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#21642 of 22411 Re: Idiot sat through a light [steve_]
Apr 16, 2013 (7:10 pm)
Sounds like Seattle, slow and oblivious.
I was out in Bellevue after 7pm, ridiculous traffic on 148th, horrible light sequencing, dawdling "drivers" making it 100x worse. I was nice anyway, guy in a Sentra beside me needed in to the turn lane where I was sitting waiting for a negligently maintained signal (thanks, "engineers"! multiple times sat at red lights with no cross traffic) to change, I let him in.
Apr 17, 2013 (6:29 pm)
Drove up and down 405 today - fun fun fun. So many going 45-50 in a 60 for no reason. LOTS of phone holders, worst being a young woman I won't describe, left lane, slow, would keep a huge distance between her and the car in front of her, as car after car passed on the right, and she slowly filtered back. Needs to be a four figure ticket.
While on foot, saw a couple little grey heads in a Chevy Captiva turn the wrong way into a bank drive-thru - and pressed on like it was nothing. I am not sure how they got out.
Apr 18, 2013 (9:58 am)
They had a withdrawal slip.
#21645 of 22411 Re: . [euphonium]
Apr 18, 2013 (10:27 am)
I suspect they were somehow able to wedge their way into a u-turn.
#21646 of 22411 dd I get away with one?
Apr 21, 2013 (3:32 pm)
This morning passed a couple of staties parked by the side of the interstate. Radar guy and a chase car.
I was going about 65, same as everyone else, but I don't know what the speed limit was.
Maybe the candy red Fiesta made me stand out from the crowd.
The chase guy looking pretty eager, like waiting for the word 'go'.
After we passed them, I see the chase guy coming up from behind.
The strange thing is, his car is spewing a ton of white smoke from underneath.
He went by, then pulled right in front of me, and a couple of seconds later he yanked the car into the break down lane and stopped.
Maybe he looked in his rear view mirror and finally saw the smoke? Strange.
Apr 22, 2013 (9:25 am)
I don't know if there is anything douchier than a red F430, annoying chrome wheels, and no turn signal use. Makes me wonder.
Saw a local cop make a right turn on red, oncoming left turn had a green light, he just barged out and forced his way in front of an oncoming car - no lights or sirens. Must be nice being both very well paid and untouchable.
#21648 of 22411 Derby Festival = idiots out in force
Apr 26, 2013 (3:34 am)
I think I hit the trifecta yesterday afternoon... I figured I would take my bike to Seneca Park after I got off work. Two laps of Seneca and the almost-adjoining Cherokee Park was about the distance I needed, and it was on bike-friendly roads (light to moderate traffic, 25mph SL, bike lanes in a lot of places... and it's a PARK... where many people bike and run). But as bike-friendly as the roads were, the drivers sure weren't.
At the start of the ride, I was on one of the roads with a bike lane, still just getting into it. Traffic from a side street out of the adjacent neighborhood has a stop sign, but the driver of a 2nd-generation Chrysler LH (from that angle, the Concorde, 300M and LHS all look the same) didn't understand the need to yield to cross traffic, and I had to brake to avoid ending up through a side window and into the back seat.
And then about a half mile from the end of my ride, coming back into Seneca from the other direction, the road that leads back to where I parked does not have a bike lane. An upper-middle-aged woman in a Cadillac also chose not to yield to the cross traffic that does not stop as she entered from the left, to go in the same direction I was. I was riding in aero, and not sure putting myself behind her would have been any bargain. I was maybe 6 inches from the edge of the pavement, and she missed me by a foot, certainly less than two with the front corner of her car.
I don't get this town... they are too incompetent to get their brain around two drivers making non-conflicting movements at the same time at a 4-way stop, yet they don't know how to yield to cross traffic when they are the only one with a stop sign.
And then for good measure, there was the idiot trucker at the Watterson/71 merge as I was driving home from the parks. Traffic on 71 was slow, probably from someone running someone else out of road at the end of the half-mile merge lane. As I was getting on, this trucker wasn't letting anyone in front of him. The car in front of me fell back and blended in behind the truck. When the lane cleared, I was too sick of all the BS of the day to let 2000 feet of good pavement go to waste, so I (necessarily) gunned it to get by the truck (he forced me half way onto the shoulder) and then blended in when I approached the real end of the merge lane.
Hopefully I can get through Derby Day next Saturday without facing too much more idiocy, or without completely going off on someone who deserves it.
#21649 of 22411 Merging Complaints
Apr 29, 2013 (1:32 pm)
I particularly get peeved when hundreds if not a thousand feet of perfectly good merging lane pavement gets wasted by people who insist at merging at a crawl or far below the speed limit. You have vastly more room to merge at speed; why settle for slowing down and backing up traffic?
#21650 of 22411 Go ahead... make my day.
Apr 30, 2013 (8:02 am)
In SoCal this week, driving a Sonic (the almost-car, not the drive-in). Was at a four-way stop this morning. I stopped fully, had left turn signal on, just starting to turn. An E Class with a middle-aged woman driving does a rolling non-stop on my right, and my thought is, "She isn't going to stop." Nope. Without coming to a stop, she starts turning left... on a collision course. Normally I'd stop to avoid a collision. But this is a rental... a lowly Sonic at that. She has a late-model E Class. So I think, "Go ahead... make my day." I keep turning, albeit slowly and watching her. She slows a bit, then keeps going. I keep going. Finally she stops and give me an embarrased "my bad" look. At least she didn't give me the finger. Then I would have had to ram her.
Oh, like most luxury cars sold in SoCal, this E Class didn't have turn signals. Must be a CA thing... they pay for the extra pollution controls by taking out features like turn signals.
#21651 of 22411 Re: Go ahead... make my day. [backy]
Apr 30, 2013 (10:22 am)
I've decided a driving error plus + another unacceptable action related to that error gets a honk from me every time.
For example, a truck pulls out right in front of me to turn left onto a residential road with the perfectly imperfect timing of forcing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him (they were coming out of a driveway on the right from a condo complexes parking lot).
I was just going to stare them down silently as he drove by, but since he had his hand up to his ear with a cell phone I had to honk at him. He honked back amazingly, so I honked again as we went our separate ways.
For someone to make two horrific driving mistakes in the last 4 seconds to honk back at me shows some real gall.