There are some days I really appreciate my canine pals a heck of a lot more than my consideration for most humans.
For example, I’m on my way to work. Fridays are generally a little less hectic GOING to work, than in the homeward commute. I have a generally good outlook on life, I’ve had a good walk with the dogs at O-dark -thirty, stopped by the local coffee establishment, with the wife on her commute – and pleasantly caffeinated, I’m taking one of the “lesser” roads to work off the freeway a mile or two from my destination.
Now you have to realize that people are generally more “entitled”, less cooperative, and probably a little more smug living in the Carlsbad neighborhoods this road traverses. Am I being judgmental? Perhaps. But there are four entrance/exits to a housing developments on this road, where the city transportation department modified the road with traffic circles and YIELD signs, to permit egress into traffic – a couple years after these developments were populated. Casual observation reveals the “why”.
On my way to work, I approach the second of these circles and yield — I see a car waiting to enter the roadway from a development. The opposite flow of traffic -also with a YIELD sign ( and traffic speed indicator) shows NO SIGN of yielding. I stopped.
While three cars behind me started fussing and fuming at ME, I honked my horn five times and jabbed my finger at the Yield signage. Don’t mess with me – I’m a veteran; I’ve served 26 years to give you the right to act like an idiot. And besides, you should THANK ME. A sheriff’s deputy was the second car that stopped – from the opposite direction – at the same yield sign, letting the car enter the roadway.
The other driver and I exchanged waves and “thankyou/ your welcomes”. And I continued on my way to work. Some people need to be reminded. Some need cops to ticket them. Other people have dogs to help them be more human(e).