Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Yes folks, that sign means you, in the car, should stop. I was walking home today and I almost got hit by a maroon Mercury Sable. I was crossing the street in a crosswalk at a 4-way stop and saw this car coming at the intersection pretty fast, so I paused in the middle of the road. Completely expecting the driver to blow the stopsign, I left enough safety room, but she slammed on her brakes at the last moment and skidded to a halt in the spot where I would have been had I not anticipated this. Hand over her mouth (aghast), she watched as I smiled politely at her and calmly walked around her car and continued on my way.

I know it's a Tuesday afternoon, and drivers are in a hurry to get home, but honestly. Stop if you see a red octagon, or at least when there's a ped in the road.

I swear, most drivers in this town have installed an SEP field on everything outside their car. Some stop at 2-way stops when they are the non-stop direction. Some blow through 4-ways. I don't care that they're not following the rules, I care that they're often not paying attention. I especially care when crap like this happens and the driver blames the person walking. Honestly, would I step into the road if I thought you would hit me?


Kanishk said...

This is really quite the non-sequitur, but since I am behind reading up on my alum-blogs:

Congratulations on your engagement!

IrishMafia said...

You are right, your conclusion had nothing to do with the philosophical premise and the "but" contingency also does not follow without some heavy semantic presuppositions.

"but" I'm sure he appreciates the accolades never the less.

Sid Stamm said...

Easy, IM. He's a revered close friend. :)

jacob said...

This dude blew through a stop sign and flew by me once, belching "AAHHM DRUNK" out the window.

Later I realized that it was kind of funny because he sounded a little like Chief Grady. At the time I was more glad I didn't get run over.

IrishMafia said...

Sounds like something i would do when wet behind the ears.