Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 07:39:59 -0400 From: Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Daytime running lights...what's the deal?
Jon R. Pickens wrote: > > Look, I already said that maybe I should've clarified what kind of > situations I've been subjected to while driving. The light-flashing is > bad enough, ... But see, that was my whole point to begin with. While the other actions you mention *are* aggressive (and could be seen as ass-holish) the act of flashing the lights is NOT. > but I've yet to experience someone simply flashing their > lights from a safe distance. It's always accompanied by tailgating and > just generally aggressive driving. In your reported experience. My experience is otherwise. Here's a little logic problem for you: Most tailgaters flash their headlights, therefore all light flashers are tailgaters. True or false? > I simply will not condone that type > of behavior, and whoever decides to act like that behind me can expect > some level of retaliation. Who said it was up to you to condone anything? And what about the innocent third parties that are driving on the same road that you and the maniac start to play your silly road games on? > Besides, what if I'm passing a bunch of > cars in the right lane?? If I can't get over, I'm not going to speed > up to 90mph, just so I can accommodate somebody behind me. I usually > stay in the right lane anyway, so I'm bound to get back over as soon as > I can. If someone is so impatient that they feel the need to harass me > into "getting out of the way" then they can just wait. Not my > problem... "Just wait"ing is a lot different than slamming on your truck's brakes or even flashing the brake lights, both of which endanger the purp. and everone else on that roadway. > Just because I can see someone coming up behind me at what I consider > an unsafe speed doesn't mean I necessarily have the time or ability to > react. See above about the right-hand lane being blocked by other > motorists. Sometimes you just can't get over, and if I'm already > speeding to get past those motorists, I'm not going to speed up even > more to please the dickhead behind me flashing his lights and riding my > ass like a maniac. Right so you have two sane choices. Either continue at your present speed and then move to the right after completing your pass, or else slow down slowly if you feel the oncoming maniac is tailgating too closely. > > Hey...I have to put up with insane traffic jams everyday on the way in > and back out of work. Those traffic jams exist before I get there in > the morning, (I didn't "start" them) and they're always caused by some > jackass who did something stupid and screwed it up for everyone else. > Actually, you don't "have to". It is a choice that you made/make to pursue the employment that you are engaged in. You could always change that. > Someone has to fight these assholes...if they get behind me and start > their shit, I will do whatever I can to make their life more difficult > than it needs to be. > No, actually, nobody "has to fight these assholes". "Fighting these assholes" is only a (slightly) different flavor of asshole-dom. I have a little secret for you. The assholes will always win in a confrontation in the end. If you let them get to you, and they don't kill you first, you will become one. -- -Fred W