I’ve had other posts with the idea of “anticipation” in it, but the anticipation I speak of today is not about a holiday or vacation. Instead, it is a type of anticipation that can happen in everyday life. After I start the next paragraph, the photo will make it obvious what I am referring to. (Evil Teacher Editor looks darkly at the last sentence and this one, saying, “Well, start it already!”)
There are two similar parts of anticipation that I want to consider. Look at the following picture, and then the following video.
Let’s consider the red light first. When I am either in a car or on a bike, and stopped at a red light, I tend to not look straight ahead at the red light. Instead, I will often look left or right. Not only is it more visually stimulating to see the moving traffic rather than a fairly static scene ahead, but I tend to like to know when the light will likely turn green.
This reasoning is based on the frequent pattern of lights: when the light turns green, the WALK signal often appears too. Before the light turns red, the WALK signal will change to a DONT WALK [sic] signal, flashing, before turning solid when the light turns yellow or red. Then, the light will turn green… unless the opposite direction gets a green arrow or there is an anti-anticipatory light cycle.
For example, the Isabella/Ridge/Sheridan/Sheridan interchange in Evanston has lights which are not reciprocal. The northbound and southbound lights take cycles of green, rather than both being green simultaneously! Or, the intersection at The Arch on Northwestern’s south campus has north-, south-, and eastbound turns… and crosswalks where the WALK signal never coincides with any green lights.
Is it just a me thing to have wandering eye saccades when the light is red, rather than looking straight ahead? My blogger friends who drive or at least are in tune to the idiosyncrasies of the road: Do you feel the same way, or am I crazy?
היום שלושה-עשר יום: שהם שבוע אחד ושישה ימים לעומר