Carolina Howdy

Last Friday. Last day of the work week.

I couldn’t wait to get home.

Get in my truck, left turn out of the parking lot, right turn onto the interstate ramp and I’m off.

Let me describe this scenerio.

Dusk, at best. Five o’clock traffic. Light rain.

I’m accelerating down the ramp, watching the heavy traffic as I go. I get to the area to start merging and I start hearing a horn tooting at me.

What the heck?

I look in the rear view. Traffic behind.

I look in the sideview. Traffic coming up.

I look over my shoulder. A little Mazda truck is along side the bed of my truck and accelerating.

He couldn’t get over because of the traffic. Not that he would.

He was talking on the phone and blowing the horn at me. Guess he didn’t want me to merge into him.

There were cars and big rigs behind him. I’m doing 60 mph.

I hit the brakes. I had to come to a complete stop and wait for the traffic to thin out before I could get on the interstate from a dead stop.

Do you know what the traffic is like coming out of Charlotte, NC at 5pm?

Murder, is what it’s like. And having to merge from a dead stop is not easy.

He could have touched his brake and slowed maybe 5 mph and let me in. Like I said, I was still accelerating.

Oh no, he can’t be inconvenienced.

I was slightly pissed off.


I was highly pissed off that this guy didn’t have enough human decency in him to slow a little and let another driver merge onto the interstate.

I am a defensive driver. I am also a courteous driver. I yield and slow for other drivers.

I am not in that big of hurry that I have to be completely rude to another driver. I’ll wait the two seconds it takes to get past me before I pull out.

I caught up with him on the interstate. And it wasn’t easy. He was avoiding me at all costs. Changing lanes. Keeping other cars between us.

It was kinda funny. What did he think I was gonna do? Run him off the road?

If I were gonna do that I would have done it when I was trying to get onto the interstate.

No, when I finally got beside him. I just smiled and waved. While I muttered not so sweet nothings under my breath.

He’s lucky I didn’t give him the Carolina Howdy!!

You know…

“The Bird”

You know I wanted to!

Honestly, what is it with some people? I just don’t understand the rudeness in today’s world.

Okay. I’m stepping down off the soap box now.

Sorry. I just had to get that outta my system.

I feel better now.