Two Honk Morning
It was snowing that morning. Just enough to cover the drive and freshen everything up. After dropping my daughter off at school, I went to go exercise at the gym.
I was stopped at a major intersection in the right turn lane. In our neck of the woods, turning right on red is legal. The road I am wanting to turn on is a 4-laner, and people drive at a good clip even if there is snow. My oh-so-cute red VW New Beetle—complete with a spoiler—had been getting poor traction in the new snow this morning. I am cautious because I know I can’t pull out fast to turn right. Well, I eventually get the right turn arrow and a "HONK!" from behind. The SUV behind me is sending me a message that my oh-so-cute VW Bug could care less about.
I am fish tailing a bit as I get going and make the right turn. I straddle both lanes for a few seconds until I find a little more grip on the road. I see in my rearview mirror that the SUV is bobbin’ and weavin’, trying to figure out which lane to zoom past me in. Thank goodness (!) we don’t have a fender bender. Then, just for good measure I suppose, a second SUV that was behind the first "HONKS!" as it goes by.
Well, I am not popular with SUV’s at 7:15 a.m. on a snowy Friday morning in Omaha…got it.
I started to sink to the their level and had a negative vibe going. A certain word came to mind (A-Holes!), and I wondered, "Do they beat up old ladies with canes, too?" Then I thought, "why go there?" I am just starting a new day. I know odds are, with the attitudes they are displaying, the rest of their day will be stressful, full of headaches, and problems.
I decide to send them good vibes—they obviously need it! I also want them to de-stress so they don’t crap on other people AND (drum roll…) to maybe, just MAYBE realize all they did was crap on themselves (but projected it onto me as the intellectual types say).
I must admit I found an ironic pleasure when I caught up with the two SUVs a the next red light. All that fuss and not much gain. I supposed it is safe to assume this red light delay may have decreased my popularity with SUV 1 and SUV 2 a bit more.
At the stop light, I catch myself thinking, "Do I have a car inferiority complex?" That could be a column for some other time!
I pull into the parking lot of the gym and right in front of the door is a single parking space open just for me. As if the universe is saying to me, "Here have a nice day and pass it on." ;-)
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