The Norman Transcript


June 21, 2013

Did you misunderstand?

NORMAN — Far too many people live by a couple of interesting mottos: “Rules are made to be broken” and “Rules are for everyone else but me.”

As you may be somewhat aware, being human is not synonymous with perfection. Therefore, it is safe to assume that in one way or another everyone one of us has broken, will break or frequently breaks rules of one sort or another.

For goodness sake, this is not a debatable issue. Face your imperfections and embrace them by truthfully answering the following questions. No excuses, just the plain unvarnished truth, please:

Are you afflicted with or have you ever experienced the “lead toe” syndrome while driving? If so, then you have driven or often drive faster than the posted speed limit. You sit there in complete denial. But ask yourself, what is the first thing you do when you see a police car or highway patrol? Your foot instantly hits the brake, whether you happen to be speeding or not.

When it comes to traffic, do you have the patience of a gnat? When the road before you is a sea of motor vehicles do you follow the urge to show the other drivers how clever you are by zooming at full speed on the road shoulder, bypassing all those dolts who were not as clever and adventurous as you?

How often do you ignore posted signs?

Take for example the “Do not walk on grass” or “Do not pick flowers” signs. Are they engraved and personal invitations to cut across said patch of grass in order to save a couple of microseconds as you go from Point A to Point B? And just because the City spent taxpayer resources to beautify the otherwise concrete landscape, it does not mean you should pick a few of those posies for your sweet granny. Go to a florist and BUY her some flowers.

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