I received a lot of questions about yesterday's beach post. I'm not going to answer most of them, because sometimes it's just a good thing to wonder. And yes, I did get an email from a group on the far right trying to "save" me as a result of publishing it.
I like to mix things up once in awhile. It would get boring if you knew what to expect every day when you come to visit. Did I wake you up yesterday? Based on the comments and emails, I think maybe I did.
Today I'd like to open up another gender discussion. I want to discuss men and their
bad driving habits.
More specifically, I'm going to make the claim that women are better drivers than men. (I can't wait to see the
hate mail I get on this one.)
For the record, I've only gotten one ticket ever and it was shortly after I learned to drive. I was speeding on my way to visit my boyfriend. Love is urgent when you're a teen. I've been involved in one accident and the other driver admitted fault. He was an asshat and he was speeding and he ran a stop sign.
I know there are stereotypes about women drivers, but they were created by men. In the case of the women I know, those stereotypes are wrong, wrong, wrong. I really think a lot of men should be the ones returning to driving school.
Many years ago, when I first met Briefcase's parents, I flew to their hometown for a visit. Briefcase's dad drove me to their home from the airport. I emerged from the car 45 minutes later as white as a ghost, heart pounding, and still chanting a prayer in hopes of survival. At the time, Briefcase laughed and joked about what a terrible driver his dad was. We both thought it was a great source of humor, as long as we didn't have to get in a car with him.
Briefcase has become his dad.
Why is it that men, all men who have ever existed, are so competitive with other male drivers once they're behind the wheel? Why, if a 16 year old teen boy goes racing by, must they also accelerate, rev the engine and … revert to being a 16 year old boy themselves?
Why is it that when a man gets cut off while driving he must speed up, get next to the car who cut him off and GIVE THAT DRIVER A LOOK (or maybe the finger)? Why not just assume the other driver is in a hurry and let him go past unfettered? Really, what does a LOOK accomplish?
How many road rage incidents involve women? How many involve men?
Why is that?
Do we ever hear of a woman driver whipping out a gun and shooting another driver who cut her off?
Briefcase a man take responsibility for their bad driving even when they *ahem* rear end the car in front of them at a stop light? Why do they still feel the need to go on and on about it being the other driver's fault?
Hypothetically, of course.
When a stop light changes to green why must men accelerate quickly and then brake quickly for the next stop? Why not save a little gas and make more gradual starts and stops?
Why can men tell you about every
hot woman little thing going on along the side of the road or freeway, but they never, ever, are looking ahead at the road while they drive?
Why do men always feel the need to speed? Do they imagine themselves at the Indy 500? Is it a macho experience to get behind the wheel of a car? Even if it's a minivan?
Men also are notorious for refusing to ask for directions, no matter how lost they are. I don't, personally, have a lot of experience with this one because in our family I'm the one with no sense of direction whatsoever. Briefcase can find his way to and from just about anywhere so he never needs to ask directions. I get disoriented in a square room with two exits.
Needless to say, it was a male
asshole driver who ran a stop sign, t-boned my car and changed my life forever.
Women get a bad rap.
Don't you think?