Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Turning Yellow

The yellow traffic lights run slowly down the Twentynine Palms Highway. They hang low and linger, a silent cautionary tale of proceeding through them. But they do not turn red, no matter how far away you are, until you've passed underneath.

When you see the light turn yellow from green, the instinct is to either slam on the brakes or to speed on through the yellow as it turns red. But the thing to do here is just to keep the pressure on the gas as though there were no yellow light at all.