Two Rant Tuesday
Posted by sanityinjection on March 2, 2010
Getting away from politics…
…I am increasingly appalled at the way driving in suburban America is getting worse and worse. There is no question in my mind that the culprit is cell phones – not even so much people talking on them while driving, but *texting* while driving. How anyone can seriously believe that they can do so safely boggles my mind. What I also see increasingly is people stopped at a light or in a line of traffic, banging away on their microscopic keyboards, and then when traffic starts moving again, they don’t – and neither does anyone behind them.
That may seem like a minor nuisance, until you realize that if the line of cars is long enough, that texting person (or persons) may be causing traffic to backup into an intersection, causing serious safety issues. Bottom line: Your number one priority whenever you are behind the wheel is to PAY ATTENTION to what is going on around you. The next text message sent in this world that is of critical urgency in anyone’s life will be the first, so put the damn phone down until you are off the road, please. Additionally, please stop screwing around with your car’s GPS, DVD player, or anything else that takes your eyes off the road. It’s not as if our traffic and driving safety problems are so minor that we can afford to make them worse for no good reason.
…Now item #2 is sadly not a new problem…but please, explain to me what is the deal with the significant segment of the population that refuses to flush in public restrooms? Now I am not talking about when the flush mechanism is broken – I’m just talking about those people who don’t seem to consider it their responsibility to leave a clean slate when they’re done. This is even more common with urinals. (I would like to believe that this problem plagues the male gender disproportionately, but I’m probably deluding myself.) Here’s a news flash – Just because you didn’t defecate, doesn’t mean the next person wants to encounter the detritus of your visit to the restroom – even if that simply consists of a piece of tissue. Or as John Cage used to say on the 1990s TV hit Ally McBeal, “I like a fresh bowl.”