Sunday we had major storms throughout the area, which knocked out a lot of power lines. Monday morning, I am on my way to work, and I am getting bogged down at all the intersections with non working traffic signals. Oh, well, can't be helped.
The road I was on is 2 lanes in each direction, and at the (non-working) light ahead, the right hand lane must turn right onto a different road, while the left hand lane goes straight. The left hand lane is a parking lot, but luckily for me, the right hand lane is almost clear, and that's the lane I need.
Except for the car in front of me. It seems this upstanding driver is using the empty lane to get to the front of the busy lane. He is crawling along, blinker on, trying to nudge his way into the busy lane. But nobody will let him in. They have served their time waiting, and are in no mood to give a line cutter a break.
So now he is at the corner, still angling for the lane, but now he is also blocking me from making my right turn. Oh, no. Traffic does not shut down for you, in either lane. I honked. The cars in the busy lane honked. Cars trying to pull onto the road honked. He ended up pulling into a parking lot, perhaps thinking that there was an exit at the back which could circumvent the intersection.
There is a certain amount of karma in his final decision. That parking lot is ridiculously difficult to get out of under good conditions (no exit at the back). I wonder how long he was trapped.