The White Stripes
are is an American rock duo.
is are also something Westporters expect to see soon, on newly paved roads — but may not.
Alert “06880” reader Joyce Gemperlein was reading the Orange County Register online — hey, why not? — and saw a story out of San Juan Capistrano that may be hard to swallow. But it has important implications.
Turns out there’s a nationwide shortage of street paint.
The culprit is a lack of 2 key ingredients.
One is methyl methacrylate, which as everyone knows is an acrylic base that binds paint together.
The other is titanium dioxide, the recently classified “possible carcinogen” that puts the “white” in white stripes.
The reasons for the shortage: decreased production of the ingredients due to a slowdown in the construction market, and an export moratorium by the Chinese government on titanium dioxide.
Until the street painting materials arrive, “06880” has a few simple words of advice to Westport drivers: Slow down. Be courteous. Drive safely.