I mean it’s cold but any day it doesn’t rain counts in Seattle.
Four-lane road. At a stoplight. In the right-most lane. Person next to me seems distracted, maybe reading or talking on the phone or texting. No idea. But the traffic from the right is a freeway offramp so they come screaming up that thing. There is a break in the traffic but the other side’s light is still green. And suddenly this idiot runs right through the red light. And you knew she was going to do it, you just knew she never looked up at the light, just sort of senses traffic was slow and so went.
She came within feet of getting t-boned by the guy coming in off the freeway. He slowed but sort of couldn’t believe that with a full green light for him there was a car there. But he slowed…. and thereby avoided a really serious accident.
I passed the offending driver at the next light and peered into her window and she had no idea. Somewhere out there today is a person who just dodged a bullet of her own firing.
I have been told that drivers elsewhere in the US are better. I don’t know. But Seattle drivers are a blend between stupid, slow, distracted, ignorant, and fast. All at the wrong time. This morning the driver in front of me was either writing a check, editing a manuscript, juggling… hard to tell as she piloted her car through traffic, weaving all the way.
And of course later we had one of my favorites: signaling after the fact. Um yes, now that you are stopped in the left turn lane waiting for the light, good time for the signal. You wouldn’t have wanted to click that on before making the move left to, hm, alert people you were turning left. I know some Euro drivers think the only proper signal is a horn, but if you are going to use a signal it only works before the action.
I miss France. Crazy drivers, sure. But survival means unaware drivers aren’t driving anymore.
This is a place I love in Seattle, great pizza. But….. It just wasn’t very good last night. Crust a little soggy and they slumped on the prosciutto. Sad when a favorite restaurant has an off night like this.