Road Rage

July 29th, 2004 by Editor B

As I was riding to work this morning, about to pass a big Ryder truck that was parked in the street, a motorist came up behind me and honked. Horns are ambiguous, but this one seemed to be saying, “Get out of my way.” I was pissed, but I braked and waved the car past me.

Actually, I was already pissed because I was running late and there were some server problems at work that I was not relishing. This little encounter just made me more pissed.

I poured on the speed, and sure enough, in a block or so I’d caught up with the honker. Now the car was blocking my path, trying to parallel park. I rolled up alongside, saw that the driver’s window was rolled down, and yelled, “You’re blocking traffic!”

As I pedaled off, I raised a middle-finger salute and shouted, “Fucking asshole!”

I’m not proud of this behavior. I’m ashamed. In fact, I regretted losing my temper almost immediately. Now that I’ve cooled down further, what I really regret is the fact that, since I don’t know who I yelled at, I will probably never have a chance to apologize.

3 Responses to “Road Rage”

  1. Guy in car Says:

    Look, pal, I was taking my wife to the emergency room, so excuse me if I seemed a bit anxious.

    Apology accepted.

  2. Editor B Says:

    Hah! I should add that, given the proximity of these events to the university, the driver is probably a student. Maybe even someone I know. I might pass this person on campus tomorrow. I wouldn’t recognize them, but I bet they recognize me.

  3. Road Rage Says:

    Road rage is extremely dangerous. The best thing to do is to try to stay cool under pressure. Many states are really cracking down on road rage with aggressive-driver laws.

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