Red Light, Green Light


Meg, How I love thee.  

I am not really one for multiple Hollywood crushes or movie star infatuation.  Yeah, I obviously had a thing for Samantha Micelli on Who’s the Boss, but what 12-year-old boy didn’t?  I do, however, make a rare exception.  The movie “You’ve Got Mail” comes on TV a lot and no matter what, if I am able, I watch it until the end and fall in love with Kathleen Kelly all over again.  I am certain that it is her girl next door appeal that gets me every time.  I am a sucker for it and lucky to have a beautiful wife with that same kind of something.  (Ok, now that I am finished with that sentence, back to Meg.)  I can admit that some of her attempts to stay youthful have yielded less than stellar results in the lip area, but she is still Meg and every-time I see Kathleen Kelly sit down on the floor of her apartment with her bowl of soup, my heart flutters a bit.

I wouldn’t be  true to myself to have a blog that talks about things that are awesome and not mention Meg.  I appreciate your indulgence and will see if I can’t think of something funny to write next time, or at least butch it up a bit with a post on the designated hitter or the spread option offense.

Meg Ryan, with short hair and a crooked smile.  Totally sweet.




Uh, Yeah; I meant to do that……  

You ever have a moment when you are sitting in the pole position (1st place) at a red light and the car on your left goes so you ease off the brake and begin to proceed when you realize they only had a green arrow and your light is still red?  No? Just me?  Great.  That moment is pretty weak and you can’t really play it off.  You are now sitting there with at least 58% of your car jutting into the intersection and the idiot behind you wasn’t paying attention either so he just filled the gap.  Leaving you hanging out there with no place to go and nowhere to hide.  If you have the courage to look around you will see your fellow drivers shaking their heads at you in disappointment or even gesturing to you with their friends and laughing at your expense.  If you are lucky, your light turns green quickly and you speed off leaving your shame and embarrassment behind you, but if it is one of those long green arrow deals you just have to sit there and take it like a man.  Maybe you could roll down your windows and explain that you saw a black widow  spider walking in front of your car and you were simply being a hero by killing it with your tire.   I think that some people figure out how to leave embarrassment back  in jr. high with dropped lunch trays and cracking voices, and some people wind up shamefully trying to sink down into the seat of their car counting the seconds till THEIR light turns green.  Feeling like an idiot is totally weak.


About Simon

I am a husband and a dad of two little girls. I am a lone Y chromosome and am already planning my escape strategy to deal with the estrogen flood that is on its way. People say there is a lot of joy to be found in the simple things and I have found they can provide a healthy dose of anti-awesome as well. I am, in general, a pretty optimistic guy and needed a bit of a creative outlet; so here it is. Thanks for stopping by. View all posts by Simon

6 responses to “Red Light, Green Light

  • Anita Mac

    When I have too much on my mind, I find myself doing that (inching forward on the red/green turn arrow). Hopefully I haven’t actually gone through any reds that way – but when life gets so hectic (not making excuses) – my mind tends to get bogged down! OK – mini pledge to myself – no more daydreaming of escaping work and travelling to somewhere wonderful and exotic – at red lights anyway!

  • klrs09

    I love “You’ve Got Mail”, but because it was another Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan collaboration. My first love (cinema -wise) of theirs is Joe Vs the Volcano. A terrific, quirky movie. And, I hear you on the light thing. Happens to my husband all the time. LOL

  • Joe

    While I have done this a time or two, or 22 times myself, I generally follow the same path to and from work and to and from getting my children at daycare. Because of my un-haphazard proclivities when it comes to driving, I have, for the most part learned the timing of the majority of the lights I approach on a daily basis. But I can definitely relate to being THAT guy…

  • Doc

    Do me a favor and don’t try to butch it up. There’s nothing worse than someone like me (and you are a lot like me- why do you think I follow you?) trying to butch it up. Talk about people pointing and laughing! Just embrace your weakness like a man.

  • Fristal Ann

    I saw this poor old man do this…only he didn’t stop. He went on through and I am not sure if he ever knew his light was still red. Luckily, there were no accidents.

    But yes, I do this all the time. Especially if I am staring off in to space after a long day at work; or trying to see how many bugs I can kill without going into the intersection.

  • tenthingsilike

    i get so mad when i see other drivers do this, but find myself making the same mistake every once and a while… i’ll be sure to use the black widow spider excuse next time!

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