It’s Friday which means we explore YouTube searching for anything and everything Amish-related to share. And since most of the USA is under the thumb of a relentless winter right now, might as well go with the flow and soak in some winter scenes this week!
RUNNING A RED LIGHT: It’s one of the worst situations to be in while driving and we’ve all been there a time or two or three: you’re moving at a good clip towards an intersection and the light is green but then just as you’re approaching the intersection the light switches to yellow. And if it happens at just the precise moment you find yourself in this millisecond judgement call: do you brake fast and avoid the intersection altogether? Or do you hit the gas and accelerate through? There are innumerable factors that have to be calculated in such a millisecond. Are there cars behind you? What are the road conditions? What type of intersection? This Amish person, it appears, was faced with just such a decision on a snowy day and he or she elected to go through the light. My guess, from watching the video, is that they just felt that with the speed they were going it was safest to go through. I’m not sure snow was even a factor. There are also factors like “what type of intersection?”. In this case it was a “T intersection” which means there was a little less traffic to keep one’s eye on. The people shooting the video sort of clucked as if the Amish person were committing some grevious crime and while I don’t condone running red-lights there are some situations where it truly is a judgment call. Click here to watch. By the way, I feel like I recognize this intersection. Anyone know where it is? I can’t place it….
NIGHT SLEIGH RIDES: This video is such a letdown but I still thought I’d share it. The video truly could have offered up an amazing and rare showcase of nighttime sleigh riding and racing by some Amish young people. Instead, the videographer injects very distracting heavy metal as background and not very helpful commentary. Had the videographer told us where this was, provided some cultural context, etc., it might have been very meaningful. It is still worth watching, but maybe hit the “mute” button. Otherwise you could get as annoyed as I did. This is another place I feel I should recognize but I can’t quite place it. Anyone know where it was filmed? Click here to watch.
FROM INSIDE THE BUGGY: This a short, but fun, video from inside a buggy during a winter ride. The video says it is on “Boyer Road”, I ‘Googled’ that location and came up with a gazillion Boyer Roads. Does anyone recognize the location? By the way, I kept trying to recognize what was in the console of the buggy; a box of matches?
SWARTZENTRUBER SNOW: This is a fascinating 20-second video clip of an Amish buggy going down a snowy road in Oswego, New York. What makes the video interesting is what doesn’t appear: no orange safety triangle on the back of the buggy, not even reflective tape. So this is definitely a Swartzentruber-owned buggy. I wouldn’t want to be behind this buggy at night!