The rules say: "Pedestrians have the right of way."
"We sure do!"
Reality says: "SPLAT"
I'm reminded of this every time I walk to and from work. No matter how much right of way I have, this:
Is no match for this:
PICTURED: The idiot who would rather kill a pedestrian than put her $@#! phone down
In a collision.
I suppose this is the part when I'm supposed to crab about "there oughta be a law". I'm not going to do that, though.
The fact is, there is a law and a good third of people who drive on my walking routes ignore it. So instead of dealing with things the way I want them to be, I deal with things the way they are.
The way things are, pedestrians don't have the right of way. I wait for the drivers to signal me or pass. Then, when the coast is clear, I cross. I stay un-squished and the driver gets to keep texting instead of paying attention to the road.
The cemetary has plenty of tombstones belonging to people who had the right of way.
Deal with things the way they are, not the way you want them to be.
Now, let's get to work on building an EMP pistol that will shut down any car, cellphone or other electricity-dependant device that we shoot at.
After all, dealing with things the way they are doesn't mean surrendering to them.
Let's shoot for a more intimidating design than this, though.
Your TTPK Hint for yesterday is: "Kevin Savage had some years."
Your Blog Keyword for today is "rightofway". It's good for 250 WDEZ Club Points until 1700 on 3/17/10.