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Seth Thought for the day - January 20, 2001 (8) RE: Thought for the day - January 20, 2001 21 Jan 01


A word from central China, where driving is....well, it's...I don't know...really different. Turn signals? Not happening. Seat belts? Big insult to the driver of whatever ride you're riding in. Lanes? Center line? Shoulder? MEO! (We don't have it) People like to drive with their lights off at night. On unlighted roads. In the fog. While passing on hills at night in the fog. Lots of bikes, lots of pedestrians walking in the middle of the road. In the fog. At night. With a cow. A motorscooter is a good family vehicle, so why not put your whole family on it, while weaving between buses and trucks, bikes, animal carts, people and yours truly. But what I really like here is the attitude. People are really pretty relaxed, nobody goes crazy if they get cut off, people don't feel the need to do each other in over traffic. The important thing is not to hit anyone and not to be hit yourself in this maze, and most of the time people glide past and away from each other like swans on a still lake. I've been here two years and it still amazes me. Then again, my wife and daughter were very nearly killed yesterday when a truck suddenly pulled in front of their speeding cab( remember, no seat belts) You can't drive here unless you are Chinese, and I think it's just as well. In the U.S. it's bigger, faster, meaner, and more deadly if you mess up. Seth from China


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