I have posted before that one of my few extravagances and one that my wife, Pam finds particularly irritating, is my collecting of automobiles, although I sense that the writing is on the wall for at least a couple of our cars, or perhaps me.
Suffice it to say that the vehicles that I drive are ones that I find attractive in an automotive sort of way. I like the style of the vehicles, both front and back. Over the last few years it has become apparent to me that many people like the look of the back end of my vehicles.
This morning I needed to take a fast trip from Harrison to Abbotsford and then back to Harrison, my goal being to get back to Harrison in time for the Bands on the Beach festival which includes one of my favorite musicians Harrison local Todd Richard. In honor of his upcoming performance, I headed out of Harrison in the mustang convertible, which has only Todd Richard CDs in it, and they were playing loudly.
As I drove towards the freeway, I had a pick up truck behind me, that was highly attracted to the back end of my Mustang, in fact, so attracted that I couldn’t see his headlights at various times. Now I may not be good at intimacy, particularly vehicular intimacy, but a vehicle traveling so close to me on the highway, or the freeway, which has been happening so often lately, causes me great concern. In fact, my usual procedure is to speed up and enter the right hand lane at my first opportunity to let the affectionate follower move on past me. This seems to happen no matter what vehicle I’m driving and it makes me wonder if the drivers, who are usually driving big pick up trucks or SUVs ever took driver training and understand about the time it takes to stop a vehicle if there’s an emergency brake situation.
Driving skills seem on the decline, as is general common sense.
As I continued my trip towards Abbotsford, I came upon a jeep which had a big banner across the back of it. The air blowing through it made it difficult to see the top, but I did make out that the first word started with an F. The word below it was Trudeau, and there was apparently an upstretched middle finger showing in the middle of the banner. I believe that everyone is entitled to their political views, but the expression and the banner is offensive to most people who were raised in polite families. Don’t misunderstand. I have no problem with someone having that political sentiment. It’s the expression of it in that manner that I find rude. I’m not clear whether the driver thinks that people are going to change their vote, because they are suddenly convinced by his banner, or he just wants to vent and express himself.
When I drove by in the convertible (yes, I was speeding when I passed him) I thought of raising my middle finger high in the air, which would not be hidden by the roof of any vehicle to express my view of his upbringing, that he feels that this is a civil way to express an opinion. Then I remembered that I have never given “the finger” to anyone. I was raised that way, and I only have a few more years to keep my record unblemished. I don’t want to disappoint my deceased mother.
Incidentally, this is not intended to be a partisan post. I have never voted for Justin Trudeau, or any of his local candidates. My comment is directed at the civility and patience of people in terms of the way they express their views and how they drive. Would their mother approve? Would their driver training instructor?
Drive safely (and not too close to the car ahead of you) this week end. And if you are in the Harrison area, come to the village and enjoy Bands on the Beach
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