Tuesday, March 01, 2005

my name is orange and i'm addicted to enumeration

things that never fail to disturb me:

1. nine out of 10 times, national book store salesladies use a 1-km stretch of scotch tape to attach a receipt (usually shorter than 1 km) to the plastic bag with your purchased items inside.

when i was younger, i used to think they used obscene amounts of tape because they wanted to show the world that they COULD; they were working in a STORE that sold TAPE. now that i'm old and wise, i know they do it because the sound of tape whizzing out of the dispenser is riveting.

2. some drivers headed towards a major one-way street -- for instance, when there's no other way to go but right -- still feel compelled to use their signal lights.

is there a law that we should do that? if the signal lights of the car in front of me do not blink, i will not say to myself, "oh no!!! he's NOT turning right! he is going to brave the onslaught of unhelmeted cyclists, SUVs and 10-wheelers and go straight into the island!"

what's even more disturbing to me is that *i* always have the moral dilemma at every such corner. should i signal that i'm turning right so the driver behind me will breathe a sigh of relief that i have no suicidal tendences?

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