Saturday, June 19, 2010

Right Lane Closed, Merge left

Matt and I were driven off the road yesterday by some DA in a semi who thought it was his job to police. It was a ballsy move of him to drive into our lane and even onto the shoulder just so we couldn't pass. But pass him we did.

I get so irritated when we drive up to a construction zone in which one lane is closed. For miles, people will be waiting in line in order to REACH the merge point. We can't possibly be the only people who realize that the lane isn't closed until the project managers have actually SET UP the road blocks, right???? Why? Why do people sit in a miles long line while there is a perfectly usable lane right next to them?

[def-MiriamWebster]MERGE: 1. archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse

2. to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce

3. to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions

No where does the definition imply making a straight line. NO WHERE does it imply that we are kindergarteners and there will be NO CUTTING. I like the third definition best... to blend gradually. As in taking turns at the merge point. Grrr. As a matter of fact, in Pittsburgh Matt and I have both seen signs that actually say, Use Both Lanes to Merge Point.

So, tell me. Do you sit in that long a$$ line? Do you also believe there is some unwritten rule that the road is first come, first serve? Or are you [smart] like me and feel free to use the unused road in front of you?

...I wish I'd gotten that truck driver's license number. What a jerk.

On a better note, I'M HOME!!!! THANK THE GOOD LORD!


  1. Yay! Welcome Home!
    I must admit.. I use the lane about 1/2 way, then, I wimp out and move over. It just feels too mean.

  2. Welcome home, Bethanne! I'm scared to answer your question because you sound rather upset, and I tend to wait in the long a$$ line.

    Deep breath in. Now out. Visualize your happy place or any place other than a highway!

    Hope you're feeling calmer now! And hope all is well!

  3. Well, for me, if the sign says merge, then that's what needs to be done. I very much dislike the people that think they have the right to merge right at the final sign. I get over when it says and I expect other people to as well. I don't obey the law so that they can try to zoon past just to get a car or 2 in front of me.

    Nope, can't fault people for actually reading the signs!! I've ran a few people to the end too because I won't give when they saw it coming!!

    Thanks for always stopping by my blog....first time to see you and I'm sure I'll be back. I just never seem to have TIME for anything blog related!!

  4. Well, wow. That's interesting, because the signs don't say MERGE NOW. they say, Lane closed in 1 mile. THEN, in a mile, there's this big blinking arrow and all these cones that guide you into the next lane.


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