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I might not be exceptional and handsome (although, come to think of it…I am pretty amazing and not bad to loo at), but I am most definitely unique.
You can talk to every other person you can possibly find in Minneapolis, everyone from a law-abiding neighbor, school bus drivers, priests and nuns, school teachers, cops and fire fighters, certainly even the mayor and the dog catcher. I don’t care who it is, none of them is like me. Why?
In Minneapolis I am the only driver who stops at stop signs. The only person. Period. If you see a car stop at a stop sign, that is me driving. (Your odds of so easily identifying me at this way at stop lights, however, go down, although not by much.)
I cannot explain it, but in Minneapolis slowing down at controlled intersections is good enough. Stopping “in obedience to a stop sign” is the law in the state, but it simply does not happen in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city. And if you see a yield sign…watch out! Minneapolitans don’t recognize that sign or don’t know what it means or both.
Overall Minnesotans are among intelligent life’s worse drivers. There are parts of Costa Rica, greater Samarkand, and rural southern Italy were driving is purported to be worse, but until I see it, I’m not convinced.
So, in review, if you want to meet me — or if you just want to meet someone unique for a change — come to Minneapolis, hang out at an intersection with a stop sign, and wait for a car that stops.. And when that happens…you found me!
- History of Stop Signs: Legal Stop Signs, Yellow Stop Signs and Red Stop Signs (myparkingsign.com)
- Minneapolis…This “Parking” Ticket is Ridiculous (alittletourinyellow.wordpress.com)
- Minnesota Driver’s Manual (dmv.org)
- Minneapolis – Jan, 2013 (cigartravelz.wordpress.com)