What a bone-headed move!(... that would be me, admonishing myself.)
Scarcely a mile out of our driveway this morning, I braked at the 4-way traffic stop. Then – without yielding to the motorist next in line – proceeded on ahead like the Queen of Sheba.
Ironic, in that one of my biggest pet peeves is drivers who don’t observe 4-way etiquette.Doubly ironic, given my comment about ‘careless drivers’ in my last post!
I’m sooooo sorry!
(… Me again, wailing in the direction of their disappearing tail-lights.)
And for the gazillionth time, I regret not having the moxie to follow through with the Get-Rich scheme I’d hatched back in the early 80’s ….. something I felt certain would revolutionize the nation’s highways and byways. Heck, I even tried enlisting the aid of a patent attorney. You know, the sort whose toll-free solicitations used to adorn billboards up and down U.S. 19. Instead, he practically scoffed in my earpiece.
(While I’ve a vivid imagination and the occasional novel idea – my poor verbal skills and self-doubts usually undermine any chances of success.)
Aside from a few What-Might-Have-Been confessionals to friends and family, my little pipe dream was buried and mostly forgotten.
Now, are you ready for the kicker? Just last year I happened on a talk-radio show, whose hosts were bandying around an emerging technology where motorists can communicate with one another via strategically-placed digital images, embedded in their vehicle exteriors.
Yep. I practically drove off the road.
Admittedly, my baby (‘Motor Mouth’) hadn’t evolved much further than hand-held paddle boards fashioned with oversize luminescent lettering. I wonder if digitized message boards were even around back then? Still the sentiment was the same: How to apologize, offer a sincere ‘thank you for letting me in’, request emergency assistance – even ask a tailgater to back off without resorting to hand gestures.
You know, I have to applaud whoever took that idea and rode it past all the naysayers, to the marketplace. Sort of like those persistent folks on Shark Tank. (Any other fans out there?)
I sure hope there are no more new cars (and annoying monthly payments) in my future. Still, were one to come along that ‘talked’, I’d be awfully tempted. You?
Thanks for listening!
Hugs from Phoenix,