This week’s Spin Cycle is on Anger Management…for me anyway…. I was going to do a short post on this incident that happened today and then realized it pretty much fit in with the theme. This involves someone who obviously did NOT properly use anger management techniques.
I was driving through South Carolina, on my way to Myrtle Beach. I was somewhere between Lexington and Columbia, South Carolina. I am in the left lane of Interstate 20 behind a fairly long line of vehicles. From where I am stuck back in the line I can see there is an 18 wheeler in the right hand lane that we are all trying to pass. In the left hand lane in front of me there are TWO 18 wheelers, a red car, a white truck, a blue Toyota SUV, a big black pickup truck, me (in my little green Jetta), and a goldish colored SUV of undetermined make and model behind me.
We are all patiently trying to pass this 18 wheeler in the right lane when Mr. Impatient Blue Toyota SUV decides they (in front of him) aren’t moving fast enough for him (and I guess he didn’t realize that there were TWO of them in a row) so he whips back into the right lane, I guess thinking he has enough room to pass the 18 wheeler in the left lane before he gets stuck behind the one in the right lane.
Well, he GROSSLY miscalculated and ended up getting hemmed in behind the 18 wheeler in the right hand lane while all the rest of us passed by in the left lane. I mean, crap happens, right? As I was getting ready to pass him I noticed he had rolled his window down and was making all kinds of wild hand gestures and yelling out the window and when the black truck in front of me passed him he seemed to get more agitated and when I passed him it seemed to enrage him even more!
As soon as I passed by him he whipped out between my car and the gold SUV behind me almost plowing over both my trunk AND the hood of the SUV behind me. He was soclose to my bumper that I could not see his grill. As soon as we got past the 18 wheeler that was in the right lane he whipped back over in the right lane and passed me flying like his hair and butt were on fire just to pull right back in in front of me! He had plenty of room to go past any of the other cars because no one had time to move over yet. But NO… he pulled right back in front of me soclose I could not see his tag and SLAMMED on the brakes and turned around physically in his seat to look GLARE at me like “I DARE you to do something”.
My first instinct was to pass him, give him the finger and do the same thing to him, BUT…I restrained myself. I used anger management techniques that he obviously never bothered to learn! I smiled at him sweetly (even if it was through clenched teeth) waved and (through the closed window) yelled “YOU IDIOT!!! Learn to drive before you kill someone!” Then I gave him my beauty queen wave but I don’t think he saw me because he whipped back into the right lane again, passed the black pickup truck and did the EXACT same thing to him!
I don’t know why he seemed to single the two of us out unless it was because he was originally in front of us both and he thought we were supposed to let him out when he was so impatient and hemmed himself in there? That’s the only reason I can figure he’d take it out on us. No harm, no foul (that I know of). He ended up getting off the interstate about two exits further up so I have no clue why he was in such an all fired hurry! He definitely needs some anger management classes!
So if you’re driving along Interstate 20 heading East at about 4:00 in the afternoon between Lexington and Columbia, South Carolina and you see my sweet little Blue Toyota SUV with the South Carolina license plate and the probably mid thirtyish blond curly haired driver please by ALL means, do me a HUGE favor and blow him a kiss for me? That’s a Kiss My Big Fat Southern Belle Georgia Ass in case you were wondering! See, I manage my anger just fine.