ME WHILE I RANT
me while I rant and rave. I'm
getting older, and it happens a lot
now. It seems now like everyone is
in such a freaking hurry. Everywhere
you go, drivers are racing here and
there, getting in my way and not caring
if they do. I'm sure I'm not telling
you anything you don't already notice
on your own. They get in your way
too. They tailgate, and inch
forward at red lights, IF they even
stop at red lights. Hurry, hurry,
hurry. Any time I get one of my cars
out, some other driver usually does
something to tick me off before I
am even a half-mile away from the
house. It's become a game with Rob
and me: see how many times someone
does something stupid before you get
to where you're going. I thought
this phenomenon was because we live
smack dab in the middle of Silicon
Valley and we are surrounded by techie
geeks who think they are the center
of everyone's universe. After all,
what's more important to the well
being of the world than computer technology?
But no, I'm finding out this is a
nationwide epidemic. There are probably
hoards of tailgating tractors pulling
combines in the middle of Iowa.
you noticed how everyone seems unafraid
to die?? With the way people
drive you might get that impression.
They talk on the phone with one hand,
while applying makeup with the other.
When they're done with the phone call,
they're busily changing the DVD for
the video display!! Eating and
drinking while driving seems popular
too but I have done both of these
myself so I can't say too much.
And don't even get me started on the
whole texting thing. Texting
has taken the place of real, live
conversation, and these people don't
even stop when they are behind the
wheel. Do U think this is NUTZ
2? Doesn't it take all your
faculties to drive safely? Since when
did driving become a secondary activity??
what is it about all this attitude?
Everywhere you go, someone
has some chip on his or her shoulder
about something and they think it&';s
their job to make you suffer for it.
I am so sick of hearing about how
someone 'dissed' somebody else.
The newspapers are full of stories
about how someone looked the wrong
way at someone else, and got run off
the road (or worse) for it. Everyone
seems to think they've been 'dissed'.
Why do they think they are due any
sort of respect, just because they've
got an attitude and demand it?
The idiots that spout this nonsense
don't know the meaning of the word
'respect', because if they did they'd
know you get respect by earning it.
Respect from others doesn&';t just
come to you because you happen to
be near them! YOU EARN IT.
But so much for my lousy attitude.
of the most disturbing things (to
me anyway) about this trend is that
is has spilled over from the Jerry
Springer Show onto our streets. Bad
behavior is now the norm, once people
get behind the wheel. And the very
cars these people drive have attitude!
Have you looked a Lexus in the face
lately? Or maybe a Dodge Charger
or a Camero? These cars OOZE aggression.
It seems they all have sneering grilles
and headlights that challenge you
to try and intimidate them. They,
however, are great at intimidating
others. Next time you are out
there, take a look at some car faces
and see what you think: gone are the
kindly, gentle faces of yesteryear,
the benign and lovable Volkswagen
stares and Edsel-type cluelessness.
If you see one of these new faces
in the rearview mirror, your first
impulse will be to pull aside and
let it go by so you don't have to
watch it glare at you anymore.
And, that my friend, is exactly what
the car makers want you to do.
In my opinion, drivers should not
be encouraged to be aggressive, and
they certainly don't need any help
with it. They always accomplish that
on their own.
is a way out of this insanity, and
I stumbled upon it quite by accident.
Recently, while driving one of my
vintage VWs it became so obvious to
me that I couldn't believe I wasn't
aware of it sooner. When I'm driving
a vintage VW I don't even attempt
to keep up with the crowd. I stay
in the far right hand lane, and try
to achieve the speed limit. Once I
get to 60 or 65mph, I stay there and
watch the rest of them speeding around
me. It's very relaxing actually. There
is even the occasional VW-watcher
who will wave and grin as they go
by, appreciating my fine machinery
I suppose. Most just jet on
past, as if they see a 50-year-old
VW Single Cab every day. Most don't
have any idea what my truck is and
have probably never seen one before
but it doesn't matter. I happily just
let them all go by, knowing that I'm
the one having fun, I'm the one that
will arrive at her destination a split
second after they get there, I'm the
one with the satisfied happy feeling.
And what do they get out of the experience?
Maybe another headache and if the
gods are really smiling that day,
a speeding ticket.
one more thing: why is is spelled
'backseat', when it should be two
words, 'back seat'? Even my spell
check thought it was wrong. Or would
that be 'spellcheck'? This back
seat spelling is just one more thing
that has always bugged me. Thanks