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Commas instead of periods at stop signs

I have not had a car for a couple of weeks, waiting for my appointment to get a couple of new tires put on.

One of my front tires is extremely flat, and my car comes with one of those ‘baby’ spares, which are not recommended for driving on for more than (I believe) one city block.

What that means is I have been doing more walking, riding the city buses and watching Twitch. I have a few observations from these pastimes.

First, when I’m walking early in the morning, I’m amazed at how many drivers do, as my driving instructor many years ago put it, “commas instead of periods” at a stop sign. What they meant was a driver who slows down at least a little before going through the intersection, instead of coming to a full stop, as required by the law.

I know the main argument is: “There’s nobody else on the road at this hour of the morning, so who is it hurting?”
Well, my figuring has always been that I want to drive in a safe and legal manner at 4 a.m. with no traffic around, because then I’m more likely to do it at 4 p.m. when the streets are a lot busier.

I have also noticed the walk signal on the south side of Fifth Avenue where it crosses Highway 97 might be stuck. Even if there is no one looking to cross the highway at 4 a.m., the “Walk” signal on that side comes on at regular times.

As I have been riding the buses, I have noticed one piece of courtesy which is very simple, but nice to hear. A lot of the riders, as they exit the bus through the back door, will pause for a second to say “thank you” to the driver, and most of the time the driver will acknowledge it with either “you’re welcome” or “have a good day”.

As I say, a small thing, but a nice gesture on both sides.

While I was watching Twitch on Sunday, I found a streamer putting together a Lego model of an Imperial Star Destroyer from the Star Wars movies. This thing is almost 4,800 pieces and is going to be huge.

The instruction guide for it looks to be about the size of War and Peace, with lots and lots of diagrams showing where every one of those pieces goes.

Her life was made a little bit more difficult when her cat decided Mom needed to be reminded that it was lunch and someone was hungry, even if Mom wasn’t.

So, jump onto the table, sniff the model a couple of times, then sit down right on top of the instruction guide. That’s one way to get attention without causing too many problems (like knocking the 4,800-piece model off the table).

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