13.5.11

Imponderables

This one's been bugging me for a while, and virtually every week I say "you must blog this" but, well, it's taken nearly two years to get blogged.

For the past couple of years I've been avoiding major routes on my commute.  Technically it's a shorter route, but because these are more rural roadways the speed is less than other roads.  I don't mind, actually, because it's a pretty drive.  But there's this one intersection that has me completely baffled.  On my way to work it's fine, but on my way home, between 4 and 6pm, it's, well, like no stoplight I've ever seen.

At virtually every other stoplight on this drive the flow of traffic is normal: when the light is red, we stop and when it's green, we go.  Sometimes if there's a lot of traffic it may take more than one light to get through, but the pattern is still the same.  But at this stoplight, when it's red we actually move further than when it's green.  Often green is a signal for us to - believe it or not - stop.  And then the light turns green and we slowly move forward.

The lights are the correct colors.  The red light is on top, yellow in the middle, and green at the bottom.  Yes, there's a left turn light, but this isn't the only light with one. 

Any explanations?

2 comments:

Aravis said...

If we explained it, we'd be robbing you of a great mystery to contemplate on your drive home.

Which is my way of saying: no clue. *G*

Anchises said...

This reminds me of an incident in Jerusalem a few years ago A large truck had obscured the traffic light, but the traffic had stopped, so I assumed, wrongly, that I could cross. When I reached the other side, a policewoman scolded me for crossing against the light. Taking me for a tourist, she asked, "Do you speak English?" When I replied in the affirmative, she told me, "when the little man is red you stop, when the little man is green you cross." Lesson learned. Anchises