Thursday, May 8, 2003
Look Both Ways… Please!
A few years ago, I saw an e-mail list which included this: “You know you live in Seattle if… you stand on a deserted street corner in the rain waiting for the light to change.” (Item #3 on that list. To which I added: “And it’s 2:00 in the morning.”) Of course, probably the biggest part of this is that jaywalking in Seattle actually can get you a ticket! Still, Seattle has a reputation for polite and patient pedestrians.
But it also has incredibly stupid ones.
Twice in the past week, someone has been crossing the street in front of my car — mid-block, not at a crosswalk, so much for waiting for the light to change — and they look to see that I’m coming, then walk out into the street. Which itself is fine, since I’ve not been right on them, ready to hit them the second they step out. But as they walk across my lane, with my car barrelling toward them at 30 miles an hour (or more, undoubtedly a couple miles over the speed limit, like everyone else), they are looking away from me. While it’s good to check where the cars are in the next lane over, I personally would want to see if the car I’m already in front of is, say, being driven by a homicidal maniac who sees me as a target and is bearing down on me even faster. You know, pay attention to the more immediate threat.
If they want to pretend that I’m the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal — that if they can’t see me, then I can’t see them, and thus they can’t be hit by the Ravenous Bugblatter Beastmobile — then I wish they would at least be properly froopy and put towels over their heads. It would make clean-up after they get hit that much easier.
Updated on July 23, 2010