On the bridge this morning, I finally got a charge out of the traffic. As many of you know, I am not a fan of traffic nor the bridge construction that is going on during my daily commute. Well today I found a kindred spirit.
Some of you will not appreciatiate this little story. You like to drive aggressively. Some of you will think that my kindred spirit and I were out of line or are just outright jerks. However, maybe you should look in your (rear view) mirror and re-evaluate. ;)
As I was driving in the far right lane, I noticed a lady driving a late-model van in the narrow lane next to me. I saw her just at the time when this angry look came over her face while she was glaring into her rear view mirror. Then she did it; she slammed on her brakes - sending a message to the teenage driver behind her that was riding her bumper. The tail-gater slammed on the brakes and the message was received.
Oh how happy I was to see this exchange. Yes! We defensive drivers need to stand up and unite. A short time later, we did just that.
The teen, not liking the message that was sent, decided to drive a little closer. "Ohh," I thought, "It's on!"
It was my duty, at that point, to make sure that the lesson sticks. So, my kindred sister and I drove side-by-side through the entire construction area at the whopping speed of 36 mph. Before you judge me too harshly, know this: The speed limit in this zone is 35 mph, the lanes on the bridge are so narrow that there is no passing allowed in the construction zone - no lane changing. So you see, my counterpart and I were only obeying and ENFORCING the law. Many drivers are aggressive and they ignore the speed limit and lane changing limitations. They create a hazard for the law-abiding citizens. Well, not today. I was absolutely giddy.
The state police watch this stretch like hawks. It is a double-fine zone, so my partner and I probably saved that blasted teen some bucks and perhaps car privileges if there were strict parents involved.
Today was a good travel day. No speeders and dangerous passers on the "parking space" width lanes; it was just a pleasant commute. Plus, there was a pretty shade of red visible on the face of an offender. Tomorrow will probably find me glaring at Friday's version of the travelling idiot show, but today all was right in the world.