Wifey and I are walking down the street enjoying crunchy snow and blue sky. We feel so much better knowing that New York is snowed under for a change. Why should it always be us?
As we approach the crosswalk we stop and look. We’ve learned our lesson by watching other unsuspecting tourists get run over.
Yes! Here comes a speedy car making the turn. He doesn’t even see us. No signal. He’s going fast, and he’s even driving in the other lane for a while. Are these all driving transgressions?
Under the old regime, back when people paid attention to reality, sure. But what makes this all good is the fact that the young man is intently talking on his phone.
Yes, the black rectangle is glued to his head. In the few seconds of sight I see him vocalizing loudly. I see head wagging. I see one hand on the wheel, and at least his eyes appear to be on the road.
Should I be angry? No! I realize the laws need to be changed.
If you’re on the phone, it’s the other cars and pedestrians that have to get out of the way.
Let’s say you’re at a 4 way stop and you pulled up first. But a car pulls up to your left and you see they have a phone to their ear, who gets priority? Why, he does of course! He can’t see you, and he’s not going to wait. Why should he? He’s busy.
So it’s your job to wait and respect the call. After all, communicating with our friends is one of the few pure joys left in our otherwise dull and boring lives.
Well, that and dodging those drivers who are out to kill us.