Friday, April 23, 2010

To Whom It May Concern,

Attention Sirs:
Traffic heading towards New London from Exit 11 was stopped while the median was being constructed. Our lane was just starting to move forward and was directed across a very narrow thruway into the other lane of traffic.

At this point in the traffic situation, some worker thought it best if drivers were challenged to "thread the needle". This technique is usually reserved for race car drivers and stunt men, but the good people of NH were given the opportunity to attempt this while trying to navigate Rt 11 at 2 pm on Friday.
Instead of the usual 2 lanes going in one direction, we were challenged to drive our average 6 foot wide car though a 7 foot opening, while large cones and traffic barrels were set up around us.
The testor was stationed right at the opening, thus bringing the opening down below the 7 foot mark.
Most people passed this test, but then again, how many of them were riding with an extremely new driver.
Just me.
My 15 year old took it very seriously, but struggled with this maneuver, somewhat.
Luckily, the worker with the SLOW sign was quick to react and sprung out of the way with the gracefulness of a gazelle.
I waved to thank/apologize to the brave soul, but it appeared that he was still a little stunned because when he waved back to me, 4 out of 5 of his fingers were clenched into a fist.

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