This is my first try at linking to and joining someone else’s “group” so I’m not sure how to do this but I CAN tell you about one of my pet peeves.
I say one because I have many, but, the one that probably drives me craziest and no pun intended but it has to do with driving and traffic. See I used to work in Midtown Atlanta and before that in Buckhead (another section of Atlanta, equally as “traffic-y”). This meant spending way too much of my time on interstates that are gridlocked with rush hour traffic. My brother describes Atlanta traffic as the only place he’s seen a traffic jam moving at 80 mph. If you’re not going 80 you will be just about run over. But the source of my peeve is ramps and the merging onto said ramps. The ones that cause me the most road rage are the people who seem to think their time is more valuable than mine and that they don’t have to abide by the sometimes unwritten but understood traffic etiquette.
I’m talking about those people who zip by you while you are sitting patiently (ok impatiently) waiting to get on to any of the many ramps only to wait to the very last second and FORCE their way into the merging lane. Like they are above waiting like everyone else. I admit it. I am one of those people that If I see them coming up the shoulder on the right hand side (yes, they will do that sometimes) I will pull my car over to straddle the line so they can’t get by. That probably infuriates other people as much as the trying to break in line infuriates me. Or I will pull as close to the car in front of me as I can so that they can’t get in.
I’m not a TOTAL jerk. If it’s someone with out of state tags or an older person or someone who looks like they just screwed up and waited too long to get over I will gladly let them in. No, it’s the jerks that you can tell do it every day. And beings that you usually are at about the same place on the road about the same time every day sometimes you will see the same people doing that day after day. Usually someone in a fancy expensive car, especially those guys in the little sports cars that you can just TELL are going through a mid-life crisis but still don’t think regular rules apply to them. They are above waiting in line. Make you want to smack somebody upside the head!
Sometimes I wish I had one of those claw attachments on my car that I could engage to just pluck them and their little car right off the road. Or a BIG boxing glove so I could just punch them right off the road. Or….. okay, I’ll stop now. I’m getting myself all worked up just thinking about it. So, maybe this is more of a case of road rage induced by my hormonal mood swings than a pet peeve. So if you’re in Atlanta trying to merge onto an on or off ramp and you see a little dark green VW Jetta…. DO NOT TRY TO BREAK IN LINE IN FRONT OF HER! It could be dangerous to your health. You’ll make me go all “Achmed” on you… I KEEEELLL YOU!