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||[Oct. 17th, 2007|12:25 pm]
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So it’s obvious that I’ve let my LJ fall somewhat by the wayside. I’ve had a lot to write about but for some reason I just haven’t felt the urge to write it all down. Honestly I wish there some way I could integrate my Facebook (since I’m on there quite a bit) and my Livejournal, but for now that doesn’t seem possible.
Anyway, I figured I would start off my latest round of entries with a Helena style rant, so here goes…
Now that I’ve moved to Kalamazoo and am still working in Hastings, I’ve got about an hour drive each morning. I have to be to work at 8 a.m., and to accomplish this, I force myself awake at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Now anyone who knows me can tell you that I am not a morning person by any means. This means that I give myself enough time to get ready and make it to work on time with maybe no more than 5 or 10 minutes to spare. Really, barring any sort of catastrophe, this should be plenty of leeway. It seems, however, that I always underestimate my arch nemesis: the Slow Driver.
The slow driver comes in many forms but more often than not it consists of one of two groups: the elderly, or the disabled. These people seem to have lost all sense of time and urgency. With nowhere to be at any particular time, these people seem to wander aimlessly down the road in their large automobiles, driving at least 10 to 15 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. Nothing is more frustrating than being stuck behind one of these individuals. Couple this with the knowledge that their completely unnecessary and false sense of “caution” or “prudence” is making you late for work.
Some people are quick to label those like myself, who believe traveling 5 mph above the speed limit is perfectly acceptable and in fact courteous, as being reckless and dangerous. Well I say that when you drive under the speed limit, when conditions do not warrant it, then you are a road hazard, and in fact put the rest of us in jeopardy. Cars begin to line up, and we are forced to attempt what could sometimes be risky passing maneuvers.
Bottom line, if you want to drive slow, fine. But don’t make the rest of us pay for your inability to correct judge speed and time. Move out of the way! Even a school bus will pull over to the side of the road to let cars by after making a stop because they know they’re slow (and they probably should be). I mean, come on!
Ok, rant over. =)