Debate Rages: Would You Put Up With This…For A Million Dollars?
There a wonderful thought provoking debate raging on reddit. Quite sneaky good, in fact. The question is: You can have a million dollars. But, and it's a big but, for the rest of your life, every traffic light you will hit will be red.
The first thing that comes to my mind is the old saying, "be careful what you wish for, you may get it." But if you live in Kalamazoo, the traffic lights aren't horrible, for the most part. We have our share of intersection with the sensors, so traffic seems to flow. Imagine just the opposite. like the ones on West Main, in front of the Kohls, and also the one by the bagel place. Yeah, every light you hit would be that. I can hear a voice in my head saying "ain't enough money in the world" to put up with that. But on the "take the dough" side of the argument, as one reddit commentor put it, "I am more annoyed by my poorness than driving."
And one other reddit comment jumped out at me more than any other. Remember when roundabouts were becoming all the rage in Kalamazoo? The one on Solon, near campus, still makes no sense and annoys me, but I've gotten to accept the one at 94 and Sprinkle. Well, if I did take the million dollars, I'd become a loud and proud advocate for as many roundabout as we can stand. (or move to Massachusetts, where they are everywhere.)
There's also other factors to consider, especially in Kalamazoo, with it's powerful bike lobby. Imagine this scenario- you get the million bucks as a driver, but you bike everywhere. And this, you've got the money and you bike, and you can hire someone to buy your groceries for you in the dead of winter. And here's a 2020 type thought. If you're working from home, how much driving are you doing? Take the money.
It's a fun hypothetical to ponder. I'd probably take the money, but I really, really, really hate red lights, so it's not a slam dunk for me. Oh, what am I crazy? Of course, it is. Gimme the money.