We gave our 10 year-old daughter Monopoly for Christmas. Almost immediately, she began pressing us excitedly to play this "new game."
Of course, the thing about a new Monopoly game is, like all new games, it comes with a set of printed rules. The first thing I did was grab them and start reading them, just to be sure I knew them.
But wait a minute, you say--don't you know the rules to Monopoly? Isn't knowing the rules to Monopoly as natural to every American-born kid as knowing how to throw a ball, or the knowing menu at McDonald's, or how to ride a bike? Ahhh! Now you know where I'm going...
So I jealously grabbed the rulebook and went to work. Before long, the age-old question came up: what do you do on the square, "Free Parking?" My wife said you put tax money in the "pot" and claim it when you land on Free Parking. I had learned Monopoly that way too, but my suspicions were correct: it wasn't in the rules. The rulebook clearly stated that when you land on Free Parking, you get squat--nada--nothing!
So we played by the rules, just to be correct. But it wouldn't have hurt anyone if we had played with that "extra rule" and put luxury tax, poor tax, school tax, income tax, etc. in the "pot" and claimed it when landing on Free Parking. The thing is, as long as everyone knows and plays by the same rule, it was fair. It doesn't matter it's a made-up rule, as long as everyone knows about it and plays by it, too.
So what about riding a bike, or driving? Do have any "Free Parking" rules that aren't in the books, or are prohibited in the books, but you understand and use them to your advantage safely, and you are pretty sure other road users understand them too?
(you can take your shoes off, if you want )