More Stupid Things Nearly Every Driver Does…

This post is to coincide with my old post about obvious things 80% of drivers tend to fail to do. This time around, however, I think it applies more closely to 90% of drivers. That’s right, nearly every single driver I see is guilty of this.

The first issue- why in the heck do people wait until the last second to move into an off ramp lane or something similar?

To further explain, imagine you are on a highway with multiple lanes. Now imagine your highway to have exits every few miles. Now imagine those exits having their own lanes to exit off of. Yes, most exits you see in real life will eventually have a lane open at least a somewhat short distance right before the exit, and in some cases, at least half a mile.

My gripe is, WHY DO PEOPLE IGNORE THESE LANES!!!!??? I’m being serious. At least 8 out of 10 drivers will ignore this lane when it opens up and stay in the lane next to it. But they slow down a good 20 mph, thus backing up all the traffic in that lane, and/or forcing others to quickly jump into the next lane to the left, thus most likely forcing people already in that lane to hit their brakes, and before long, at a busy time, BAM! Bumper to bumper traffic.

But anyway, these enlightened drivers will suddenly veer off into the exit ramp just as the exit lane ends, or within the last 20-30 feet of a 500 foot lane. Or my favorite one is the people who slowly move over, driving in both lanes for the majority of the time.

I can’t understand why so many people do this. It’s just so baffling to me. When the lane opens up, quit effing around and move over. It’s not difficult, I swear it’s not! Let us people trying to get places do so…for the love of God!! I can’t tell you how many collisions I’ve avoided from being behind someone who stays in the regular lane while I move into the exit lane. I just always assume the idiot in front is eventually going to move over, so instead of moving further up the exit lane, I fall way back, because the guy in the regular lane is surely going to move over at the last second. This almost always happens. If I had continued on at regular speed, these people probably wouldn’t even look and just move right into me, or at least cut me or someone else off.

My second gripe that 90% of drivers are guilty of…waiting until the last second to move out of a lane closed for road work of something of the sorts. You know what I’m talking about, right? When you sit in traffic for 40 minutes because they close one lane on a 4 lane highway?

Depending on the time of day, this will unavoidably cause obscene amounts of traffic. But if people weren’t so god damn stupid, it  wouldn’t build up as quickly, or in slower times, traffic would be avoided all together.

So what am I talking about that could be avoided? THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE TIME THERE ARE SIGNS ALERTING YOU THAT A LANE WILL BE CLOSED!!!!!

Most construction areas or whatever will put up signs that say something along the lines of “Left Lane Closed In Two Miles.” Some will then give a 1 mile warning and half a mile warning.

Now common sense would tell most people to get out of the left lane as soon as you see the sign. 2 miles is plenty of time to move over to the right without having to cut someone off too badly, if at all.

But no…the few intelligent people that do move over is like the greatest gift to all the other idiots out there. The left lane clears up, so tons of people go into the left lane and slam on the gas, turning the highway into a race track, because they just have to get those 3 cars ahead! Then just when they are about to hit the cones closing off the lane, they quickly cut some smarter person off in the right lane, thus causing that entire lane to quickly come to a complete stop. Now once this lane is stopped, you would think people would just line up, knowing that the left lane is closed.

Nope…

All those bad ass morons just keep piling into the left lane, stopping at the cones and pushing their way into the right lane. Dozens of cars do this, and each one just backs up traffic more and more. And chances are these idiots were sitting in traffic before hand. Your own dumb, selfish actions are what are causing the traffic in the first place…you morons!!! And naturally, people in the lane the idiots are forcing their way into are now moving into the other right most lanes, causing traffic in those lanes as well. And what does that make? A parking lot, folks!

So yeah. That’s all I have to say right now.

The point I’m trying to make is if people paid attention, stopped being selfish idiots (as if) and utilized the tools given to them, traffic would be less of an issue and us people who drive a lot could get back a few hours of our lives each week.

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Pixar Movies Ranked

I have loved the Disney Pixar movies ever since I saw Toy Story way back when. Each one is just a grand slam, filled with adventure, emotion and a heartwarming tale in some way. As with all Disney movies, they are perfect for all ages, and have jokes fitting for each age as well, adding to the masterpieces that they are.

So I was curious how they stack up against each other. I don’t own all of them and haven’t seen nearly all of them yet, but for the ones I have, I will rank them from my least favorite to most favorite, so away we go!

#15- Monsters Inc. (2001)

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I don’t know if it’s because I just saw this for the first time a month or two ago, or because it just didn’t float my boat all that much, but this is the second movie Pixar made that has failed to wow me. Though it is still very good.

#14- The Incredibles (2004)

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This is the first one that failed to wow me. I remember leaving the movie theater being disappointed by it. But since then, I have learned to love it. It really is fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

#13- Brave (2012)

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This one had such a different feel from a normal Pixar film, but that is what made it so fantastic. Really a great, entertaining movie.

#12- Finding Dory (2016)

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This is an emotional, hilarious, fantastic film, though it falls a tad short of it’s prequel.

#11- Finding Nemo (2003)

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I refused to watch this movie for over a decade. I thought it looked stupid, but due to some nagging from my wife, I finally watched it and was completely blown away by how good it is.

#10- Up (2009)

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I remember all the trailers or commercials or whatever and I thought this movie was going to be about two little kids with crazy imaginations…which is how the movie starts, and within minutes it becomes the most depressing movie in the Pixar library. It is very touching and sad, yes, but also very imaginative, unique, and a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9- WALL-E (2008)

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Speaking of unique movies, this one takes the cake. For a movie with barely any talking, it is truly fantastic. You get lost in this depressing story and it just gets better every second. This is what Pixar is all about.

#8- Inside Out (2015)

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And yet another unique film. This one is truly fascinating, making you wonder what really is going on inside your body. And of course, it is another heart wrenching/heartwarming tale that is a blast to watch from beginning to end.

#7- Cars (2006)

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Yet another fantastic story. Humorous, diverse cast and an interesting story of personal growth really make this something special.

#6- Cars 2 (2011)

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This has all the charm of the first one, but with a more fast paced story that fits the tone of the movie quite well. Highly entertaining.

#5- Monsters University (2013)

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Yet another fantastic movie that pulls at your heartstrings, but is also filled with tons of funny moments and action packed adventure. It is definitely cool to see where the cast of Monsters Inc. got their start.

#4- Ratatouille (2007)

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For a movie about cooking and rats, it’s incredible. Everything about it is simply wonderful and fascinating to watch. I don’t really know why I like it so much, but Pixar can just make anything so very awesome.

#3- Toy Story 2 (1999)

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What a great sequel that falls just short of the first one. This takes your favorite toys on an even bigger adventure with higher stakes, and we meet a lot of great new characters along the way.

#2- Toy Story (1995)

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This movie gave every little kid the proof they always dreamed of. That their toys were in fact alive. A fierce rivalry of old and new toys breaks out and sends them on a grand, dangerous adventure. Favorite toys, replaced toys etc. are all part of growing up, and this takes an interesting look at the effect this all has on the toys themselves.

#1- Toy Story 3 (2010)

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What can I say? I love the Toy Story movies. They have such an interesting cast, especially since we’ve all had toys we can relate to in these movies. This deals with their owner growing up and moving away. We all know how hard it is to throw away things from our childhood, and again, this movie shows us the horrendous effects our maturity has on our poor toys. This is probably more sad than Up. But dang is it incredible. I wonder if another reason I like these movies is because I grew up with them the way Andy grows up with them in the films. Andy turns 8 in the first one…I was 6, and in this one he is 17, when I was 21. I don’t know, but being able to relate so equivalently on a timeline probably helps out quite a bit.

I feel bad ranking them since they are all so good, but there they are, my personal rank of the ones I have seen. I know I am missing quite a few and I can’t wait to see them, because they are all so very good. I will update as I see them.

It’s amazing. Most of these I can remember exactly where I was and how I felt watching these for the first time, which just goes to show how much I enjoyed them and how much they’ve impacted me.

Here’s to more great films in the future!

 

New York Drivers-FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! MOVE OVER!!!!

I don’t mean to single out an entire state or anything, but holy crap New Yorkers!

I drive for close to 4 hours a day, and like anybody else, I get stuck in a lot of traffic, much of which is caused by slow drivers, which brings me to the point of this post.

You know when you are on a one way highway with 2 or mores lanes? You are cruising along, and then all of a sudden there’s a ton of traffic and you can’t get around it no matter how hard you try. Then you notice that the people in the right lane are driving slow, which is normal and that lane is meant for such slow people. But then you see in the left most lane, the “fast lane” as it is called, and that is moving just as slow, if not slower.

Say the speed limit is 60. Most of the time the people in the right are doing about that, occasionally as slow as 50. But then you have someone in the left lane and they will be doing 50 or 55, causing an enormous line of traffic, as now all lanes are being led by exceptionally slow drivers, leaving everyone else nowhere to go.

And note that I am not a fast driver. I do not speed obnoxiously like some people. But I honestly feel if you can’t do the speed limit, especially where I live, because they are so awfully slow as it is, then you should not be on the road.

But anyway, I see this predicament almost every single day, and it is usually caused by someone with a New York license plate. Now I am not saying all New Yorkers are like this. I’ve seen speed demons and good safe drivers from this state plenty of times. And I’ve seen people from other states driving slow in the left lane plenty of times as well. All I am saying is that I have noticed that 90% of the time this crawling traffic occurs, it is because a New York driver is just crawling along in the left lane.

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And. They. Will. Not. Move. Over!!!

Most people will eventually move over, but the New York cars won’t move for anything. 200 cars can pass them on the right…they don’t care. An ambulance with it’s lights and sirens going comes up behind them…so what? A baby is in the road? The parents can always make another one…

They just do not move. And I am writing to say, friggin cut it out and get out of the lane. Just because you have nothing better to do than coast in the left lane, other people have places they need and want to be, and we don’t need you adding 10 minutes to our commutes. That’s 10 minutes of my life I will never get back, all because you don’t feel the need to at least do the speed limit.  And if this happens to me three times a week. That ends up being 26 hours a year that I have lost sitting behind slow people. Thanks a lot!

It is infuriating beyond words, but I guess that is all I have to say on the matter.