Out of the Blue

After I dropped MrsBlue at the train today a woman in a jeep tried to get both of us hurt by only looking right before making a left turn, which was right into my path, inspiring some screeching brakes to avoid a head-on collision. I honked my horn, to which she turned toward me and screamed curses at me through the closed window.

I heard long ago that a majority of accidents happen in parking lots... I dunno if it's true, but it makes sense. Most people think they are above-average drivers, but not only is it impossible for that to be true, but in reality even average drivers are not really as good at it as they should be, and the added precision required in close quarters just brings this fact to the surface.

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AvP
Oct 31, 2003, 21:50
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AvP Oct 31, 2003, 21:50
Oct 31, 2003, 21:50
 
Check out the featurette, it explains alot of the story for the movie.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/avp/featurette/

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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 31, 2003, 06:57
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers Oct 31, 2003, 06:57
Oct 31, 2003, 06:57
 
I've got a friend that habitually crashes his car, he did a classic 'A team' spinning the car through the air and crawled out of the wreck along the inside roof and through the back window of the overturned car, wrote off another at a petrol station doing 10 mph (go figure), and crashed another doing about 60 whilst I was in it taking a bend too fast. The phrase 'pissing your pants,' is one not to be used lightly but in this case is appropriate.

He's much improved these days however, (pain, crippling insurance costs and points on your licence are a good teacher! :))

I am a below average driver which is why I know my limits and don't act reckless.

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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 23:41
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers Oct 30, 2003, 23:41
Oct 30, 2003, 23:41
 
Hmmm...I drove around Vegas once and didn't really notice the bad drivers...must have been a good day. But I did have to dodge a few tumbleweeds rolling across the freeway. And at times the air got thick with dust, mostly from the huge amount of homes being built (construction was kicking up dust). There's not a helluva lot of grass out there.

But I have to say that Vegas (like the rest of Nevada) has some very smooth freeways. No bumps, cracks, unneven surfaces or anything. I live in California (Bay Area), where all the freeways are in a perpetual state of decay. You gotta hold the steering wheel tight around here.

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Re: Large Ad
Oct 30, 2003, 23:35
WarPig
 
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Re: Large Ad Oct 30, 2003, 23:35
Oct 30, 2003, 23:35
 WarPig
 
Well, that's a first. Now someone wants a larger ad!

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Large Ad
Oct 30, 2003, 23:15
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Large Ad Oct 30, 2003, 23:15
Oct 30, 2003, 23:15
 
Hey Blue,

Just so you know, the really large ad between today's and yesterday's news has scroll bars (vert and horiz) on it. It would look better if it fit its window. Can you increase the window so the bars go away? It'll look better. BTW, in case its resolution dependent, I'm running 1280x1024

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Oct 30, 2003, 23:10
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Oct 30, 2003, 23:10
 
One of my coworkers was hit by a car in the parking lot at my place of work, and the driver tried to sue our company for his being out there. No joke.

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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 22:40
nin
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers Oct 30, 2003, 22:40
Oct 30, 2003, 22:40
nin
 
Welcome to Sin City!

I'm flying out to Vegas Saturday morning for a week of vacation...can't wait!

And yes, the drivers there scare the hell out of me, to the point that I won't drive...

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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 21:22
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Oct 30, 2003, 21:22
 
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I HATE...
Oct 30, 2003, 21:21
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I HATE... Oct 30, 2003, 21:21
Oct 30, 2003, 21:21
 
...safedisc!

At least its ability to prevent me from playing my Gamestop.com-purchased vesion of Call of Duty.

Come on now; who does not have a R/RW drive these days? If anything, I have been eyeing the DVD-RW drives to replace my current DVD-ROM.

That would leave me with two RW drives; one CD and one DVD.

/feh

Wondering how much more money I can possibly give to gaming?!?,
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 20:21
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers Oct 30, 2003, 20:21
Oct 30, 2003, 20:21
 
Short answer: Tourist resort

It does get freaking hot, 122 degrees this last august, but you only feel it from the house to the car, or the car to whatever building your going to.

If I could change one thing though it would be the traffic. I'm telling you, at least 3-4 major wrecks a day, not fender-benders, I mean WRECKS.

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Re: 2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 20:10
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Re: 2 kinds of drivers Oct 30, 2003, 20:10
Oct 30, 2003, 20:10
 
And yes, I've driven in New York, Chicago, LA, etc.

You should try atlanta,..

btw, is Vegas worth living in? or is it overhyped and good only as a tourist resort?

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2 kinds of drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 20:00
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2 kinds of drivers Oct 30, 2003, 20:00
Oct 30, 2003, 20:00
 
I've come to the conclusion that there are 2 kinds of people in the world:

1. People that drive like shit.
2. and me.

And seeing as I drive in Albuquerque, I can say this statement is total fact. Anyone who lives here can attest to it. Albuquerque has some (if not THE) worst drivers in the country, period. And yes, I've driven in New York, Chicago, LA, etc.

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Re: Bad Drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 19:31
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Re: Bad Drivers Oct 30, 2003, 19:31
Oct 30, 2003, 19:31
 
a woman in a jeep

Say no more.
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Bad Drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 19:25
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Bad Drivers Oct 30, 2003, 19:25
Oct 30, 2003, 19:25
 
Seems to me that it's way too common for drivers who make mistakes to get offensive and act like the other person is at fault. When people get behind the wheel, they get incredibly stubborn. I don't know what it is about cars that makes people that way...

The other thing bad drivers tend to do a lot is yell through their closed windows. How rediculous is that! I once had a woman pull alongside of me at a freeway offramp and go absolutely BALLISTIC at me through her closed windows, just because I was "in her way" on the freeway a few minutes before. My reaction was to smile broadly and wave at her. That made her even more angry. She was shaking her fist, yelling, turning beet red, and bouncing around in her seat. All behind closed windows. I didn't hear a word of it. Actually I found it very funny!

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Re: No subject
Oct 30, 2003, 19:06
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Re: No subject Oct 30, 2003, 19:06
Oct 30, 2003, 19:06
 
I have a feeling she just turned 18, that's why he's getting her over here asap. Sounds like they have never seen each other face to face

You dont suppose it has anything to do with MSN stopping the chat rooms do you? i mean now that hes got nowhere to pick up niave little foriegn girls hes gonna have to ship one over stat!

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Re: No subject
Oct 30, 2003, 17:58
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Oct 30, 2003, 17:58
 
I used to drive like an utter dick too.

I passed my test about 2 1/2 years ago and I've had two crashes since then.

One was on an empty road when I went round a bend too fast and slid (cursed front wheel drive!) into the kerb and smashed up a wheel and knocked the axle out of alignment. I still managed to drive the 30 miles home, but the car needed a fair bit of work.

Last year I had a real bitch of a crash. I was in a hurry to get to someone's house and I needed to cross a main road to get from one sideroad to the other. I looked right (I'm in England, so to cross you look right, then left, then right - got me?) then left, but didn't look right again. I pulled out fairly slowly and drove into the front of a car coming down the road. I knocked it off course and it headed off across the road, mounted the other kerb, hit a tree, ran over the tree and stopped beyond it.

I panicked like hell, thinking I'd just killed someone. Two guys got out of the car and had a go at me, then we called the police and they sorted it out. The car I hit was a write off though. The entire front end was destroyed, and I think the engine itself took a bit of a beating.

The lame part was that the other drivers claimed to have been doing 20mph at the time. Now, I figure if they were doing 20mph then:

a) I would have seen them the first time I looked right
b) They would have seen me
c) They wouldn't have had enough momentum to RUN OVER A TREE.

I think the insurance company kinda doubted their claim too, as I only had to pay up £100 out of a possible £300 excess charge.

Anyway, I'm much more sensible now. Nearly killing someone kinda makes you wary...

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Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 17:15
Enahs
 
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Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers Oct 30, 2003, 17:15
Oct 30, 2003, 17:15
 Enahs
 
Yep, I typically run by this one shopping center and there have been three seperate instances where a driver has pulled out of the parking lot and into me.

Might I suggest running in a different location? Or at least, on the other side of the street when you get near the shopping center?

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Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 17:11
49.
Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers Oct 30, 2003, 17:11
Oct 30, 2003, 17:11
 
Just to be clear - you've been hit by cars three different times while you were still on the sidewalk??

Yep, I typically run by this one shopping center and there have been three seperate instances where a driver has pulled out of the parking lot and into me.

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Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers
Oct 30, 2003, 16:38
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Re: I Hate Stupid Drivers Oct 30, 2003, 16:38
Oct 30, 2003, 16:38
 
"I've been hit three times while out running and all of them were the result of female drivers not bothering to check if there is anyone on the sidewalk before turning right."

I was hit once and recieved a dislocated shoulder for it. The driver was an cabbie though. Fuck I hate cab drivers. I don't think I hate anyone on the road so much as cab drivers.



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Update on the updated update?
Oct 30, 2003, 16:15
Bronco
 
47.
Update on the updated update? Oct 30, 2003, 16:15
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 Bronco
 
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