Wednesday, January 7, 2015

People Are Stupid...

So, yesterday we had our first snowfall. Much like in New England, the first snow of the season is always a special occasion, and by "special" I mean "filled with a kind of stupid that brings about a frothing rage." I saw, in no particular order, the following:

*A person stop at a red light, and then - while the light is still red - make a U-turn into oncoming traffic. Mind you, the oncoming traffic had both a green light and was heading downhill. In the snow.

*A woman in a Mustang convertible STOP IN THE TRAVEL LANE on the highway to clear the ice off her windshield wipers. Stopped. IN THE TRAVEL LANE. She just brought her car to a stop and hopped out and started clearing - AND LEFT HER DAMN DOOR OPEN.

*A jackass in a black F-150 who, despite the two lanes of traffic attempting to merge onto the completely packed three-lane highway, dove into the breakdown lane and rode straight into the thick of things. A double damnation on the imbecile who let him in.

I left my house at 6:15 yesterday morning. I arrived at work, some 18 miles away, at 9:00. I could have biked to work in less time.

There were dozens of other, smaller stupid instances, like - yet again - idiots who stop on a snow-covered hill, or morons who make right turns on red despite oncoming traffic. Those are so common as to not even be worth mentioning otherwise. Like the dunderheads in their $80K luxury cars that don't understand the concept of "mashing the gas to the floor only makes the rear tires spin faster"...

It's funny how the same types of idiots exist in both the northeast and in northern Virginia...

That is all.

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22 comments:

Chad said...

The world is full of idiots, and behind the wheel is where they all show just how moronic they are.

Anonymous said...

This is why I shudder at the thought of flying cars. Can you imagine the level of stupid that can be achieved by expecting these people to maintain pitch, yaw, and roll?

Roger said...

Jay;
You are OH so correct. The only problem is that once the morons get their PHD in stupid driving, they retire to Florida. In Florida, whenever it rains, their stupid comes out with behavior just like what you describe, but CONCENTRATED!

Roy said...

"It's funny how the same types of idiots exist in both the northeast and in northern Virginia..."

Unfortunately, they exist *everywhere*.

I once saw a guy who had stopped his car in the middle lane of a downtown interstate - an interstate! - and had gotten out and was crouching down in front of his car to free a piece of tin that had gotten stuck up under the front of the car. I don't know if he survived his stupidity or not, but the traffic was swerving all over to keep from running over the jackass.

Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

Mr Jay, Sir?
It has been said by people much smarter than me that
"Ya Can't Fix Stupid."

Snow is a 'Stupid' amplifier.

Have some dip. ::Grin::

Rich in NC

harp1034 said...

They are everywhere. Their attitude is I am special, get the Hell out of my way.

Stretch said...

The sad thing?
You haven't seen the worst of it.
I've lived here my whole life (so far) and the incidents you've described don't even move the needle on my rage-o-meter.

Goober said...

Just take care of you. Don't let the bastards drag you down

Doug Watson said...

Pretty much what Stretch said. I've been in VA for 3 years and in the Fredericksburg area for 2. The only one that would have gotten a comment was the lady stopped in the highway.

The dude in the F-150? Don't be too hard on the guy who let him in. The people who ride the breakdowns or wait until the last possible minute to merge over generally don't give you options other than "make a hole" or "get hit".

Ted said...

Not a problem ........ It will soon be fixed by Googles self driving cars.

We know it will work because we've tested them here in California on sunny clear days.


........ Just ask the media.

ProudHillbilly said...

Vehicle going up the hill too slow for you? Try to pass him up hill on the ice. Everybody else creeping because of sheer ice? Whiz past them on the left. Or right. I have a swale behind the house that provides hours of entertainment sometimes in the winter.

Old NFO said...

Ah yes, the idiotocracy were out and about yesterday... I haz 400HP, if I spins the wheels enough, it'll eventually get me down to pave... Ohhh... S**T!!!! Sigh...

Ruth said...

Having learned to drive in the state that creates MA-holes, I have opted for the "hit me, I'm not letting you in" option. Amazingly enough a surprising number of those large shiny trucks don't want to get their fenders dented.....

abnormalist said...

My general observations having traveled all over the continental US, is that the farther south you go, the worse the average level of driving. This trend, also does not appear linear, but exponential (perhaps logarithmic).

Being in Michigan, things that I consider idiotic behavior, would appear good driving by Virginia standards. Go down to Georgia, and watch the stupid raise to 11...

Hit Florida, and observe the native fauna (the Floridiot) in its natural habitat managing to have single car roll over accidents on perfectly smooth, level, dry, straight asphalt.

I'm not sure how the even manage to keep ANY vehicle on the road in key west.

Part of this I believe though, comes from direct exposure to catastrophic weather. Those who cant handle it naturally migrate to areas they don't experience it, to varying degrees. IE the worse driver, the worse their reaction to this strange force called "winter" they farther they decide they must flee from it.

Now we do have the old joke "How do you know your in Michigan?" where one of the answers is "You're traveling 75mph down the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic with less than 10 ft following distance, in a whiteout, on black ice, and NO ONE IS CRASHING"

PJS said...

The only time I curse is when I'm behind the wheel.

azmountaintroll said...

Re: Florida Drivers

It does manage to snow down here, about every ten to fifteen years. The snow never lingers for more than a minute or two, but you have not LIVED until you've seen the panic it produces among drivers down here!

Old NFO said...

Really wishing for either a 1957 Desoto with all four corners wrinkled, or a Ferret Scout car...

abnormalist said...

@azmountaintroll
I've seen it before, its amazing!
I also loved how <2" shutdown atlanta for a few days... Heres thats not even something of note. Not even the most optimistic school children think theres a chance of a snow day for less than 6"

Now cold can cause more problems, a lot of schools by us apparently were running class F or 0 winter diesel or didnt have the heaters running and canceled and delayed school today. overnight lows below -5f can gel a lot of diesel...

Randy Maness said...

Sorry abnormalist, but more than half of the bad drivers down south are damned new Yorkers!
The bastards wont stay up where they belong.

SteveA

J Bogan said...

No, I gotta tell DC area drivers are truly a special kind of stupid. I have been here since birth, mastered snow driving at an early age. I just cannot believe the antics from people that have no business being in the country in the first place, and they all seem to come from countries that do not have snow...Ho Lee Cow.

Cargosquid said...

Welcome to Virginia.

Virginians forget that it snows here.

But you get the extra stupid up there. You are combining snow AND DC drivers...and I include NOVA as part of that.

As for let them in or let them hit me.....ooooohhhh...PLEASE hit me. I have a 12 year old Toyota Tacoma with dents and some minor rust.

Heh... I used to drive a Brinks truck. To get into traffic that refused to let me in...I just pointed the truck just in front of the nearest Lexus, Lincoln, etc....

Anonymous said...

Makes you wish for James Bond-like heat seeking missles to send up their tailpipes :)