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I’m glad I’m not writing this from the slammer.

Posted May 16 2013 9:17am
This sign could use some punctuation, but it cracked me up!

This sign could use some punctuation, but it cracked me up!

I’m writing this post today because it’s been a while since I’ve had a good public flogging, and, frankly, I deserve it.

Tuesday, I ran up to the bookstore on my lunch hour, looking for a graduation present for a friend. I couldn’t find what I needed, so on my way back to my office – in my car, behind the wheel – I searched Amazon for it on my phone.

And then I sailed through a red light, without so much as pausing. I was 3/4 of the way through the intersection before it even registered.

I couldn’t believe I had done something so dumb, and as soon as I got back to my office I confessed my sins. Without missing a beat, my co-worker replied, “And the line of preschoolers you mowed over? They’re all ok?”

It would have been funny if it wasn’t so… possible. The light I went through is quite possibly the busiest intersection, pedestrian-wise, in town. It’s also about, oh, 300 yards from Sam’s school.

Fortunately I didn’t hit anyone and no one hit me, but my God, it could have been bad. Really, really, life-changing-ly (how do you like that word?) bad.

So, I’m going to knock that shark off, like, immediately.

I promise to never shop on Amazon while driving ever again. Ever.

But seriously, it’s time for me to reevaluate my choices, so tell me – what cell phone safety rules to do you follow? Do you make calls? Answer them? Shut your phone off all together?

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