What Really Grinds My Gears

You know what really grinds my gears?  

It's lookiloos on the freeway (or turnpike).  

You're driving along at a normal speed, maybe even feeling kind of good.  Then all of a sudden you see brake lights coming on in front of you so you brake too.

Now you're in a nice traffic jam.  Happens all too frequently here in California.  Time Magazine once rated Californians as the rudest and worst drivers on the road - and that award is well deserved.

Californians have a reputation for being very friendly people.  But put one behind the wheel of a car and he turns into Mr. Hyde.

Anyway, you're caught in a traffic jam and just creeping along.  Now you're going to be late to wherever you were going so now you're getting mad.   This intolerable situation seems to go on and on.  

This happened to me the other day.  Finally I got to the source of the jam.  You know what it was?  Two cop cars had pulled two cars over to the shoulder of the road.  They weren't even blocking one single lane, yet everybody seemed to have to slow down to a crawl to see if they could see any blood or dead bodies - or perhaps see the cops put the drivers of those cars in handcuffs or even better - watch the cops wrestle them to the ground.

I am so bloody sick and tired of this.  When there is an accident or the cops pull someone over, if they are not blocking traffic it's none of your goddam business what's going on.  Mind your own business and keep on going.  Don't slow down to gawk.  After all, maybe the people behind you don't have the time to wait for you to watch something that doesn't concern you.  Maybe they need to keep on moving so they can get to where they were going before they are late.

So the next time you see something like that, just ignore it.  Don't slow down to look.  That's sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.  Just keep on going.  Everyone will be better off.

Besides, the people by the roadside don't want to be gawked at any more than you would so keep your eyes front and just keep going.

That's what grinds my gears this week.

Dan 88!