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Saiyajin Female

Dude needs decaf.

I don't run into genuine road rage often. I try to be a considerate driver. I wave thank-you, I let people in front of me (IF they use their blinker... I'm kind of strict about that), or at least, I'm always trying. After all, those of us on the road do have to drive, why make it any more of a pain than it has to be? Less ulcers for me, anyway...

So today I was coming up on the freeway onramp, and the turn light switched to yellow. I thought it probably would be cutting it close to surf on through (I know this light pretty well), so I braked. I hear screeching tires behind me. o_O Not the sound you like to hear on the road. I adjust my braking to scootch forward a bit, in case the person in back of me needs the room to stop, and check it out in the mirror. This guy in a luxury car is looking very pissed off, and had actually swerved to gain more room and avoid hitting me!

Keep in mind.... if the light was close for me, HE would have been running the red. What the hey was he doing going to fast he had to brake like that - on a street newly wet with rain - to stop in time?

Moron then proceeds to CHASE ME ON THE FREEWAY. Including cutting me off and braking hard, and making exasperated waving signals. Oh yes, and occasionally honking. Oooooh, I'm intimidated, yes I am. (I also have a bridge to sell you.)

Technically, the right thing to do is stay safe, keep distance, ignore it, don't get involved. I wasn't in the mood. I enthusiastically flipped him off and told him to blow me (not that he could really hear or see that part... but it's the thought that counts, ay?). His hand signals were rather like "I'm upset at you but I don't have the guts to give you the finger so I'm just gonna hold up my hands and gesticulate in a frustrated fashion." In response to my own they were impotent and eventually amusing, so I started making fun of them.

Eventually he moved into another lane and I passed him, and then there was my exit. (I am glad to live so close to work, yes I am.)

Did I mention there was a passenger in the vehicle? He was behaving like this in front of another person, when his concern should have been their safety? (Never mind his own... of course I didn't make the situation much better once it started, so I can't really talk about safety.)

Yes, believe it or not Mr. Black Shiny BMW, I did not brake to deliberately piss you off. The light turned yellow. It was within rights for me to judge that it was the best thing to brake and wait for the next signal, even if YOU were speeding up to make the light. Now I'm sorry I didn't wave an apology to you, but it wasn't my action that necessitated you slamming on the brakes, it was your speed, ON WET GROUND might I add.

So blow me.

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And if he'd hit you, woulda been his stupid fault...and his stupid insurance going thru the roof....


Silly man...

Glad to hear you came out the better...and safely...
Dont you want to slap people like that ?
I occassionally have people do something like that to me. When they pull up beside me and find the driver of the luxary Park Avenue (classically old person's car) is a three hundred pound man with shades (looking a lot like a biker right now) and an unamused face staring back at them like "Try it.", they tend to straighten up their attitudes and drive away ... quickly. "Fuck 'em" I say. You spend a lot of your life behind the wheel of a car in modern times, might as well enjoy the drive.
He got lucky--pulling that kind of crap on the freeway with some people would result in his being shot, or intentionally hit. I admit I get frustrated on the road, myself, but it is *his* responsibility to drve correctly, not yours.

Usually karma catches up with these people pretty quickly, I just hope he doesn't hurt another innocent person while it is being balanced.

Don't you want a Spirit Bomb right about now....

Jeez, hon! *HUG*

I'm glad you are okay though, given how far such idiots have been known to push such things.

I'm glad, in a sense, you're feeling feisty about it though rather than intimidated.

It really seems to be Idiots in Vehicles Day, between this and the earlier news.
Just be happy Mr Shiny BMW didn't have MR. Cellphone glued to his face, People just don't realize that vehicles are just transportation from point A to B and it doesn't help if you don't make it to point B. The whole arrive alive concept isn't clicking in their skulls.

Too late for decaf!

If it's any consolation, morons like that are not confined to America. In fact I rather enjoy driving in the U.S. because while most people drive fast, at least they seem competent at doing so, unlike many I encounter daily here in Australia. However, just on this latest trip only about nine days ago, Roy Pounds and I had a nasty incident. Roadworks had closed one lane of the oncoming traffic, and a turn to our left (oncoming's right) was being controlled by a flagman. An oncoming car wanting to turn right had to stop because of the flagman, but a big rig (without trailer) speeding along behind him wasn't inclined to stop. He swerved wildly around him without slowing down. For a second that lasted eternity, we had this monster truck heading straight at us before he swerved back onto his side of the road again. Roy and I just stayed at that intersection for a few moments to gather our wits again. We saw him turn into a Farmer Boys restaurant just down the road. All I can say is that he must have been mighty famished. I'll take Mr BMW over Mr Hungry any day, thanks!
And that would be why I carry my digital camera with my often. To take pictures of people behaving like that. And their license plate numbers. :-)