Pick-up the Rage

This morning on my drive to work I witnessed a small morsel of road rage. Or some kind of rage.

I was traveling down Santa Monica Blvd and had just pulled into the left turn lane for Gower when I noticed that there was no opposing traffic. There was a DWP pickup truck with a guy in a vest standing next to it. As I glanced up he was talking to a guy in a new green pickup with no plates. The truck was pissed about something because it screeched around the pickup and sat there, glancing in his rear view mirror for a moment and then made a right turn onto Gower.

The DWP guy got back into his truck and eased up to the intersection and was talking on his walkie-talkie and then put it down and followed the guy onto Gower.

The pickup truck was down at the T intersection of Eleanor by then and was attempting a U-turn. But the DWP screeched around the corner and barreled up to the truck, pulling out towards the middle of the street, preventing him from turning around. So the truck jostled and went down Eleanor. The DWP truck followed.

I have no idea what was going on. I don’t know if these guys knew each other or if there were some words and thoughts expressed that riled them up while the DWP was pulled over on Santa Monica (there were two orange cones on the street, so I’m guessing he was there in some official capacity). The green pickup was not readily identifiable as it had no plates on the front or back (and I didn’t get the make of it).

By the time I turned left and approached Eleanor, the two trucks were long gone.

6 Replies to “Pick-up the Rage”

  1. Hey, I got this in my inbox yesterday… can anyone confirm or deny? Sounds a little spoofy to me, but then, so does that letter they send out when you get a couple tickets that someone wrote about recently.

    “Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:20 AM
    Subject: Be Careful

    FYI

    For those of us who like to drive fast…..

    California Highway Patrol will launch a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy in Orange County and Los Angles County starting January 25, 2006. The state estimates that 22 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 3 million will go to pay California Highway Patrol officer overtime. There will be 90 California Highway Patrol officers on duty at all times patrolling the 7 freeways. They are the following: 73, 55, 105, 110, 133, 241, 57, 5, 405,605 and 710 freeways.

    Now 7 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every California Highway Patrol officers is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 minutes.

    They have issued 50 brand new unmarked Crown Victoria cruisers and they are bringing all their part timers on full time. If you live or work in Orange County or Los Angles County you must take one of their freeways. It’s up to you how fast you are doing when they do. This is a test by the CHP to raise the extra funds for the State of California. The wealthy folks of Orange County and Los Angles County can afford this new tax. The California State Legislators dreamed up this law to help close the budget gap or something like that. I was told KICU-FM confirmed all of this. So be safe and don’t forget speeding tickets are on you.”

  2. I witnessed an episode of shoppping cart rage among two ladies yesterday while at the check-out line in the Silver Lake Trader Joes.

    The more aggressive of the two women was very bothered by some unknown comment the other had said apparently about her child, a noisy toddler sitting in the shopping cart. Thankfully it never came to blows but voices and attitudes were definitely escalating until the nearest cashier finally stepped between them and asked them to break it up. Thankfully they did.

  3. Rage is everywhere…that how I stay in business. I teach anger management classes. Its my way of giving back to L.A. Maybe the streets are little safer.

  4. Regarding the CHP 30 day ticket frenzy. I copied the first sentence (California Highway Patrol will launch a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy in Orange County and Los Angles County starting January 25, 2006) and googled it, lo and behold, several websites has it as a hoax.

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