2012 Nissan Quest LE: Rant Of The Day
July 10, 2012
Yep, that's a lot of traffic. Fun stuff, just one of the prices you pay to live in sunny southern California. Doesn't make it any better. Maybe you have a lot of traffic where you live, too.
Of course, with major clog-ups comes the occasional majorly irate driver. On any given day during my commute, I'm bound to see at least one "laid-back" Californian freak out on another driver.
And what is the average irate driver's response when they've been wronged by someone?
Give 'em the middle finger, of course. Which only causes more irateness between everyone involved.
Personally, I think giving someone the bird is the equivalent of saying, "Yep, I've given up, and here's proof that I don't have even one original thing left to say in life." Besides the fact it's rude, flipping someone off is just so incredibly predictable.
I'm sure you have your own way of letting another driver know they just did something incredibly boneheaded. Hopefully it's not the one finger salute.
Me? I like to give them an enthusiastic thumbs-up, sarcastic as it might be. It says, "Nice job, buddy," without saying "*%$# off."
Maybe we can all dial back the finger use out there. Maybe I'll even dial back the sarcasm.
Mike Monticello, Minivan Editor @ 19,130 miles.