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2 Red Cars

I'm bopping along the right-hand lane of the Gardiner on my way to work downtown; three lanes, packed pretty tight. I sit in the right-hand lane letting the idling engine pull me along at a constant rate, occasionally catching up almost-too-close-for-me to the car in front; the car behind me keeping a safe distance - we are strangers but driving like partners.

Here's the South Kingsway on-ramp, and cars stream on, jockeying for position. One grabs the gap in front of me, then quickly shifts to the centre lane, then the hammer lane. But at least I get back my space.

A second repeats the maneuver, and I reclaim my space. Then a third.

I sit in the right-hand lane letting the idling engine pull me along at a constant rate.

Two red cars work their way through the traffic behind me. They ease past me.

I sit in the right-hand lane letting the idling engine pull me along at a constant rate.

I watch the two red cars, traveling alongside each other; now one falls back a car length, then the other.

When they are about forty yards ahead of me, two gaps open up, and both cars change lanes!

The one in the centre lane moves into the left lane; the one in the left lane moves into the centre lane.

I muse "You can't both be right! Only one of the two lanes can be faster".

I sit in the right-hand lane letting the idling engine pull me along at a constant rate, and slowly pull ahead of both red cars.

When I reach the Jarvis street ramp, both cars are behind me.

I sit in the right-hand lane letting the idling engine pull me along at a constant rate.


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