Friday, August 8, 2008

I Gotta Learn.......




.....to not let myself get angry. Yep. Me. I have to try to learn to let other people be other people and not get pissed off at the stupidity of others. That was always all well and good until I started driving again.




I re upped my license and we bought a new car and I actually wanted to start driving more. For the last few years, I had HHH chauffeur me around like some kind of D list movie star and I was perfectly fine with that. On family trips we were a veritable Lewis and Clark, with him doing the driving and me navigating with directions. I also took care of the kids in the car. My first husband was a shitty driver and almost killed us on more than one occasion with his lack luster attempts at handling a car. (How he isn't dead yet from inept driving I'll never know!) He scared me into not wanting to drive for quite a while. Then I turned 36. I felt like a gramma all of a sudden, letting other's cart me around. So I went and renewed my DL with a gusto. I got done up for my new photo (which turned out to be awful anyway.), I put my freshly minted DL in my Dooney & Bourke, and I got behind the wheel after what seemed like forever........... and I saw for the first time how shitty other people drive!




Or I should say, don't drive! People do not drive anymore. They multi-task. They are texting, eating, adjusting their undies, and driving all at the same time! They are chatting on the phone, changing CD's, doing work on their wi-fi enabled laptops, and tying their shoes all at once! They are TRYING TO KILL ME!!!!! Take yesterday for example.....




The fam and I were driving over to Wauchula, a mere 3 miles from our home, (remember, most accidents occur within 5 miles of home.). I am in the slower lane, but I am doing the speed limit which is 65. There is an auto parts tractor/ trailer coming up on my left in the left hand lane to pass me probably going about 70. I look ahead and a white Ford Expedition pulls out in front of me about 300 yards up the road. No problem, until I see that the vehicle is only doing 40 mph! Yes this woman pulls out in front of me going 40 in a 65, and DOESN'T BOTHER TO SPEED UP! Nope, and of course I am boxed in now. I have to slam my brakes and slow down enough to whip in behind the tractor/trailer and pass her before I end up stuffed in her back seat! Then, when I do pass her I see what the problem is....... the woman is chatting away on her cell phone, totally unaware of her surroundings, not even touching the steering wheel and making all kinds of gesture with her hands at the phone! WTF????? Who are these people and how did you EVER get a license??? As I pass her, I beeped my horn to possibly bring her back to matters at hand and perhaps get her to concentrate on the road. Wrong move. Now this bitch is trying to catch up with me. What is it about Americans that we think we can do no wrong and it is all everyone else's fault? Well, I get to my turn off at Wall to Wall Mart and the woman decides she has to get the last word or what ever in and she cuts across 3 lanes to whip in behind me and as I am turning into Wall to Wall's parking lots she says some choice words out her window and shakes a fist at me....but keeps on going. Yep, chicken shit never stopped, just wanted to let me know I was a fucking bitch for honking at her when she almost made me wreck. Oh and to top it off, she was still on her cell phone! Never put it down. Now I said some things as well, like "Come over here and say that you *&^% *&^%$ &*^%$!" Probably not my best, but at least I was already parked and my car was stopped. (Sorry Kids... Mommy gets upset when crazy, no driving people almost make us crash.)




So you see, I need to just let it go. I need to try and take the examples of Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and the Dali Llama and be more at peace with the world and all its inhabitants great and small, ......




.....and people need to FUCKING HANG UP AND DRIVE!

8 comments:

lady jaye said...

LOL I dont' talk on the phone much but I text and drive which is probably even worse. That being said I drive very fast and am usually the crazy person cussing everyone out and flipping them off as I speed past them at least 15 mph over the posted speed limit.

Summer said...

I hear ya about those crazy drivers out there. In my state it's illegal to talk on your cell and drive at the same time. Of course people still do it. Where's there a cop when you need one.

Blondefabulous said...

LADY JAYE: That was you????

SUMMER:It is illegal here in Florida too..... but that doesn't stop peole from doing it.

PinkPiddyPaws said...

See.. I actually have stopped making gestures at stupid people, or honking or anything...because I've read one too many stories about how the other person followed and then shot/stabbed/killed the driver who was in the right the whole time.

It just freakin scares the bejeebers out of me that someone is going to pull a gun and shot me!!

But I'm with you. The fact that SHE was wrong, but SHE was the one who got so pissed off is just absolutely amazing to me. For some reason, people seem to lose all semblance of sanity when they get behind the wheel of a car. Scary!

blondefabulous said...

PINKPIDDYPAWS: I know,right? I have only started driving regularly again just recently and MAN, iy just scares me to death.

HoosierGirl5 said...

Um....I'm not sure where you live, but apparently you've been watching ME drive. I'm the one with the phone to her ear....constantly.

Be careful out there!

J.

Kelly said...

People are morons on the road, no doubt about it. It scares the crap out of me.

I got crunched by an 18 year old kid two months ago. He just "didn't see me". Totalled my 16-month old car and broke my wrist into a couple of bits.

My husband doesn't worry about my driving, but worries about everyone around me. I can't blame him.

Blondefabulous said...

HOSIERGIRL5: That was you? I thought that was Lady Jaye trying to take out a Gator(me!)! I really don't have anything against people who talk on the phone while driving, but if you can't be safe doing it....JUST DON'T DO IT! That lady was totally unaware of her surroundings and what if a kid had ran out in front of her? Oops doesn't cut it on the road going 65.

KELLY:Back a few months, maybe december, we were rear ended in our old van. The 18 year old kid who hit us wasn't paying attention and "missed" the HUGE WHITE VAN that was stopped at a stoplight. Lucky for us, the van was old enough to still have an iron bumper and a pretty solid frame, so the damage was minimal. I did however get out and almost beat the guy down for endangering my family.(all 3 kids were in the van with us.)