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9.28.2007

Random Traffic Observations


(1) That headline just appeared on the Star-Telegram web site. There seems to be at least one motorcycle death per week. And considering how the Ninja type bikes swerve in and out of traffic in the metroplex, I'm not sure why there aren't more. (The Harley guys don't speed. They just irritate with sound.)
(2) I'm seeing more and more of a phenomenon between Decatur and Rhome: Big rigs pulling onto 287 (in either the right or left lane) and traveling at a snail's pace until they gear up. The normal traffic ends up hitting their collective brakes or weaving around them. I saw both lanes jammed up the other day by two trucks doing it at the same time.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Harley is the more efficient way of converting gasoline into obnoxious sound on the planet.

Anonymous said...

Why can't everyone just get along and ride mopeds?

Annie Jokely said...

People need to slow the F down and give respect to those truck drivers who are keeping the American economy moving.

...I'm takin' little white pills and seein' white lines, you know that log book she's way behind...

Anonymous said...

riding mopeds and having sex with a fat woman are common in one aspect,,, both a bunch of fun until your friends see you doing it.

M&M said...

I wish there were a law to keep big rigs out of the left lane. They really tick me off sometimes.

Gator said...

Take a drive down 101 and watch the 18 wheelers pulling out of the crushers. They NEVER come to a complete stop and it doesn't matter if there is traffic coming...they just pull out and "roll" right through the stop signs. Why don't the cops do anything about that? And you are right...two will pull out at the same time and take up both lanes and making you slam on the brakes because they pull out right in front of you and forget about moving over to the shoulder. Earlier this week my husband was hit in the rear of his pick-up by one of these idiots. The guy slammed into him and started cussing my hubby and said (in front of witnesses) that "he doesn't EVER stop for 4-wheelers".

House of R & R said...

I hate trying to go to work in the mornings anymore. Truckers need to get the F out of the way. It amazes me when the speed limit is 65 they want to travel at 30 miles an hour, in the fast lane while blocking anyone from passing. Move over! You want respect Annie, respect other drivers and you might get it.
Then you come across these idiot drivers who evidently are too scared to even travel the posted speed limit. They are always 10 miles an hour short. There can be a line of 20 cars behind them and they don't care! Geez!

Sorry, can't help my traffic soap box, it's a big one.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Granny Annie "SLOW THE F DOWN"!! Thats what causes accidents-people are always rushing around like chickens with their heads cut off!!

Anonymous said...

People who ride motocycles are IDIOTS-or atleast the ones who dont wear HELMETS!! They were created for a reason!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's all respect those ultra courteous jackasses in the big rigs. Don't get me started...

House of R & R said...

1:13 Go figure but, if I'm not mistaken there's a law that says if you carry enough medical insurance, you do not have to wear a helmet. Those who don't wear them are dumbasses, including my husband.
You know those helmets are not cool. How dare we make them wear one.
Now that I'm thinking about this, where's that life insurance policy of his....

Anonymous said...

1:03
Your probably one of those people who b*tches if they drive toooo slow and then b*thches if they drive tooo fast. TRUST me, I would rather them hit me or vis- versa (since sh*t happens) going 30 mph than 65 mph!!!!!!!!

HINT: Leave for work earlier if its a REAL problem.

House of R & R said...

2:53 I assure you that I never bitch when someone drives too fast. I have enough common sense to move out of their way. How about you? I live and work in Wise County. I have a 15 minute drive to work (10 miles). I give myself 30. Is that enough for you?

Anonymous said...

Motorcycle riders who don't wear helmets are called "Donors" by Emergency Department employees.

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, I'm the fastest driver on 287, so just keep right and we won't have a problem. It's that simple.

Anonymous said...

3:15 who is 2:53 ?? I think you ment 2:58. Get your eyes check b/c you might not be seeing 18 wheelers either :)!!

House of R & R said...

WOW! Yes, I meant 2:58. Sorry, it was such a big deal.

House of R & R said...

3:45 Funny! You want to pick on me for getting the time wrong when you can't even spell right. Priceless.

Anonymous said...

I ride a Harley with after market pipes so you can hear me and see me coming. It helps you old farts not to pull out and to see me.
as for the helmet -don't leave home without it. El Gato

Anonymous said...

house of r&r -
I can tell - you're wound a little tight on this one.
Relax.
Enjoy the ride.
There are worse places/countries/moments in history in which you could find yourself.
Don't sweat the small stuff....
Stop and smell the roses.
(Cliches are my friends. :) )

Anonymous said...

I have been riding for 30+ years and do not wear a helment. I guess it would save when the eighteen wheeler hits me (right). Or maybe I will cause more damage to your car when I hit it if my helment is not on. Personal choice, plus you have to catch it to hit it.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting the overall reaction to this post. It was, as advertised,random. Though originating from a motorcycle death, most comments seem more concerned with trucks. Rightfully so. Here are some observations about the demon "ninja" riders, heretofor to be called sportbikes

1) Your average sportbike rider DOES wear a helmet. Harley guys--about 25% wear helmet
2) He is a young male, whose body is fit and whose sight and reflexes are prime. Compare to averabe Harley guy,many many overweight, and in their 50's.
3) The majority of sportbike riders
are non drinkers and non-smokers. They treat this as a sport and train themselves intensely on their bikes. Many at race tracks under professional guidance.
4)An average weekend will show that sportbikes constitute a tiny fraction of the motorcycles out on the road.

If you think these guys pass you a lot it would be because you are their worst enemy. At any given time we are faced with large portion of drivers being in a vehicle 10 times heavier than a bike. Those drivers throw cigarettes out the windows, talk on phones to the point of distraction, drink, suffer stress and road rage behind the wheel, and are incapable of seeing us because of the bulk of their own SUV/DOOLEY. If I drive fast it's to stay away from you. That's how I stay alive. I drive with a speed and rhythm whereby you have a minimum of opportunity to damage me. If you are on the phone good sense tells me to avoid you like the plague. Understand we are no threat to you. My vehicle has rapid acceleration, super efficient braking, and is quiclky maneuvered. And if you think I am a danger to myself, don't sweat that. That would take care of itself if it were the case. The truth is there has been an increase in motorcycle deaths the past few years but 75% are white, divorced men over 40. That is the profile of a Harley guy.

Anonymous said...

10:49:
You'll find no sympathy here. You're scared of us? I've never seen a Harley rider pass between two vehicles(down the center line). Laws apply to you regardless if you feel you have to drive that way to protect yourself. Get real! You drive fast for the rush, not b/c we're running you off the road. You are a threat to everyone when you decide to drive outrageously fast and cut in and out of traffic with no signals. You can criticize the Harley men all day long, but I'd take the Harley man against the "demon ninja" riders anyday.