missing quite a few jars of honey from my favourite vintage cars of choice and am missing many opportunities either to wax and polish or to oil and lube. I could, of course, spend more time at the side of the road with my waxing cloth, but have my own driving to do, honey to hand out, and time to spend on other essentials, away from the road network.

Does any of the above ring any bells, or sound any horns? 

Are you frustrated when you miss a 'Lamborghini' or 'Porch' which you would normally always 'wash and wax'?

Are you finding it hard to 'hail a regular cab' and spending longer between trips?  

I would love to hear how you ensure you never miss a 'cab' or a 'vintage car' from one of your favourite bees.


When not researching the weird or the wonderful, the comical or the cultured, the sinful or the serious, I chase my creative side, the results of which can be seen as selected photographs of my travels on my website at:

The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.

Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

Ken Boddie 28/9/2016 · #71

#70 Sounds like you get the 'two way street', Laura. Some many of us bees thrive on tasting each other's honey. 'Country roads' can take you places you never imagined and then again, occasionally, "to the place you belong".

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Laura Mikolaitis 27/9/2016 · #70

@Donna-Luisa Eversley thanks for pointing me to this intersection - much appreciated. @Ken Boddie, I really enjoyed reading this buzz. I've been stuck in traffic for a bit but when the congestion eases up I love to explore country roads. There's something very freeing in reading new content and engaging in conversation in the comments. In fact, the original post can often be a catalyst for someone to write their own post or to feel comfortable enough to make their very first comment. Each of us engages differently but that diversity is what helps to make this all possible. I admit that there are days when I simply unplug because sometimes I need a digital diet. But then, on days like today, when I check back in a post such as yours reminds me why I enjoy being a part of the community here. Thanks for producing such a creative piece!

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Ken Boddie 27/9/2016 · #69

#63 You're on my tag list, Lada, but you're the prime example, from what you say, of how a favourite bee producer subscription system would work to best effect. Just like you, many of us have to spend time away from beBee and would love to be able to come back and readily access a list of what our favourite bees have produced in the meanwhile. If this is the intention of the promised 'sting' then hit me with your best shot. I'll carry an EpiPen rather than have my favourite Porsche go by unwaxed. 🐝

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Ken Boddie 27/9/2016 · #68

#62 My problem, Deb, is that I don't like to miss a good party by waiting to be invited. I need a tool that allows me to crash. Reading between the lines of things to come, it sound like there may soon be a useful sting in this 'tale'?

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Ken Boddie 27/9/2016 · #67

#61 Thanks, Kev, but the only Yogi I've heard of eats from other people's picnic hampers in the woods.

As for stalking, this is a pursuit with which I have some familiarity. I once spent part of my late summer vacation, when I was a student, as a pony-man gillie, taking the odd red deer carcass down from the Scottish hillsides, strapped on the back of a pony, after deerstalker had lead some outrageously well-to-do overseas guest to an easy shooting target. Sounds barbaric now, but it was considered (and probably still is) a necessary way to keep the deer numbers to a manageable level while bringing some income into the estate. That, of course, is round about the time when I saw my first haggis.

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Ken Boddie 27/9/2016 · #66

#60 Consider it done, Nick