Well it was another snowy day in Chicago today. When the snow flies the
brain shuts down on some drivers. Here's today story -
Snowing out, somewhat, and just a dusting on the street. Good traction
I'm waiting in a left turn lane to turn onto southbound Roberts Road.
Speed limit is 35. I'm car # 4 in line, finally traffic clears and we
begin to move. Car #1, a Camary LE takes off and is long gone. Car # 2 a
lady in a Dodge Stratus, Car # 3, a Ford Explorer & I actually make the
Explorer takes the left lane, the Stratus in the right & me in the right
- behind the Stratus. The Stratus drifts over to the right into a Right
Turn Only lane that goes into a mall. Brain alert - I want to go
Stratus swerves back into the right lane.
I debate about blowing the horn, but don't.
Running at barely 30 mph. Bonneville about 10 feet behind Dodge. Inching
closer hoping the Dodge goes faster. It doesn't .
Looking ahead, I see a real nice " Gap " between the Explorer's rear
bumper & the front bumper of the Stratus. I can fit between them.
I move over behind the Explorer who is doing around 40. After I move
over to the left the gap between them is closing up - Stratus starts to
go faster now. I look over and give the lady " tilted head & rasied
eyebrow look " .
A car comes off the side street from the left and gets in front of the
Explorer, causing it to slow up. I move over to the right to avoid
having to slow down, but I have to slow down anyway because the Stratus
decides to slow up now that I'm behind her.
The car in front of the Explorer turns left after only going 1 block.
The Explorer speeds back up to 40 mph, so I get back behind the
Explorer, who is only about 10 feet ahead of the Stratus. The Stratus
starts to speed up to.
The right turnsignal starts blinking on the Explorer and it moves over
in front of the Stratus. Ha, ha, ha lady !
I start to pass by the Stratus, The Explorer in slowing up, looking for
an address no doubt. I speed up to about 47 mph thinking the Stratus
will move over, but she doesn't
I get 1 block away, 2 blocks away, 3 blocks away from them and the
Explorer still has the right turnsignal blinking, moving slowly with the
Stratus still following directly behind it !. No other traffic is back
Finally after traveling three blocks the Explorer reaches 107th Street,
it moves all the way over into the left turn lane with its right
turnsignal still blinking, and turns left onto 107th Street.
Stupid woman in the Stratus plays her game of speeding up & slowing down
to keep me from getting around her. Then when I do get by her, she gets
stuck behind the truck when it moves over, but she has ample room to
move over & pass it - but she doesn't !
I wish I had some kind of electronic lazer zapper you could aim at a
car, pull the trigger & ZAP ! there goes the electronics and the car
dies and comes to a halt.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE, 3800 V6
_~_~_~_~276,100 miles_~_~_ ~_~_