Near-collisions and good music


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By Reggie Ponder

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I was minding my own business (and following the traffic signs) on Tuesday when I suddenly saw a car in my lane heading straight toward me.

Although I and my vehicle were where we were supposed to be, it was clear the oncoming vehicle had no intention of changing course so I moved over one lane to get out of the way.

That prevented a collision.

I should mention that there were two lanes and I had been driving in the left lane.

But I should add that this was a one-way street, so both lanes were designed for travel in the same direction.

So as I said earlier, I was where I was supposed to be — and headed in the direction I was supposed to be headed.

You couldn’t have proved it by the driver of the other car, though. After I dutifully got out of the way of their (wrongfully operated) vehicle, the driver glared at me as we passed — burning holes through me with a “what in the world were you thinking?” look.

What I was thinking was I was right and they were wrong, regardless of what they thought.

This must have some relevance to the much-lamented polarization in our national life today, in which political and social issues tend to divide us into enemy camps that barely speak to each other or don’t speak to each other at all.

It’s possible that on another day I might have been the person headed the wrong way but assuming someone else was wrong.

It’s easier to do than we think.

All in all this has been a busy and interesting week.

I had hoped to get over to Reynoldson Baptist Church in Gates Sunday night to hear contemporary Southern Gospel singer Adam Crabb. The time got tight, though, and we weren’t able to leave in time to make that concert.

Instead we went down to New Hope United Methodist Church and heard Chris Gibbs, a singer from Hyde County who performs mostly old-time Gospel with a few contemporary songs mixed in. We always have a good time at New Hope and this was no exception.

I want to give a shout to Reynoldson, though, even if we didn’t make it over there this time. They do a wonderful job of reaching out to the community under the leadership of their pastor, Cody Brinkley, and they manage to bring in enormously talented Gospel artists to their rural community. Word is they have The Martins coming this Christmas. That’s just amazing.

It all got me to thinking what wonderful opportunities there are in this area to hear good music and participate in positive activities.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.