Thursday, March 19, 2009


Getting to and from my office generally sucks. Between construction and the interesting layout of one-way roads in Phoenix, I have yet to find the "optimal" route to my workplace once I've gotten off the freeway (I've got the freeway part down, though, as I mentioned the other day).

The route home sucks extra, because there's really only one open and useable road to get out of the area. From this road, I can either go well out of my way to avoid three gnarly intersections, or suck it up and dive into the fray.

Most days I choose the mosh pit.

Usually, I give the other drivers the benefit of the doubt for this hellish half-mile, because it truly is screwed up and most everyone does the best they can to deal with the weird merges and keep traffic moving.

The other day though, some entitled prick in a 300-series BMW sped up to keep me from getting over as traffic merged down to one lane. He saw me, there was plenty of room for me, he just didn't want me in front of him, I guess.

So, anyway, I get in behind this tool and roll merrily along to my left turn. Traffic was crawling, and I got into the wide-open left turn lane with, shall we say, excessive enthusiasm. I zipped past the BMW and muttered something eloquent like, "Ha ha, dickweed."

Then the stoplight turned red and I had to stop and wait instead of turning left and hauling ass towards victory and glory.

It was kind of an anti-climax.


Baron's Life said...

You wanna avoid road rage at any don't know what kind of dick head nuts are out there.
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Anonymous said...

I hate traffic. I had to use my Stebel Nautilus Horn yesterday on the commute home. Idiot in a piece of work junker with his window half down just nonchalantly started moving into my lane with me in it. I layed on the horn and he still straddled the line. I just sped up and got away from him. I wanted to just kick his door in, but I restrained myself.

Ride on,
Ride Safe,

Lady Ridesalot said...

Yea, I'll have to agree, very anti-climatic indeed. LOL! (I hate when that happens!)

Lucky said...

Baron - I assume that with airbag technology and seatbelts, everyone in that crash was A-OK!

Torch - On the upside, he didn't keep moving into your lane. I had the same thing happen, except the car was a Cadillac with a pair of blue-hairs in it.

Lady Ridesalot - The upside is: I totally outran him to the red light. ;)

irondad said...

That's why I finally had to quit making obscene gestures. You can never get away from these people in traffic. I've even seen that happen on long freeway jaunts. Sure as heck, I stop for fuel or whatever, then look who's back beside me.

Take your victories where you can. As you pointed out, you DID have a stoplight drag race victory!

Lucky said...

irondad - I'm not much for the obscene gestures, though I'm glad people can't hear me sometimes - they might think I was a sailor instead of a motorcyclist.