While downtown recently, I took a picture of a mounted patrol officer, and after I snapped the picture I realized the scene was a bit surreal, perhaps even ironic. TARTA stands for the Toledo Area Regional Transportation Authority, which provides less-than-thorough bus service in Northwest Ohio. I really just wanted the image of the stoic horse, but now I have an image that begs for a descriptive tag.
The few people who have seen this picture generally laughed without being prompted, and yet I cannot think of a decent caption. There is the contrast between traditional transportation (horse) and modern forms of transit (bus), and there is the irony that one could probably reach some parts of town faster on a horse than by taking the bus.
Then we might consider that the officer stands a chance of being laid off this Friday, as Toledo's mayor has threatened to cut 150 uniformed officers in an effort to close a $20-plus million budget gap. Finally, both the officer and the horse seem to be patiently waiting for something, which in this case might be one of TARTA's late or out-of-service buses.
Anyways, if you think of a decent caption, leave your suggestions in the Comments section. I look forward to reading your witticisms.