Good morning, ATS!
I was driving to work on the beltway this morning where at 0530 there are a ton of vehicles, but they are are traveling at 70 m.p.h. (so it works out
fine). There are some weird shifts in the traffic flow at certain points, so that if you don't know where they are you can end up making a doozy of a
wrong turn. However at 0500-0630, most of us are seasoned and daily commuters. Therefore, it's only the sleepy that tend to get in the wrong lanes,
thereby necessitating a quick change or merge. So anyway, I'm on the road with a fairly large pick-up in front of me, whilst driving my MKT (a decent
sized station wagon/suv hybrid mostly sold for livery), when I spot this tiny little Kia tailgating the truck in the center lane. Being in the fast
lane, I've learned to recognize the pattern and therefore gave even more cushion to the truck in front of me (I may be the only person in the D.C.
area who follows the time-honored 2 second rule). Suddenly (as I expected), the Kia yanks into my lane, dangerously close to the truck in front of me
(I thought he was going to take out the truck's rear bumper) and proceeds to tailgate him/her for the next 5 miles.
I mean, ON THEIR LITERAL BUMPER.
I started thinking, this is the President in a nutshell, right?
Traffic is going great. We all know there will be hiccups when too many people get on the road. Some people are poor drivers. Some people don't know
where they are going. Some people insist on being traffic regulators and slowing everyone down. Some people are distracted drivers. Some people aren't
legally allowed on the road, but are there anyways. Some people are putting on make-up who shouldn't be. (I mean, these are all great parallels for
But right now, traffic was moving just as it should, and that damn Kia just had to start acting like a jerk. I thought, what if that was actually the
highway superintendent? (forgive me, but I don't know what the title is) If he gets pulled over, he gets to pull rank and avoid a ticket. If he causes
an accident, he will blame other's for their driving. If you mock his tiny Kia, he will inform you that it is actually a high-performance engine under
And he has to drive like an a-hole while the traffic is going smoothly.
Look Mr. Highway-czar- most of us think that you are doing a good job. You raised some speed limits, lowered tolls, and fixed the lines on the road. I
get to work faster, have more time at home, and feel safer. But now, instead of letting your road crews and highway patrol do their job, you are out
there riding peoples butts, seemingly trying
to cause an accident. Why?
This is my impression of DJT. I'll probably vote for him, as the alternative is some jerk telling me that I have to ride the bus or a bike to work.
But man, I really wish he would just sit in the back seat and ride quietly until he's needed.
And just to clarify- I get the yelling in traffic, etc. We all know how that is. It's the aggressiveness when everything is going smoothly that breaks
edit on 10/3/2020 by ThouArtGod because: Edit to fix italics. Again. Like, every single time I do this.