Is it just me or do the rest of you notice that everyone is in a terrible hurry these days? I can't tell you how many times I've nearly been run down on the freeway lately. Mind you, I don't drive at exactly the speed limit. In the DC Metro area, that will get you killed. I try to stay within a 10 mile over-the-limit window, just to keep up with most of the traffic. Even so, I've had people riding against my bumper like we're on the NASCAR track.
On my way to a doctor's appointment last week, a man in a Mercedes-Benz kept doing that to me. I tried to get out of his way, but we were going down an exit ramp in which two lanes merged into one. He ended up behind me until we made the turn onto the road to which we exited. Then he floored it and sped around me, squealing his tires. He raced ahead of four or five cars and shoved his way back into the lane just before colliding with oncoming traffic. I can't for the life of me imagine what could have been that important. We live in a far suburb of DC, and though it's getting more crowded here, in many ways it is still "the sticks." We just don't drive that way here - not normally, anyway.
The same day that this encounter occurred, I found myself in front of a woman in a hurry at the grocery store. Maybe she had left her child unattended in the car. Maybe she was late for work or on her way to pick up the kids from daycare, but she was rude. I only had a few items, so I went to the self-checkout. She was behind me rocking from one foot to the other, sighing audibly. I tried to speed up, but then I pushed the wrong button (credit instead of debit) and had to go back a screen. That was enough to about send her into a tizzy! Just then, another lane opened up and she ran over there. I was still finished, out the door, and driving away in my car before she exited the store. I will never know why she was in such a hurry, but I really wanted to turn to her and say, "I can hear you, you know. I am going as fast as I can (or as I care to)."
Maybe I'm a little out of touch. Maybe I should be in a hurry, too.
Nah. I like the speed at which I ride. Maybe if the people of this area (and yours, too, I'm sure) would slow down a little and be nicer to each other, we could change the world.
Peace - D