If you know Santa Monica boulevard in Santa Monica, California, you know it’s very wide and very busy. The other day I sat at a cross street waiting to traverse the massive boulevard. To my left, trying to do on foot the same thing I was doing in my car, was a ten your old kid with a skateboard.
He tried several tactics to get the attention of the cars so they would stop at the cross walk. All he got was a bunch of douche bag drivers oblivious to his existence in spite of the fact he was well into the street waving his skateboard over his head.
Eventually an ambulance came along, noticed the kid, and stopped. I was relieved. I knew that with the ambulance sitting still at the cross walk the other cars would follow suit.
They didn’t. It was absurd to watch driver after driver craning their necks to see what the ambulance doing while still racing through the intersection.
Finally the fed up ambulance driver illuminated every single light on his rig and shut down the entire boulevard. Then he waved the kid on. It was awesome.