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Louder, dumber and meaner (not so much)

I was stopped behind a car at a traffic signal today when the light switched from red to green. The car sat there. Then it inched forward. Then it stopped. I don't do this very often, but I gave my horn a little "get moving" beep.

Immediately, an arm extended from the passenger window to give me the finger. Then the arm withdrew. I beeped again. Another arm, another finger. I beeped again. Another finger. We kept this up for about 10 blocks. Finally, the response was a thumbs-up.

We both were headed for an intersection where the traffic was long-lined up for a right turn, so as the other car kept going, I turned right a block before the intersection, then turned left at the next intersection. The timing was perfect. The light turned green for me, and the first car in line at the red light was the car I'd been following.

I beeped again. The guy gave me another thumbs-up with a big smile. I returned the smile and flashed him the peace sign.

That whole episode could have turned out a lot differently. But this outcome left me thinking that maybe the world has a slightly better sense of humor than I previously thought.


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May. 18th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Well that sure put a smile on my face with the retelling.
May. 19th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jamie. Any day when I make somebody laugh or smile is a good day.
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