people in cars

January 30, 2012

Help me understand something here.

What is it about that double white line that divides the fast lane from the carpool lane that has such a mesmerizing hold on people?

And not just any people. People who feel the need to drive 100 miles per hour, dodge and weave in and out of traffic to gain a couple places in line, honking and flipping people off as they go–those people.

How is that those people somehow think driving like they’re in a William Friedkin movie but NOT crossing the white line curtain will somehow do less to attract the attention of law enforcement than doing all those things and occasionally diving into the carpool lane for a quick pass?

These yahoos could cause multiple pileups, leave more carnage in their wake than the highway chase scene in The Matrix: Reloaded, and would STILL never cross the magic lines.

This guy this morning was all over the place, gesturing, yelling, telling people to get out of the left lane (rush hour, by the way, so by my rough count he would have had to do this to about six thousand cars before he got where he was going), and the carpool lane beckoned from the left, largely devoid of traffic, and yet, somehow he felt that was a bridge too far, and while driving like Ryan Gosling in Drive was okay (sure, he didn’t drive much, but he drove so WELL), by all that’s holy, he would NOT cross that painted Maginot Line.

People are weird. And cars make us weirder.


13 Responses to “people in cars”

  1. steve Says:

    and yet, carpool folks regularly cross that double line to get where they want to go either to pass a slow person in the carpool lane or because they did not plan ahead and leave the lane at their appointed destination with the alternating lines. People are indeed weird.

  2. Nate Says:

    Drive. Me thinks I need to view that one again. Wonder if its on Netflix. I think I lost some of it the first time. Totally wasn’t expecting half of that flick.

  3. KanyonKris Says:

    I guess the road rager believes his aggressive driving is perfectly legal, while crossing the double line is conspicuously not. But to your point, it’s obvious to everyone else which is most hazardous.

    Driving reveals odd things about people.

    I’d never heard of the Maginot Line. I looked it up, cool bit of history.

  4. bikemike Says:

    came for matrix:reloaded, leaving satisfied.

    florida primary tomorrow…don’t care much for people right now, in a car or otherwise.

    • JodieA Says:

      I’m so glad I’m not there to listen to all the stupid ads for (or rather against) the candidates. Last presidential election I was begging for it to be over by September. Sorry you have to live through that. It will all be over soon, right?

  5. roan Says:

    Interesting…through history such ‘lines’ are failures, The Great Walls of China, Hadrian’s Wall, the Maginot Line, any DMZ, the Berlin Wall, the County Line in the Dukes of Hazard, the ‘Stop’ line before a crosswalk, the line you made in the sand in grade school. Dug, you have stumbled upon what is probably the most effective line yet…The Car Pool Line. Now you can relax…er just a little, tomorrow will arrive and you can repeat…or not. The Car Pool Line will be standing guard with a higher $$$ line fine.

  6. jruss Says:

    rise and or shout:

    “I have been asked what I mean by word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls-walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground-there is a possibility that in some way or another I may escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the circle? No. Never! I’d die first!”

    -Karl G. Maeser

    There’s your culprit.

  7. The Flyin' Ute Says:

    Driving infractions!

    It is just a revenue creator.

    Some of the best comedians teach the driving school classes.

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