06 July 2011
Rules of the Road (and Humanity)
I am talking to all of you because we must all share the road, and you are all equally guilty of breaking the rules.
1) Pedestrians, please use the crosswalk and go only when it says "walk". Sometimes, when you crossing in the middle of the road, it can be potentially dangerous for me to make a sudden stop while going 40 mph. But I will do it anyway, even if it means getting rear-ended, because I do not want to run you over. When you are crossing during the "don't walk," I ask myself why you lack patience. Why not wait at the corner for 20 more seconds and reflect on where you've come from instead?
2) Cyclists, please do not zoom ahead between the lanes. I particularly find it disconcerting when you pass me on the right because you are pretty much in my blind spot the entire time. Also, when I see you in the right hand lane, in the absence of a bike lane, and I carefully and slowly pass you on the left to give you plenty of space, and we come to a stop light, and you zoom ahead of me, I must do it all over again. I do not like constantly having to pass you, this constant game of cat and mouse.
3) Drivers, I am constantly amazed at how many of you drive cars with non-functional turn signals. I'm guessing that is the case, because otherwise, I don't understand why it's so difficult for you to use it. I also don't understand why you must release all your anger by slamming the gas pedal when I am going the speed limit, and you swerve into the left hand lane and barely squeeze into the tiny space ahead of me and just behind the car in front of me.
It's like playing a funny game where we race each other to the stop light. Or a funny game of dare where we taunt fate and the motorcycle cop lurking ahead behind the bushes. Or a not-so-funny game where you taunt death because don't seem to care that you are driving a 2-ton machine capable of killing.
Undercover Mexican Girl