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63. Honk if You're in a Hurry
Mark was cursing the driver in front of
because she was creeping along. He was running
for a golf game with his friend Barney.
was on a two-lane road that led to
golf course. The road was straight uphill. It
for six blocks through a busy residential neighborhood.
was a four-way stop sign at the end
Every time the woman ahead arrived
a stop sign, she looked left and right.
she looked left and right again. Then she
Mark was pulling his hair out.
be in a hurry in LA, he muttered
himself. Mark didn't pass her because there was
much oncoming traffic. At the very last stop
, she turned right.
At last, no one was
front of him. Mark put the pedal to
metal to make up for lost time. However,
soon as he rounded the first curve, he
to immediately brake for a cement truck crawling
the hill at about 5 mph. Mark couldn't
it. His tee time was 11:45 and it
11:39. Mark ignored the solid yellow line and
the truck. It was 11:40 when he got
the parking lot. He walked quickly to the
to tell Mel, the assistant pro, that he
Mel said, “We’re running about 10 minutes
, so you’re okay. But Barney just called. He
there was a fatal accident on the freeway.
highway patrol closed his side of the freeway.
said to go on without him; he’s going