I have run out of fingers to count the number of awkward stop sign encounters (ASSEs) I have endured in the past week. An ASSE occurs when I am approaching a 4-way stop, and a driver on the intersecting street has already come to a stop. Clearly, he/she has the right-of-way, since I am still approaching.
Instead of continuing through the intersection, as would be appropriate and normal, the driver is overcome by great confusion: Is that an alien life form approaching? What is that crazy, futuristic transportation device with two wheels and pedals? I have never seen such a thing! What should I do??? I think I will just sit here and watch it approach, thereby completely confusing the issue of who goes next.