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Observations on my morning walk

From a half a block away, I could tell from the look on her face she was going to do it. The look was fear.
Stopped at the intersection of 10th Street and Pryor Avenue, the woman anxiously looked left then right several times in rapid succession as she slowly inched her car forward. Traffic was heavy on 10th Street as I got closer. We made eye contact. She inched farther into the crosswalk the closer I walked. Then it happened, she bolted in front of a Waste Management garbage truck onto 10th Street and sped away.
Her fear? That I would get to the crosswalk first.
It is a look I have seen a lot in my retirement as I go on my morning walks around Glencoe. Apparently, there is nothing worse for a driver than an approaching pedestrian who may cause them to wait an extra five seconds to be on their way.
By the way, the city should ban most left turns within the city limits. It is nearly impossible to make a left turn onto Hennepin Avenue, or 10th Street or 13th Street or … where four-way stops are absent.
To someone wanting to make a left turn, about the time there is finally an opening, some dang pedestrian decides to walk in the crosswalk. Excus-s-s-e us walkers for getting in your way!
But that is not all I see on my walks. One morning I was walking along Union Avenue and had just crossed 11th Street when I looked up and there was a driverless car coming north on Union. There was no one at the wheel! All of a sudden, a woman pops up. She must have dropped something on the passenger side and decided to retrieve it while the vehicle was still moving.
You know, there are some people who should never be allowed to drive!
Also, I see more people than ever talking on cell phones while driving. Most are adults. In my unscientific survey as I march down 10th Street, I estimate that one out of three drivers is on the phone as they pass by.
One in particular caught my eye the other day. I spotted a young lady driver about a half a block away coming east on 10th Street. She had her eyes down. There was no hand on the steering wheel as she zoomed past. Her eyes never left her lap, and I suspect, never left her text message either.
She may have taken lessons from the aforementioned “bobbing-for-apples” driver.
But all is not lost. The vast majority of drivers I see are courteous at intersections, seem to stay on the roadways reasonably well and most wave.
I often meet many of the same people on my walks each morning. But with my eyesight being what it is, most I do not recognize, unless I remember the vehicle they drive. So I wave at everybody so as not to come off like a snob.
But there is one man who gives me a one-finger salute whenever I see him pass. I’m assuming it is the index finger he is waving. But being nearsighted, I could be wrong.
It got me thinking, who did I tick off when I was editor of the Chronicle?
Rich Glennie was the editor of The Chronicle for 23 years. He retired Aug. 1, but plans to submit an occasional column.