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Author:  Gossamer [ February 4th, 2010, 6:31 pm ]
Blog Subject:  Ugh. The week goes on.

Well, its been a long week and it keeps getting longer. A lot has happened in real life and it keeps getting worse. I'm not sure why, but I bet if someone was interested in astrology they'd say something like 'Mercury is in bad alignment with the planet Bullshit' and that's why life is going oddly. It just keeps getting weirder. I started out the week having a day where I was seriously the biggest klutz ever. I tripped up stairs, down stairs, over my own feet, broke eggs collecting them from the chicken house cause I dropped them, lost tools, broke a headlight, and had misc things happen in a long string of exhausting events. My tire went flat, I was late for work, etc. Can you say Ugh? I can.

Anyhow, I thought it was getting better. Until last night.

Anyhow... what changed my mind? Life was crazy busy last night. And above all the other stuff going on that defined crazy, I met someone who was acting crazy. Well, you know how distracted people can get driving right? They talk on cell phones, text, eat cheeseburgers, shave, apply lipstick, drop something on the floorboards, fiddle with the radio, etc. Well, officially as of last night, I saw an all new high of stupidity. A driver had a laptop computer mounted to his dashboard that was playing a movie. He was more interested in watching the movie than dropping his load and picking up his empty. He was acting dangerously, and so I stopped him. I asked him to not watch his video in the yard and please please please be thinking of safety.

So he pulls out his work permit? Green Card? Some sort of card BS and his lawyers card, and flashes them all at me. I'm not kidding here. Then he goes "You are interfering with my civil rights! I will sue you!" In heavily accented russian. At least I think it was russian. Yea. Dude... you have a high probability of running over my family (or someone else's family) with your 18 wheeler because your stupid distracted driving and I'm crunching on your civil rights? What civil rights? The right to be stupid and potentially hurt people? You have GOT TO BE KIDDING! These vehicles are 20 feet long in the tractor sometimes and another 53 feet in the trailer... that's over 70 feet and upwards of 80,000 lbs heavy. Do you want to share the road with someone watching a MOVIE rather than the road? Yea gads. I wonder what adventures await me today.

As of Feb 1st, 2010 the US Department of Transportation banned all texting in a commercial vehicle. This is a good thing. Next will come cell phones, company communications, cheeseburgers, shaving, lipstick, and maybe all stereo and CB equipment as well. Why? Because of people like the guy last night. We are only as good as our weakest links. It's just too bad that some people can man-up and get their heads on straight.



Replies

Author:  Nyahna Sasin [ February 5th, 2010, 12:45 am ]

Ugh. I know what you mean. Although I've never seen someone drive that bad.

Author:  Alistair deGrey [ February 5th, 2010, 6:48 am ]

Great Gatsby! That reminds me of how I drive. Except I don't need a movie to make me fail :D

I agree though, people need to man up. There are places where one does not even have rights, and some Americans and others feel they have the right to warp theirs to their own benefits. Just be happy with what you have ^^

Although, Im pretty sure we all got that from the post...

Author:  Malia [ February 5th, 2010, 5:25 pm ]

That sounds terrible. People applying lipstick and shaving in their car? >.> Fortunately my own experiences are reduced to cellphones.

I hope life gets better for you soon though. Everyone needs bad times to be grateful for the good times, and although you don't see it right now, you'll certainly see it later. :)

Author:  Owen Westley [ February 5th, 2010, 7:55 pm ]

My wife was reading an article she saw in today's paper about a cell phone sting law enforcement ran for an hour. They netted 41 people who were busy using their cell phone while driving.

I know I have been hands free since before it became a law in California. Yet I see these knuckleheads next to me on the freeway every morning.

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