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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

BYE, BYE BIRDIE

The sign said to merge.

I just happened to be in Spud's BIG truck in the right lane when a woman in a little car refused to let me merge in front of her.


I had my blinker on, and she was far enough behind me that I pulled the truck in front of her anyway. She went ballistic.

In my rear-view mirror I could see her arms flailing, her mouth spewing curse words and then ... she gave me the finger ... out of her window.

I would have liked to have sat the (b)witch down and informed her of the proposed New Jersey road rage law that says audible verbal threats or insults, flashing of headlights, use of demeaning gestures or other such actions directed at persons driving lawfully could net the bird-flasher a $1,000 fine, one-month license suspension and an anger-management course.

But, of course, I couldn't as she angrily began tailgating. Instead, I waited until she got the chance to pull up next to me at a light and I rolled down my window and sang out to the tune of the Purina Dog Chow commercial ...

"My truck's bigger than your car; my truck's bigger than yours!"


Giving the finger is acceptable in this case.

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27 Comments:

Anonymous wish I had a "finger" said...

Diana, that's funny, I had the pleasure of pulling out of a side street yesterday,blinker on, with plenty of room before an oncoming car pulled up behind me...apparently she was speeding in a 55 and over community road (and thought she owned it), and came up quite close behind me ranting and screaming, gesturing and flailing.

I waved to her. That's the only thing you can do; that or nothing. Oh yeah, I said a prayer that she get over herself and focus on driving the speed limit.

Wed Jul 25, 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

This is the YouTube finger video I had on the blog first if anyone is interested click here

Wed Jul 25, 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your co-worker Clare, on the jersey shore mom's website also wrote about a similar experience on the road. I wish people would just start driving with consideration of other people, driving at the speed limit, not over it by 20 mph and just plain relax and take it easy! Remember after 9/11 - road rage was rare - people were nice to each other - I purposely let people go in front of me often, hoping that I, too, would get that same action by some other driver one day - being a nice driver could be contageous, I say let's all give it a try.

Wed Jul 25, 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with people in general is that they think that the world is about them and them alone. They have no idea that other people have lives to live. As Lindon Johnson said years ago "don't spit in the soup, we all have to eat".

Wed Jul 25, 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$1,000 fine! F--- that!

Wed Jul 25, 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Alischa said...

Hello-
I felt I need to comment on this one. I am in no way condoning Road Rage, however, I believe the State of New Jersey is going too far as usual in their quest for $$$$ from imposing fines and ridiculous fees on residents. This is why so many people I know are leaving the state in search of personal rights and freedoms that seem to have been lost here. Naturally, people get frustrated from time to time, and in some cases do go a bit overboard, but to be subjected to such penalties as are being proposed in this legislation is going overboard on the part of the State of New Jersey. If people do not speak out against these "regulations" they will find they are no longer living in a FREE country.

Wed Jul 25, 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I can't agree with you on that one. Maybe you need to be in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by your 16 yr old daughter, as I was, when she was learning how to drive - when because she didn't stop to let some a-hole come into her lane, he yelled a profanity at her that to me, is THE worse name you can call a woman - no matter how old - but to call a 16yr old that! I wish I could have called the cops to come and have a summons/ticket issued to him...

Wed Jul 25, 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No law would help re Road Rage when they cannot deter people from talking on the phones when driving.

Wed Jul 25, 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous do unto others said...

sorry anon, but your daughter should have learned in her driving lessons that a sign that says merge or yield means to merge or yield. The other driver was wrong to yell at her, but she was wrong not to merge.

Wed Jul 25, 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Who has time for road ragers ? I'm busy avoiding the teen drivers adjusting their ipods, texting on their sidekicks,chatting on their cellphones or horseplaying, drag racing with their buds..along with all-ages drivers smoking,applying full Kabuki theatre makeup in their rear-view mirrors while steering with their knees, or figuring out their dashboard GPS systems in- between quick exit ramps,knocking back a brewsky (or two), chomping one-handed on their Mickey Dees or BK Whoppers, juggling Starbucks or WaWa Coffees and 7-11 Big Gulps.. or playing with Fido in their laps or consoling/yelling at Junior in backseat or maneuvering with one hand while attempting to get Junior into carseat...or, fiddling for loose change for those dastardly tolls because they don't have EZ PASS...When NJ law enforcement actually enforces existing road laws, then we'll see if they can enforce this new one, too. GODSPEED (as long as it's within the legal limits - of course!)

Wed Jul 25, 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous margaret said...

The teens learn from their self-absorbed parents...because I've seen far more of the 30 and 40somethings on the phone and disregading everyone else except their own worlds while driving!

Wed Jul 25, 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

I would have "flipped" her off myself Diana.
I like it when they come up on your tail nice and close....then I merely tap the brake lightly,just enough to make them panic.
In a related matter...I saw this 20 something woman putting on her makeup at a red light yesterday on Rt.202 in Raritan.
Quite the project apparently as the process continued for the next three lights.
I finally turned to the woman at the third light and gave her the
"thumbs up" gesture.She smiled.
Perhaps I made her day.

Wed Jul 25, 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

good thing it was the "thumbs up" and not "the finger"..in Great Britain, our peace sign means same as "the finger" just in case anyone planning a UK road trip in future...peace out...

Wed Jul 25, 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me, Do unto others, no where did I mention there was a yield sign! The jerk felt she should have stopped just to let him into the lane cause traffic was slowing. She was maintaning her own lane - you learn the rules first, then courtesy - give me a break...I didn't even have a chance to explain that she could have let him in - as far as the driving lessons - they are a joke, these kids need a defensive driver course - 6 hr behind the wheel training is not enough.

Wed Jul 25, 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous DA JUICER said...

OK ANON, You tell em girl. I believe the reason you can't call the law while driving down the road is a simple one, your BAC is to high and the Township would have to DRAG YOU IN!!

Wed Jul 25, 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous NEED MO WINE said...

The continued use of profanity is a surefire way to get you noticed on the road and on a blog site! Its easy to ID this blogger!

Wed Jul 25, 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

wow, i take an afternoon off and everyone goes wild! Seems like road rage is alive and well in NJ.

Wed Jul 25, 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

Diana,

When will you learn that when someone gives you the finger, especially on the highway, it's simply because they are more important than you are?

Wed Jul 25, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

i never doubted it.

Wed Jul 25, 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous don't drink and drive said...

blog rage! love it, da juicer, you should know.

Thu Jul 26, 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Dot said...

Thanks for the information about road rage. Long overdue!

However, I have another peeve. This past week my husband and I went to the new Marquee cinema on Route 37 to see "Sicko". The movie was great, but we had to endure an awful lot of torture before we got to see it. We had stopped going to the movies some years ago because we were subjected to loud music, loud commercials and too many coming attractions at too high a price. What a shock to find that things have only gotten worse. LOUD was the game of the day through repetitive time killers followed by innumerable commercials for consumer products followed by coming attractions for five movies.

Finally, we got to see what we came to see.. Normally we rent movies on-line, but this time we didn't want to wait for the DVD to be available. We have made a decision to never go to a movie theater again. There is someting criminal about charging admission for unwanted material and we will not be victimized again.

Thu Jul 26, 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

My last trip to a Loew's Cinema on Rt.22 in Mountainside left me with a rather expensive dent on th front right quarter panel of my 1996 Caddy. Jerks trying to cut in and out of exiting traffic from this multiplex.
Going to the movies just isn't worth the hassle most times.I try to stick to the smaller,local theaters.
Besides,most movies are way over-hyped.
When is "Rocky 17" coming out?

Thu Jul 26, 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Distended Abs said...

Hey Dont Drink & Drive, You might spill some!

Thu Jul 26, 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

just today, on Highway 66 Neptune ...was behind a middle-aged guy driving (not stopped at a red light)and simultaneously squirting drops into his tilted eyes..first the right, then the left eye..one hand on the wheel and his rear view mirror angled so he wouldn't miss a drop..unbelievable..that was a first for me...next time he does that, I hope he can see clearly the cop car and red flashing light directing him to the side of the road..of course, no cop to be found today...

Thu Jul 26, 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

just today, on Highway 66 Neptune ...was behind a middle-aged guy driving (not stopped at a red light)and simultaneously squirting drops into his tilted eyes..first the right, then the left eye..one hand on the wheel and his rear view mirror angled so he wouldn't miss a drop..unbelievable..that was a first for me...next time he does that, I hope he can see clearly the cop car and red flashing light directing him to the side of the road..of course, no cop to be found today...

Thu Jul 26, 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

sorry, I must've had double vision when I hit SEND...

Thu Jul 26, 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous John E. Rebb said...

All I'm gonna say is....all youse Noi Jersey drivers leavin' yo state...don't come to Florida to live! Visitin' is ok longs as ya take a New Yorker back wif ya! Da "Finger" is alive and well down here!

Sat Jul 28, 05:42:00 PM  

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