>There is an interesting phenomenon in Amman that I’ve been noticing since I’ve been driving here (oh, yes in case I hadn’t mentioned it, I’m driving!). It seems that anytime you encounter a traffic jam, gummed up cars, annoyed people, blaring horns, you will find at the head of the line a traffic cop. I’m certain that the idea is to improve traffic, but I haven’t seen that they do so. In fact, quite the opposite seems to occur. Any day, you can drive through a stretch of road that is busy, but passable. However, the moment the traffic cop intercedes, the traffic snarls up and comes to a complete halt. Given the number the of times I’ve seen this, I’ve determined it’s not a fluke. There must be a causal relationship between these two.
Our youngest, JoojooBean has definitely figured out the difference between driving in the US and driving in Jordan. One day as we were sitting in a particularly congested area (the road to Shmeisani), she observed the folks around us and said, Honk!Honk!. It was truly too funny. In the US, horns are used only in exceptional circumstances. They are used to note Watch out you’re about to crash! In jordan, they’re more of a general accessory. You know, Honk!Honk! you’re too close, Honk!Honk! let me go first, Honk!Honk! I don;t like the way you look. In the US, I could go an entire week of hour long commutes without ever hearing anyone use their horn. Here, I’m lucky if I go 5 minutes! It’s funny the world in definitely louder and more colorful. Smellier too. Probably all of the diesel cars with no obvious emissions standards. At any rate, it seems like everything here is bigger, bolder, louder, and more odiferous. It’s a new experience every day, I wonder what tomorrow will bring!