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The Trickle - Madness Continued
March 18, 2009 - Brian Ferry
Madness in March
Tis the season for crazy behavior. I was informed today that it's easier to pick them all right in the NCAA tournament than it is to pick them all wrong. That, of course, is thoroughly inaccurate. If I get all the picks in the first round right, I have to work on the second round. If I get the whole first round wrong, I am guaranteed not to get any games right the rest of the way. The odds of getting them all right or all wrong in round one are not so good, but either is possible.
I walk around the downtown Warren area quite a bit. I generally wait for the walk signals to change to my favor before walking. On a regular basis, someone who is driving south while I'm walking north (or otherwise moving in the opposite direction) will want to turn right, across my path. The walk signal is telling me it's safe. The vehicle has a green light. Sometimes that vehicle gets its turn out of the way before I get close to that side of the road. At other times, though, the driver will very politely wait for me. Polite, yes. But, a little silly. Still, I understand. I do much the same when roles are reversed and I'm driving. As a general rule, if the walker won't have to slow down to avoid getting run over, I encourage the driver to get through the intersection first. When I'm walking across a narrow street or when I'm already close to the half-way point, I tend to hurry up a little so drivers won't have to wait too long for me. That's how I feel. The problem is, I don't know what a police officer who watched a car make that turn right in front of me would think. That would be a significantly more important consideration.
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