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Halfwits on the highways

Submitted by on Sunday, 1 June 2008 No Comment

Originally published May 26, 2007, thehive.modbee.com   

 Nominations for Idiot of the Week, Roadster Division:

  • The young man, 20 or so, zipping south on 99 about 5 p.m. yesterday. He was riding a red motorcycle – without a helmet – and zigzagging at at least 70 mph. And for a good half mile, he was doing it on one wheel. That makes him at least three kinds of stupid. Maybe more. 
  • The older man, probably late 40s, driving a beaten-up van five blocks down  Crowell Road in Turlock, in the left-hand lane. I’ll assume he grew up in England, and that’s why he smiled a Chester Cheetah grin and waved gleefully as he dang near took off my front fender.

Used to be, this stuff didn’t bother me. I’d shrug it off, think “some people are just insane” and go on with my life.

 But that was in the day BC – before children.

 Before I had to worry that one of these nincompoops was going to take out, not only me, but also little people barely starting life.

 Before I could envision someone’s self-indulgent antics leaving two of the people I love most in this world bruised and bloodied — or worse.

  The first time I drove Big Guy anywhere, I was shaking worse than San Francisco after Loma Prieto. He shrieked – of course he did. That’s what he does – the entire 20-minute drive to his doctor’s office, which made the trip even worse.

  I quickly reached the point where my hands quit trembling as I put the key in the ignition, but the added responsibility of hauling tiny passengers never is far from my mind.

 Especially on days like yesterday.

  It’s a long holiday weekend, folks, and a lot of people like my two favorite morons are going to be out on the roads.

 Please be careful.

Copyright 2007 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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