I live in a neighborhood that has one main street up the hill. Generally only one car can get through because parking is allowed on one side and the street is very narrow. So it’s always interesting to see what happens when cars meet on the street.
Usually people are considerate and don’t even start up the hill if someone is coming down. Its a few seconds wait. Or you wait at the top of the hill, until the down car clears. Today I met another egotistical Mercedes driving asshole. And unfortunately he must be my neighbor.
I’m driving my truck with monster wheels (35″ to be exact) and coming down the hill because I can’t do a 3 point turn on my narrow street. I’m almost all the way down the hill and this car can see that I’m coming down it. He pauses for a second and then starts up the hill. I‚Äôm about 15 feet from the intersection he left and cars are parked on my side of the street and there is no room for me to pull over or for both of us to pass.
So I stop and wait for sense to trickle into his brain. He’s in a shiny black Mercedes and I’m in a big truck. Did it make sense to start up the hill when he could see I was taking up the entire street coming down it? He could have waited 2 more seconds for me to clear the street and had the entire road to himself. In addition, does he really think that my vehicle has the nimbleness to backup a steep hill on pavement? Apparently he does.
So it’s a stalemate. He refuses to back up and by this point another intelligent soul has pulled in behind him. I roll down my window to explain the situation to him (that he has to back up the 10 feet to the intersection) and he tries to tell me how to drive my truck and starts lecturing me on the laws of the road. I explain to him that if he wants to get home sooner than later he has to move his shiny nimble piece of shit. He finally realizes that I am not moving and starts to back up only after berating me and getting the guy behind him to get out of his car and berate me as well. They both back up only to proceed to block the entire intersection so that no road is clear.
This is extremely humorous to me. I was trying to turn my truck around and park it on the appropriate side of the street and in doing so I‚Äôve caused a huge commotion with my delightful human neighbors.
What the hell? You’d think that people would do what makes sense? (Like wait until I cleared the street.) But what makes sense is often not what people do. I think we all know this. I have just forgotten it today. Instead they exert their ego and create a situation that makes their drive home a lot longer and more frustrating. And gives me writing material to amuse you.
First thing tomorrow, I’m adding a PA system and spotlight for any additional egotistical Mercedes jerks I run into or over.