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Things seen in traffic . . .

by Marshall Chapman

I don’t know if it’s other cities or just Nashville. But lately I’ve been noticing a lot of unusual things while stuck in traffic. Take yesterday, for instance. I was inching along Harding Pike (just before it turns into West End Avenue) in late afternoon traffic, minding my own business, when I noticed a man driving a burgundy motorcycle with a matching sidecar containing three Yellow Labrador Retrievers, who, in their goggles (and matching red scarves), looked like they were having the time of their lives!

I couldn’t believe how well-behaved these dogs were. They could’ve easily jumped out of the sidecar, but there they sat, ecstatic to be moving through traffic in the open air. Like they were thirsty and the air was water.

At one point, the man and his dogs were directly in front of me, so I snapped a photo of them using my iPhone. The photo came out okay, but it didn’t show the goggles. So I tried maneuvering my car, accelerating to get in front for a better angle. But then another car slipped in between me and the man with the dogs, which had me thinking I might lose them altogether. Then I saw the man make a right turn onto a side street. Imagine my surprise when I, too, took a right turn down that very same street.

At this point, I began to wonder if I was stalking this man and his dogs. When the man took another turn down another street, and I, in turn, followed, I knew the answer—Yes!

The man then turned into a driveway which curved around to the back of a house. I too turned into the driveway, but then I stopped and got out of my car and trotted around to the back of the house.

“Sir, do you mind if I take a picture of your dogs?” I asked, trying to be as polite as I could. I mean, when you’re stalking and now trespassing on someone’s property, it’s best to be polite.

Fortunately, the man was polite in turn, and I got my picture of the dogs in their goggles.

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