About twenty-five years ago I was driving North on the Long Beach freeway heading into Los Angeles. It was dark and I was in the left-most lane and following a curve to the left, when suddenly I saw headlights coming right at me in my lane! I was pretty sure the lane next to me was clear, though it didn't really matter, so I yanked the wheel and quickly changed lanes only to see a high-end sports car blow by at an incredible speed. I probably missed a head-on collision by half a second or less. The entire event probably took place in a little over a second. I reacted almost instantly, as soon as I saw the lights, and then it was over. Last week I was driving into Portland, late at night, in the left-most lane of the I-5, and was rounding a curve to the left when suddenly I saw a headlight coming at me in my lane... I thought. Instantly I was taken back to the night in Long Beach. Because of that I hesitated for a moment while flurry of thoughts filled my head. NO, this must be an illusion. It must really be on the other side of the median and just appears to be coming at me. This can't be happening again. But damned if that doesn't look like a headlight coming right at me! Again, I yanked the wheel to the right and barely avoided a head-on collision with a motorcycle that was driving the wrong direction in my lane. Luckily he was traveling much slower than the sports car was so many years ago or the hesitation would have meant disaster. In this case I probably had a couple of seconds to react. It's like deja vu all over again!