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I Celebrate a Birthday Every Day at 25th and Broadway


If you went through the intersection of 25th and Broadway last weekend you were probably one of thousands who had to stop at an impromptu four-way stop. Apparently, there was some sort of malfunction with the light at that intersection which now has been fixed. I wish I could have heard the comments from all of the drivers.

I am beginning to think I am jinxed. No matter which way I am traveling, I seem to always get stopped by that light at 25th and Broadway. With Y101’s studios just around the corner from that intersection, I probably go through that intersection more than most people.

There are times I sit at the light waiting to get onto Broadway for some 4 minutes. Other times, I turn the corner at 25th and Spring and see the light is green and I become Dale Jr. hurrying to get to the intersection, but usually the light is red by the time I get there. When that happens it feels like I had 3 birthdays before it switches back to green to allow me to move again. So I have, over the years, developed things to do while waiting.

Here is my top 10 list of things to do while waiting for the light to change at 25th and Broadway:

10. Count how many hot dogs are sold at the corner.

9.   Count how many people are still using their cell phones while driving in front of me on Broadway. 

8.   See what the “special of the day” is at Culvers.

7.   Check out all the used cars at Shottenkirk’s used car lot.

6.   Actually time the light to see just how long I have been waiting.

5.   Count the makes of cars, Kias, Chevys, Honda, Fords, etc. going past me.

4.   While waiting my turn, get out of the car and get my haircut at Styl It 2.

3.   Count all the vapor trails in the sky from planes flying over Quincy.

2.   Call the city engineer to see if he has ever gone thru this intersection from 25th Street.

And number 1. Celebrate yet another birthday.

Even if the light turns green it is no guarantee that I will be able to turn since I have to wait for oncoming cars heading north on 25th. And if that line is a long one, I may have to do it all over again.

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