Learning from example


I don't know about the rest of you, but when I get in my car to go home after work, I'm excited to hear NPR's hour-long wrapup of the Judge Roberts hearings. I'll miss them now that they are all over.

But on my way to work today, I realized they have a relevance in my own life that I had not yet appreciated.

Roberts likes to talk about being a modest judge. I realized this morning that I am a modest speeder.

Yes, I drive well above the "legal limits." However, I don't behave as some speeders, acting like the road belongs to me. I figure that since I am the one disobeying the law, I should always be the one to yield. I should be polite, avoiding passing on the right or hogging the fast lane from those even quicker. I strive to be the most exact in legal obeisance when it come to things like using my blinkers or coming to complete stops at stop signs.

I, Theric, am a modest speeder.

Thank you.


  1. Yes, I noticed your modest speeding when I was trying to follow you around Devil's Cliff (or whatever it's called) and Foxy J was gripping the door handle like her life depended on it.

    (Lest you worry, you are not a difficult driver to follow... except when you go through red lights or make last-second crazy lane changes, each of which you only did once over the course of three days).

  2. .

    I can safely blame those on Lady Steed's navigation, I think.

  3. Oooh! Can I be a modest jaywalker? I try to cross when the cars are all backed up a stoplight, so it's like walking through a parking lot except that it's illegal, and if I see a car coming, even if it's a good distance away, I'll run, so the driver doesn't have to worry they'll run me over.

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    Soon you will be modestly slaughtering small nations, and all because you let yourself speed "modestly."

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