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  Brad's Teacher Writing (October 28, 2001)
 

 
 

The following paragraph was written in response to the lesson,  Making the Dash Work for You and demonstrates two uses of the dash in punctuation.

 The Jaywalker

     Pinpointing a time when I was in a hurry is somewhat difficult for me, since I live my life a bit slower than most. Ah, the time I got stopped—a long time ago when I was young and foolish—by a police officer in downtown Vancouver is a good story. I only worked downtown for one week in my life, but that week I managed to get a 15 dollar ticket for jaywalking. It was a long commute back to my parents' home—each way took over 45 minutes by bus. No Skytrain back then! I noticed my bus about to leave its stop. Unfortunately for me, I was on the other side of an intersection, waiting at a red light. And, I hadn't noticed the big motorcycle cop just waiting for a guy like me. I dashed across, pretending I was in Montreal or some place where red lights are "optional." Well, I not only missed my bus, but also ended up with a hefty ticket. This was 1975, and 15 dollars was about half a day's pay. Interestingly enough, this has been—I know I tempt fate here—the only "moving" violation of my life. I imagine that I'll remember my dash across Seymour Street forever.

—written on October 25, 2001.

 

 

 

 

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