Thursday, June 17, 2010

Helen Wait - Complaint Department

I feel like I am just peeing into the wind when I put up posts like this but it makes me feel better so here I go.

Why is driving so hard? If people just took a little time to think about what they are doing and concentrate on the task at hand rather than eat/text/put on makeup/read a book we could all get along much better.

This morning I was heading down 4800 South in the right lane (the lane closest to the curb). About a hundred yards ahead of me a car poked its nose out into the lane of traffic from a business parking lot. The lady inside was on the phone and she proceeded to slowly inch her way into the road, as if I wasn't even there. I had to slow down to a crawl to avoid hitting her.

It seems like this sort of inconsiderate, careless, dangerous action is happening more and more. Every time something like this happens I put on my lights to let the person know I am there. I can't remember the last time I went out and my lights were off for the whole trip.

I suppose it is the price we pay for a society that values the one over the whole. People think more about themselves than others. If people would just focus on driving and think about how to get along traffic flow would move much easier and we wouldn't waste so much time and money.

Yes, these inconsiderate acts cost us all money. How much money could we save if everyone who was at a left turn light actually paid attention to the turn signal and went when they were supposed to. Another two or three cars would get through the light and this would save gas.

Don't even get me started on merging. Does anyone in this blessed state know how to merge? The result is that the traffic backs up at a merge and we waste gas waiting for people to figure out that merge means one from the left and then one from the right and then repeat.

Anyhow, I don't have any delusions that I can change this. I know I will just have to "take it up the tailpipe" as Jim Carry says in "Liar Liar". I could take a zen approach and wish everyone well on their way and not get upset. Naaaaahhhhh. I think I'll go to Smith and Edwards and see if they have any projectile launching devices I can mount on my car.


Max said...

Maybe just peeing into a strong breeze - after all I am reading your posts. And my experience is that the majority of people just read and don't comment - so you may have more people reading that just don't let you know.

The Gearheads said...

As I was reading this I thought back to the day when people thought of more than themselves and realized, if in that day people had been so damn self centered there would have been more horse injuries.