Re: Drama in under ten seconds

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Now I won't ever dare to drive close to midnight ;-(


Posted by: Earnest O'Nest | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 9:01 AM
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But what do you do/When the light turns blue/With orange and lavender spots?

Oh great. Dream of stoplights produces Shel Silverstein. I certainly had no idea I remembered that particular verse.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 9:24 AM
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A little like Amtrack trains (if running on time) stopping for an hour during the autumn DST switch.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 9:35 AM
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I remember being pretty damn nervous around cops when I first learned to drive. I was convinced I was doing something wrong -- or, like, I'd look at them wrong -- at all times.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:43 AM
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I'm still pretty damn nervous around cops, in or out of a car. They have guns!


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:43 AM
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This also reminds me that in looking up the "Pittsburgh Left" discussed here a few weeks back, one of the theories of why it developed in Pittsburgh was because traffic signals used to go Green->Green/Yellow->Yellow->Red in Pittsburgh, so there was a lesser chance of late cross traffic. See last item here--they say it was that way until the mid '80s but I don't recall from my earlier periods of living here.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:44 AM
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4,5: Yes. Growing up the concept that a policeman was there to help you rather than in some way fuck you up was pretty alien to me. And it was reinforced in a number of ways from my teens through early 20s.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:46 AM
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7: Me too. Whenever I get stuck standing near a cop on the subway, my eyes are helplessly drawn to his gun. It just seems absurd that he's standing right there, right next to me, with a deadly weapon. I hate it. The worst is when the Herald Square station gets staffed with military people with machine guns. Really? Machine guns?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:50 AM
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It just seems absurd that he's standing right there, right next to me, with a deadly weapon.

See, the joys of living in a state with concealed carry means that anyone could be packing!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 10:57 AM
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3: That raises so many questions. Why don't they just rejigger the timetables for that day so that "on time" becomes an hour earlier? And what do they do when Daylight Savings Time begins in the spring? (I suppose nobody will even notice if Amtrak trains are an extra hour late.)


Posted by: Ace-K | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:04 AM
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(Mildly extra-pseudy): For some reason the OP story reminds me of a time when a former roommate and I were driving to a concert in DC. About halfway up, we "did a J" (in the parlance of our times), not a minute after which we got a flat tire.

I'm wrestling with the lame-ass, rusty, factory jack and spare when a cop pulls up behind us. Checks license and registration and, seeing the difficulty I'm having, offers his super-deluxe primo cop jack.

I proceed to change the tire like a pro, high as a motherfucking kite, and we're on our way, no problem.

I'm pretty sure the anxiety took at least a couple years off my life, and this story is a great example of why I steer clear of the ganja these days.


Posted by: yelnatS | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:05 AM
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10.last: Right, they just run late in the spring (and I half wonder if I am being ULed here). However, I was looking for but could not find a much more detailed and comprehensive article that I had read once on how the overall rail system handled it--as I recall there was some similar accommodation made system-wide, mostly for reasons of safety in switching and signaling.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:08 AM
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ULed

Under Loved?

Umbrage Leaked?

Umbilically linked?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:15 AM
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Urban Legended.

You know who would know what the freights do at the DST switch?

Hobos! ... and Knecht.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:21 AM
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7,8: Just going to church made me nervous from about age 10 up because there was always a cop working the crosswalk in front. In part because every once in a while I or my friends would have had some very minor league dust-up with the police that my parents knew nothing about, and I would convince myself that the guy was going to recognize me and say something.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 11:32 AM
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While turning left I accidentally cut off what turned out to be an unmarked cop car, and since I had just learned to drive stick, after coming to an abrupt stop and stalling out I then accidentally revved my engine at him. At which point he pointed ... pointedly at the light on his dash ("oh! He's a...cop" I thought), and then motioned for me to back the fuck up. Which I did.

That was like last week.


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 12:25 PM
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Awesome DonaQ. Now what the heck is this "lights start flashing at midnight" thing?


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 2:23 PM
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17: A lot of towns, especially smaller ones with very little traffic have stoplights that switch, at a pre-appointed time (e.g., midnight), to flash either red (these you treat like a stop sign) or yellow (these you treat as a caution warning—you have the right of way, but you might be wise to slow it down a bit and be aware that the cross-traffic may be getting ready to enter the roadway).


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 2:36 PM
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16: heh! You should have peeled out at him.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 2:44 PM
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In Europe, yellow after red means gun it.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 4:14 PM
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In Soviet Russia yellow after red means gun you.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10-24-10 5:14 PM
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