Friday, December 16, 2005

behind the icy wheel

okay, lately a lot of my posts have been about driving. i happen to spend a lot of time in a car, and it's not because i enjoy driving around. i only want to be in my car to get from point A to B, and i like the trip to be over as soon as possible. it also just so happens that i get extremely pissed off when i'm driving, and for very good reason.

understand something: winnipeg drivers, for the most part, are worse than drivers in some other canadian cities that i've been to. reason being: you have to think that, while some drivers with manitoba plates haven't necessarily been in winnipeg for a while, the majority of them driving around (during the day especially) probably have been here for at least a couple of years.

i don't understand how it's possible to forget how to drive during winnipeg winters...every...bloody...year! it happens every year; the snow falls and there's some ice on the road and 1 of 2 things inevitably happen: either people drive way too slow or they drive ridiculously dangerous. there doesn't seem to be much in between.

if you ask my wife, who's usually more honest (and possibly objective) about my driving than i am, i am pretty good at the happy medium. but there are some people who do 40 K/h in a zone that's normally 80, or people who change lanes without signalling their intentions and do so within inches of another car who they're cutting off and expect the car in the destination lane to simply slam on the breaks without consequence! this prompts me to immediately yell "jackass!" or something else of the curse variety that some of you have probably never heard me say if you know me.

People of Winnipeg: Commit to memory what it takes to drive during a Winnipeg winter, and adjust to road conditions...but be REASONABLE for crying out loud!!!

btw, stay tuned for a rant about a recent cinematic experience that was particularly irritating.


Blogger Shiny Beamer said...

I'm afraid that Edmontonians don't remember from year to year either. At least not the people I am driving behind. I myself have gotten pretty mad at people but my husband - well, I'm afraid this is going to finally do him in. Heart attack time!

12/16/2005 12:12 PM  
Blogger Shiny Beamer said...

People are just crazy. They do whatever they want whenever they want. Last week we went to Ikea and got our Christmas tree and this moron decides to park right in the middle of the aisle of the parking lot - so nobody can get around him. And then he opens his flipping door and leaves it open. So we come along and Josh is motioning to him to please move out of the way and what does the guy do? He imitates Josh's motioning with a crazy smirk on his face. And he WOULD NOT move!!! What a jerk! I was afraid that one was going to come to blows. Road rage here we come. But finally he did close his door and we squeezed our way past. Unfortunately there are many more of those kinds of people around and it makes it very hard to be kind or gracious or loving.
All you can do is go: "AAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!"

12/16/2005 12:18 PM  
Blogger domesticvixen said...

I've seen Josh drive - he drives like a true Torontonian. Scary!!!!!

12/16/2005 3:23 PM  
Blogger johnny m said...

yes, but he's at least consistent and drives the same from year to year. which is more than one can say for the rest of the nuts and idiots on the road. cranky, it sounds like edmontonians aren't that different from winnipegers. the ikea incident sounds just like something that happens in winnipeg all the time.

12/16/2005 6:48 PM  
Blogger Liam J. said...

When I was younger, we used to visit my grandma in Winnipeg every year. (She lived right across the street from Polo Park) I used to think they paved the roads with different materials out there because tires seemed much more prone to squealing. I have since learned that this is not the case

1/25/2006 2:27 PM  

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