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The Trickle - April 27
April 27, 2009 - Brian Ferry
I support a person's right to walk across a street. Sometimes, however, that right has to be limited by responsibility, and the rights of others to use the street. Also, there is a clear system in place to let people know when and where they may and may not cross the street. Not everyone agrees with me on the limitations. As I was driving away from my place of employment the other day, I had to sit at a green light for a while. There were three cars in front of me at the intersection, but the delay was too long for the average front-person-in-line-didn't-notice-right-away thing. Traffic wasn't moving toward me, either. Very odd. Then I saw the older gentleman walking slowly across the street. Against the light. Someone I could neither hear nor see must have made some kind of comment about people who walk slowly against the light in the path of traffic during a busy time of day. The gentleman shook his umbrella, in an apparently angry gesture. Sorry, bud. You were in the wrong. I support a person's right to complain at you for being rude. I don't particularly support your right to be additionally rude when your rudeness is complained about.
Wrong place, wrong... place
I guess it's important when working on a roof that you get the right roof. Even if you haven't started tearing up shingles, there can be problems. A recent call sent police officers hurrying to the scene of a possible crime. It turns out a contractor was on the roof, but not the right roof.
It's duck season again. (Although it may be that time of year when hunters with appropriate licenses may shoot certain sorts of ducks, that's not what I'm talking about.) The season I'm talking about is the one during which ducks congregate near the drive-through areas of fast food places. The parking lot at the Times Observer is very close to a drive-through for one such establishment. I've had to slow down, drive around, and even stop for ducks in my path several times in recent weeks. The ducks are cute. I'm tempted to see if they'll get closer if I feed them. However, knowing that some folks won't bother to slow down for the ducks, I don't want to encourage them to think of vehicles as food sources.
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