Keeping Up Foreign Relations

i guess i never realized that when everyone said traffic around charleston got “worse” when school started just how much “worse” it would get. i’m going to have to leave my apartment by 7AM if i want to get to work in less than half an hour. traffic was backed up 2 miles this morning from the entrance of my apartment complex to the highway. i only have an 11 mile drive to work, so i can’t complain that much, but just driving those 2 miles took 25 minutes.

the speed limit on the highway is 60 mph. i set my cruise control to 64 because i can not stand to get another ticket. evidently, having 3 bad ones already is frowned upon, and a 4th would pretty much screw me.

well, there was this jerk riding my ass almost the entire way in the right lane. he had room to pass. he did not get off at any exits. he had more than enough time and space to get around me. so, i left the cruise control on.

after doing this for about 4 miles, he decided it was time to go around me. he got like a foot closer (he must’ve wanted to look at the dead bugs on my license plate) and swerved around me and RIGHT as we were neck and neck, my cruise control kicked in, because evidently we were going up a “hill”, which was more like a slight incline. some might call it a bump. my car is not built for speed.

i guess my saturn felt like it needed more oompf, so it changed gears and i flew past the already-pissed-off asshole who is now probably like “WTF is this bitch trying to pull?!” i got to the top of the “hill” and, surprise, my car switched gears again and went back down to 63-64. loser in the left lane mashed the gas pedal and zoomed past me while flipping me the bird.

people suck sometimes.

4 Comments

  • Gene says:

    People suck all the time, especially while driving. I used to be "that guy", but since i've had kids, having them in the car has made all the difference. Suddenly, the "getting there fast" doesn't seem as important as "getting there safely". Just smile and wave next time, make him feel like a real douche.

  • Risar says:

    In the right lane ? What a tool.

    Charleston traffic is not bad, there are a few sub-developments that suck because they only have 2-3 ways to depart (apparently urban planning is something the developers overlooked) but generally I make it to work in 20-25 minutes going from downtown to north charleston/hanahann.

  • Zan says:

    You have to realize that the "southern hospitality" doesn't count on the road. When people around here get behind the wheel, you are no longer a person. You are now just another obstacle for them to get wherever the fuck they need to be because they are more important than you.

    And considering downtown to n. charleston is against traffic, I imagine you hardly ever have much of an issue. Large portions of N. Charleston getting to the interstate because a parking lot in the morning.

    • short stack says:

      i don't normally have an issue. the only real problems i'm going to have are gonna come from that 2 mile stretch where i sit there for 20 minutes unless i quit hitting snooze

      and the obvious douchebags on the road.

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