I Have This UMMMMMM... Issue!  

travelingintexas 42M
2/15/2006 8:00 am
I Have This UMMMMMM... Issue!

Background Music:
Rob Zombie with Lionel Ritchie~~ Brick House

Some of you want to know… Some of you could care less…I know I come across as a pompous ass on here sometimes; the fire breathing, bar room brawler, take no shit, straight talker that hates BS. Oh, I rant and rave and throw big fits. However, in reality, I am very easy going and laid back. I enjoy laughing loudly and having a good time surrounded by my friends and family!

*** A.D.D. Moment! Gawd… Julianne Moore is hot! ***

There is one place unfortunately, where my personality changes and that is when I am driving.

Do you remember the Disney cartoon were Goofy would get in the car and turn into a Mr. Hyde like character that stamped the side of his car every time he caused mayhem on the roads?

For the record, I have never had a traffic accident *knock on wood* and have only had 4 or 5 tickets total. I drive a lot so I am very conscious while being on the road. It is a matter of personal safety and making sure I get to see my kids at the end of the day.

That is, until someone does something stupid. I go from nice and peaceful to hateful, mean and spiteful in 4.9 seconds. I have always hated this about me but it is so instantaneous it is shocking. I mean, yelling, screaming, cussing, waving hands and arms, putting them into the wall, doing stuff to piss them off and following them to scare them half to death.

I especially can not stand people that are supposed to stop or yield for me and don’t. I love to watch them run the stop or yield sign and then scare them half to death by acting like I didn’t see them not stop or yield and then make them think I am going to hit them. I know… I know…

I don’t know why I do this. I become a evil person if I get pissed off on the road. Heck, even I don’t like me and I don’t do it on purpose. I know some people get angry easy i.e. “road rage,” but this seems to go beyond that. Case in point, I went to McManboobies this morning like I do most days. As I was driving through the parking lot towards the drive through, this car comes barreling down a side street, rapidly turns into the McManboobies parking lot and hurtles in front of me in line. I was there first and it’s not really that big of a deal.


I became incensed. That woman didn’t need anymore McManboobies. There could have been kids around. It is all I could do to not open my door and walk up to her window and share my world view with her. It wouldn’t have accomplished a damn thing but I was literally fighting myself from doing it. Funny, I was in a great mood, both before and after. It’s a rage and anger I can’t begin to describe. Anyone else suffer from this? I know Frogger gets mad but I think I go beyond this.

Do I need professional help?


TTigerAtty 63M

2/15/2006 11:12 am

Trav ... Getting laid every night might help to take the "keen edge" off! Yes, this "road rage" thing is becoming more and more prevalent. Why, here in Missouri, I've seen people become violently angry when a cow or deer crosses the highway in front of them.

oldman1776 79M
3164 posts
2/15/2006 11:15 am

Trav I have the same problem I'm realy laid back until some nut does stuppid things in there car.

As far as professional help. Son you have needed that long before you ever leard to drive..LMAO.

EyeCandy33333 46F
761 posts
2/15/2006 11:48 am

Darling I can't say whether you need help or not-most likely I would be one of the ones you would get pissed off at-even though I try really hard to drive correctly. So all I can tell you is some people don't intentionally do things to piss you-I certainly don't-and I really don't enjoy getting cursed at-getting the bird and all that-but-I live in the real world-so maybe after you ran me down and met me-you would see-I am a softie and forgive me-probably see some tears-but that's just me!If you think you get mad and have road rage-lol-I have lived with someone-I can tell you loads of things about real real real rage and not just on the road.
The main thing is by mistakes of other drivers or myself-I don't want anyone getting hurt.

SaucyTart_36 49F

2/15/2006 12:09 pm

If you need help then so do I!!!

I am the same way, only it only takes me .49 seconds to reach bitch status when driving!

caressmewell 55F

2/15/2006 12:55 pm

May I just say that you are NOT alone, I've gotten out of my car more than once.

whats4dessert2 50M

2/15/2006 1:16 pm

I'm sort of in the same boat as you on this one. If, by "professional help", you mean some sort of exterminator to get rid of all of the discourteous people out there then I guess the answer is "yeah" we probably both do.

I'm not even convinced that these people who do these things are necessarily "BAD" drivers. I think that in recent years there has just generally been a shift in attitudes that has become so "ME" oriented that a lot of folks not only don't care about others, they actually are so self involved, they don't even notice others.

That lady who pulled in front of you was probably totally oblivious to the fact you were even there. She was so focused on getting her McGriddle Fix that she probably had blinders on.

I'm of the view that there are certain things that bring out the worst in people and driving is one of them. From the safety of our glass and steel bubble we can flip people off, we can pick our noses and we can be general idiots because the safety given to us by the fact we can drive away has given us a "hey, my super duper SUV Hummer is way bigger than your small ass SMART Car so fuck you granny" attitude. Couple this with the rat race that our lives have turned into and the "me" attitude described above and you have a recipe for anger and frustration.

sideline1968 49F

2/15/2006 1:22 pm

Trav, my children are always telling me that I have a road rage problem. My daughter is very vocal about it. I can be enjoying the ride-a-long conversation just a easy as you please ... then some idiot will do something totally stupid and it's like flipping a switch ... and just as soon as I have vented my frustration over the persons ability to drive, his/her parentage, the cracker jack licence, lack of intelligence, my right to the road ... I'm calm again. Like I said, my daughter is very vocal about my outbursts. My son on the other hand just laughs at me.

LadytoPleaseYou 65F
5447 posts
2/15/2006 1:22 pm

Well, Trav, lucky for you they don't give out tickets for depleting Texas of it's wildlife with your car and feet.
The frequency with which people in Texas carry guns, you probably would be better off getting counseling, or maybe hiring a driver while you lay hog tied, blindfolded and gagged in the back seat. Maybe you could set up something with the community service people and they could provide you one for free, providing of course if they have anyone with community service to serve that actually has a drivers license.
No Trav I do not have that problem. I am however usually on the receiving end of dealing with people with your same problem. Maybe I will make these suggestions to them next time one of them stops me and is jumping up and down on the hood of my car screaming obsentities
and waving a double one finger salute at me.

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

aascrompn 43M
6444 posts
2/15/2006 3:34 pm

One time a car w/ two teenagers cut me off. We pulled up to the light and they were laughing at me and raising their middle fingers. I had just come from a gas station where I usually get a 32oz drink (Mountain Dew). I got out of my car w/ my drink. They both rolled up there windows. I just started to laugh. I was pissed and was being beat by teenagers. That's what they thought. The asshole forgot to close his sunroof. I ever so calmly removed the lid and poured my entire drink in through his sunroof, laughed, raised my middle finger, got back in my vehicle and left. It was very gratifying. So, you are not alone. I had a really good day after that!

1023 posts
2/15/2006 4:45 pm

I know right?

I am a professional driver. My money maker is a 38 ft behemoth whose cargo is the most precious items you could possibly imagine. I describe myself as the biggest candidate for roadrage though. lol.

My bosses are always trying to promote calm reasoning skills and at one inservice meeting, I won a book called "Don't let someone else push your buttons" as a door prize. The book helped me with dealing with my bi polar ex (the Other) more than driving due to my prior job of towing illegally parked vehicles and repossessing cars with defaulted accounts. It was impowering though to tell girls that I was a professional car thief. I had been cussed out, beat up, shot at, propositioned, almost ran over by a dude stealing his car back, and jailed for merely defending myself; I now have a very different view of being on the road, but somethings do keep bugging me and it builds up inside.

Maybe I should send you that book and the license plate ring I purchased for my personal vehicle. The ring reads, "Easy killer, it's only a lane change." Gods, I love that one

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
2/15/2006 5:05 pm

Were you watching Letterman when you wrote this?

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

rm_mm0206 70F
7767 posts
2/15/2006 5:09 pm

Trav............ having road rage in Texas can be fatal.

The other Guy or Gal just might have something more than a pea shooter on the seat beside them.

Take care.

southrnpeach333 51F

2/15/2006 5:40 pm

I am not a curser until I get pissed off while driving. I have had to applogize more times than I can count to my kids. Then I have to have talk about just because Mom says those words doesn't mean you can....

aLovelyBrunette 42F

2/15/2006 7:55 pm

First of all, really loved the way you handled your situation aascrompn, but you're lucky they were wild teens to havent gotten off their car and jumped you, you just never know if the other person will do something worse. Second, if there were more people as easy going and laid back as me, the world would be a better place, thats what I always say There was a story I read in MSN news about road rage one time. A lady was telling how she called something out to a guy who pissed her off on the road and the guy followed her to her house and then left when he saw children playing in the neighborhood. One, she's stupid to drive back to her house with the guy on her tail, two, she's lucky nothing else happened. I agree with "whats4dessert2" people are just so involved in "themselves" all the time, and living such a fast paced life, they dont think or have consideration for anyone else. I just make sure I drive carefully for myself and those wreckless drivers out there. I usually let it go, I keep telling myself, there are bigger things to stress over, and worst things that could happen. And then I think... " i hope the fucken, miserable, self centered, bastard (or bitch) crashes down the road! and then Im at peace again and continue on my merry way Think happy thoughts Trav!

RoyalPurpleRose 53F

2/15/2006 9:07 pm

I am a pretty safe driver. But people not using their blinkers, or riding my ass really pisses me off. I won't read your mind (the government told me I can't do that anymore), so I don't know that you inten to turn in front of me. And getting so close to my bumper is NOT going to make me go over the speed limit for you. Find a safe, marked passing zone ... and go for it.

My kids laugh at me too. I get irritated and say things like 'Hey, I just love that blinker' (when they don't use one), or 'Thank you for sharing your music' (when theirs is up so loud I can't hear my own), or 'You can't come up my ass without kissing me' (when someone is tailgating me). Or something like 'Hey, you won't get free tickets to the DPS party driving like that' (when they cut me off). But I have never considered getting out of my car and confronting someone. Or following them to scare the shit out of them. I do slow down more for the tailgaters (usually get the one finger salute from them when they pass). I might yell inside my car, because most people drive with their HEADS UP THEIR ASS, but I laugh in the next breath .... especially when the hubby says 'they're just snacking on dinner'. Then I have to pull over til I stop laughing.

If you think or wonder if you need help ... then you probably do. So find someone to talk to. I know in Texas most counties provide Anger Management classes for free. Or at least they did when I worked for a Sheriff's Office.

I live in Texas too. I posted the blinker thing in the 'Blog Cafe' (Pet Peeves), and was accused of Road Rage too. I just find it a small irritation. In Texas the car in front of you doesn't use a blinker, and the one you are meeting, the driver is smiling and waving. Give and take thing I guess. I let this kind of thing bother me for a minute ... then laugh and FORGET it. I'm with mm0206 ... I KNOW too many Texans with guns in their cars!

Trav, Be careful out there.

~Kisses, RPR


benibluetwo 48F

2/16/2006 7:34 pm

I have something along this lines in my blog benibluetwo....called "Learn to drive will you..."

I hear ya hun....people get soooooooooooo stupid behind the wheel.




frogger1995 40F

2/16/2006 9:14 pm

Don't get me started on stupid drivers! Grrrrrrrrrr!

rm_sexxielynn 54F
72 posts
2/18/2006 8:16 pm

I did a blog once on my "no longer exists profile" about driving. I am a very safe driver, pretty much follow the rules. Nothing makes me crazier than the bad drivers out there! Tailgaters are the worst - especially on a 4 lane highway!! If you don't want to drive the speed limit then go around asshole!
I have made an honest effort to curb my yelling and fist shaking in the vehicle while I am driving. If it isn't directly affecting me, I am taking a deep breath and 'letting it go'!

I so agree with lovelybrunette " " i hope the fucken, miserable, self centered, bastard (or bitch) crashes down the road! and then Im at peace again "

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