Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Stop the Change

For those of you that drop by from time to time, you probably have noticed I am not a big fan of change. You might also remember I have had my fair share of change this year. The week before the wedding there was yet another change in my life.

This intersection use to be a three way stop. Now it is a one-way stop. There use to be a stop sign by that light pole to the far right. There was also one across the street by the fire hydrant.

For ten years, I have stopped at those stop signs almost on a daily basis. Then the week prior to the wedding – they were gone and this intersection became a one-way stop.

Even today, I drove up there and stop. Then slowly cursed under my breath when I realize the stop sign is gone.

The first time Cliff and I came to this intersection I stopped. Cliff just turned and looked at me and said something like, “Do you just like this intersection or what?”

After that, every time I started to slow down Cliff told me to keep going or just waved me through. Well, Cliff is home and I am still stopping.

I guess the moral of all this is sometimes small changes are harder to adapt to than big ones.


Blogger Cliff said...

Amen to that Ralph. Marilyn moved the paper towels from under the cabinet by the left side of the sink to on top of the counter on the right side. I always turn a complete cirle trying to locate them. I should be used to the change in time for your visit in November.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Yeah, Ralph, those changes get to me, too. The only change I ever really liked was when my paycheck changed to something higher than it was before. Some change is good, I guess.

My dad always jangled the change in his pocket. Especially when he was asked to lead in prayer. But that's not what you're talking about, is it?

9:32 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

That last little bit was quite profound, really.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Ralph, change in inevitable, except from a vending machine.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'd probably be stopping too Ralph. After all, you have been doing it for so long! You might get rear ended that way though!
I don't care much for changes either. We get in our routines and then someone changes things. Geesh!

2:06 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I have the same problem with the new stop sign on my street -- except that I forget to stop. It's been two years now, maybe I'll catch on soon.

Cliff asking you if you were fond of that intersection reminds me of the first time I drove my grandma to town. I had just turned 16 and was very nervous. I stopped at a green light, sweet Grandma Leona asked me "what shade of green was I waiting for."

I'm glad to see that you are back in action after the wedding.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Britmum said...

Thats funny. Do you get honked for stopping?

Take care

7:42 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Britmum, I've known Ralph a long time. He can get 'honked' for practically any reason.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Don't feel so bad...I abhor change...of any kind. And I would probably be stopping at a place where there once was a stop sign too. It's only natural.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

I moved the trash can today.

Greg attempted throwing away 4 pieces of paper (in a row) in the corner where it used to be.

I have no problems with the concept...

Could be a guy thing.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Cliff probably had a really funny look on his face when you stopped at a place with no stop sign.
I can imagine his tone of voice as he mocked your unnecessary stop.
Well, hopefully you'll get used to this change before too long. Meanwhile, you'll just have to keep feeling like an idiot each and every time you stop. :-)

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

You are SO gonna get rear-ended.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

Ralph, you are right,you have had a lot of change in the last year. You are entitled to be resistant to it! Be careful, I do agree with the others that say you may get rearended, that kind of change, you won't need! Thanks you for stopping by to make me giggle, my sense of humor is comming back, I heard it knock on the door the other night.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Peruby said...

Does "anybody" really like change?

Our fair city got the bright idea to hire an engineer about five years ago and he re-arranged all the stop signs in the city. Talk about a disaster. We had people stopping where they shouldn't, folks not stopping where they should.. you get the picture.

Thanks for the comments about the jokes. I collect them over the years as I receive them in e-mail. I have added your jokes from Miki's comments to my collection.

Keep laughing!

~ Peruby

9:33 AM  

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