Traffic Control

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I’ve avoided writing a traffic blog, because complaining about traffic is such a cliche. But instead of bitching about how most Utah drivers graduated from the Fast and Furious Driving School for Sexually-Repressed Individuals, I thought I’d explain some of the rules for the most common violations.

Maybe drivers aren’t intentionally causing mayhem on the roads, maybe they’re just dumbasses. Here’s a quick refresher course for driving safely (and courteously) on the roads.

Red lights: This device, originally intended to stop traffic, is now used as a panhandling kiosk. If you actually stop your car at a red light, you must avoid eye contact with the person holding the “Anything helps” sign.

Solid White lines: Don’t cross a solid white line unless it’s clear, because sneaky sons-of-bitches like to cross the line behind you so you can’t merge safely.

Merging:

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4-way stops: If you’re not sure how to navigate a 4-way stop, just drive your sorry ass back home and throw your driver’s license in the garbage disposal.

Cell phones: Unless you’re a death-row inmate, waiting for a pardon from the governor, there is no reason to be on your phone while driving. And if you’re a death-row inmate talking on a phone in the car, you’ve obviously escaped, stolen the nearest Honda Accord and are taking one last joy ride. Hang up and enjoy it.

Kids or Dogs Driving: Isn’t it cute how little Baby Boy is sitting on daddy’s lap, steering the vehicle? Ain’t it funny how  Fido perches on mommy’s thighs, while sticking his head out the window to bark at passing cars? Snap out of it! You don’t live in a freakin’ Disney movie. Babies and kids can’t drive. Use some adulting for cryin’ out loud.

Hopefully, this refresher course will keep you safe on the roads. Buckle up, my friends.

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Things Driving Me Crazy Today

If Tuesday was a superhero, it would be StupidMan. Here’s what’s got my socks in a bunch this Tuesday:

  • When you get out the toaster and the crumb tray opens and spills all over the floor.
  • The man who drove down our street, driving with his left hand, and holding a baby in his right hand. Dumbass.
  • Stepping in bread crumbs you haven’t swept up yet.
  • Resealable packages with the “easy tear” opening that is not “easy” and does not “tear.” Or if it does tear, it rips too high to open the seal, or so low the seal won’t ever close again. Yeah, that.
  • Peeps for any holiday except Easter.

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(Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.)

  •  Being weighed at my doctor appointment.
  • Being told I need a mammogram and a tetanus shot. Yep, I’ll get right on that.
  • 40 degrees outside.
  • Reams and reams of full-size, heavy paper stock, political ads in my mailbox. You have too much money. No vote for you.
  • The Neanderthal who almost changed lanes into the side of my car–and then flipped me off. Yeah, sorry about driving in my lane.
  • Burning my forehead with a curling iron three days before a big event.

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(Yeah, I guess it could have been worse.)

  • The never-ending holiday sales emails from every merchant I’ve ever purchased anything from ever in my entire life.
  • Already hearing “Silver Bells” too many times this year.
  • Trying to figure out cheap, thrilling, most-wanted gifts for my grandkids. Lesson Learned: socks do not fall under “thrilling” or “most-wanted.”
  • Not winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Again.

Happy Tuesday, all. Don’t forget to vote!