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Road Rage for the Holidays

December 11th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Holiday traffic is the worst.  Really it is. 

I decided to do some shopping at lunch today since my wife worked from home today.  I had the displeasure of dealing with too many people at Academy Sports.   On top of that, the cashier neglected to ring up an item that I had and didn’t notice it until I was about to walk out the store, so I had to get back in line and be checked out again.

So I get in my car and make the right onto Airline Hwy and right before I get to the Airline Hwy/Florida Blvd split, a truck pulls out right in front of me (causing me to slam my brakes to avoid hitting him) and he casually bears toward the Airline side of the split.

It was at this juncture that I decided to do what any good Christian would do and extend my middle finger in the gentleman’s direction.  I wasn’t sure whether or not the guy saw it, but the next thing I know, it appeared that he changed his mind and decided to go to the Florida Blvd side of the split instead.  But instead of driving, he pulls to the side of the road. 

I casually pass the truck and as I look in my rear view mirror, I see the truck following me.  Now, I was planning on picking up some lunch on my way back to the office, but I hadn’t decided on where I was going to go.  But, I look again in my rear view mirror and see that this truck is coming up on my rear end mighty fast.  

As I merge onto Florida Blvd, the truck enters the middle lane and as I patiently wait for him to pass me (so that I can get into the middle lane myself) he slows down on the side of me and I can hear him yelling at me.  He proceeds to instruct me to pull over and settle this like men.   I couldn’t help but notice that he had his buddy in the truck with him. 

Guy:  You wanna give someone the finger?  You fucking pussy! Pull over, we’ll settle this right now.

Me: You cut me off. 

Guy: Pull over now! Pull over!

Me:  Yeah, so you and your friend can pummel me?  No thanks. 

Guy: You think you can just give someone the finger whenever want?  Pull over!

Me:  Fuck you.  Bitch.

 

He then makes a right hand turn and goes who knows where.  I proceed to my destination as if nothing happened.  I can’t help but think about these events though.  I mean, the guy was obviously in a hurry to begin with that he couldn’t wait for me to pass before pulling into traffic.  But he had enough time to change direction and follow me so that he can threaten me?  The end result being that he ends up going a much longer route to get to where he intended to go in the first place?

People are strange.  Some people are just assholes.  Unfortunately, I just met one.

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