Here’s my impression of myself at a four way stop:
Me to other car: Hmm, it appears we are in quite a quandary. I believe I pulled up a split second before you, but you are to my right, which would give you the right of way if we arrived simultaneously. Since we do not have the benefits of instant replay to determine beyond doubt who is entitled to go first, I will sacrifice my claim. [Waving] Please, sir, after you.
Other car: Oh you are too kind. I could not bear the guilt of exploiting your generosity and good graces. Please [waving] I beg you sir, go before me.
Me: [Waving] I insist. You are a gentleman of the highest order. I urge you, continue along. I shall wait.
Other car: [Waving] No, no I couldn’t. I couldn’t leave you to whittle away as you wait 2 seconds for me to clear the intersection.
Me: Ok. Ok, you have outdone me. I will go, thank you sir. [Begins driving]
Other car: Actually, I believe I’ll take you up on your original offer. [Begins driving]
Me: Oh, so you’re going now? Alright, I will stop again. Go ahead. [Slams brakes] [Waving]
Other car: Never mind, please, as you were. Continue on. [Brakes] [Waving]
Me: Seriously? OK I’M GOING NOW. PLEASE STAY PUT UNTIL I DRIVE ALL THE WAY THROUGH. [Drives]
Other car: You know, I’ve thought about it and I think I’ll just go now. I’m in a hurry. [Drives]
Me: [Slamming on brakes] WHAT THE HELL DUDE?! FINE. Go. GO!
Other car: I will. After you. [Waving]
Me: ARE YOU BRAIN DEAD? I’m going now and if you take your foot off that brake I swear I will plow right into you dude. [Drives off angrily]
Other car: What? No thank you wave? Jerk. YOU’RE WELCOME!
Listen, America, when someone waves you through, just go. Do not stop, do not collect 200 hundred dollars, do not stop to ponder the exigencies and debate the pros and cons. Just go. He waves, you go. Done. Easy. Cool?
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