April 28th, 2006


God told me to drive this SUV!

Interesting how life follows the news, isn't it?

Let me set the scene for you: It's before 6pm, it's a lovely but slightly chilly afternoon, and it's the street across from the Korean Church at the western side of Cambridge Common where the buses tend to park. The crosswalk at this particular T-intersection has the direction parallel to Mass Ave. on permanent "walking man;" the direction perpendicular is on permanent "stop sign" flashing red lights.

I am crossing the street parallel to Mass Ave, towards the "walking man." A balding man in a posh SUV, stopped at the light, gave me the little "go ahead and cross" waving signal. In return I gave him a look that said "Wow. Thanks for waving me ahead when it's my turn and I have the right of way."

As I passed in front of his vehicle, he rolled down his window to tell me something extremely important: "Hey, why don't you walk a little slower?"

Dude. I am not a slow walker. Anyone who's ever walked anywhere with me can testify to this fact. And this is wholly apart from the fact that I was in a crosswalk with a walk signal.

But since he'd so thoughtfully rolled down his window so he could hear my retort, I pointed to the signal and said, "Hey, sign says WALK, which means it's my turn, Mr. Gas-Guzzler."

Which dovetails nicely with an article mschaos posted earlier this afternoon about a planned prayer rally to seek lower gas prices.

I love this bit: "It is our hope that seeing and hearing some of the nation's most powerful preachers gathered around a gas station and the United States capital as a backdrop, will remind everyone who is really in charge of our world -- God," Royster said.

Oh, it's reminding everyone of something, all right. Mainly that you lot are a pack of bloody looneys. I want a bunch of Orthodox Jews to stage a rally to remind everyone that one day a week, God thinks they should WALK everywhere...