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Thumbs Down to Thumbs Down?

I had a near-death experience. Driving conditions were greasy. I was waiting to make a left turn when a car carelessly turned and careened right towards me.
It was as if it was in slow motion. It seemed like minutes but was actually mere seconds.
I swear he/she could see the whites of my eyes. I could not see the whites of his/her eyes since the black marauder had tinted windows. It was a pure fluke that the car did not crash straight into me, not only causing bodily harm but some serious damage to my car, too.
This collision was averted by mere millimetres. If it were to have happened, three scenarios could have played out.
I could have been maimed. I could have gone into some form of shock. Or, I could have erupted into a perfectly legitimate case of road rage.
Fortunately, there was a happy ending all ’round, except I was jarred by the experience. I wonder how the driver felt?
It all led me to a most unfortunate conclusion. It saddens me to say this, but I am beginning to believe our Thumbs Down feature to the left of me might not actually work. If it did, there would be no accidents. People would drive according to the weather conditions. There would be no speeding in school zones. If Thumbs Down impacted our daily lives, cyclists would respect motorists and vice versa. Bicyclists would use lights when riding at night. Pedestrians would pay attention to cars and car drivers would pay attention to pedestrians.
This speaks nothing of another Thumbs Down favourite – no matter the season, weather is forever Thumbs Down worthy. Knock off the ice. Why no snow? It’s too hot. It’s too cold. Enough rain already. We need rain.
Too bad Thumbs Down may have absolutely no impact on our lives. If they did, we would live in a world of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
It is not to be. If Thumbs Down worked, I would not have been witness to a car hurtling towards me in slow motion. If said idiot driver digested our Thumbs Down, he/she would have paid attention and driven according to weather conditions. Didn’t, and now I find myself doubting our formidable Thumbs Down as a vehicle for change. cclark@guelphtribune.ca

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