A dozen eggs kept handy under the seat would come in handy, but these
days the driver might be a crack head ready to run you off the road,
Steven King made a good movie about a truck harassing a driver in the
mountains, I forgot the name of it.
On Aug 7, 8:35 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller) wrote:
re: a movie about a truck harassing a driver in the mountains
Years ago, as a young punk growing up in NYC, I was driving on the
Long Island Expressway. The driver of a big panel truck was being a
regular NYC a-hole - switching lanes, cutting people off, tailgating,
Well, I could be as big a NYC a-hole as the next guy, so I boxed him
in the middle lane for a while, slowed down in front of him for a
while, and was just generally being a PIHA.
At one point, he was in the left lane and I was in the middle lane
just slightly behind him. I could see he was going to catch up with a
slower car in front of him, so I saw another chance to box him in and
hit the gas to get alongside him before he could switch lanes.
Just as I pulled up next to him, a big, hairy arm came out of the
passenger's window holding a baseball bat.
I slowed down and let him over. <g>
Years ago, I read a story in the readers Digest. I'll repeat
it, below, from memory.
"My husband and I run a retail store, in the small tourist
town of ####. One day some tourists came, in their car and
parked out front. The one opened the door, and dumped a
bunch of trash onto the parking lot. They came into the
store. My husband, a locksmith, went out. He picked the lock
on the trunk of thier car, and put the trash into thier
trunk, and then closed the lid."
I knew a guy that saw some Volvo-driving-yuppie-scum speeding through a
parking lot at Stanford Shopping Center (the San Francisco Peninsula's
Spiritual Center) endangering pedestrians in the lot. When the driver
parked, he left his sun roof open. The guy I knew, walked around the
parking lot picking up trash, and threw it into the car through the sun
roof. This same guy I knew would always have a tire valve stem core
removal tool with him. If someone did something obnoxious (like the
trash thrower), he'd follow them, wait until they parked, and then
remove all four valve cores and throw them away. They'd come out to four
flat tires, though the tires would be undamaged.
Maybe poor eyesight? The anti-hijacking rule is that you should be able to
see the rear bumper of the car in front of you when stopping. This provides
room to maneuver in case of a rapscallion outbreak.
Reminds me the time I was on the freeway with a guy behind
me a lot too close. I did the hard brake, and not sure he
got the picture. He did pull out and pass, at the next
possible moment. I was the car right behind him, and
followed at my usual safe, comfortable distance. He did a
hard brake, presumably "to punish me". Since I had a safe
following distance, I just let off the gas, coasted a second
or two, and then resume driving. It really illustrated our
two driving styles.
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