Sweetheart of a Snarl

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Driving east on Central St, toward 5 Corners.

Approaching 5 Corners.

Here comes 5 Corners.

Oh Lord, it’s 5 Corners.

5 Corners!

I’ve heard about 5 Corners. 5 Corners is notorious.

There’s no way to get thru 5 Corners.

Well maybe there’s a way to get thru 5 Corners, but there’s no way to get thru 5 Corners w/o writing/rewriting some traffic laws on the fly.

“Right of way.” “Right of way.” Repeat to self, approaching 5 Corners: “Right of way.” It’s the law. Say it again: “Right of way.”

Wait. I got that wrong. I forgot something. This is New England. You don’t have to know traffic law. You just have to be nice.

Not just nice. You have to be nicer. Nicer than the other driver.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon trying to turn left onto Central from Market Street. What will she do if I don’t help her?

OK, I slowed down to let her in. Feeling good about myself.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon noses halfway out into Central St. Didn’t quite decide to go ahead & make her left turn, tho.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon looking left, looking right, traffic slowing in both directions, waiting for her to turn.

Nice-looking lady can’t seem to decide to go ahead and make her left turn.

Red Ford pickup truck heading toward me from S. Main Street stopping so nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon can make turn.

Silver VW Beetle convertible trying to get off N. Main Street turning right onto Central but held up by nice-looking lady in brown etc.

Traffic backing up on Market Street behind nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon.

Traffic backing up behind red Ford pickup truck on S. Main Street.

Traffic backing up behind silver VW Beetle convertible on N. Main Street.

Traffic backing up behind me on Central Street.

Traffic flowing north no prob on Market St, turning right onto S. Main Street — no, wait. Gray Honda Accord stopping to look at traffic jam.

Traffic backing up behind gray Honda Accord on Market Street.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon now signaling red Ford pickup to go ahead before she makes her turn.

Red Ford pickup driver’s beard seems to be longer than when I first saw him.

Driver of red Ford pickup now signaling nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon to go ahead and make her turn.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon now signaling somewhat more aggressively to red Ford pickup to go ahead.

Driver of red Ford pickup now also signaling more aggressively. Appears to be waving black ring box.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon seems to have “look of love light in her eyes.”

Driver of silver VW Beetle convertible appears to be lighting cigarette, yawning.

Is gray Honda rusting? Or just my imagination?

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon still signaling driver of red Ford pickup. Appears to be saying “yes.”

Driver of gray Honda on Market Street applauding driver of red Ford pickup.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon seems to be signaling “thank you” to gray Honda on Market Street.

Driver of silver VW Beetle convertible stubbing out cigarette, appears to be scrolling through smartphone apps.

Driver of red Ford pickup receiving toasts from various pedestrians.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon trying on various wedding veils.

Silver VW Beetle convertible phoning an order to Ipswich House of Pizza.

Nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon chooses the “Juliet bandeau.”

White SUV three vehicles back on S. Main Street honks horn. Drivers on Central, North Main, and Market all give dirty looks.

Hope nice-looking lady in brown Volvo stationwagon, driver of red Ford pickup will be very happy together.

So glad I slowed to let her in, rather than ramming her to teach her a lesson about right-of-way! Starting to get this New England thing!

Gray Honda, silver VW Beetle convertible appear to be arranging neighborhood block party. Can’t wait!

 

 

Doug Brendel lived for some time on outer Linebrook Road, but can currently be found standing in traffic approaching Five Corners. Follow him by clicking “Follow” now.

 

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