Monday, October 19, 2009

To stop or to go, that is the question...

If you want to see some of the worst driving in these here 50 states, come out to Halls on any given day of the week. Set up a chair somewhere along Maynardville Highway. Be entertained.

Charlton Heston starred in a fun little film in the mid-70s called "The Omega Man." At the first of it, Heston thinks he's the only human being who has survived a nuclear attack.

He's driving around town like a bat out of hell. At one point, he makes a sharp turn and crashes his convertible into a curve.

"God," my dad, who was also watching the film, said. "That looks like somebody driving in Halls."

A few minutes ago, I was sitting in the left turn lane on Maynardville Highway at Crippen Road and watched three cars run a red light, one after the other after the other.

I know what you're thinking. We've all done it.

A police officer told me once it's probably a good idea to go on through the light if you're right under it when it is turning red. Locking up the brakes usually causes accidents -- even if it won't be your fault.

But, I've watched three, four, five, six, seven seconds go by after the light turns red. Cars speed right on through. And I always cringe.

Seems like this is more evidence of the increasing egocentric, solipsistic nature of our culture. It's all about me, baby. I don't have time to stop.

Course, then there's the other extreme. Don'tcha just love the folks who stop at green lights?

See it all, have a ball, right here in Halls, or at a neighborhood near you.


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