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Why Do I Bother?

I'm almost home from work, driving up Curtis Street towards Tufts.  I see a little girl, I would guess aged about 15, on the left side of the street.  She is at the edge of the curb at a crosswalk, seemingly waiting for a chance to venture across the street.

I stop.  The car coming from the other direction is at least a block away when I stop, but it shows no indication that it intends to do likewise.  This pisses me off.  Suddenly, I step on my gas and swerve to the left, directly in front of the oncoming car.  It slams on its brakes, stopping just short of the crosswalk.

So the girl crosses the street, right?  No.  She looks at both cars, turns around, and walks away.

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treacle_well
Jun. 13th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
Possibly she thought you guys might get of your cars and have a fight, and though it would be wiser to get the hell out of there.

BTW, I think it's interesting that you'd label a 15 year old a "little girl." If someone used the term "little girl" without specifying an age, I'd probably picture someone aged 2 - 6, and certainly not older than 10.

I find such language and perception differences intriguing.
treacle_well
Jun. 13th, 2003 07:11 pm (UTC)
And I hate how you can't go back and edit your own comments in LJ.

Apologies for the typos, but I'm not going to delete and repost this comment yet again.

spwebdesign
Jun. 14th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
To be honest, I have no clue how old she might have been. I'm horrible at guestimating age. But, she was a girl, and she was little. ;)
grioghair
Jun. 14th, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
I've nearly been hit twice walking up near our main highway recently. The most recent time was yesterday...I was halfway across a sidestreet, and some young teenager swerved across the road and stopped right in front of me, sharp - and then impatiently indicated to me to get across the road. (As is my way, I took my time.)

I find it is best not to try and anticipate good behaviour from people on the roads - my godfather always used to say that you should treat drivers like they are all idiots.

I'm beginning to believe that life is a learning process, and all rewards come afterwards.

As for the dream interpretation, I have felt for quite some time now that I am living in my last days...I am getting too many of these death dreams lately. (That is why I asked you if you have ever had positive proof from people who have passed.) My grandparents and my mother all had visits from their relatives right near the end...I've had nothing like that, but I keep getting dreams where I die painfully. All of my life I have had a memory of coming from a place far removed from Earth - and I feel a pull back there these days. I always thought that I would leave the Earth with all of my problems resolved, but I think I am going to be leaving many things unresolved, if this is, indeed, my time. (I feel in a kind of tunnel these days.)

Maybe even the two near misses on the road are karmic.

I'm just telling you this, because if it does happen, then at least I am leaving some kind of landmark to the way people feel near the end...as most people never seem to talk about this stuff. (It is still a very taboo subject.)

The funny thing is, I feel like I have been down this road before sometime...strange. I guess it is nothing special - we all pass through this way sooner or later.
am0
Jun. 14th, 2003 04:57 pm (UTC)
Why Bother?
You bother because (1) it doesn't cost you that much; (2) it could save you lots of trouble if the "little girl" dashes out when you didn't think to slow or stop; and (3) you were trained to think and to consider others. Obviously the person in the other vehicle lacked such training or perception, and it probably wasn't up to you to remind him of how better drivers behave.

Now let's speculate. Assume that the girl planned to cross the street initially. Suddenly two adults have had a confrontation in the intersection she would have to occupy, one forcing the other to make a dramaticly rapid stop. They're both hostile or crazy ... or both. It's best to retire from the field of battle before open warfare breaks out. Her action was reasonable. On the other hand, I consider a ten year old kid to be just out of the animal stage and not quite to the point of being able to make rational decisions, so almost nothing she did would surprise me. Scientific research in the last decade or so has indicated that people don't commit to rational thought (if at all) until their late teens or early twenties; before then, their thought processes are ruled by emotion and hormones.
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