Monday, April 03, 2006

Bellevue Stop Lights

Bellevue has the longest stop lights in the world. Or at at least in the US; I can't account for the world. These are lights that you can actually take the time to read something at. Or apply makeup. Or use a pad and pen to make lists and check things off - great for those errand-running days.

Note I am not saying to actually DO these things - you really should pay attention to traffic when you are behind the wheel. Plus, I've noticed that if I do start reading, sometimes I don't notice when the light turns green and I hold everyone else up - an unforgivable sin.

So if I SHOULDN'T be reading, then these lights give me the chance to practice Zen Driving. Slowing down the racing pace of my thoughts. Sometimes it actually works. :-)

I'll try to make a note of which lights seem to take the longest and add those posts here.

3 Comments:

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Oz said...

I've noticed that about the lights here in Bellevue. It's like watching the movie Aliens. Just when you think it's over, it's not. There's a little more. And then you're sure that this is the last bit but there's still more. And then you wonder if it's ever going to end and finally the credits role.

What bugs me the most about these long lights is how much time is spent with no one moving. They're red all the way around.

Yeah, I wonder what the thinking is behind the long lights. It's just one of natures mysteries. :-)

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger JillyFlorio said...

No doubt about Aliens. James Cameroon likes the double ending: Aliens, Terminators one and two, Cujo, and the many endings of Titanic, et al. He likes us to get good and relaxed before scaring the shyte out of us even worse than the first time.

Back to lights. 8th and 110th in Bellevue is exceedingly long. Avoid that one.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger cinderelly said...

if you think the lights in bellevue are long, go to lynnwood! i am finding some of your posts very interesting, the point of view of a newbie! we moved here over ten years ago from the san francisco bay area and really like it.

 

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