“What . . Does . . a . . Flashing . . Yellow . . Light . . Mean?”

Fans of the old “Taxi” sitcom — featuring Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, and “Latke” — will recall the infamous bit where Latke is taking his driver’s exam, and all of his buddies are just outside the door, trying to coach him without getting caught.

“What does a flashing yellow light mean?, Latke mouths.

“Slow down,” they all whisper in unison.

Not getting it, he repeats, “What . . . does . . . a . . . flashing . . . yellow . . .”

And so on, and so on.

Right Turn on Red Green??

I had plenty of time to recall that bit yesterday, sitting in the right turn lane behind a car oblivious to the “right turn on red” sign.

Honestly, I think there are drivers out there who need permission to make a right turn when the light is green.

Scarcely 15 minutes later, I must have run into their cousin in Uptown, who apparently needed to be able to see to Iowa before vacating their parking spot and merging onto Lyndale (or, maybe that just “Minnesota Nice” for “don’t rush me?”).

P.S.:  “Rules of the (Minnesota) Road,” or, to honk or not? 

If I see the driver on their cell phone, eating, or putting on makeup:  ab–so– %$%#!@ –lutely, in a nanosecond.

If they appear elderly — no.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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