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russian33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:23 PM
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My confrontation with a repub on I-95 or how I spent my Sunday
So, I'm driving down I-95 South from Rhode Island to NYC, and passing thru CT. Traffic is bumper to bumper, and I've been on the road for almost 2 hours. All of a sudden, I get cut-off and the car has 'Bush/Cheney 2004' bumper sticker. My hand immediately goes for the horn, I beep for a good couple of minutes, then get right on their ass, and do that for 10 more minutes. Then cut over to the right lane, and pull up next to them. It's a lovely middle-age couple, but I see the woman is trying to say something. Being the polite person that I'm, I roll down my window so I can hear what she's saying. She was going on about my driving...so I turned my head(I was parked anyways), and came up with a very intelligent reply: 'Bite me, Bush Sucks, and Cheney can go *uck hiself!' Well, her jaw kind of dropped, and her husband started screaming something...so I proceeded to blast my stereo, which was playing *gasp* French jazz...

Now I aks you, am I a bad person? Or should I also have rear-ended them?
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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:27 PM
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1. Just don't get placed on any non-partisan commissions.
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malatesta1137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:28 PM
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2. You are a wonderful person!
Except that you should have driven them off the road. Being the Stepford husband and wife that they are, they wouldn't get a scratch.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:31 PM
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3. You are a GOOD person!
AND, you should have rear-ended them! ;) Just kidding. You did good! Nothing better than seeing jaws drop on repukes! :bounce:
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:38 PM
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4. They cut you off
Then bitch about your driving?
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:44 PM
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6. That's the ReTHUG way...His fault for being where they wanted to go.
Actually, the ReTHUG 'Tood is our fault for being born...Unless we're getting them another drink.
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:01 PM
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15. Ah, good point. n/t
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candy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:41 PM
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5. Immature behaviour IMHO-----an accident waiting to happen.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:46 PM
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7. not gonna win them over to progressive party...they probably
felt they met a left wing nut.....not exactly the impression I would prefer you leave....but.... I have gotten crazy on merritt once....and had the guy slow down...he cut in front of me... I turned on high beams....and he slowed to 25miles.....I got scared and when a rest stop came up .. i got off and so did he....I got really scared... either he couldn't figure out who it was or saw a women and let it go......

but I have never hassled someone on the road again....even when they are wrong.....

IMHO it does not help me.....and I become someone I don't like.
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Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:02 PM
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16. Well stated .... it isn't worth it. The roadway is not place to
act like a fool. I never ever use my horn unless there is an imminent accident about to happen. Raging about doesn't do anything good for one's heart and blood pressure either.

Too much rage in America already...don't complicate the matter...
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 01:05 AM
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34. yup, 'nuff road rage already, sorry not cool IMO -n/t
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JayS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:47 PM
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8. That is a good way to get shot.
They may have cut you off because they did not see you, not for political reasons. The behavior you took afterwards posed a threat not only to them and yourself but to others on the road.
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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:49 PM
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9. You did well by restraining yourself beyond the expletives.
Still, I cant imagine their jaws dropped in earnest. Maybe they were just bad (and selfish) drivers, but did they really expect you to roll down your window and salute them? I take it back. It happened in CT.

Too bad they could not know the jazz was French.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:53 PM
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10. Rather than tell them
to Cheney themselves, you could have used my favorite line.
'Hey, some idiot put a Bush/Cheney sticker on your car."
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:55 PM
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11. I like your style offshore!
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:57 PM
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14. Why thank you.
I subscribe to the 'catch more flies with honey than vinegar' and the 'kill em with kindness' school.
Not always, but most of the time.
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drdtroit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:21 AM
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33. and don't forget
the best revenge is your own personal success!
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ilovenicepeople Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:37 PM
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24. That's so funny
Howdy GoneoffShore :hi: Howdy All :hi:
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russian33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 06:53 AM
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43. oh, I like that...I'll have to use it sometime
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:56 PM
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12. Hardly setting a good example
We're trying to cut down on road rage.
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markses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 10:57 PM
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13. The dispute was about being cut off
Not about Bush Cheney.

You are totally in the wrong.
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XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:08 PM
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17. Dangerous
there is already too much rage in this country and the world.

Better and safer to let that kind of stuff go, no matter how irritating. There is nothing worth losing your life over and/or killing other people over, especially not minor traffic problems.

Not that I myself don't get a little irritated when I see the many, many Bush/Cheney bumperstickers around me...
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:09 PM
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18. I swear! everytime I get cut off or blown away on the road..
.. it's either an American flag sticker, a Bush sticker, or a God Bless America sticker on the offending car. Every damn time. Not ONCE have I seen a rude liberal driver..
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XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:11 PM
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19. Or "Choose Life"!
Ironic?
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:52 PM
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26. I haven't seen rude liberal
drivers, just bad ones.
Idiot on cell phone with a Kerry sticker almost knocked me off my bicycle.
My response now is 'Hey, you drive like a Republican."
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CaTeacher Donating Member (983 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 01:53 AM
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37. Is this a joke or what?
I am as partisan as the next person on DU--but the repugs definitely do not have the monopoly on bad drivers!

Where I live, there are not a lot of Bush stickers--but there are plenty of Kerry ones--and let me tell you--about 1/5 of the drivers I see have their head up their ass and that seems to be true regardless of bumper stickers and affiliations.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 08:22 AM
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48. Yes, it is a joke
But in a world without reasonable insults except "you a**hole" or "f**K you!" I try to be a bit more creative. And not wanting to go gender based on the insult I chose 'Hey, you drive like a Republican."
Which I think encapsulates bad driving pretty well. A disregard for others, failure to take responsibility for ones actions, inability to see alternatives and a total belief in the rightness of ones course.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:17 AM
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51. I disagree
Edited on Mon Jul-26-04 10:19 AM by mahatmakanejeeves
I drive a motorcycle. It is my experience that the only cars you have to watch out for are:

blue cars
cars that aren't blue
cars driven by women
cars driven by men
cars driven by kids
cars driven by old people
cars with Republican bumper stickers
cars with Democrat bumper stickers
foreign cars
American cars
....

I think you see where this is going.

The only common factor in the category of "cars you have to watch out for" is....

"What is 'they all have steering wheels?'"

That's right, Ken Jennings. You now have $43,000.

I strongly urge the original poster NOT to drive a motorcycle.

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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:18 PM
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mellowinman Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:20 PM
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21. The behavior is one thing...
and yours to decide about. Yours alone.

Posting it onto an internet message board perplexes me.

You know the lurkers think you guys make these up, right?

Or at least embellish...

OK, here's what I would've done.

I would've gotten out my .38, and capped 'em both.

That's a JOKE. (Please GOD, don't anybody follow that suggestion)

Don't do this anymore.

That's my advice.

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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:25 PM
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22. Change it to where you're the (R) and they are the (D) and everyone would
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 11:26 PM by Selwynn
...want you dead, talk about how horrible, disgusting and typical that is of "stupid freepers" to act like total jackasses.

But of course when "we" do it is prefectly fine.

You did nothing of any value whatsoever, and if anything only added to negative stereotypes in these people's minds.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:46 PM
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25. huh?
Oh yeah, you don't think there is a difference. :eyes:
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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:40 PM
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61. There is no difference. Asshole = Asshole.
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kiahzero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:54 PM
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28. You're absolutely right
Remember, being an asshole is OK, so long as you're an asshole in the right way.

:eyes:
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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:40 PM
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60. Hehe remember Nick Nolte in the Thin Red Line?
"Oh one other thing. Its not ever necessary for you to tell me that you think I'm right... We'll assume it." :)

I'm only kidding, but that line went through my head and I laughed.

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Aunt Anti-bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:27 PM
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23. You are not a bad person...You are my hero!
That's exactly what I wanted to do when driving behind a couple of * lovers the other day, but I didn't have the guts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

:kick:
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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 11:54 PM
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27. You're not a bad person, but you did a bad thing.
I hope you'll be more cautious in the future.

Was this really worth killing and dying for?

You have to think of everyone's safety. It was neither the right time nor the right place for political debate.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:05 AM
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29. Would you have reacted the same if there were no bumpersticker?
I just jumped here from this thread. How would you feel at receiving the same treatment.

Was your rage at being cut off, or because of the sticker? Either way, you reacted poorly. You endangered yourself, other drivers, and you poorly represented your political view.

I wouldn't want to have to share the road with you, if you're going to go ballistic every time you see a bumpersticker you disagree with.
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Curious Dave Donating Member (173 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:09 AM
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30. Someone with a diferent political viewpoint...
You should have just killed them. Then you'd really have something to be proud of yourself about. Its always so refreshing to watch ourselves turn into the very thing we claim to hate.
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gate of the sun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:09 AM
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31. it's hard to be kind when you see the bush cheney 04 bumpersticker
but let's not "be" what we don't want other's to "be". It's a free country(kindof) and we should support freedom of speech and Idea's even if they are idiots, you were wrong.
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cosmicvortex20 Donating Member (253 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:15 AM
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32. A bit childish for my taste...
but it wouldnt totally shock me.

Ive seen bad drivers and road rage type people from all spectrums.
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CaTeacher Donating Member (983 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 01:08 AM
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35. when I get cut off--I just let it go.
Edited on Mon Jul-26-04 01:13 AM by CaTeacher
The road is not the place to lose control of your emotions. I am a very careful driver (and have never received a ticket--I have driven approximately 500,000 miles so far in my lifetime).

And--even though I try to always be considerate on the road--I have to admit that I have cut off a person or two--either inadvertantly or because I was in a tight spot. I am grateful that those people did not act like assholes--sometimes these things just happen when you drive.

I only had one experience with road rage--I was driving on the freeway (not doing anything wrong that I am aware of) and a group of what appeared to be wild teenagers tried to run me off the road. This was one of the most frigthening experiences of my life--and I actually think that they just did it for fun (!) But--as I kept trying to avoid them--they started getting very angry with me--making obscence gestures and yelling. I think they were joy-riding and thought it would be fun to run someone off the road (while going at 70 miles per hour). (Yes--there were witnesses, and yes--I did prosecute. There ended up being other charges as well--drinking, drugs--car registration--etc.etc.)

And you never know when you will meet up with a crazy person--one who has a gun in that car, and will use it on you if you flip them off. It has happened before.

People--please stay calm on the road! The life you save may be your own--or it may be mine! Take care of yourselves! You only get one life.
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 01:11 AM
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36. I don't think that you are a bad person, but I think that you chose to do
something that does more to negatively impact our cause (and especially if you had any Kerry/Edwards stickers on your vehicle) than you did to positively affect it.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 02:12 AM
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38. I would have been pissed too to get cut off by one of them
I get disgusted enough looking at Bush bumper stickers also...

However, I wouldn't go out of my way to cause a problem with traffic. It's possible as you were going over you cut someone else off and maybe they were undecided voters...and as they saw a Kerry sticker they will be less inclined to support him....This is unlikely but possible.

Also, the people in the other car could have been nuts and coulda shot you, or hurt you in some way. You do want to see Kerry inaugerated right? So careful. I wouldn't even bother flicking the stupid people off. I'd probably find a way to pass them and ignore them. There are some real freaks out there.



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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 02:54 AM
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39. Sorry to say it, but you did a Stupid Thing
Driving is too dangerous already. Your antics did NOTHING to help the situation. Here's something to try the next time someone cuts you off in traffic:

* only honk if you think they're going to hit you because they can't see you, not out of ego rage
* back off to allow for an adequate "space cushion" in case they have to slam on the brakes
* mentally offer them your sincere best wishes for a safe trip to wherever the hell they're headed
* RESIST THE URGE to behave like an ass, it's a fight you simply cannot win

Make the roadways just a little safer for everyone, eh?

ALWAYS LET PEOPLE MERGE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC. ALWAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS FOR EGO.
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doodleysquat Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:19 AM
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40. Good advice
I've found that the best way to stay safe on the road is just assume that everyone else is out to get you and never underestimate the other driver's stupidity. It's popularly known as Defensive Driving but I like to kick it up a notch and call it Paranoid Driving hehe.
Another option in that situation is, if you have a cell phone, call that state's Highway Patrol and report them as driving erratically and provide a tag # and description if possible. On interstates the number is usually displayed on roadside signs. Not as immediately satisfying as giving them the finger, but at least they may get stopped and hassled by the cops and it's infinitely safer. :)
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:49 AM
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41. A bit off-topic, but I had an odd driving experience on Sunday evening.
Also in Connecticut: Willimantic, to be exact.

The most direct route from where I live (in Coventry) to Willimantic is ten miles or so of Route 32. It's a pretty quiet stretch of road with delightfully few stoplights. Hey, they don't call this part of my state "the quiet corner" for nothing!

Anyway, some guy had been behind me for several miles, but I didn't pay any attention to him as he gave me no reason to. However, once we were in Willimantic and I got into the left turn lane, he stopped next to me with the traffic light on green. Once I made my left turn, he followed me into the shopping center's parking lot--from the right lane, which was only for going straight.

I thought that a bit odd, but figured the guy had simply missed his turn, particularly since when I went right toward the drive-in ATM, he went straight ahead toward the open Chinese restaurant. However, as I entered the ATM's drive-through lane, I noticed that same guy still in his car. He hadn't gone to eat at the Chinese place as I had assumed; rather, he had simply driven in the restaurant's general direction, turned around, and then exited the parking lot.

Perhaps I was being overly paranoid, but I had to wonder if my left-wing bumper stickers had pissed that guy off, to a point at which he followed me into the shopping center so that he could memorize my plate number, find out who I was and where I lived, and do god-knows-what to me or my car. Guess I'll find out eventually!
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 06:02 AM
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42. What did you mean when you said "I was parked anyway"?
I don't follow... :shrug:
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 07:16 AM
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44. tail-gater.. you were wrong.
Edited on Mon Jul-26-04 07:16 AM by LeftHander
First in heavy traffic people will cut anyone off. Regardless of thier political leanings.

Tailgating them was foolish and dangerous.

If you rearended them it would of been your fault.

Because....YOU are supposed to to keep a managable buffer between you and the car ahead. Someone cuts you off you slow down to increase the space.

Frankly you sound dangerous behind the wheel.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 08:06 AM
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InkAddict Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 08:14 AM
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46. Didn't anyone ever tell you that
if they slam on the brakes and you hit them, you will be cited and faulted for any ensuing accident, injury, collision damage, etc...the horn alert was okay - but your immaturity and risk-taking was way over the line - Vehicular homicide isn't a nice citation; besides, what's the sense of taking out 2 repugs if we lose a Dem vote in the process? BETTER USE BETTER JUDGEMENT NEXT TIME!
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 08:17 AM
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47. We have enough crazy drivers in CT - we don't need more bedlam on the road
Other than that - good job :thumbsup:


Just try and chill on 95 next time, please
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 08:56 AM
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Berserker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 09:53 AM
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50. Ok next time
I get cut off by a car on the interstate with a smirk-n-sneer sticker on it I will ask them to pull over and give them a teddy bear. Courtesy is contagious! We all know the RW is full of love and kindness.
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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 10:42 AM
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52. is this post some sort of psychological experiment?
to see if liberals excuse rude and dangerous behavior if it is against a republican?



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rinsd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:20 AM
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54. Ding ding ding...I think have a winner....(nt)
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midnight armadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:09 AM
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53. You were driving like a prick and you're complaining?
They cut you off, so you beep for a couple of minutes, then tailgate on the highway for 10 more minutes.

That's the very definition of an insufferable asshole in my book. You're driving recklessly to punish another driver, which you then blame on their personal politics, and then you insult them to boot?

Time to get some counseling for your anger problem before you cause an accident and hurt someone on the road.

Sometimes getting cut off in traffic is accidental, or perhaps you missed their turn signal, or whatever. It's not an excuse to go apeshit.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:34 AM
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Road rage is a fools dangerous pissing contest
I dont get it, if you were in a store, you'd 'prolly hold the door for the lady. If your shopping carts crossed paths, you'd 'prolly smile and say 'excuse me'.

But the minute you get behind the wheel of a car, sitting on your brains, you somehow acquire the power to act like a boor.

You got cut off in traffic. Boring!
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:34 AM
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55. Road rage is a fools dangerous pissing contest
I dont get it, if you were in a store, you'd 'prolly hold the door for the lady. If your shopping carts crossed paths, you'd 'prolly smile and say 'excuse me'.

But the minute you get behind the wheel of a car, sitting on your brains, you somehow acquire the power to act like a boor.

You got cut off in traffic. Boring!
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:34 AM
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56. Road rage is a fools dangerous pissing contest
I dont get it, if you were in a store, you'd 'prolly hold the door for the lady. If your shopping carts crossed paths, you'd 'prolly smile and say 'excuse me'.

But the minute you get behind the wheel of a car, sitting on your brains, you somehow acquire the power to act like a boor.

You got cut off in traffic. Boring!
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:36 AM
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57. Stop road-raging.
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eric_schafer Donating Member (91 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 11:55 AM
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58. local story
OSU football player dies in road rage incident

Justin Williams, 19, a redshirt freshman cornerback, was a passenger in a pickup that was struck by another vehicle. "The two drivers got involved in a confrontation; you could call it 'road rage,' " said Oregon State Police Lt. Dale Rutledge. "One driver lost control and struck the second vehicle, which rolled."

http://katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=69489
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:04 PM
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59. Using your car as a weapon of intimidation is foolish and dangerous...
Edited on Mon Jul-26-04 12:06 PM by rezmutt
There was at least one post here on DU this past weekend by a driver in a Prius being tailgated by a Hummer on the freeway. There was 100% agreement in the thread that the driver should have called the cops on a cell phone.

There isn't much difference between the above situation and what you were doing to the "lovely middle-age couple" in their vehicle. Would they have been justified in cell-phoning the police to report you? Being cut off stinks, but it's no excuse for tailgating and intimidating the offender for ten minutes.

I'm guessing that you were able to size up the gender/relative age of the drivers first thing. Had it been an SUV with three oversized dudes in it, Bush/Cheney 2004 bumper sticker or not, you probably wouldn't have tailgated their vehicle. (If you would have, you might be suicidal.)

It's never a good idea to use your car as a weapon of intimidation. It's even riskier to engage with verbal exchanges on the road. Lives are at stake: yours, the Republican couple in front of you, and everyone else on the I-95 in this case.

Stay angry at the right wing, but find more constructive ways to channel it. For instance, are you volunteering to work for Kerry-Edwards?

Keep cool on the road -- :toast:
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