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70 days ago

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361 days ago

Be ashamed of yourself if you litter at all. I don't care if you are driving, walking, skipping, whatever. Just don't litter. Have some pride in the country where you live. With so many horrible things going on in the world today, must you top it off by throwing garbage on the Earth? This is pathetic!

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361 days ago

For the most part, I don't care. Now, if I see you with a plate, fork and knife cutting into a steak... I'm gonna be mad.

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361 days ago

This doesn't bother me that much, unless it's on a windy road where one person is going the speed limit, and they almost slam the other person in the rear because they are going so slow. Yeah, that's not good. Oh, and if I'm running late, it might get under my skin a little more.

However, the law even allows people to go about 15-20 mph under the speed limit on some Interstates... so, they must have good reason for that.

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361 days ago

I don't mind this at all. I have done it before when I was trying to get to my aunts house, which was on fire. I also did it when I all of a sudden noticed my signal lights were not working at night, but I needed something to cross 4 lanes of traffic. It worked too.

So, I don't think this is bad unless I know you are abusing them, and you just want people to get out of your way.

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361 days ago

Many people do this in the city where I live, and it does not always work.

Here, people will cross the line unless it's red. To them, yellow lights mean that you must floor the gas and go. Therefore, if you sit in the intersection, by the time you are able to safely turn left, the other cars to the left are getting ready to t-bone you.

For me, I only drift into the intersection when the traffic is clearly lighter. During rush hour.. forget it, I'm sitting behind the white line.

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366 days ago

I prefer drivers to use a hands-free device. Then, I don't care.

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525 days ago

I'll never forget when my Mom was teaching me get ready for my road test. We were on a gravel road and I was driving along at about 30 mph. All of a sudden she yells out "OH MY GOD!" and I locked up the brakes while skidding to a stop in a cloud of dust. She then said "Did you see the bunny?!" After that I got my brother to help me practice.

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525 days ago

I took my daughter on her lunch hour for her written learners permit test at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Branch a few months ago.

As we headed back to school I pulled off the main thoroughfare onto the street where she grew up and parked the car. I got out and told her to get behind the wheel. It was a total surprise to her (and me actually). I figured if she had time to think about it, she might have psyched herself out so springing it on her was probably best.

She followed the instructions well, put her foot on the brake, put it in gear, let out the break and steered into the middle of the road to avoid the parked cars. She drove the whole block, eventually getting up to about 40 km/hr and then stopping at the stop sign a block away. Fortunately we didn't meet any oncoming traffic.

She was giddy with a wild mix of terror and joy once we got to the end of the block. It was fun to have been there to share the experience.

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525 days ago

I was probably somewhere between 6 and 8 years old. I used to climb into the cab of my grandfather's ancient Fargo pick-up truck and sit behind the wheel pretending that I was driving. The truck was likely late 40s early 50's vintage and had a push button starter, which wasn't a concern provided the key wasn't in the ignition.

One day he had driven in off the field and parked the truck up by the house to go in for lunch. When no one was looking I took up my usual spot behind the wheel and was bouncing on the seat, turning the steering wheel. The shiny chrome starter button caught my eye so I pushed it. The engine turned over, the truck probably jumped out of gear into neutral, and I began a long slow coast down hill toward the shop by the barn.

The trip probably lasted all of 20 seconds but I still recall it seemed like minutes, me kneeling on the seat to see over the dashboard as the truck rolled to the building full of tools, chemicals and hardware. I couldn't reach either the brake pedal or the emergency brake, which was also a large locking foot pedal on the floor to the far left.

With all the strength my tiny arms could muster I cranked the big black bakelite steering wheel to the right just enough to coast past the shop building and come to a rest at the foot of the incline that lead to the barn. I was exhausted and scared shitless as I saw my grandfather walking from the house to the truck. He gave me a good stern talking to, but I also recall that everyone was laughing about it at dinner that night.

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