Each weekday morning as I head to work I am filled with a moment of dread as I approach the intersection of Highland and Fort Thomas Ave on my way to 471 and eventually to my office. It is inevitable - the moment of indecision as you look Judy the Crossing Guard in the eyes trying to decide if it is OK to turn right on to Highland. Even a seconds hesitation leads to scorn and ridicule for not understanding her slight head nod as agreement to make the right turn.
Judy is Fort Thomas' version of the Soup Nazi, she just happens to keep our streets safe for our children instead of serve soup in styrofoam containers. She takes her job very seriously, so much so that I thought she might actually come after a driver on foot for disobeying her orders.
Within the past month Judy was away (I suppose for vacation) and total chaos ensued at the intersection. People couldn't figure out how to navigate a simple three-way stop as we have been so conditioned to follow her every order.
With nicknames like Jude Judy, she is becoming a bit of a cult hero and to add to her ever growing reputation someone (anonamously) has created a Facebook page for Judy that now numbers 1,200 followers. She is only a few hundred away or a short YouTube clip away from being an interenet sensation.
So the next time you approach the intersection of Highland and Fort Thomas Avenue be sure to obey her commands and what ever you do - don't look her in the eyes or hestitate more than 2 seconds or you will suffer the consequences.