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Old 04-04-2006, 12:53 PM   #15
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. . . but aren't you amazed how often you see a mini-van . . .
. . . with four 4x8 sheets of drywall on the roof. Coming out of Home Depot. Just going a few miles. The driver and passenger are holding them on with their hands. Or a few pieces of twine.

Do you wonder why there is always a pile of busted sheetrock around the Home Depot?
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:11 PM   #16
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5 PM on town street after leaving work, following a mom alone in minivan. She is driving one handed, reaching back with the other to adjust her infant in car seat set in center position of seat behind her. I figured I'm not going to follow her that closely. She finishes, sits back up, and thinks, "Why not lock the right sliding door?" She immediately leans back over and stretches to activate the manual door lock -- like her baby is not going to get carjacked today!!

Obviously not wearing a seatbelt, this "responsible" mom slips off the driver seat and onto the floor of her van going about 20mph. Luckily she must have stabbed the brake pedal properly from that position because the rear end lurched up as the van came to a panic stop. It stopped in a straight line and there was no oncoming traffic -- just me stopped 4 car lengths behind laughing my a** off! She nonchalantly returned to the drivers seat and drove away ....
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:20 PM   #17
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Dang, this thread made my morning! Thanks guys!

The one thing we've seen over and over here, and I'm starting to think it's a NW thing, is people taking matresses home on the top of small cars. It's a frequent thing to see matresses off the side of the highway. Once when driving into Tri-Cities we saw a small car with a matress on top, and both driver and passenger were reaching out the window and holding onto either end! Of course once they got on the freeway - UP it went! Landed in the lane behind them. Luckily we were on the other side of the freeway laughing about it!

This is why we should teach more science in school, so people don't go "just set it on the roof, I can reach up and hold it down while we get on the freeway and do 60"
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Dumb and dumber...

this would have been a 'falling-off' story if they'd been able to get very far! Not sure how they got from the Home Depot to the IHOP, however far that was.

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Old 04-04-2006, 02:54 PM   #19
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Not sure how they got from the Home Depot to the IHOP, however far that was.
What's funny about it is they were headed from Home Depot in Waldorf, back to Annapolis. That's FORTY MILES! And they pass three other Home Depots on the way!
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My brother two kids below me in age was a new teenage driver when my bargain-hunting grandma found some cast concrete scalloped garden edging. Each 22-24" section must have weighed 25 pounds or more. Except she had just bought a couple dozen of these things. She couldn't load these in her nice Oldsmobile, so called my brother to load them into the trunk of an Opel Kadett she'd bought her sister.

Anybody who's seen a pre-pollution control Kadett engine without A/C from the 60's -- it's a wonder they bothered putting a front hood on these cars -- the engine is a a lump the size of a small electric roaster down on the front axle well below the front wheel wells. My brother took it slow on the way home until he had to go over a freeway overpass. Every time he'd try to go up the front end would lift and he'd lose steering control. So he'd back down and try it again. He finally had to call for help ... and we wonder why a little tongue weight is such a big issue!!!
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:30 PM   #22
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Talking while driving is BAD!

Saw a lady driving into town. She was driving a smaller Mitsu. She was ANNIMATEDLY talking on her cell phone - 4 year old in the back seat waving out the rear window!?! Passenger had the paper fully open in the front.

Lady was drifiting all over the road - IMPORTANT call, I guess. She drifted onto the narrow left median, near the crash wall. More.....More.....MORE....

Bam! The mitsu drove up the small incline at the base of the crash wall. Paint, sparks, driver side mirror, hubcap - ALL come flying off the car.

MIRACULOUSLY the suspension absorbed the impact - the car did not flip. Lucky kid in the back.

Lady continued on her merry way at 60mph. I exited several miles ahead - heart still pounding. There is that mitsu. Lady was waiting at a red light - still jabbering away. Mitsu looked sorry.

She'll never learn. Probably blame it on 'someone at Safeway' when her Insurance asks....

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Old 04-05-2006, 04:19 PM   #23
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Nutty on the road!!!

Last year we went to Disney World for vacation we also planned 3 days in Panama City so my son could enjoy the beach. On the way to Panama City we found out there was a hurricane brewing (Dennis the Menice)We kept listening to the weather and thought we could get out of there a day ahead before it was to hit. Anyway the first day was great and the waves were wonderfull but as we came back to our camper, we had a pop-up then ,we were told by the ranger that we would have to leave by 7 the next morning. After we thought about it for a little while we decided to leave and get on down the road ahead of the crowd. I guess it was around 10 pm that night and it was pretty crowded with folks leaving but the traffic was steady flowing both lanes at about 65 when all of a sudden this little truck pulled out in front of traffic in our lane doing about 30 someone was watching over us because my husband was able to get our truck with camper slowed from 65 to 35 and for the life of me I don't know how, all you could smell was rubber and I just new the car behind us was going to ram the pop-up.
5 min later same thing a truck pulled out with a flat bed trailer no lights, so this time my husband could get over in the left lane well the guy in the other truck had the same idea and came over in the left lane and again someone was watching over us some way we got in the other lane and breezed by with no accident. Needless to say the next store we stopped and took a big sigh of relief. As we were comming out of the store this young man came up to my husband and begged him for some money they didn't have any gas and there car looked awfull and they were afraid of the hurricane I'm sure they had spent all there money in Panama City (high school kids) so my husband gave them $20 I hope they got home.

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I spend my life on the road I have seen all kinds of stupid and interesting stuff...had a Class C with toad scream past me at over 80mph... got a few more miles up the pike and the toad was upside down in the median, the C was in the trees on its side in a pile of parts. Just recently had a F150 with a equipment trailer in tow with a bobcat, tailgate me for several miles, finally pull around me, shoot the bird...I pulled off for fuel, several miles down the road, the F150 is on it's side in the ditch the bobcat is off the trailer up the embankment, skid marks all over the place. Fortunately it was during a low traffic period so no one else got tagged. Then there was the time I was coming on a four lane, an 18 wheeler went by with a smokey just in front of it, I got on behind them and fell into line. Some idiot goes screaming by at a good 20 over, smokey nails his sorry butt Now I know why my cruise is set at 65

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Coming home after a long and exhausting tow from southern Colorado, we were on the particulary tense stretch of I-25 South between Bernalillo and Albuquerque. The speed limit is 75 mph, cars are bumper-to-bumper, and I'm running 72, which is about 10 mph slower than prevailing traffic.

A '70 something Chevy, 25OO dually, crewcab, passes with engine screaming, and tell I my wife, he's got it in 3rd and it's about to blow. As I start braking and turn on my emergency flashers, she, who rarely pays much attention and never believes anything I say, is treated to the ride of her life. As the old 454 blows, all traffic including us is enveloped in an impenetrable smoke cloud. I continue braking and start praying just holding my lane and hoping the driver hasn't stopped in front of me. Suddenly, we are out of the cloud and driver and four passengers can be seen on the shoulder bailing out of the smoking heap.

On the road of life, we have no idea what chaos we leave in our wake.

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Last year I was heading home from work on I-95. Traffic was heavy, as usual, and I was in the left hand lane cruising at a comfortable 70MPH. All of a sudden I see this green trash bin, the kind with the lid that flips back and the trashmen pick up with the mechanical arm, floating across the lanes into mine.

I can't go right because there's a car next to me, and I can't go left because of the narrow shoulder, so I eyeballed it and veered just enough to peg it with the left corner of my bumper. That trash bin went flying into the air like a pinball, right into the grassy median. I wasn't laughing, but apparently the college-looking kid next to me thought it was hilarious.

A trucker saw that I had a CB antenna and tells me, "Boy, that's the damndest thing I ever saw! You'd think you practiced that or sumpin".

I quietly thanked my lucky stars that the damn thing did end up under my truck and damage it or anything else.

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