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Old 10-03-06, 09:18 PM   #1
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Fun Traffic Safety Game!

Okay, boys and girls, let's play a game I call "Right Hook Avoidance Baseball". Or, for those across the pond and their friends, "Left Hook Avoidance Cricket", in which case just reverse the directions below and adapt as necessary. Here's how to play.
  1. Whenever you are going straight through an intersection in a lane that allows a right-turn as well, take the full lane.
  2. As you proceed, notice if the person in front or in back of you turns right. If one of them does, congratulations! Your taking the lane has resulted in successfully avoiding one potential right hook -- a single! If both the person in front and in back of you turn right, that's a double! And so on to triples, home runs, maybe even beyond!
  3. They must be adjacent to you or each other to count. The closest person to the front or the back that goes straight ends the count.
  4. Each intersection is one at-bat, and the commute is a complete game. (Not sure how to break it into innings.)
If you want, you can keep stats on your number of each type of "hit" (or, in this case, miss) and total points. You could even calculate runs scored depending on the sequence of types of points. But you might want to wait until you reach your destination to do that - concentrate on your driving!

Enhancements? Variations? Scores?

I got a double today myself!
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Old 10-03-06, 11:26 PM   #2
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What happens if you strike out?!

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Old 10-04-06, 04:49 AM   #3
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Man you guys in Maine must be real bored.
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I am working on a no-hitter.

Seriously though, I doubt I would go to the trouble to keep score. However, it is a good technique to keep yourself cognizant of movements of nearby vehicles. Defensive riding skills have to be honed.
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oh, I was thinking it was where you throw a baseball through the window when someone almost hooks you.
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A new at-bat each time you change directions. One team on the way to work, the other on the way home. A game is a week and 4 days.
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Old 10-04-06, 07:25 AM   #7
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Did anyone on these boards get "right hooked lately"? Specifically, anyone from Maine?
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Now, see, ken's got the idea! Lighten up, y'all! Don't you ever get bored on your commute?

Actually, georgiaboy's closest to the spirit in which I offered the post. Acting safely doesn't have to be boring! We're just suggesting some ways to make it more entertaining! You don't have to do it...
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Old 10-04-06, 07:48 AM   #9
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Did anyone on these boards get "right hooked lately"? Specifically, anyone from Maine?
Actually, no. To the contrary, it ocurred to me because of noticing all the times lately that I might have been right hooked if I hadn't been taking the lane. So it really started seeming like a game to see how many potential ones I'd avoided, and I thought that it might be a nice change to promote a safety technique by also making it fun. The baseball analogy was just the latest extension which pushed me to share it.
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