A strange little story that I want to share….first off, let me say that I like Springfield, IL. It’s our new home, and while I’m not in love with it YET, so far I have found it very pleasant and a nice place to live. People are very friendly here, in a small town Southern way (yes, I realize that I do not live in the South, but to Chicagoans, everything south of I-80 is THE SOUTH). It’s nothing exciting, but not bad either. That being said, the citizens of this fine town, although a very nice group of citizens, CANNOT DRIVE FOR SHIT. Pardon my language, but it’s true. And it’s not in a Chicagoan/New Yorker/LA kind of way, but more in a head-up-their-asses kind of way. It’s aggressive but not really paying attention aggressive. Stupid aggressive.
Case in point: driving home the other day, I found myself in the left lane needing to get into the right in order to turn onto our street. So I saw an opening and, while the car who let me in on the right was driving a tad too fast, s/he still let me in (it was dark, so I couldn’t see who was in the car. Sorry, I can’t attest to any male/female driver stereotypes). Let me repeat that: s/he let me in.
Anyways, after I got into the right lane, this person kept getting closer and closer and closer to me, all while I was saying, Are you kidding me? Are you KIDDING me? ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME? as they got so close to me that, I swear, I could no longer see their headlights in my rearview mirror.
Was I going slow? A little, but so were the TWO cars in front of me, so there wasn’t much I could do. Also, was my 17 month old child in the car? Absolutely. So was I about to go any faster and endanger our lives? Absolutely not.
Anyways, the reason that I’m sharing this story is that when this person swerved quickly to the left, went around me and the other slower cars and across two more lanes, I saw that, not only was this person driving a Prius, their license plate said LIVIN GREEN 3.
HA! It made me laugh out loud. So, is this person’s mission to save the earth but screw people? Drive a Prius to save gas but FUCK YOU OTHER HUMANS! I have to get to the red light 5 seconds faster than you.
Oh Springfield drivers, please please please prove me wrong tomorrow.
(Also, I usually don’t swear this much, except when it comes to idiots driving. I learned that from the pros, and by the pros I mean my mother, who once called another driver, and I quote, a “motherless fuck.” This woman doesn’t mess around.)