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#18966 of 21823 Re: Quiz time. [backy]
Jul 09, 2012 (4:49 pm)
Yes, that's what I saw, laughter, not protests. How dare anyone even hint that something is rotten in the oh so accountable and responsible realm of civil "service"...
Saw a couple goodies while walking today: First was a typical greybeard on a loud Harley who nearly hit a couple of women in a crosswalk - they had a green walk symbol, of course. I would have loved to have been a witness to that one. And shortly later a kid and his female companion in a clapped out old Integra pull right in front of a woman in a Camry, who was moving at about 35-40 in a 35...she made some Italian style hand gestures, but no horn. Should have rammed that beigebox right into them, maybe in the hospital bed, better driving becomes a good idea.
#18967 of 21823 This was a shock...
Jul 09, 2012 (5:26 pm)
...a rare case of politeness today! One of my friends had to put his '06 Xterra in for servicing, and they gave him an Altima loaner. I rode with him back to the dealer to get his car. At one point on the highway, he backed off a bit to let a Sentra merge in. Once the Sentra got over, its taillights (not the brakelights) flashed three times.
My friend was like WTH? And it caught me off guard for a second. And then, I told him, that once upon a time, when the only way you had a phone in your car was if it was hard-wired and had a rotary dial, and had a boomerang antenna nestled in between the tailfins, that gesture was a way of saying "Thank you!"
#18968 of 21823 Re: This was a shock... [andre1969]
Jul 09, 2012 (7:29 pm)
Great to see that kind of behavior! The sad thing is, it shocks us when we see it.
#18969 of 21823 Re: F-350 1, MR-2 0 [roadburner]
Jul 10, 2012 (4:12 pm)
Same here. Only replace the mullet-heads and ricers with 50~ year olds in their BMWs/Mercedes/Toyota Avalons/Lexus ISwhotheeffcares.
I never understood the appeal of buying a BMW, only to drive it like it was a 1970's era Buick.
Jul 10, 2012 (4:57 pm)
Today's winners: old man in a 90s Civic pulls out of a driveway onto a busy 35mph arterial - apparently without looking. After the actual drivers avoid him, he proceeds to go 29. 30 seconds after I passed, he was pretty much out of the line of sight. That was followed by a driver I won't describe in a C320 who merged onto an uncrowded highway with traffic moving at 60-65 - she was going about 47, and never sped up. Third and final gripe goes to a Volvo XC who merged going the other direction on the same highway, she got to about 49, and immediately made a beeline for the middle lane, causing others to go around. This is barely a first world location.
Jul 12, 2012 (6:51 pm)
Rare sight today - got behind a car that merged onto a nice flowing 60mph highway at a speed matching the flow of traffic. Not an everyday sight here. It was a woman in a Legacy sedan...so maybe she was a little more with it than the typical Corolla/RX etc driver.
Weird one today - was on a 4 lane road, 40mph, going the speed limit in the right lane, as I saw a Focus in the left lane going slow. Lexus RX ahead of me, going the same speed. As the Lexus gets alongside the Focus, the Ford driver signals a lane change and begins to turn move over, then catches himself, panics and jerks back, and drives less than steadily. By this time I backed way off. Then he slows down and is eventually behind me. I didn't see a phone.
And while jogging I saw a typical local scene - white Corolla, undescribed driver, busy downtown street with 2 left turn lanes, 2 straight lanes, and a right turn lane. Corolla is in the right straight lane, veers left without a signal - luckily nobody behind it but then cuts very close to a 4Runner in the rightmost left turn lane (who lays on the horn), makes it over to the leftmost left turn lane, and keeps going like nothing happened.
Jul 13, 2012 (8:16 am)
This morning, 0540, 4 lane 40mph road, Camry stopped at a green light in the left lane, signal on, couldn't see why. Light had been green at least 20 or so seconds, which was the length of line of sight. I'll wager a phone was involved. A few minutes later I got to run a stuck light, too. Go engineers!
The Worst Drivers in America. A Dissertation. - the comments are even better than the story.
#18973 of 21823 Inconsiderate kitty?
Jul 14, 2012 (7:54 am)
Went out to get the paper this morning, reached into the tube to pull it out, look left, I’m staring at an adult male cougar, maybe 35-40 feet away…
We stared at each other for several seconds, then he calmly wandered away, looking over his shoulder at me, while I did the same and headed back into the house.
Then I had to change my shorts…
#18974 of 21823 Re: Inconsiderate kitty? [slorenzen]
Jul 14, 2012 (10:02 am)
Well, first, he was "driving" while looking over his shoulder. Not very safe! Did you notice if he made any turns without signaling? Was he moving at a safe speed? Did he yield to other animal traffic in the area? Was he talking on a cell phone?
I'll bet he was one of those "new citizen" cougars, too--maybe migrated from another state, or even another country, so did not understand the laws of your state... or just didn't feel in the mood to follow them!
#18975 of 21823 Re: Inconsiderate kitty? [slorenzen]
Jul 14, 2012 (10:57 am)
Hopefully he won't wander out onto a local roadway, where an oblivious pseudo-driver might run him down. Oversensitive middle America can probably avoid him anyway.
The only cougars in my neighborhood drive high end SUVs