Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Walking is like driving

This is a pretty simple concept.  Once I explain it a bit you should get the title, and why some people frustrate me.

When you drive, assuming you're in the US, you're supposed to stay on the right side of the road.  I think this principle should be upheld whenever possible - on the sidewalk, in an office, or anywhere a clear traffic flow can be observed.

It's not that hard!
I don't know Dave, but I know he can appreciate what I'm saying here.
How many times have you walked around a corner, usually holding a beverage or some sort of food, and been nearly run over by someone taking the corner a bit tighter than they need to?  Seriously, buddy!  Would that extra millisecond you saved by cutting the corner really benefit you?

Unless you are on your way to the bathroom with explosive diarrhea, the answer is a resounding "NO". 

It takes you, according to my math, 9,456,593 tight turns to make up for every instance you nearly run into me.  The reason is simple.  Once you have an impromptu introduction like this you have to stop, sometimes pick yourself up off the floor (because let's face it, not too many people - at least in my office - can come around the corner and collide with my 6'5", 240 pound frame and not suffer some sort of redirection), apologize for being an idiot, probably make some stupid comment about how we need mirrors at each of these dangerous corners, then continue on your way.

Save yourself the humiliation, and probably some precious time, and stay in your own lane.

Do I really need to bring in a roll of duct tape to put down lane lines?


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

On a positive note, I made a great friend by running smack dab into him around a corner at the crack of dawn in the office one time. I had relaxed my "walking / driving" rules, since it was so early, and I didn't anticipate anyone else in the office. We had a full-on collision, too. Embarrassing, yes, but it gave us a laugh, and the rest is history.

Olusola said...

Ok, so what's an english man in the US supposed to do? What with everybody driving on the wrong side of the road and all :)

Cheryl Lage said...

OOoof. I am ALWAYS amazed (more like horrified) by the "rush" folks tend to be in that frequently endangers others.

Heaven forbid someone be third in line at Starbucks....
(Explosive diarrhea, I also give a pass. ;) )

Helene said...

OMG, the line about explosive diarrhea cracked me up! That definitely deserves some kind of hall pass.

I don't experience too many drivers cutting corners too tightly but what I do experience here in my little neck of the woods are those idiot drivers who start to veer right as they're about to turn left. Does that even make sense? Why do they do this? And, more importantly, how on earth did they pass a driving test?

championm2000 said...

I had a 7th grade teacher who drilled this concept into my head (way before I was even thinking of driving).

I can hear Mr. Elmore saying, "Stay to the right and you're always right."

Saved me many collisions...wish i could say the same about driving.