are they compensating for something?
August 1, 2008
You know how you’ll just be driving along, and you see someone stopped at an intersection, or just a driveway, or even just on the side of the road, waiting to pull out onto the road you’re on? And you’re thinking, “He’ll pull out after I go by, right? That’s what I would do. That would be the reasonable thing to do.”
But just when you think you’re safe, he whips out into the road in front of you, maybe in front of 3 fast cars coming the other way, and is now going about 20mph slower than you are, but of course, he’s in FRONT of you.
What’s the first thing you do? Besides inventing new combinations of old words?The first thing I do is look in my rearview mirror to confirm that there’s NOBODY BEHIND ME FOR AT LEAST A MILE! Really? You HAD to get in front of me, you HAD to get out there 1 second in front of me, instead of 1 second AFTER me? Did I LOOK like I was going to hold you up?
The best (and by best, of course, I mean the WORST) was this morning. The guy pulls out in front of 3 cars coming the other way, right in front of me, accelerates to just BELOW the speed limit (I of course immediately checked the rear mirror–nobody in sight for half a mile), and within a quarter mile, he slams on the brakes and turns right. I’m pretty sure that me and the other 3 cars were the only cars on the road for a mile in either direction.
These metal boxes we drive around are like huge doses of Viagra. Would you ever do the same in a grocery store while you’re driving a shopping cart? I think that’s the answer–if we could get everybody into those little Smart Cars, problem solved. Would you even pull in front of a runner in a singlet with a fanny pack (in other words, a triathlete) in one of those? I think not.