In Portland, there's a rule of the road that says if there is a pedestrian at a crosswalk, whether the crosswalk is painted or just implied by the pedestrian standing trying to cross a street, the cars must stop. I'm sure it's the same way in lots of places, but it's a hard and fast rule here. The problem is, only 1/10 of the people in the area know about it. This isn't surprising. Drivers everywhere in this world are a selfish bunch who don't pay attention to even a quarter of the things they should notice while driving. But the funny thing is that if you're standing at a crosswalk, and a line of cars is headed your way, the first few cars are guaranteed to not stop. They never seem to know they have to. No, the only car that stops, and this happens really regularly, is the very last car in a chain. Imagine how frustrating it is to be the pedestrian sitting waiting and realizing that no one is going to stop. And then seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the last car in a chain of idiotic brutes. Then, that car stops. Why? Why does the last car stop, when by all rights, he or she could just pass me faster than it takes for me to be sure that car is going to stop? By the time I've waited for every car in the chain, I'm focused on the rear of the last car, waiting for it to finally pass me so I can go, not on how fast that car is or isn't going. So this is what I have to say:
"Dear first car, Stop for me. Sincerely, Christina"
"Dear last car, Thanks for the thought, but please just keep going. Sincerely, Christina."