get out of the way

Change lanes with purpose

It’s a staple of Seattle driving. As normal as breathing. You’re on a two or three lane highway. In front of you is one lane with about 10 or 12 cars all going exactly the speed limit or a little under. Next to it (on either side, because people in Seattle don’t know about the whole “slow traffic keep right” thing), is a lane that is wide open. The only car you can see is past the lead car of the line of cars. If you’re an experienced Pacific Northwest driver, you hit the gas and try to get…

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Losing control by trying to be in control – the driving edition

Have you ever tried to pass someone and had them speed up so you can’t? These people are sinister (and Socialist) because what they’re really seeking is control over you. (And others, presumably) Not content to simply drive the way they prefer, they’re also trying to make sure everyone else drives the way they want them to. And isn’t this really the source of most of our problems – not just on the road, but everywhere. If people would just do things the way they like, and get out of the way of others doing the same, all would…

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Bag your own groceries

One theme that should be coming through loud and clear is the idea that you should do what you can to get out of everyone’s way. Whether I’m driving, walking, or just standing and having a conversation, I always try and be conscious of the people around me and make sure I’m not in their way. And so it is in the grocery line. It’s all too common to be stuck in the cashier line at the grocery store behind someone just standing there with their hands in their pockets watching the cashier check the groceries and then have…

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