Last Monday, I was all about planning and organization. This week, it’s all stuff that comes out of nowhere. Nowhere, in this case, being the underside of the Internet, where apps go to die. The app of interest? Jot, a simple drawing app that offered a bunch of via-the-Internet collaboration features. I didn’t use those. Others did, and the cost of running the servers that supported that exceeded the profits Jot generated.
The sad thing is that instead of just ending the Internet stuff, the developer killed-off Jot. It’s sad because Jot is the app that I used for all those amazing illustrations I’ve included over the years.
I have a new app, but I’m just learning how to use it. It’s OK, I like learning and I think I like this app. So, I reached into those notes to see if I had a few more stories about Bat-Crap Crazy drivers. I had three that meet the theme of the title and one bizarre story. And, I managed to capture two of these on video…kinda. The illustrations are in mini-galleries. You can click on a photo to start a little slide show.
I don’t want to stop – This seems to be a common theme that visits me during rush hour. I do something silly, like stop for a red light, and someone behind me gets (as my best friend likes to say) a case of the a**. Pay attention, because there are two of these incidents and they both take place at the same intersection.
Incident #1 – I was approaching an intersection where I need to make a left turn onto an Interstate on-ramp. There’s a green arrow, controlling the left turn, and a long line of cars lined up in the opposing lanes. The green arrow turned yellow, and the two guys ahead of me squeezed through. The Arrow turned red as I approached the point where I could begin my turn. I stopped.
The guy behind me honked. I shook my head, because traffic was already coming toward us. Undeterred, the guy behind me pulled into the opposing traffic, and swerved into the wrong lane of the access road to the ramp. He got on the highway 60 seconds ahead of me.
Incident #2 – Same scenario as incident #1, only this time there are two cars behind me. The first car behind me was fine with me stopping for a red light, almost like it’s the kind of thing you’d expect people to do. The guy behind him (that’s number 3 in line) honked, accelerated and veered to the right! He passed the guy behind me, and me, and then cut into the intersection ahead of two lanes of oncoming traffic. This is when I decided to start using my GPS, with its embedded dash-cam, more often.
Incident #3 – Same theme, but different intersection and a very dangerous situation. I was driving up a street that goes by a school, a fire house, and a few stop signs. The street continues, but I turn right at an intersection where the right lane can go straight or turn right – if the light is green, and if the School Crossing Guard hasn’t stopped traffic.
As I was heading to this intersection, the guy behind me honked twice when I stopped at stop signs. I’m not sure, but I always thought that was the purpose of those signs. Apparently, I stopped and I let the person who had arrived at the intersection ahead of me go ahead of me. Two infractions – honk! As I approached the intersection where I turn, the light was already yellow. I started to stop, because it’s a tight turn and I wasn’t going to make it. Also, the crossing guard was in motion.
The guy behind me honked, pulled into the left-turn-only lane in an attempt to pass me and cruise through the now red light. Fortunately, he stopped before running over the crossing guard (first video).
The second video is just a guy who maybe thought he was in England. Or maybe he’s from England. As we left the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, he nonchalantly crossed the double-yellow line and began driving down the wrong side of the road. No illustration for this one, but you can watch in the second video.