I work hard to reign in my way-to-natural human proclivity to judge others. I know darn well that people make mistakes. Me included. So when someone cuts me off on the road, I don’t tend to get too upset because I can remember a time when I, accidently of course, cut someone else off.
However, periodically, something happens where it bubbles out, because the thinking (or lack thereof) is beyond my ability to comprehend. When this happens, I award the culprit a “seriously’ award in my head for “OMGness” above and beyond the average . Now that I have a blog, I can award it virtually.
Today the seriously award goes to the dark haired woman in the Honda who decided to block morning rush hour traffic to have a phone conversation. Read on.
Driving to work the other day, I got caught in the left turn lane behind someone talking on the phone. She was waving people around her while she just blocked the lane. The car was fine, I know this because she pulled beside me two lights later. All she had been doing was chatting, while obstructing a lane on a major artery during rush hour in one of the worst commuting regions in the entire country (D.C. metro). Right next to her, was an empty parking lot. She couldn’t have pulled to handle the phone call?
My only reaction–Seriously. Has it come to this that people thinks it okay to stop commuter traffic to talk on the their phone. Was she thinking she was doing us a favor by not driving when talking? Parking the car in the middle of a major thoroughfare without even putting on your hazards is safe? Even if it were an emergency of some sort, there was a lot right next her she could have just pulled into. And how much effort does it take to put your hazard lights on?
But no, that would have inconvenienced her direction too much as she’d have to circle the block to be able to make the left she needed to make. So rush hour traffic, already a nightmare, descended into hell for one person’s phone conversation.