Mudcat Café message #1417805 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78678   Message #1417805
Posted By: GUEST,Mrr
22-Feb-05 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: ClintonHammond & His I-75 Misadventure
Subject: RE: BS: ClintonHammond & His I-75 Misadventure
Whew. Quite a piece of gonzo journalism, there! The time-slowing-down thing is really amazing if you actually experience it.

I once came very close to hitting someone as I was going one way into a tunnel that had a sign in front of it that said Avertissez! (this was in France) which I didn't understand in time. It turned out to mean HONK BECAUSE THIS IS A ONE-LANE TUNNEL EVEN THOUGH IT IS A TWO-WAY, 2-LANE ROAD. So I went merrily by the sign into the tunnel and practically straight into a van coming the other way. We both swerved and each went up onto the kerb, missed each other, and rattled down to the street level again. We both stopped, stuck our heads out the window and looked back at the other guy, decided we were both OK, gave that weak wave Don Firth described, and went on our way. My mom said, very quietly, Avertissez means Give Warning, by the way. (My French is usually better than hers, FYI.) ;)