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Old 10-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #99
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I'd be glad to see him mow down some trees, but then I'd have to stop, call 911, and administer first aid (or the last rites if I knew how), and waste a lot of time. I might get blood all over my clothes too, so I try to make sure that fools survive and I can go about my trip.
It's hard on the trees, too.
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I will second that 100%.


I have seen people drive partially in one lane and partially in the other, but that only works if the shoulder is narrow.

One time when heading into the mountains on I-70, I had already merged and it became more stop and go. The guy behind me pulled out and started to pass me in the disappearing lane. As I was thinking, "what a butt head", he stopped beside me and rolled down his window. He said, "If you will let me back in line, I will stay out here and block all the jerks trying to get ahead. It worked great.

I don't understand your back to the topic comment. I thought Gene and I were doing a great job of annoying people with our habits.

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So how's this for annoying? You are on an interstate. The traffic is at a complete standstill. You are getting off at the next exit which is a couple of hundred yards down the road but someone has decided to play traffic cop and has the shoulder blocked off.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #101
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So how's this for annoying? You are on an interstate. The traffic is at a complete standstill. You are getting off at the next exit which is a couple of hundred yards down the road but someone has decided to play traffic cop and has the shoulder blocked off.
I don't think he is playing traffic cop, I think he has to pee and has waited as long as he can. If that's not the case look at it as a chance to practice the important virtue of patience.

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When pulling into a parking place and finding that someone left a shopping cart in that space and the cart return is only a few steps away.

A couple of weeks ago that happened to us, but there was a cold case of Alaskan Amber on the bottom shelf of the cart. If that person had taken the time to return the cart to the proper place, they would no doubt have noticed they had not unloaded that case of Alaskan Amber.

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Ken, you are overlooking the average socio-cultural demographics within the geographical driving matrix.

Speaking as an ex NYC gypsy cabbie, patient drivers are at the top of the annoying list. Not to mention downright dangerous.
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The history of "The Bird"

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible for the English soldiers to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore incapable of fighting in the future. The famous bow was made of the English Yew tree and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" or "pluck you". Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won the battle and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French and saying "We can still pluck yew. Pluck you". Since "pluck yew" is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F' and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird". And yew thought that yew knew everything.
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Ken, you are overlooking the average socio-cultural demographics within the geographical driving matrix.

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I know, I tend to do that.. You wouldn't believe how many times I been told that.

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Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible for the English soldiers to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore incapable of fighting in the future. The famous bow was made of the English Yew tree and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" or "pluck you". Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won the battle and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French and saying "We can still pluck yew. Pluck you". Since "pluck yew" is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F' and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird". And yew thought that yew knew everything.
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When pulling into a parking place and finding that someone left a shopping cart in that space and the cart return is only a few steps away.
After I had foot surgery that got infected, and was hobbling around on crutches; could still drive (it was the left foot that was bandaged). Pulled into the Walmart parking lot, in the handicapped space that I was now entitled to use due to my podiatrist signing the paperwork to have the DMV issue me a handicapped tag. Got my precriptions filled, then I'm headed back out to the car. In December. In an icy-cold rainstorm. With no umbrella because I had to use both hands on the crutches. Only to find that some numbskull had parked an ENTIRE ROW of surplus shopping carts (they had stocked up on extras for holiday shoppers) right next to my car door in that conveniently-vacant blue-striped access space! I had to hobble back inside, find a manager, who had to find said numbskull and tell him to go out and put the carts where they belonged. The manager was apologetic, but not apologetic enough to go out and get cold and wet himself to move the carts. The numbskull was surly and not the least bit grateful for the learning experience about customer service.
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Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible for the English soldiers to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore incapable of fighting in the future. The famous bow was made of the English Yew tree and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" or "pluck you". Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won the battle and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French and saying "We can still pluck yew. Pluck you". Since "pluck yew" is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F' and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird". And yew thought that yew knew everything.
Close, but no cigar. According to military historian John Bloodworth, it wasn't the middle finger, it was index and middle fingers in danger of amputation. Which gave rise to the British version of the bird, two fingers upraised in a "V", but with the back of the hand facing the enemy. And no "pluck yew." At that point in time, the "F" word was already in common use, with the same rude meaning it has today. Still, your version does have a certain poetry to it.
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The manager was apologetic, but not apologetic enough to go out and get cold and wet himself to move the carts.
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Cute. You know that's not what I meant. See how important punctuation is? I meant to write, to "get cold and wet, himself."
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Close, but no cigar. According to military historian John Bloodworth, it wasn't the middle finger, it was index and middle fingers in danger of amputation. Which gave rise to the British version of the bird, two fingers upraised in a "V", but with the back of the hand facing the enemy...

Yep, the Longbowman Salute. It still does the job and has a certain historical nuance. Whilst being expressive, it never hurts to enlighten them. Maybe I'll recommend this important historical symbol to the moderators as another emoticon.

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After I had foot surgery that got infected, and was hobbling around on crutches; could still drive (it was the left foot that was bandaged). Pulled into the Walmart parking lot, in the handicapped space that I was now entitled to use due to my podiatrist signing the paperwork to have the DMV issue me a handicapped tag. Got my precriptions filled, then I'm headed back out to the car. In December. In an icy-cold rainstorm. With no umbrella because I had to use both hands on the crutches. Only to find that some numbskull had parked an ENTIRE ROW of surplus shopping carts (they had stocked up on extras for holiday shoppers) right next to my car door in that conveniently-vacant blue-striped access space! I had to hobble back inside, find a manager, who had to find said numbskull and tell him to go out and put the carts where they belonged. The manager was apologetic, but not apologetic enough to go out and get cold and wet himself to move the carts. The numbskull was surly and not the least bit grateful for the learning experience about customer service.
No beer left in the carts? Too bad. I would share my last one with you except it is scheduled for consumption at lunch today.
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