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Why, oh why don't you use the signal?
I use it. For real. 72%
I use it. Most of the time. C'mon, I forget! 0%
I use it when I feel like it. It doesn't concern me very much. 9%
I don't use it at all. No one else does. 0%
I don't use it at all. Other people don't concern me. 18%

Votes: 11

 Some of you must be bad drivers.

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Mar 14, 2002
I can't trust people any more to use their turn signals. What is so hard about this, people? Signal your fucking intentions.

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Seriously--I have to assume now that anyone who can't use a turn signal has some sort of trouble with driving. I don't care what kind of IROQ you have, or what kind of drag races you've won. It's gotten to the point now where I can't be sure whether anyone is turning or going straight! Use it!

Oh, and turn that racket down!


ALL drivers are bad. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by poltroon on Thu Mar 14th, 2002 at 10:32:11 PM PST
You think failing to signal is bad, eh. You and your ilk are nestled in unweildy metal carcasses. The frustration caused by such a shield from the world can only result in homicidal rudeness. Little wonder people fail to signal. That's the very least of it. It's high time pedestrians and bicyclists declared war against cars!

oh god (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by elby on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 12:16:08 AM PST
Please don't tell me you're one of those god damned bicycle riders that go the wrong way down one way streets, hop onto the sidewalks and nearly hit pedestrians when cars are coming and sneak over to the crosswalks to run red lights.

Somehow, I think you will have trouble creating solidarity between pedestrians and cyclists.


true... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by poltroon on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 01:47:49 AM PST
Bicyclists and pedestrians may not be the best of friends, but they do have common enemy! I'm always battling car(casses), whether on foot or bike. I ride in the street, not the sidewalk, and am annoyed by bikers who ride on sidewalks or go the wrong way, especially in a bike lane, but just imagine how these problems would disappear if there were no cars in the roads!

You obviously... (none / 0) (#9)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 06:06:17 AM PST
don't live in Boston, where kamikaze pedestrians hurtle themselves into roads at any and all points and with total disregard to what's already in the road and whether they have right-of-way. And sometimes, they walk slowly against the light just to show that they can.

(I'm a pedestrian 80% of the time, by the way. I'm just often nonplussed at my fellow walkers' death wish behavior.)

That's what "must yield" laws get you (n (none / 0) (#11)
by because it isnt on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 06:29:37 AM PST -- because it isn't

Cars are no problem. (none / 0) (#19)
by elby on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 11:16:47 AM PST
I don't have many problems with cars here in Seattle, as a pedestrian. If you only cross when the crosswalks say you can and only jaywalk when there are no cars about to hit you, you shouldn't have much trouble. The only time I have problems with cars is when I'm driving (which I believe is what this diary was about in the first place.)


Cars in Seattle... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
by poltroon on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 01:59:10 PM PST
are constantly cutting it too close to driving over my toes in crosswalks. I'll have a walk sign, and they want to turn right on red, and very often they're oblivious to me coming along to use the crosswalk, because they're looking the other way. Maybe we don't cross the same streets. The drivers where I walk around seem pretty blind or stupid. The other day I was in a crosswalk and a car actually backed up into me out of his parking spot in front of the crosswalk. I don't think he even noticed.

That's odd... (none / 0) (#23)
by elby on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 06:52:35 PM PST
I know sometimes people don't notice you on crosswalks, but I've kept my eyes open and never been hit by a car or even had a near miss.

Is there anything about you that might make you invisible to some drivers? Are you poor or anything?


No, (5.00 / 1) (#25)
by poltroon on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 08:07:46 PM PST
but you'd never guess that I'm not poor. That must be it. Although panhandlers don't ever seem confused on this matter.

More than avoiding being crushed by cars, I hate waiting around for them to get out of my way.

Madam, (5.00 / 1) (#26)
by jvance on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 09:28:21 PM PST
I noticed that a few of your more recent comments had not yet been rated "5". I have corrected this oversight. No need to thank me.
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

Well, (5.00 / 1) (#27)
by poltroon on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 09:39:04 PM PST
if that sort of thing toots your horn, you're welcome. My mojo is very precious to me.

You're not IAP. (none / 0) (#28)
by elenchos on Sat Mar 16th, 2002 at 12:05:58 AM PST
Income-Appearance Proportionate. Being merely HWP just puts you in the same bin as the mob of Seattle waifs who eat free stew in the park.

I bet some $300 shoes would do the trick. Will a yuppie on the phone speeding by in a huge jeep notice your shoes? YES.

Shoes are just that important. This is a fashion fact that no computation machine instruction typist will every comprehend fully. Just accept it.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

On the other hand... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
by poltroon on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 02:11:22 PM PST
I'm rethinking my distate for the isolation capsules that are cars. They eliminate worries about pesky panhandlers.

That doesn't bother me... (5.00 / 2) (#2)
by jvance on Thu Mar 14th, 2002 at 11:24:37 PM PST
... it's failing to yield properly and tailgating that bother me. Two drivers arrive on intersecting courses at a 4 way stop. Which driver goes first. Anybody? Is dropping below 30 mph considered a full stop?

Here's a multiple choice. A bicyclist is in front of you in a left-turn lane. How long should you lay on the goddamned horn, you fucking loser?

a) 5 seconds
b) 5 minutes
c) until he pulls out his Uzi
d) until the horn vibrations shake the last bits of bicyclist gore off of your undercarriage.
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

Why horn? (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by The Mad Scientist on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 04:39:42 AM PST
The best thing to deal with bicyclists are the screen wipers.

I like drivers who... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by because it isnt on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 05:56:53 AM PST
...zoom dangerously past me only to stop 20 yards ahead of me at a red light.

Just to point out the futility of their dangerous driving to them, I cycle straight past them, right up to the stop line (which in many cases is further ahead for cyclists).

I like to think I am the reason they fit horns on cars. -- because it isn't

Hate to say it, but (none / 0) (#3)
by Ernest Bludger on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 12:15:43 AM PST
it sounds like you're getting old. [But it IS a racket, isn't it?!]

That's not true (none / 0) (#7)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 05:23:28 AM PST
I'm listening to Ludacris right now just for the hell of it. And I'm going to an underwear-on-the-outside part Sat. Night. I swear I'm not getting old!

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

Humph. (none / 0) (#10)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 06:08:03 AM PST
I'm getting old.

And it's glorious.

Nonsense. (5.00 / 1) (#12)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 06:36:29 AM PST
You look the same to me that you did ten years ago. Only you've lost a lot of weight. Have you been working out?

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

Flattery... (none / 0) (#13)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:07:51 AM PST
will get you everywhere. Keep it up, dear.


Does this mean I scored? [n/t] (none / 0) (#14)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:15:06 AM PST

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

Yes. (none / 0) (#22)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 02:11:26 PM PST
You scored a big smile and some warm thoughts. And you made my day.

I'd have given your comment a rating, but I don't rate comments. Consider this your gold star.


I'm not talkin' 'bout ratings, doll. (none / 0) (#24)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:13:35 PM PST
But thanks anyway. :}

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

You are so cute (none / 0) (#29)
by hauntedattics on Sat Mar 16th, 2002 at 07:45:45 AM PST
*Older married sisterly pat on the back*

ride the bus (none / 0) (#15)
by nathan on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:19:28 AM PST
So y'all are too cool for public transport?

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

I would but... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:36:04 AM PST
my area is weird like that. It's the burbs, and everyone's rich so public transportation isn't a top priority. It never goes where I want to go.

I'm not in the sticks or anything, but my two best friends live in Manayunk (45 minutes away) and West Chester (30 minutes away), and those are in opposite directions.

If it makes you feel better, I never got to drive to high school.

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

Well (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by Right Hand Man on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 08:02:05 AM PST
You must realize that a number of older tractors are not equipped with turn signals. The Ford 8N I own doesn't even have headlights, although the much larger and newer 9100 has them, I thought they were a wise option.

It is quite common to hear a bit of complaining about tractors on the roads during the planting and harvesting seasons. Just yesterday I was out discing feed plots for a friend of mine and had to travel the road for about three miles, there was a line of 3 or 4 cars behind me by the time I reached his field, and the drivers seemed irritated. You'll be pleased to know that even though I was driving the old machine, without turn signals, I used hand signals to relay my intention to turn off the road into the field.

"Keep your bible open and your powder dry."

You sir... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by derek3000 on Fri Mar 15th, 2002 at 08:21:19 AM PST
are a credit to this community. Keep living correctly and remember to signal your intentions!

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie


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