Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I blame my Dad

Growing up, my Dad taught me how to drive at an early age.  By 15 we were already driving our vintage, multi-colored black VW bug around the church parking lot and on occasion, he’d let us drive the mile home thru the neighborhood. There were really two basic rules from my Dad: (1) get out of the left lane and (2) get your foot off the clutch.  Here we are 40 years later and the same rules apply.

Sarasota Florida is one beautiful place with a high percentage of retired folks.  Sprinkle in the unattended, unschooled and uncultured snowflake generation and we’ve got a flood of people that have either forgotten, or are ignorant to my Dad’s most-awesome teachings. Now in the state of Florida (and 44 other states) obstructing traffic in the left lane is against the law. Most states follow the Uniform Vehicle Code and require drivers to keep right if they are going slower than the prevailing speed of traffic, regardless of the speed limit.

Just this morning I was stuck behind a Bud Light truck sitting in the left lane, driving under the speed limit.  Now the guy in the right lane is awesome.  Dude you go any speed you want. But Bud Lite guy - get out of the left lane. Stop blocking rush hour traffic. 

My challenge is this: I have to learn to give up control to the person driving 37 in a 45 on a single lane road… during rush hour. My character flaw is that I love to be in control. I love to teach, direct and love on my family.  I like having responsibility in the office by virtue of some level of control. I like controlling my eating, exercise, mouth and anything else that gets me in trouble but I am challenged to not get upset with this person. 

You have the right to drive the speed limit.  I applaud that right and will never give you a hard time for it.  But… under the speed limit while you’re enjoying your retirement, is not great for the people trying to get to fuel the economy. Bud Lite guy: you're an idiot. Maybe avoid rush hour? Maybe be aware of your surroundings? Snowflakes – please get a clue. Get off your phone, let me pass and more than anything, get out of the left lane.

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