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Thread: It doesn't pay to get all worked up.

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    This morning, on the way to work, I turned onto a road leading to the main highway to downtown.

    100 feet down the road was a stopsign, with cars 4 deep. I am in the right lane, having just turned right.

    I hear a long honk behind me, and I look in the rearview mirror. The woman in the car behind me is clearly yelling and shaking her hands at me. I see her mouth the word "***HOLE". I think for a moment, wondering if there's any way I had just cut her off or anything. Nope.

    Honk again. I look and she's mouthing "GO GO YOU ***HOLE". There is still one car in front of me. Apparently, she thinks I can teleport myself through the car in front of me.

    Now I'm at the front. I stop and let the car from the cross street through (four way stop, and it was his turn). The woman behind me is nearly apoplectic, apparently not understanding the concept of right-of-way. As that car is still clearing the intersection, she leans on her horn.

    So, at that moment, I pull the emergency brake, put my hazard lights on, and recline in my seat, hands behind my head in a gesture of relaxation.

    And I watch her in the mirror. There are too many cars on our left for her to get out from behind me, and there are cars behind her. I can see her mouthing more obscenities at me. Either she enunciates very well, or i am much better at lipreading than I thought.

    She continues screaming for about 5 more seconds. Then suddenly regains her composure, gives kind of a conciliatory wave, and puts her hands on the steering wheel.

    Point made. I pop the emergency brake and proceed. I notice she makes an effort to lag several cars behind me the rest of the way to the highway.

    If that woman is THAT worked up at 7 am, I can't imagine what the rest of her day is like.
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    Yea, people are always in a hurry. Over here in miami, I seen a truck moving from lane to lane trying to cut everyone [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]. My friend does this thing, where if the people behind her are impatient, she just drives really slowly. Road rage at 7 am, that's just too early lol.

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    Very nicely handled. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    You just have to feel sorry for people like that. Can you imagine living with that poison in your veins every day? With the world constantly pulling your emotional puppet strings? It sounds horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (endparenthesis @ Aug. 31 2005,12:05)]Very nicely handled. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    You just have to feel sorry for people like that. Can you imagine living with that poison in your veins every day? With the world constantly pulling your emotional puppet strings? It sounds horrible.
    Oh, I can't say I've never felt rage on the road... but I usually internalise it, or else turn to the XM Comedy channel.

    Personally, it irritates me when people drive slowly in the left lane. Unless you're passing, pull over!

    Another pet peeve is when people race like a maniac to cut me off, only to step on their brake immediately because they need to turn, when there was nobody else behind me. Why risk somebody not paying attention and rear-ending you?
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    I do the same sort of things to people acting like that.
    My wife and I will sit there and laugh as the person in the other vehicle goes nuts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I do the same sort of things to people acting like that.
    My wife and I will sit there and laugh as the person in the other vehicle goes nuts.
    Don't know where you guys live, but I won't risk this in NY....Road rage has been the cause of some violence around here, and I don't want to get mixed up in that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Don't know where you guys live, but I won't risk this in NY....Road rage has been the cause of some violence around here, and I don't want to get mixed up in that.
    That's the same thing that my friend from NY says, when he sees people in Florida drive crazy, he says let them try....let them try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (schloaty @ Aug. 31 2005,9:14)]Don't know where you guys live, but I won't risk this in NY....Road rage has been the cause of some violence around here, and I don't want to get mixed up in that.
    NY state doesn't allow for carrying handguns in your car, do they?

    In Texas, lots of people have guns in their car. Anybody who would get violent has to consider whether he wants to risk the other driver being armed.

    In NY, you can more safely assume the other driver is not armed.
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