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April 7th, 2001

Angry Drivers

My trip to Fredericksburg today took me 3 1/4 hours rather than 1 1/2 because of massive traffic. While I sat in traffic, I had a chance to people watch. One woman in particular stood out… she was stuck going about 5 mph on route 66, like the rest of us, but she was screaming her lungs out, cursing, pounding her wheel, and driving agressively (as agressively as one can driving 5mph). It was a funny site watching this woman lose it… not because she was the only one (I did it about 10 minutes later), but because it’s just a weird thing to watch someone flipping out as they’re oblivious to the rest of the world. She had no clue that someone was looking right over at her smiling as she damned every driver in front of her.

I wonder if people thought the same of me… -ram

Posted in Cars

FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday April 7, 2001 -- 10:26:57AM
I wonder if people are watching when I'm picking my nose, scratching my ass, or other things I really shouldn't admit to.

Ryan--How did you get this Ping up that far away from your gear? I am impressed.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday April 7, 2001 -- 1:10:52PM
Ryan, I was probably being eyed yesterday in traffic when all four lanes decided to stop. Why? There were a few cops on the side of the road.

I really don't understand the need to come to a complete stop in order to look at cars on the side of the road. It got me irritated, but I was calm within minutes. Drugs, y'know....



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday April 7, 2001 -- 7:24:50PM
Yeah -- rubbernecking is one of the most rediculous things, but it's so representative of human nature... obsession with others' problems.



FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Monday April 9, 2001 -- 9:04:16AM
I hate rubbernecking almost more than anything else. As I sit in those back-ups-due-to-rubbernecking, I often wonder if inventing a big dome or curtain to put around the accident scene would prevent people from looking? I'm sure some idiot would still slow down to look at the emergency vehicles, but otherwise if all you see is a white 'wall', would drivers be more inclined to keep their pace on the road?
Call me an optimist...
-Fezz



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday April 9, 2001 -- 2:37:45PM
Don't think it would work, OF... too many people would slow down to see, "Wow... why's there a wall there?"



FROM: Jed
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 5:12:15 pm
Robert--

Allow me to address the subject of the behind the wheel nose picker. It's a disgusting habit we all enter into occassionally. I've often spied others tending to nostril hygiene behind the wheel only to be embarassed as I discover my own probing finger jabbing into the hairy moistness of my own nasal cavity. However, I believe that most motorists have become innured to such displays and ignore them. Absent-mindedly picking the nose in the car in a line of traffic is hardly noticeable these days, but absent-mindedly picking the nose in the line at the bank is cause for quiet alarm. I think that's because one's car is considered an extension of one's home and a person is generally allowed the same respect for privacy in their car that one is afforded in their own home. One is certainly allowed to pick their nose in their home, especially if they are the only occupant of a room, even if the picking takes place in front of a window. The automobile seems like a room within the home, and just as private; it's just more windowy. To pick with passengers present is still a faux pas as it would be to pick in front of guests in one's living room. But if one picking their nose in the picture window of their living room were to notice the neighbor engaged in the same activity across the street, what right would he or she have to comment? It's the same with the automobile. There are boundaries of course. Within the home there are inner sanctuaries for the most private of necessary human behavior. Bathrooms are places where one attends to the most private of bodily functions best addressed outside of audience; and which are not acceptable outside of the bathroom (nevermind the perverts). Among such things are fondling one's self and ass-picking. Although many people often perform these activities under blankets or in front of the computer with unwashed fingers that will subsequently peck away at a germy keyboard, these behaviors should never occur behind the wheel of a vehicle. Should one nevertheless choose to engage in such behavior in transit of all places, as Robert admits, the preferred method is to do so as one without the decency to use the bathroom would at home: underneath a blanket. The truly polite at the very least would remember to disinfect the steering wheel afterwards, and to clean up any messes with tissue before allowing others to operate the vehicle.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday June 20, 2002 -- 4:30:44 pm
Jed-

For the record, Robert wrote that he scratches his ass, not picks his ass. Of course, how another motorist could view him scratching his ass is the next question. Is the ass above the dashboard or window line when scratched? Sounds like its not the ass scratching that is questionable, asses itch. It's more a question of acceptable method or technique.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 21, 2002 -- 12:02:31 am
Why are people talking about my ass all of the sudden? It's been old news for years.



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:15:58 pm



FROM: Cromagnum
DATE: Thursday August 11, 2005 -- 12:11:15 am
Old Fezziwig:
The White Wall Idea has some merit and a few problems.
The problems are simple
1) how to make it less distracting than the incident and useful to increase traffic speed
2) How to make it very quick to put up and take down
3) How to make it tough enough to resist the laws of physics while being light enough for transport
4) (most importantly for all great inventions) How to make a profit while selling them

My feeble brain has been rumbling on this for a while already, as have the minds of many others (see halfbakery.com). Perhaps it is time to arise from mere thinking, climb the Wall and build the Curtain to solve this wallop of a Headache that plaques more than one continent.

Cromagnum



FROM: ryan savill [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 1, 2005 -- 5:40:47 am
thanks people honk at anything



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