I was very impressed when I read about the Golden Gate Bridge as a kid. I wasn’t so impressed by the spanning of the Golden Gate; we had no waterways to compare it too. In fact we had no waterways at all. What struck me was the task of painting the bridge. Once the crew finished the painting of the bridge, it was time to start the job over again.
This was probably when I began to understand the task of Sisyphus; the mythical Greek god who was condemned to roll a boulder to the top of a mountain, only to see the boulder roll back down to the bottom of the mountain.
But one doesn’t have to roll boulders, or paint bridges, to personify Sisyphus in Bisbee.
Bisbee has wooden poles which act as the bulletin boards of the town. There are many layers of flyers stapled to the poles. In fact, there are so many flyers upon flyers on flyers, that one wonders how many sets of staples there can be on a pole before there is no more room for more.
Ben has taken it upon himself to ensure that the Bisbee poles never have this problem. He is methodically clearing the staples from each pole. If he ever completes the task, the first pole will again have many staples that need to be removed.