Re: Why do you need to pass that person?
Geoff Miller was bragging about his irresponsible driving
habits and I afraid that people might not understand him
clearly because his language was so self-serving and
obfuscatory. I have translated his comments into plain
>email@example.com (Jim Fiocca) asks:
>> 1) You're coming up to the last stop light prior to your needing to turn
>> right. The light turns red, there is one person in front of you who has
>> been going a reasonable 5 mph over the limit. You notice that the left
>> lane is clear, so you cut over - knowing full well that when the light
>> turns green, you intend to try to pass that person in the right lane,
>> cut over, hit your brakes, and make your right turn.
>> - ????? Why ????? -
>Because I accelerate more briskly than most drivers do, and it's annoying
>to be caught behind a sluggard even for a short distance.
Translation: Unlike most drivers, I don't care a whit about wasting
gas or creating pollution. I'm more interested in power games. I am
so impatient that I can't tolerate anyone who doesn't drive the way
>> 2) It's rush hour. Everyone is going about the same reasonable speed of
>> about 5 mph over the limit, so the excuse "they're driving too slow" is
>> not applicable.
>Says who? Five mph over the limit is "reasonable" by whose standards?
>Actually, the question of the speed's reasonableness is immaterial.
>If I want to go faster than the a particular group of cars is moving,
>then that's all the justification I need to pass those cars.
Translation: I am an arrogant jerk who feels he is above the law.
>What you're overlooking is that different people are comfortable at
>different speeds and rates of acceleration.
Translation: I am an arrogant jerk who feels he is better than
everyone else. I use this to justify ignoring the law. I also use
it to justify being rude and inconsiderate to my inferiors (i.e.
>> You're approaching a red light on a two-lane road that you know is
>> about to merge into one lane shortly after the light (right lane
>> ends). 1, 2, or maybe 3 cars are already stopped in the left lane
>> and the right lane is clear. Why do you pull up in the right lane
>> intending to pass and get in front of those 1, 2, 3, or more cars
>> that got there before you?
>To get ahead of them and into the clear, of course. If I pass those
>obstacles^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcars, then I'll be free to drive faster
>than they are until I come up behind the next slowpoke -- at which
>point I'll deal with the situation as conditions permit.
Translation: I am an impatient jerk who just cannot stand to drive
behind someone else even if there's no long-term gain by passing
them. I am so self-centered and intolerant (being a good Newt fan)
that I have no patience for anyone who isn't as crazy as I am. If
anyone slows me down for a second I call them selfish, inconsiderate
road hogs. Now THAT'S a good example of the pot calling the kettle