Can these trends be stopped?

2007-12-28 00:00

It is the time for resolutions. Come to think of it, I have seldom, if ever, known anyone, including myself, who has made a resolution and seen it through for the year. My break with convention is to identify some resolutions I wish others would adopt.

Resolution by supermarket cashiers: to attend exclusively to the customer instead of carrying on a conversation with a colleague or acquaintance. And taxi drivers might resolve to stop hanging their right arms out of the window. This is unlikely, however, as this is a means whereby they may convey easily an intention to change lane. While the average motorist chooses a lane appropriate to his or her direction of travel, a taxi driver looks for gaps, weaving from one to the other to gain that slight advantage that will improve the day’s takings. We, in turn, should resolve to be more tolerant of this entrepreneurial, but essentially selfish, spirit.

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