Friday, May 14, 2010

Sunday Driver

Today I inadvertently caused some confusion with a group of people in my neighborhood.  It happened while I was driving home - always a prime time for an adventure.  Driving in the evenings here can get a bit dicey; it's hard to see the scooters zipping around and cars continue to do as they like with just a smidge of regard for the rules.  I was close to home when I had to stop for a group crossing the road at a crosswalk.  The walkers suddenly froze in the middle of the road and scooters slowed to a stop.  Everyone was looking all around to see what was going on.  I checked all my mirrors to see what the hold up was all about and saw nothing.  It took a second but it dawned on me that I was the problem.

(cute kid on a scooter next to me)

Did you catch what I did to cause the confusion?   I can see how it would be easy to miss.  Here it is: I stopped for the walkers.  Can you believe I would do such a silly thing?  Everyone was looking around for the reason I was stopped before they started across the intersection because they couldn't believe it was just for the walkers.

I think I've adapted pretty well to driving here, but I will probably continue to stop for people crossing the street even though it usually causes more problems than just flying past them would.


  1. That's too funny. What a contrast to Portland where drivers almost ALWAYS stop for pedestrians! It's a different world!

  2. Just passing by...

    I believe it's all because of the density of the population that makes people to do so.