I fully admit that I’m kind of a dumb driver at times. Not in that I’m aggressive or anything, but … well, sometimes I’m just not very bright.
I should explain.
This morning, I left for work around 6:30. Still dark with the added bonus of drizzle, thus obscuring any waxing daylight might have been trying to eke its way through the rain clouds. About 10 miles south of my house, an HOV lane opens up to allow those with multiple passengers or those with an ExpressPass to travel mostly unencumbered. This is designated by a double white line separating the HOV lane from the other 3 or 4 lanes. It is illegal to switch lanes into or out of the HOV lanes when the double white line is in effect.
It was with great surprise that I was cut off by this moron in some blue compact car not once, not twice, but THREE times within about 2 miles. Zipping in out of traffic, no blinker, no nothing. Just going wherever he pleases with no regard for the law. Finally he got caught up in my lane, and I came up behind him and flashed him with my high beams for about 5 seconds. Again, being in the HOV lane with the double white lines, and again with no regard for the actual law, he jerked over to the next right-hand lane, slowed down, and proceeded to yell at me through his rolled up window. He threw around all kinds of wild gesticulations, banging on the steering wheel, and I just shrugged and drove off.
Of course, I should have expected this, but it still kind of surprised me. This idiot followed me all the way to my office building. If I changed lanes, he changed lanes. When I exited, he exited. When I turned down my road for the last 3/4 mile drive, he zipped up next to me and started mouthing something which I caught out of the corner of my right eye. I finally looked over at him, laughed and shook my head. THEN he mouthed, “I’M GOING TO F*** YOU UP!!!!” and banged on his steering wheel again. I laughed again and mouthed back, “NO YOU’RE NOT!!”, at which point I pulled into my secure, guarded parking lot. He just drove off to the next intersection. I pulled around to make sure that he wasn’t going to tail back around and try to get on my site, but he didn’t.
What a maroon. What a cad. What a psycho!! Get real, buddy! He just took time out of his day to follow a complete stranger to his place of employ, only to mouth some crap at him, THEN drive off! Really?! He could have stopped at a donut shop, or gotten breakfast somewhere. Instead, he decided to FOLLOW me. And for what?! Because I called him out on the carpet for being a lousy driver? WAH, pal! WAH.
Of course, with my luck, he’s sitting somewhere outside waiting for me to leave the lot so he can tail me some more. That’s fine. I’m just going to circle around and find some security personnel and inform them that he’s casing our facility. That’ll land him in a ridiculous amount of trouble.
Now … to be fair, I am not without blame in this. Should I have high-beamed him like that? No. It was immature and dumb of me, and not very nice. I recognize that and will work on that. However, it was equally, if not more, dumb of him to weave in and out of traffic the way he did. No blinker, cutting in and out of traffic with minimum space … not to mention crossing into a restricted lane. Dude should not have a license. Period.
Oh well. Good times. Hopefully he mellows out and laughs about this at some point.