… except for golf, trips to the airport and occasional shopping requirements…
The reason is pretty simple… ALL THE DRIVERS OUTSIDE THE LOOP (610) ARE CRAZZZZYYYY!!!
Saturday evening we were going to Yvonne’s Tupperware party (yesh, we went to a tupperware party… basically to support a classmate), and to get there we had to venture outside the loop (like the Peripherique in Paris or, hmmm… not sure what the equivalent is in London… Congestion charge zone???? Anyway we were driving on I-10 (the one that goes from California to Flordia, yet is called the Katy Freeway in Houston [for a town just west of Houston]) and as we were not in a rush I was crusing along at about 60mph (5mph over the limit) in the slow lane. A car comes up behind me and starts flashing his lights at me. We wonder if there is something wrong with the car (like was a human body caught in the undercarriage again?!?) but nope, there was nothing that we could tell while driving. After the tailing and flashing did not work, the very sane and kind man stuck his full beams on and left them there. I naturally figured that I must be about to blow up or something, so I slowed down. That caused a braking and quitting of said full beams. They then came back on again and so I figured that I must have been doing something right by slowing down, so I did it again, to a respectable 40mph (minimum speed limit on the highway is 45mph so I was breaking the law… again). Full beams come back on and stay on. We then (within seconds) come to the next off ramp and he speeds off on the ramp giving me the “You’re #1 Man” sign. Well, either that or he flipped me off. No pleasing some I guess!
Shortly thereafter, we had parked up in a car park (Duh!) and were walking towards the Marshalls (discount retailer… a must visit for out of country-ers). Setting the scene… between the car park and the shop there is a lane for traffic to pass. This lane is wide enough for two cars to pass comfotably and for a car or two to park as well. There were two cars parked in front of the shop (illegally I might add) and one illegally parked at the carpark side, leaving not too much space for cars to pass. Someone obviously thought it was not a problem as he was speeding down the lane, oblivious to the fact that there were pedestrians, including families, walking back and forward. He was a man on a mission, and came zooming past us (doing about 20-30mph… which is fast for where he was driving). Mum Mum was kind enough to slap the rear, driver side window (was a minivan). We keep on walking and suddenly he slams on the brakes and jumps out…
Wild Haired driver: ‘EXCUSE ME!!! EXCUSE MEEEEE’
Mum Mumic Mum Mum: ‘Yes.’ Having turned round to see who was shouting at us.
Wild Haired driver: WHHY did you hit my car?’
Mum Mumic Mum Mum: ‘Welll, you were driving pretty fast and did not see that pedestrians were trying to cross’
Wild Haired driver: ‘I was NOT speeding’
Mum Mumic Mum Mum: ‘What speed did you think you were going then?’
Wild Haired driver: ‘Errr.. 2 Miles an hour!’
Mum Mumic Mum Mum: ‘Sure’. We then turn round to head into the store.
Wild Haired driver: ‘WELL… F$%K YOU’ he screamed and then trumped off to his car again.
Phew… Well, we made it to the party, got ignored by a woman doped out on Vicoden because we were obviously not going to become a cult member and spend our lives and personal savings selling plastic containers, bought one or two pieces then went home, safe and sound inside the loop!