Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm a reasonable guy

Driving to work yesterday, a dark and dreary morning by the way. I’m headed for a really busy day and my thoughts are bouncing all over the place. "Focus René, Focus!" I run my list for the umpteenth time when, "Whoa there big boy!", this double trailer rig swerves right into my lane. There’s a lot of trucks this morning and they (like everyone) seem to be late to the party and hell bent to jockey for best position at any cost. The slot behind me just ain't good enough and I know it's collusion or something. They're talking to each other; "Get in front of that guy in the Ford Explorer!"

"People! We’re in bumper to bumper traffic (or haven't you noticed)." I’m thinking about the power of cooperation verses competition and how we’ll all get there better with a tad bit of freeway etiquette. But looking around, just thinking that seems to be making it worse.

“Does anyone use their blinkers these days?”

Big Trouble in Little China! I love Kurt Russell’s character, Jack Burton: “I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things."

I more than noticed the past few weeks that the relentless cold and windy rainy days has put many in a cantankerous mood. What’s worse is teasing us every four or five days with a random hour of sun. I swear, it throws even the stoutest native into a cranky funk when the light fades into the next wet dark gray.

I look up in the rear view mirror, "dang... that truck's breathing down my neck!" I leap from my favorite Jack Burton quotes to Duel. Remember the 1971 TV Movie starring Dennis Weaver? He's driving across a baron stretch of road in the desert on a business trip when this big old crusty 1955 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck shows up and makes his life a total stressful hell for the rest of the movie. The suspense builds as the truck takes on a growing creepy persona due to the fact we never see the driver. It was Steven Spielberg’s first feature film.

Needless to say, I was glad to arrive at the office.

Note to self: "Don't forget to pick up some vitamin D on the way home, your out."

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