Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Stress Test

Today's unseasonably warm weather officially topped out at 93 degrees, normally for one could expected temperatures to be in the mid 70's during the day and 50's to 60's at night this time of year. I'm not really sure if the fantastic feats of vehicular manipulation I witnessed today were from the hot temperature or because most us were back to the daily grind today from a holiday weekend. It seems every car I came near was piloted by a driver just itching for a chance to boil over at anyone for any reason. Don't believe me? Give this a try ... I call it the stress test. When you are the first car in line at a red light, wait for the light to turn green ... and don't move. Just keep your foot on the brake pedal and look strait ahead ignoring any attempt from the person behind you to "remind" you the light is green. When the light turns yellow, proceed on your way. Honestly, it's a really mean thing to do ... but incredibly informative too. People, for some reason, will not offer the same patience they would normally afford someone in any other situation once they get behind the wheel. Why?


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