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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The irony was not lost on me.

In this day and age of $4/gallon gasoline, I am making an effort to slow down. I've developed a new motto - "Lower MPH = Higher MPG! Yeah, Baby!" I feel a little sanctimonious as I'm putting down the Interstate at the posted speed limit - 65 - as others whiz past me. "Nanny, nanny, boo, boo. I'm the one saving gas and $$$, not YOU!!" I even heard a report on the news yesterday that fatal traffic accident rates have been down, too, possibly due to the fact that people are either not out driving as much or slowing down. If there's at least ONE benefit to the higher gas prices, it's THAT!!!

So, anyway, this morning I was heading to work on the Interstate at my now-usual 65 MPH clip when I happen upon a Corona truck going just slightly slower than I was. I thought, "Good for you, just cruising on at a casual (and gas/life-saving pace)." There was a "How Am I Driving?" telephone number on the back of the truck and I thought for a moment of calling the number to commend the driver. That was the same moment I realized I had left my cell phone sitting on the counter at home - @*&$%#!!!!!

Since the Corona truck was going slower than the 65 MPH I had set my cruise control at and didn't want to mess with, I changed lanes to go around. I just so happened to glance in the rearview mirror after I changed lanes and noticed a brightly decorated van approaching at a breakneck speed in the left lane (I was in the middle lane). As it passed, I saw the letters and graphics on the side of the van......RED BULL. Apparently the driver had been sampling his product and got his wings.

So, for a very brief moment there I was, nestled between the RED BULL and the Corona vehicles with my styrofoam cup of coffee. I couldn't help but chuckle.

5 high-fives:

Kate/Susan said...

Love it! I have one of those stupid stickers on the back of my state car, and it does affect your driving. Did the Red Bull guy have any stickers? Maybe you couldn't see in the flash as he swept past? hehe

Seraphim9 said...

No, he didn't have any stickers that I could see. Yeah, he was too much of a blur to notice.

Talmadge Gleck said...

Reporting somebody like that is a lot more complicated than you think.

I did exactly that with a UPS truck driver who all but ran me off the road in Rincon .... well, to be more exact he ran me into the Kroger parking lot. I went straight to the CS desk and called UPS to report the guy (I was able to get the tag number and fleet ID).

This woman was more interested in getting all my personal information than she was one of her brown-shirts terrorizing Highway 21. I told her, "I'll give my work address and phone if anyone needs to contact me about this."

I went on to say if I gave my home info, that I'd ever again use UPS. My luck that driver-demon's boss is a good chum, and from then on none of our packages would arrive without damage.

She couldn't understand the logic there. Bottom line was, the lady had no sense-of-urgency about a reckless driver.

Maybe next time - if I HAVE some time to kill - I'll just let that big ol' brown truck just rear-end me. Then I can just sue UPS for a tidy sum. That'll show 'em.

Kate/Susan said...

If anyone calls the number on one of us, we lose our job. UPS has it good.

nettiemac said...

Seriously!!!!! The UPS guy who either enters or exits our lot at 6:00 each day has nearly run us over. There goes my hope of reporting him!