Having now walked to my place of work
from my place of residence
for the past two months
, I have noticed a disturbing
fact about motorist
s: they yield
Now, this is not a bad thing, if I am, say, in a crosswalk.
However, I, like oh, so many
other pedestrians, often try to take the most efficient
path when walking, because walking is slow
! This often includes walking across the street illegal
, if you will. Now, I have never seen anyone just walk out into the street blindly
(outside of a movie
, anyhow); we pedestrians tend to plot out courses that will put us ahead
of the car
coming from the left in the near-lane1
, and behind
coming from the right in the far-lane. This is a standard maneuver2!
But for some reason, the peon
in the SUV deems it necessary to slow down - not enough for me to walk in front of him/her3
, of course, but enough to force me to stand in the middle of the road
, while all the traffic which I would have convenient
d comes roaring by.
It's exasperating, verily it is...
So the next time you see someone crossing the road, and you feel tempted to slow down, DON'T!
1How ethnocentric of me! If you don't happen to live in the U.S., "ahead of the car coming from the right in the near-lane, and behind the SUV coming from the left in the far-lane" would be the correct sentence
2curses! my enthnocentricity strikes again! "A standard maneuvre". There, how's that?
3Note that I was going to pick "her", rather than "him" here, but decided that that would cause me no end of pain by perpetuating the myth(?) the women drivers are terrible, and I would certainly not want to do that...