Not That You Asked, But…


Here are some things that have really gotten on my nerves today(actually yesterday).

Why do people completely disregard the No U-turn signs at the entrance to my neighborhood? And why can’t a police car ever, ever come by when someone is doing one? They pull in front of me to do a u-turn while I am sitting directly in front of the sign! I hold my hands up in disgust and try to point the sign out to them, but all they usually do is wave at me. And not the old single-finger salute, either. It must be nice to be completely oblivious to everything in the whole world.

Wednesdays here at work tend to be a bit slow. Some places in town even close early on Wednesdays. The Faith Rescue Mission Thrift Store right across the street from here closes all day on Wednesdays. There is a huge sign hanging on the fence next to the gate where people drop off old couches and dressers and toys and things that they are donating for the store to sell that refers to the city ordinance which makes it “unlawful” to leave things on the sidewalk without someone being there to take them. Every Wednesday, without fail, someone pulls up next to this large sign and proceeds to unload all their junk right in the parking lot or on the sidewalk. I hate that! I’m going to start video-taping everyone who does this.

On my way home for lunch today, I had to stop at a traffic light. The car in front of me stopped about 25 or 30 feet back from the car in front of them. For whatever reason, that makes me angry. I don’t want them to get within an inch of the bumper of the car in front of them, but come on! What if I’m trying to get to the hospital because I’m about to go into anaphylactic shock after being stung by a hornet and I lose consciousness 25 or 30 feet from the door to the emergency room? That distance becomes quite a big deal at that point.

This is similar to how I feel when I’m at the McDonald’s drive-thru and the person in front of me starts messing with the radio or something and isn’t paying attention when the car in front of them moves up. This leaves all of us behind this person wondering how long we should wait before we give them the old short double-tap “beep beep” on the horn to get them going. Those fries ain’t gonna’ stay hot forever.

And, finally, old left-lane Wayne. Just FYI: On a four-lane highway, you should typically drive in the right-hand lane. The left lane is for those vehicles who wish to go just a bit faster than the car in the right lane. I know, I know…you pay taxes on the left lane, too. Guess what? You pay taxes on the upkeep of the shoulder of the road and the ditch too, but I don’t see you driving over there. If you must be a left-lane Wayne, at least be considerate of those of us who are clogged up behind you because you are oblivious to the fact that another car is right next to you in the right lane. This keeps those of us who have somewhere very important to be, like Zoe’s Kitchen at Eastchase or Arby’s, from getting there as quickly as we’d like. Take a quick peek up in that rear view mirror and jump over in that right lane and let us speeders by for the love of Pete! I’m always in a hurry to get to the feta cheese!

Geez!

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10 thoughts on “Not That You Asked, But…

  1. When you are following me, driving the speed limit in the left lane, please be patient. I need to be there to turn left into my subdivision. I have to chuckle when people stay right on my bumper until I put on the old blinker, which all of a sudden seems to give them the permission they needed to go around me in the right lane. Also, perhaps the person is leaving a large gap between themselves and the car in front of them because there are obscenities plastered all over the car in front of them and they want to preserve their children's tender souls. Just don't forget there may be another side to the situation:)

  2. I am new to your blog site and what do I stumble upon immediately? One of my biggest pet peeves…left lane drivers! What's the deal? Is it someone's lot in life to hold up 2 miles of traffic behind them just so they can look in the rearview mirror and enjoy the moment? Ya ever heard of roadrage? Why provoke a nut? Although I don't have roadrage (just road grrr), I have been known, on a pleasant day, to work my way in front of the left lane driver, slow down a notch, and force them to have to try and get around me. Okay, you are right, I am a nut, but even nuts have to make a non violent statement. 🙂

  3. We nuts do have to make non-violent statements. But if we had our 'druthers we'd certainly, at least I would, prefer something with a little more violence. Fortunately, for everyone involved, I'd prefer to not be incarcerated so for now non-violence with a very, very angry head nod will have to do.

  4. Left lane Wayne would be my husband. It drives me CRAZY!!!! I ask him all the time, "So what do you have against the right lane?" "Nothing," he says, "I'm sharing the love." Give me a break!!!

  5. I would like to say to all of those Left Lane Waynes, GET THE BLEEP OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! I have to be at work at 6pm and most people on 231 at this time are on the way to Montgomery for dinner or what ever and are not in any hurry to get there. This makes me so mad! I understand you need to make a left hand turn some 10 miles down the road. Why do you have to get over that soon. Why do people slow down to 30 miles/hr when making their approach to Wal-mart (in the left lane)! That's what the bleeping turn lane is for! I am glad you put this post on here! I rant on Facebook all the time about this and no one seems bother by it like me. I just wish people would get the idea!

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