28.11.09

A right turn in ghastly weather.

The weather was ghastly. I couldn’t see across the street. But I had an appointment with the hairdresser.

After the hairdresser's, I went to the supermarket (because people like to eat). Then I headed home.

To get back to the village from the supermarket, I needed to make a right turn* (from a give-way sign) onto State Highway 1 (a four-laned dual highway).

While I was waiting for a break in the traffic, the jerk behind me started honking his horn. HONK! HONK! HONK! HONK! Like I had fallen asleep, or like I was busy texting, and I had forgotten to turn. HONK! HONK! HONK! HONK!

I'm not going to put up with this, I said to myself. In the US, I would have been afraid to get out of my car. In NZ, not so much.

I put my car in park, opened my door, and marched over to the jerk's car. He rolled down his window. He was a 20-something, with tattoos all over his arm.

"The weather is ghastly. I can’t see a thing,” I said. “You'll just have to wait."

"You've had three chances to turn," the jerk said. He was clearly not expecting to be confronted by a weird American lady.

It’s my call!" I said.

Then I marched back to my car and texted Twitter. (Okay, not really. Texting while driving is illegal.)



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*Note: In NZ, we drive on the left side of the road.

10 comments:

Jacqui said...

Oh man, don't get me started on New Zealand drivers. How can such a nice bunch of people produce so many utter psychos and idiots behind the wheel? People in Canada bitch about the drivers and all I say is "you have no idea".

Madame DeFarge said...

Clearly you were choosing the one that was right for you. Four is a far nicer number than three.

injaynesworld said...

Good for you, girlfriend. Next time really screw with him. Tell him you know his mom and you're going to tell her just how badly her son was behaving.

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving those nice comments.

Hugs, Jayne

lavenderbongo said...

Good on you for getting out of the car - I have longed to do this so many times.

Juli Ryan said...

He was a cute 20-something. Too bad he was a jerk. RAWR.

kiwi in france said...

What a creepy ad!

I don't think NZ drivers are any worse than any other drivers - I've seen idiots in all the countries I've visited. Maybe it's because we don't have the roading infrastructure as in other countries? Quite often there is only one road somewhere and no highways or motorways. Everyone is on the same road. If you want to see scary driving, go to Peru or Thailand.

Good on you for saying something and remaining calm. Its often these people who rile others up and then cause them to make bad decisions.

V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios said...

We all have our moments. I, a nice middle-class, well-mannered, middle-aged Southern woman, once told an upper class lady who was bullying me in the line of the grocery store to kiss my ass. My first two responses to her were polite and proper, but then she wouldn't let up and WENT TOO FAR. I was equal parts proud and ashamed when I told her off.

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Juli Ryan said...

Dear Anonymous Commenter Person,
I suspect that English may not be your first language. I won't hold it against you.

My father already told me not to get out of my car and talk to jerks any more. (Even if I am in NZ.) So if you wanted to tell me to exert a bit more caution while driving, rest assured. My father took care of it.
Kind regards
juli

Will said...

NZ, you might just have gone completely off the deep end. There's these things, they're called traffic lights. They even come with sensors, so they will only change when a car pulls up to said dangerous intersection. Please, for the love of God, install some.