i need more rage
June 4, 2008
You know how you have a certain way you always get somewhere, but sometimes (okay, pretty much always) there are multiple ways to get there, and sometimes you take one way, and sometimes you take one of the other ways?
When I drop the Suncrest hill on the south side, at the bottom, the road down from Suncrest (Suncrest Blvd) Ts into highway 92. If I’m going west, of course, I just go to the T and take a right.
But if I need to go east, to the grocery store, or to pick up kids at the Highland junior high school, or something like that, I can either go to the T and take a left, or take a left about half a mile earlier, on Westfield Dr., go east for a half mile to 6400 West, take a right, and hit highway 92 where there’s a stoplight. There’s no stoplight at the bottom of Suncrest Blvd.
There are other instances of this little scenario. Like Fashion Place mall in Murray, you can exit the parking lot on the south side and take a left where there’s no light to get to the freeway, or you can drive all the way through the parking lot to the east side, to where there’s a right turn, and a then a light, to get to the freeway.
So here’s the question–are we defined by this choice?
I take the way that leads me to the stoplight 9 out of 10 times, because even though I’ll probably have to wait at the stoplight for a minute or two, I’m guaranteed not having to fight the TRAFFIC, just wait for the light.
But I’d say that 5 out of 10 times, going the way without the light is faster, cuz there’s no traffic light, and sometimes fewer turns. But the other 5 times out of 10, it’s really frustrating, because making that left onto a crowded street (and both are pretty crowded) is hard, and maybe there’s someone with no balls in front of you who just can’t make the turn, and after a few minutes of waiting, finally makes a right, then a u-turn instead, or because I’M the one without the balls, and can’t make the left.
But half the time, you save a minute or two. But your destiny is in YOUR hands.
To sum up, if you go the way of NO traffic light, half the time you save time, half you get frustrated. If you go the way WITH the traffic light, it’s almost always slower, but you are guaranteed no stress, because you know the light will definitely get you through without you having to make some kind of Die Hard left turn.
I think going the traffic light way makes me a wuss. And I guess I’m okay with that. But I’m kind of bothered that I’m okay with that. I think the me from twenty years ago would have ALWAYS gone the other way. And now I go the hard way maybe 1 in 10 times.
I need to read more Dylan Thomas. Do NOT go gentle into that good night. Rage! Rage against the wussy traffic light.