And so now, after a lot of deep reflection, I have realized that I can subcategorize myself as a JUDGER OF DRIVING. The worst of the worst.
I find myself pissing and moaning to a fault over drivers who:
- follow too closely
- don't pull all the way over into the "go straight" lane when there is also a "turn" lane at a traffic light, making it impossible for turning drivers to get through their lane
- drive straight across parking lots, flying though empty spaces and completely unaware that they are cutting across oncoming traffic (that one really burns my ass)
- don't use their turn signals (Jay)
So, looking back on what I've just written, I realize that I need to try to fix this. All this animosity is not good for the inner me. Or for the people around me--in my car and other cars. And pedestrians. Plus my kids hear me. Is my son, who gets his driving permit this summer going to act like me? Crap, that wouldn't be good. I think I need a driving mantra: "I'm OK driving; you're OK driving." Or something like that.
Oh, one last thing. Don't f**k with school bus drivers. They're bad-ass. This is what happens when you play bumper cars with one of them on a narrow and busy street, such as...oh, say, Huntington Ave. in Boston: