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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

September 20, 2006


I’ve got an idea. Let’s play a game. And let’s call the game “Spot The Idiot”. It is, of course, a driving game. It does require some effort on your part, though. First, before you leave home, or work, or where ever you may be, you have to stop and mentally decide that you are not in a hurry, that you will be courteous, and patient, and observe all (or at least most) traffic rules. If you leave out this preparatory step you run the risk of becoming a “spottee” vice a “spotter”. Next, you proceed on your way and observe the driver who:

  • Changes lanes without signaling (1 point)
  • Gets out of his/her exit lane and zooms ahead to force his way back after passing four or five cars in line (2 points)
  • Is reading (2 points), shaving (3 points), putting on makeup (4 points) while driving
  • Is kicked back, relaxed, and obviously into a very long conversation on his/her cell phone (2 points)
  • Jumps from one lane to the next, back and forth, only to find him/herself still behind you five miles later (he/she is experiencing the law of “whichever lane I’m in is the slow lane”) (5 points… 1 point if he/she ends up in front of you)
  • Refuses to let another motorist merge by accelerating to close the gap between him/herself and the vehicle in front (2 points)
  • Stops at streets that don’t have yield signs/flashing yellow lights (2 points) or any indication that requires slowing down (3 points)
  • Puts on turn signal and slows at every intersection trying to figure out if it’s the street he/she wants (1 point)(2 points if no turn signal is used)
  • (my personal favorite, I saw this yesterday) while driving into merging traffic in a yield lane that is ending, speeds up trying to get in front of car driving in the through lane, and hits a HUGE bump in the road, flies into a rage and chases the driver who had the right of way, cursing him/her and flipping him/her off before speeding off in a huff (10 points)

When you reach your destination, tally up your total and email me or post a comment.

Good luck, and safe driving!!

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Blogger Hannah said...

"Refuses to let another motorist merge by accelerating to close the gap between him/herself and the vehicle in front" is my favorite!! I see this one every-single-day of my life in H-town. People floor it as soon as they see your turn signal (maybe that is why some people don't use one).

Hope you don't tally any points today!

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