So, there I was, on my way home from Wal-Mart* today (well it was Tuesday... or, it IS Tuesday... but not when you are reading this. It's Tuesday Now, as in my now, this moment... are you tracking? Good). Anyway, as we were about to stop at the four way stop about a half mile from our house, another car came to a stop coming from a different direction. The fellow driving the first car looked at me as if to say "are you going to drive through or what?" Which, of course was the exact look that I was giving him.
Now, don't anyone get mad at me for saying this, but I have to tell you that moving through a four way stop should be pretty simple for any even quasi-sentient being.
You see, it works like this: Whomever stops first gets to proceed through the intersection first... and then the next person who arrived, and so on until the intersection is cleared.
Simple, right? Well, it really is, but there is a trick to it, you see. In order to do it right, you have to do one thing which is critical to the smooth operation of the all-way stop. Do you know what that thing is? I'll tell you:
It's a simple maneuver called PAYING ATTENTION!!!
See... if you don't get this part right, you ruin the whole thing. Now, I know that a lot of you folks out there in bloggity-land are nice people, and as a rule, I try to associate myself with nice people (in hopes that some will rub off), but truly I say unto you, the nice people of the world: THE ALL WAY STOP IS NO PLACE TO BE NICE! It's also no place for your cell phone, your Blackberry, or talking to all four of the other occupants of your vehicle... Get the picture?
This isn't a GEICO commercial, you know! Pass through the intersection by precedence based on who got there first. Not only is it the law, it's easier for everyone. Go show how nice you are by baking bread for a neighbor, or donating food to the needy..... being "nice" in traffic causes accidents.
So... back to my wee incident. Soup-for-brains sits there looking at me, and I at him, until I gave the both hands-up-in-the-air-WTF?-shrug. He got the signal and eventually drove through. Now, I know what you want to ask... really, I do. You want to know why I didn't just drive on, right? Well, the reason is that if I had done that, the nincompoop in that car would have probably decided to be affronted and would have tried to drive through so he could get through before me.
The dirty so-and-s0!
So, my friends, the WTF for this Wednesday is this: What The **** is wrong with people and their inability to negotiate something as simple as and all-way stop?
If you have an answer, get back to me.
*Yes, I shop at Wal-Mart. Don't get all righteous on me, ok? When the local Mom & Pop store starts selling socks and underwear (and DVD's & wine), I'll start buying it there.