Had the O & M this morning. It was freezing freakin cold. Yes. Cold in Arizona. It does happen haha.
Dave always gives me options. He said we could continue the route to the store, or check out a small intersection up the road. Feeling good and eager to get working on intersections, I chose the latter.
We drove down the road and parked in a parking lot near the intersection. We walked to the intersection, a major road to my right. Lots of traffic noise. We got to a driveway and Dave said, what’s this car doing? I immediately said, turning right. How could you tell? I heard the car slowing. Very good.
We continued to the intersection and Dave walked me through finding the pedistrian pole and feeling the down curb narrow down to a wheelchair ramp. He showed me how at this place, if I put my arm on the pediestrian button box, it lined me up perfectly. We stood there a bit listening to traffic and Dave said I wouldn’t be crossing today.
He had me point to where I thought I would cross. He said ok, when you hear the traffic in front of you go, press the pedestrian button. So I did. Then he said, now listen for the surge of traffic. It’s when you hear that, that you’d cross, because they are your blocker cars.
I don’t know why I did it.
I heard the surge of traffic and decided to cross. I just went. My cane hit an upcurb and Dave said, median, go to your left a little. So I did and found the cut out.
Oops. I wasn’t supposed to cross just then. But it felt like the right thing to do. Dave was laughing, saying I was a natural. He said ok, hit the pedestrian button again, so I did, waited for the surge, and continued.
Congratulations, that was your first intersection.
Really? That counts? But its small.
Yes, it counts. It had all the elements of a lerger intersection, just a smaller scale. You had traffic in 4 directions. You had a median. You had two pedestrian buttons. You knew what to do and you did it.
So we turned 180 and did it all again, going back across the street. We talked about how crossing from west to east in this case, on the north side of the street, can be hairy, becuse you have those right turners. He said some intersections are really bad, because you can’t be seen. So in that case you might go the longer way around for safety’s sake.
So pretty cool huh? It wasn’t scary. I thought it would be scary. But it wasn’t. Maybe it will be with a larger intersection.
This is definitely good pooch preparation stuff. Doing more next week if I’m still feeling pretty good. The cold really makes my cognitive function a lot better, especially in the morning.
Ok, sometimes Boogger doesn’t let me edit. And now its not giving me keyboard echo So I can’t get rid of typos, and can’t even hear what I’m writing here. Frustrating.