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Who put that stop sign there?

Apparently the fine City of Albany found a few extra stop signs in its warehouses, and has decided to install them randomly throughout the city.

Yeah, yeah.  If it was my neighborhood, I would probably be happy, too, to have drivers slow down more often.

I need to find a new way to drive to work now.  It took me quite some time to find this way to work – the least amount of stoplights and stop signs, and the ability to pull out onto busy Western Avenue while a well-placed stoplight (that I did not have to stop at!) blocked traffic for me.

I’ve even gotten to “know” the people in the neighborhoods I drive through.  There is one woman who walks her two shihtzus every morning around 7:20 am.  There is another woman who waits for her carpool ride around the same time, while further down the road a man waits at the bus stop.  A nod and a smile has developed over the years.

I had all the critical rights-of-way, this jogging set of turns to reach work every morning.

And since I never had to stop at these intersections before, I fully expect to see flashing lights in my rearview mirror soon.  Unless, of course, I am able to discover a new way to work requiring minimal pressure on the brake pedal.

Did I just publicly admit crazy, or does anyone else out there think like this too?



About Claire Ziamandanis

Claire Ziamandanis is Professor of Spanish at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Over her 20 years at the college, she has been a champion for study abroad, establishing the first affiliation for Spanish students, and then working with the Study Abroad office to open the doors to students from other majors. Claire loves travel, food, wine and Spanish but not necessarily in that order!

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