Schadenfreude  

rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
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5/31/2006 6:28 pm

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6/5/2006 2:54 am

Schadenfreude


This is really an old story and one, which I would guess, everyone has in one form or another. But this one, just happens to be mine. I pretty much travel the same way to work just about everyday. I take the same roads, make the same turns, pass the same landmarks, day in and day out. I've done it so often, that after awhile, I've begun to recognize some of the same drivers. They're doing the same thing I'm doing, trying to get to work, or whatever their destination is, in a timely fashion. Most of us pretty much do the same thing. We pass the really slow drivers who should be in the far right lane, but otherwise, we tend to stick in the lane we need to be in when we're going to make our turn a little farther down the road. But not all of us do that.

There's always one guy who makes every day an adventure. My guy drove a white Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. He would come tearing down the Bayside Bridge, an uninterrupted stretch of road,where he could really let the ponies romp. If he had open road ahead, he was soon out of sight. If there was traffic, no problem. He would just start weaving in and out, any little opening between vehicles became a magnet for in his quest
to reach open space and floor it. Shoot from the left lane all the way to the right, and back again, no problem. As many times as it would take. Squeeze that truck in a space even a volkswagen would think about twice, mere child's play for my totally fearless driver. Even sometimes, when I couldn't see him on the road, I knew he was there, up ahead just a bit. I could tell by the blaring of car horns as he came closer to other vehicles than they thought he had any right to be.

I'm not an idiot. I quickly decided that as far as this guy was concerned, discretion was the better part of valor. I wasn't going to play games with this bold driver, because I knew it would just be a waste of my time. And I sure in the hell didn't want my day ruined by meeting Mr. Fast and Furious up close and personal. So if I saw him coming, I just got out of his way. It was the smart thing to do, and I never regretted doing it.
But, I would be considerably less than honest if I didn't admit that this guy's driving antics didn't irk me to no end.

You know, the kind of irk where you think to yourself "I hope there's a cop on the other side of the hump today!" or "I hope he meets another asshole just like himself!" Or my favorite,"If he hits me, I'll rip his still beating heart right out of his chest and stomp on it!" That kind of irk.
I didn't dwell on it, but I sure wasn't saying any prayers to Saint Jude for this guy either.

Yeah, you know it's coming. One day the guy screeches by me and leaves me in the dust, as usual. But I catch up to him on Roosevelt Blvd. as it curves into St. Petersburg. Yeah, he's finally had his accident, and it was perfect. He tried to dash behind a semi tractor trailer, cutting from the left lane all the way to the right. But he didn't quite make it, the tractor trailer must of hit his brakes while my reckless driver was making his cut. My bold buddy had wedged his truck underneath the right rear of the trailer. The steel bars that keep vehicles from shooting underneath the trailer probably saved his life.
But it also tore a nice V shaped trail across the hood of the pick-up truck, forcing the vehicle down and blowing out his left front tire. Must of caused major damage to his engine too, that bar was really down in there. He appeared to be all right, paramedics were on the way, but he really had a beaut of a stupid look on his face.

I couldn't help but smile. I was experiencing
"Schadenfreude", a German word that means "taking pleasure or delight in someone else's misfortune." And I was. And so were other people.
Some of them actually rolled down their windows, pointed at him, and honked their horns, all with big smiles on their faces. I suppose it's just a predictable consequence of reckless behavior. Sometimes I like to think the Almighty has a keen sense of humor. .

Lioness_girl 45F
3494 posts
6/1/2006 4:57 pm

He got what was coming to him alright. I was at Rudy's too....did I talk to you? I'm sorry I can't remember

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rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
2799 posts
6/1/2006 5:59 pm

    Quoting Lioness_girl:
    He got what was coming to him alright. I was at Rudy's too....did I talk to you? I'm sorry I can't remember
Nothing to be sorry about because we didn't talk. By the time the fights started, you couldn't hear a thing in there anyway!


Lioness_girl 45F
3494 posts
6/4/2006 6:49 pm

    Quoting rm_Kingcat4U2:
    Nothing to be sorry about because we didn't talk. By the time the fights started, you couldn't hear a thing in there anyway!
Well, maybe you wouldn't have been able to hear me, but I read lips so you could still talk to me

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rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
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6/5/2006 2:54 am

    Quoting Lioness_girl:
    Well, maybe you wouldn't have been able to hear me, but I read lips so you could still talk to me
Gee, I've never bored a lip reader before!


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