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October 4, 2013

We are always in a hurry

NORMAN — Another unscheduled accident messed up the perfectly sluggish flow of rush hour traffic today.

However, is there ever a good time for an accident? Whether scheduled or unscheduled, if people are involved, such unpleasant incidents seem to be the norm rather than the exception. After all, they are only human.

For those who endure the daily snail slither of rush hour, such spontaneous moments of carnage are greeted with well-practiced linguistic exercises known as venting. After all, what else is there to do while waiting for someone to unclog the drain and get traffic chugging once more? Twiddle our thumbs?

Even if you are not a betting person, you might be tempted to make a small wager on a sure thing. The answer to one simple question that should be asked of people involved in accidents.

“Were you in a hurry?”

In most cases, the involved parties will reply with a sheepish or aggravated, “Yes.” Some might be outright angry, blaming the “other guy” rather than admitting to their own culpability, which is a separate tale for another time.

The hard part will be subtly butting into the conversation between the officer taking down information for his report and the people involved in the accident. Never mind that it may not be the most opportune moment to chat them up, particularly if one or more of the people involved are being strapped on a stretcher.

Do not be offended if they tell you to, “Bug off!” or some other phrase meant to deter you from your purpose. In fact, expect them to do so. People just do not focus well under stressful situations. They also have no way of knowing that your purpose is to learn from their mistakes and avoid such events of vehicular and/or human damage or destruction.

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