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Eliminate Left Turns, Now

I would like to recommend that all cities find a way to eliminate any need to make left turns for the following reasons:

1. When I am stuck behind someone who is making a left turn, I feel slightly ruffled that I am being hindered by another driver who is not going where I am going.  I would like to feel less that way.

2. When I am the person making a left turn and I can see a queue of cars building up behind me, I find that it is hard to keep my mind from making an internal scene of what other people are saying about me (all quite degrading and disrespectful! Rude.).  I also realize that this is fictional and is a reflection of my poor self confidence in not only making left turns, but also of my view of myself in life.  Please be reassured that I am working on uplifting myself more than on pushing myself down.

3.  I really don’t like making left turns.  The waiting.  Too long.  I could have walked to the place that I wanted to get to faster than making that left turn.

As you can see, I make compelling reasons to eradicate left turns.  You may have experienced some of these emotions and feelings firsthand, assuming you are human.  I would think robots are apathetic.

So, I have decided to put a small amount of thought/work into improving the lives of millions of people across the globe, and would like to present to you my proposition for a city without left turns… in picture form, first, because a blog isn’t fun without pictures.

First off, I would like to present to you a town with a road system easily clogged up by two drivers… let alone a growing city with nearly a million people (*cough*, Austin, Texas).  My sweet theoretical town, lovingly named: Fifty Shades of Green (I make myself laugh SO hard.)


Look at those roads!  So many left turns!  Refer to numbers 1, 2, & 3 as to why this is NOT good.

Here is what I’m thinking could save my sanity us.  Behold:


You may be thinking: What the hell?  Or something along those lines, anyways.  Let me explain.  The genius engineering program is that we build every city with either skyscrapers or really tall buildings in the middle.  All the housing would be built outward making every city or town a circle.  Then we build a road that resembles a slinky that a child has stretched out, rendering the slinky useless (sad, I know).  This is a one way street.  In the morning everyone would commute into town to work at these fancy workplaces.  Because it is the future, all the vehicles are collapsible and fit neatly into the person’s briefcase or purse!  At the end of the workday (3pm), people pull out their vehicles and excitedly go down this roller coaster-esque road system.  Work weeks are also only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm.  The rest of the time people would either sunbathe, cook at home, or frolic in the pond to the right.  I seriously hope that this utopia is at least considered in the next city planning session.  If you feel that I should take this to the next town hall meeting, then let’s find supporters and light up the torches!

*Technically this would make the commute home an enormous circular left turn.  I only realized that after I drew the picture.  So much for big dreams.  At least it would be enormously fun to drive home!

laur7179 - May 14, 2015 - 9:33 am

I’ll do it for the children, Beth. And all the other people too. *hugs*

Beth - May 14, 2015 - 8:26 am

A gazillion years ago (30+), my neighbor was killed making a left-hand turn. (When people run red lights, they’re not thinking about vehicular homicide, I suppose.) He was the first person I’d known who had died and it made an impression on me. To this day, I preach to my kids in the car, “When the light turns green, wait 2 seconds and make sure there’s no one trying to kill you. Then you can go.” Love your utopia! Right-hand turns for president!

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Swiss Chard Chili


1 bundle of swiss chard (or two extremely large leaves of swiss chard… like, they could cover your head)

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans (red or white) or pinto beans

2 carrots, chopped up to size preference

1 tomatoes, chopped up to size preference

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp chili powder

+ some water 1-3 cups depending on how liquid-y you want your chili


1. Put it all in a pot on the stove, bring to boil, then lower heat. (Rebel tip: I don’t drain or rinse the beans.)

2. When it all looks incorporated and chili-y then it’s time to eat!  With cornbread, duh.

It’s May! &  we’re still getting cold days in Texas.  This doesn’t phase me because I love feeling like eating cornbread and chili… its just not as inciting to make chili and cornbread when its over 100 degrees outside.  70 degrees and raining? Yes. It’s time for chili.

laur7179 - May 12, 2015 - 9:49 am

Thanks Beth! 😀 I might have to bring this to some sort of potluck if it isn’t a million degrees.

Beth - May 12, 2015 - 12:34 am

OMG IT LOOKS DIVINE!!! I’m going to have to try this one out… and soon!!

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