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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

JERKS ARE BIGGER THAN THEY APPEAR


I've had it.

I've had it with young women drivers who ride my back bumper while they're admiring themselves in the visor mirror.

One girl last week whipped around me like a bat out of hell while she was talking on a cell phone and putting on eye makeup at the same time. She was driving with her elbows!

What were automobile manufacturers thinking when they put that lighted mirror on the driver's side visor anyway? No one on the parkway wants to see some bimbo grooming herself at 70 mph.


It's bad enough that changing the radio station and sneezing causes major accidents. But slip in the equation an air-headed, 20-year-old who think she's invincible, and that's a recipe for disaster.

Besides, the space between the console and front car seat isn't big enough for your hand to retrieve your lipstick when it falls there after you end up stuck between a rock and a hard place at the toll booth.

P.S. Toll booth picture was from a generic Internet e-mail. Now there's a couple of courteous drivers who never heard the word merge.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Norm said...

That picture of the the two cars "merging" at the toll booth is perfect.

What gets to me the most is when drivers -- of both sexes, and not necessarily 20 yr old bimbos --gesticualte (with their hands off the wheel) while talking on the phone while driving.

Wed Mar 28, 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger jmiller423 said...

Honestly, I haven't had any problems with female drivers. I have had with male drivers.

I am tired of being cut off. I am tired of being honked at if I don't gun it at a light. I am tired of people not allowing you to merge onto the Parkway.

My fellow drivers seem to be in their own worlds. Once they get into their lanes they sit there with blinders on, oblivious to the drivers around them.

No wonder why there is road rage. Common courtesy appears to disappear once a driver puts their keys in the ignition.

Wed Mar 28, 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Sophia Murano said...

There is a law? No mobiles while driving? Now, there is a law about buckle up-that is not the business of the law it is your business if you want to kill yourself-never have I seen anyone pulled over for mobile in motion but I have for the seat belts-now the mobile in motion will kill others-plus even the hands free mobiles are a distraction-people talking on the phone get emotional and don't pay any attention to what is going on along the road-very dangerous

I guess everyone of them are brain surgeons taking emergency calls-how can you get bored driving-you are supposed to pay attention to the road HELLO out there put down the mobiles and makeup and coffee and cigarettes and DRIVE!!!!

Wed Mar 28, 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Spud get caught checking out the "rear end" of a 20 year-old co-ed again?

Is that better?

Wed Mar 28, 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

NJ now trying to pass a "no-texting" law,too..bad enough young girls (and guys) chatting on phones, but even worse if texting..also applies to all those alpha males/females of all ages typing away on their Blackberry devices..I guess as they're being rear-ended or rear-ending someone else, they can text emergency personnel and write their own pre-police report before help even arrives (assuming they're not paralyzed in the process)...

Wed Mar 28, 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger margaret said...

I agree with jmiller423...especially about the merging onto the parkway...you take your life into your own hands.

And Diana, I've encountered some of those reckless bombastic smug 20-somethings on their cell phone, ramming up your rear. I want so much to slow down, smile and wave.

Sat Mar 31, 06:10:00 AM  
Blogger jmiller423 said...

Margaret,

Thank you! I moved here several years ago from another state. I don't know why New Jersey drivers refuse to move over when someone is merging on to the Parkway. I've lived in other states and I've never had a constant issue with this lack of courtesy until I moved here.

I saw something similar during a snowstorm a few years ago. I was in the middle lane of the Parkway. I was in the middle lane and I needed to move over to the right to get to my exit. No one would let me over! I was terrified that I was going to miss my exit. I watched the faces of all the drivers. They were all staring ahead oblivious to those around them.

I don't know what it is, a lack of courtesy, lack of focus, or what. We need to take care of each other on the road.

Sun Apr 01, 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous ain't my car said...

you have to adopt tHe NJ attitude! Push 'em out of the way. Hopefully, someone will give.. then again, the picture says it all.

Sun Apr 01, 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous nancy said...

Fortunately I haven't had any near-miss with makeup users. But once while stopped at a light I spotted a woman in the next lane speaking animatedly into a cell phone she held in one hand, with an ice cream cone in the other. Before
the light turned another car stopped beside her and blocked my view. Always wondered which one she put down when the light turned green...or IF she put either one down.

Mon Apr 02, 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

at least the gals applying all that makeup will look pretty when they cart them off to the morgue after the accident - assuming it wasn't a head-on collision of course...

Tue Apr 03, 04:41:00 PM  

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