June 2nd, 2003
|12:41 pm - how to not die|
so i just recieved a Major Life Lesson from my dad. i'm sitting here and he walks in and says "come here, i want to show you how the world works". i thought it was gonna be a joke but he had this serious tense expression on his face. so i walk over and he tells me to look out the window. he says how the garbagemen came and took away all our trash adn emptied the trashcans just like they should, but look how they left one of the garbage cans right in front of our driveway so we have to move it to drive away. from this, he told me that when driving i could not assume that other cars would stop just cuz they have a red light, and to live i have to assume that everyone else is crazy and stupid and i'm the only normal one.
|Date:||June 2nd, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)|| |
A few years ago, a cousin of mine, while walking across the street, learned the hard way that just because the oncoming car has a stop sign- and you're waving your arm above your head to make sure the driver notices you- doesn't mean that the car will stop. Or even slow down.
if you assume no one is going to obey traffic laws and it is all chaos, how would you ever leave the house, let alone go out on teh road?
|Date:||June 8th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)|| |
there's a stop sign near my work and i've never seen anyone stop for it, so i always havta slam on my brakes. i got sick of this one day and asked my manager in a joking manner if he'd ever seen anybody stop. he got really serious and said, "let the fucker hit you"
insurance is a beautiful thing.
|Date:||June 2nd, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)|| |
Hard lesson to learn sometimes.
i dont think i want to learn it. i like trusting people.
mostly though the point of the post was that he was all upset and telling me how everyone sucks bceause of a trashcan in the driveway. this is not a major hassle
In my parking garage, there's this one very blind corner due to a big cement wall housing a stairwell--okay, there's a few of those, but I only encounter the one because of where I park. I always flash my headlights (and turn them off while I'm at it) as I come to this corner, because I'm sure that one day someone will smoke me coming around the turn. There's barely room for two cars. It's almost happened a couple times, and I think my flashing worked.
As a driver, you can't really trust other people. You have to, to an extent, in order to be able to function out there. However, I've seen stupid people almost (and in one case, finish the job) cream me enough times to be wary. Hell, even I've done stupid things in traffic, though I like to think less than most (but don't we all).. anyway, that's what defensive driving is all about--trying not to let the stupid people kill you.
Your dad is right. Just don't let it get to you.
I am so tired. Why am I not sleeping?