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SHENYANG, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) People shopping in a supermarket on October 14, 2011 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 6.1 percent in September and China’s Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 6.5 percent year-on-year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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Most of us have seen the popular bumper sticker, “Did you move here to be in a hurry?” That’s the way I sometimes feel when I venture outside the home to run errands or go shopping.

Traffic

I’ve been driving in Montana for over 20 years with no tickets or accidents. But there are times when I’m clearly doing the speed limit and I just know that the car behind me is wishing I would just get the hell out of the way.

When you reach the point were a two lane becomes a four lane they wiz around you like you are standing still.

Going slow in Bozeman can have a down side. I have a particular symphony for drivers in Bozeman slowly going down side streets trying to find a particular address. Heaven forbid if there is an impatient person behind you.

Shopping

Most mass merchants have spent hours and thousands of dollars computing the exact width of their traffic aisles. Most are just wide enough to allow two carts side by side to pass each other.

For some strange reason this gives many shoppers the justification to leave their cart in the exact center of the aisle while they leisurely peruse the shelves. People coming from either direction have to, move your cart for you, or wait patiently until you wake up and smell the coffee.

Malls, Airports and Parking Lots

It seems that no matter where you walk, or how fast you walk, you are always hindering someone trying to get to their destination much fast than you. They could easily accomplish this goal if you had never been born.

There are also those large groups that walk shoulder-to-shoulder spread across the entire traffic lane. And they are never in a hurry to get anywhere. Earthquakes could be bringing the walls down around them and their personal conversations would still take precedent.

Some Final Thoughts

I feel pretty confident that I am not the only one who has experienced this social speedway. No matter where you are standing, no matter where you are walking, sooner or later you are going to get that feeling that you are causing someone else a problem by just existing.

Perhaps I’m too considerate. Perhaps I should just tell them to “buzz off.” Maybe we should just put things in a clearer perspective and realize that we’ll all get there in due time. After all we didn’t move here to be in a hurry did we?

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