Monday, August 25, 2008

Turning Right Equals A Big Circle



Have you ever seen the movie "Zoolander?" It's really funny...especially if you like goofy sort of movies. It's one of those movies that I wished I owned because I could watch it over and over. A couple of things strike me about this movie....one, of course is the fact that I'm "ridiculously good looking," but the other is turning left.

In the movie, Derek Zoolander is a famous runway model and can't turn left. This wasn't the plot of the movie, simply an interesting notation. I can turn left as I'm walking, running even...it's the turning left in the car that gets me.

Let me say here that I've never gotten a ticket. There have been a few fender benders that were minor and they were all my fault because I backed into a pole or something. For the most part, I'm a safe driver, I do the speed limit, and I'm aware of other drivers. But there was this one time in high school....let me set the scene for you.

Back in the day, my ride was a 1967 Mercury Cougar. That thing was great. It was a tank on wheels. I loved that car. One day after school I was coming home from somewhere, I think it was Burger King and I turned left across several lanes of traffic. I misjudged the turn and ended up denting the car in the outside lane. That car was like a Nissan 2 door or something and the door of the driver's side was dented. My car...well, let's just say that me running into her car rubbed the dirt off my bumper. Since that time, I've been hesitant to turn left across traffic...even if there is a turn lane. In my defense, there was no turn lane on Flagler Avenue where the above "incident" happened. I guess this has stayed with me because I always imagine that I'll certainly die as I cross traffic here in town. If I hadn't had to get home, I'd still be driving around now, turning right and looking for a light to go to so I could safely turn left. This kind of driving takes forever.

So just know that if you are waiting for me in town and I'm a little late...it's probably because instead of turning left and crossing the traffic to get to you, I'm turning right everywhere and just going in a big circle.

4 comments:

LT (and Max) said...

perhaps you should set try going the rest of your life without making left turns. see if you can do it.

LT (and Max) said...

i don't know why i put the word "set" in my comment. makes no sense.

Carrie said...

i do not particularly like the movie zoolander but I do like the part about the school being too small and needing to be "at least 3 times" that size! haha.....

Anonymous said...

It's been a couple of days since I've read a post from you, Tassie--hope everything is okay. I miss reading about your views on things.