I ventured out of the house the other day and as usual I came across idiots LOL. Unfortunately, these idiots were behind the wheel of a car and as much as we laugh at their stupidity, THEIR STUPIDITY can lead to OUR DEATH!!
My First Idiot of the day! The old lady who should NOT EVER HAVE BEEN GIVEN a CELL PHONE. I came up to the light and entered the left turning lane. I looked over at the car next to me wondering why she was sitting two car lengths back from the red light. I quickly summed up the reason with a smile on my face. It was the little old lady in the big Buick with the HUGE black sunglasses smoking a cigarette and then SHE ANSWERS her gigantic FLIP cell phone. I almost DIED. First, I didn’t know those phones still existed. SECOND and MOST IMPORTANT, WHO IN GOD’S NAME thought it was a good idea she had that phone. I just shook my head and laughed some more. Although, I thought, “I hope she never answers that phone while the car is in motion.” Thank goodness, the phone call ended before the light changed and she scooted up as soon as the call ended, or I should say she drifted forward in her fog of smoke LOL. I swear I thought I was looking at a Maxine Card!
My Second Idiot of the day caused me WAY more stress and I am sad to say it led me to the use of SIGN LANGUAGE. I guarantee you the person NEVER SAW the SIGN LANGUAGE but I felt better LOL!
Now, the setup, tadumdum!
I was speeding along the High Way heading to my first Mary Kay Facial. Well, my First “I didn’t know the person” Mary Kay Facial. I was nervous and wanted to be on time. I left with PLENTY OF TIME but I was still flying along in the left lane. When all of sudden we drop down to about 70mph. Now, I am talking in the FAR left lane, going 70mph, yeah, not fun and not the third lane but our FOURTH lane. Anyway, I could see the cars in front of me getting frustrated and one by one they start going around ‘the’ car. As I get closer to the culprit I can see it is a RED MINIVAN holding us all up. Oh, wait, Now, I guess at this point in the story I am assuming we ALL live by the same driving rules and maybe that is the problem. In my world and a lot of other people’s world the left lane, especially the FARTHEST left lane is the FAST lane. In addition, many of us live by the ‘you get out of the way for a driver that comes up on you going faster’ rule. You may think they are driving too fast but it is up to a cop to handle that, you are suppose to get over when someone behind you is going faster if you are in the LEFT LANE, otherwise known as, ‘the fast lane’.
Okay, now that I have defined the mindset and why people were quickly going around the red mini van let me explain what set me off. I get up to the Red Mini Van and it still is going slow, now very slow, about 60mph. The car has little ones in it and I decide to get around the ‘Mom Wagon’. Now, other cars were doing the quick pass. You know, cut right in front of the Red Mini Van to make the Van know they are pissed. Well, as I go to pass, I turn my head and this is what made me use sign language. THE MOTHER IS TEXTING. HER ARM is OUTSTRETCHED and she is clearly having trouble viewing the text and then trying to reply. I stayed even with her for a few minutes desperately trying to get her attention. The scary part. She didn’t EVEN notice me. Nope, she was so focused on her phone. I WAS BEYOND PISSED. Oh, and no longer about her being in the LEFT LANE GOING SLOW. No, I was pissed that she was putting her children at risk with her TEXTING! AND, I bet she would be the MOMMY AT PTA bitching about a ‘mean’ teacher or coach. YOU JUST KNOW IT! Parents NEED TO PARENT and put their children’s lives first. I have said this before I don’t talk on the phone in heavy traffic. For instance, driving in the left lane, I don’t answer my phone and I have Bluetooth. Talking distracts your focus. Texting, gosh, I am just shaking my head, I mean, is a text message worth a life?
Years ago we left the house and managed to get from point A to point B without being in communication with each other. I just can’t imagine why a parent would choose to endanger their children’s lives in that manner? Had that mom wrecked and killed her kids or killed another person and had to go to jail would the text message had been worth it? Of course not! NO message is that IMPORTANT! Anyway, when I couldn’t get her attention, I flipped her off and kept moving. I guarantee you she never saw MY MESSAGE!
So, there you go! My typical bitching about my usual Pet Peeve, THE CELL PHONE!!! STEP AWAY from THE CELL PHONE!! You will live!!