It’s Monday and I haven’t had my coffee.
The stoplight downtown hates me. I know there’s many lights people get annoyed with, but I’m talking specifically about the one by the courthouse and the old bank and the building where the aldermen meet – the one right before the roundabout.
Why does it hate me?
I don’t know.
How do I know it hates me?
Easy. It’s always red.
OK, always is a slight exaggeration.
I kept a list over the past month or so, and the light is only red 94% of the time.
Still, that’s a pretty high percentage.
It’s even more annoying because most of the time – any by most I mean 9 times out of ten – I’m coming through late at night. I am literally the only one on the road, no-one else is waiting for the light, and as soon as I leave the roundabout it’ll turn yellow and force me to stop in the middle of the night for nobody.
It used to be that the lights downtown were on a timer and after 10.30 at night they’d change to caution lights.
Now, I must suffer the capricious whims of this apparently sentient traffic signal.
Thankfully, I won’t need to go that way today.
Tomorrow, though, I will.
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