Friday, April 04, 2008


So - this is a question for those in the Boston/Watertown/Waltham area yesterday.

Was it my imagination or were there MILLIONS more cars on the road than usual for the morning and evening commutes? I noticed it - and today was back to normal, so I can't figure out what caused that. Was there an idiot convention in town? Because let me tell you, it wasn't just a lot of cars, it was a lot of cars being driven really badly.

Here's a few things I noticed:

1. About 90% of the other drivers on my commute last night were on cell phones. Narrowly avoided an accident or two and let's guess the cause, shall we? Assholes.

2. At just about every intersection, there were cars blocking passage through when the light turned green. Here's a thought, if you can see that you won't be able to get through to the other side of the intersection and you enter it anyway, blocking cross traffic when their light turns green? You need to have your license revoked. And yes, the two or three people I saw yesterday get into accidents because of this behavior absolutely deserved it. Greenough Boulevard onto Western Ave. - you know who you are. That'll teach you, shit-for-brains.

3. Everyone, please, pick a lane. You don't have to stay in it forever, just pick one, and if you need to change later on, signal. If you do it right, you'll get in the lane you want and no one will hit you, or hate you.

4. If I can hear your car stereo, it is too fucking loud. If you have a dog in the back seat while your stereo is making your car shake - you are abusing that animal and should have it taken away from you. Do you have any idea how painful it must be to an animal with ears that sensitive? If it's loud enough to make MY car shake, you are not just damaging your own ears, and forcing your shitty musical taste on those around you, you are destroying your pet's ears, causing it physical pain, and therefore, you guessed it, you are an asshole.

5. And the one guy, smoking a cigarette with a small child in the back seat. REALLY? Have you not paid attention lo, these last 30 years, to all that we have learned about not smoking around children? Serves you right if the kid pukes all over you when you get where you're going.

That is all.


Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's all bad, but 4&5 are fucking deal breakers for me. What arse holes.

04 April, 2008 15:55  
Blogger Andraste said...

Me too, Cat. That's why I saved them for last.

OH! I forgot the idiots who toss lit cigarettes out their windows. Makes me seethe.

04 April, 2008 16:17  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's bad, but arseholes who empty their entire ashtray on the fucking side of the path are worse, the fuckers.*

*Hope I'm helping with the swearing, I feel you can get way higher.

05 April, 2008 18:53  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Paying attention, in 2008, is a rare gift.

06 April, 2008 13:09  
Blogger Medbh said...

They're about to make smoking in a car with children illegal here in Ontario. Rightly so.

06 April, 2008 14:32  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks, Cat. It'd be great to set some kind of record.

Mr. B&H - sooner or later someone will tell me that paying too much attention to what other drivers are doing is a bad thing. But my perfect driving record speaks for itself!

Medb - Hooray! But just like the proposed 'hands free' law here, which I can't wait to see go into effect, it'll be tough to enforce. Oh well, if enough people get nabbed at the outset, so it prevents even a few deaths, it'll be worthwhile.

06 April, 2008 16:25  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

But what about people's God Given right to act like assholes behind the wheel? I'm sure there was something about that in Exodus, wasn't there?

07 April, 2008 14:28  
Blogger David Sullivan said...

If you are going to smoke with a kid in the car it might as well be crack...if you are going to be a fuck up, go ALL the way, don't do it half-assed!

08 April, 2008 14:29  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

Honestly, the number three one - pick a lane - I makes murderous thoughts come into my head. Really, it does. Last night near the M50 somebody very nearly got the V-sign from me. Dave Fanning saved them.

10 April, 2008 11:11  

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