Swal­low your pride … re­wards

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Thirty-four. Thirty-five. Thir­tysi x. “That must be a new record,” I mut­tered to my­self, shak­ing my head. “God, I hate them,”

I was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traf­fic on the high­way, and get­ting in­creas­ingly frus­trated with the minibus taxis that were speed­ing past me in the emer­gency lane. This morn­ing I de­cided to count how many broke the law on their way to their des­ti­na­tion. Thirty-seven now. I toyed with the idea of mov­ing a lit­tle to the left so that my ve­hi­cle would ob­struct their path in the emer­gency lane. Let them wait in the traf­fic like the rest of us law-abid­ing mo­torists, I thought. But then I de­cided against it. The chances of the next taxi tak­ing out my car were just too high, and I re­ally didn’t want to deal with that.

So I sat back and re­signed my­self to the slow drive to work, try­ing to ig­nore the end­less pro­ces­sion of 16-seaters rush­ing past. And then I had an un­easy re­al­i­sa­tion.

If I were to put on a log­i­cal hat, and take the emo­tions and ego out of it, then I should ac­tu­ally be glad that the minibus taxis cre­ated their own il­le­gal lane on the high­way. If they didn’t, then there would be more ve­hi­cles in the le­gal lanes and I

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