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Old 05-25-10, 01:07 PM   #1
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Conversation overheard in the cubicle across from mine:

idiot #1 - "Did you know that the police are giving people tickets now for pulling over on the side of the highway to make a phone call?"

idiots #2 & 3 chime back with variants of - "Really? Not everyone can afford a bluetooth. You get a ticket if you use your phone if it's not hands free. What are you supposed to do, then?"

- my suggestion; "This isn't anything new. There are signs on the highway that read Emergency Stopping Only. You could do what people did before mobile phones and not talk on the phone while you're driving."

All 3 people rolled their eyes and went back to discussing how "unfair" it is that you can get a ticket for pulling over to the side of the highway to make a phone call.
We're not talking about getting a ticket for pulling into a parking lot on a 35mph arterial. These people are genuinely confused about why police would issue a safety violation for pulling into the breakdown lane on a 70mph interstate highway just to take a phone call.
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Old 05-25-10, 01:09 PM   #2
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I have come to the conclusion that people are stupid. I am so glad that I am a Texan and not a people.
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These are the same people that throw it in reverse in said breakdown lane when they miss their exit.
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who says they use the breakdown lane?
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idiots #2 & 3 chime back with variants of - "Really? Not everyone can afford a bluetooth. You get a ticket if you use your phone if it's not hands free. What are you supposed to do, then?"
If the law calls for handsfree, then isn't getting a Bluetooth (or something handsfree) part of the cost of owning a cell phone if you want to drive and talk? They cost, what, $30, and these same people probably have $120+ plans with data and crap, anyway. Heh.
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The concept of 'not answering your cell phone' is alien to many people. I practice it as often as possible. I'll choose when I'm available, thank you very much. Why yes, I am a control freak. Why do you ask?
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who says they use the breakdown lane?
You're right. I wouldn't put it past these 3 to pull from the HOV lane right into the median strip.
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I watched a driver stop on 635 in the middle of Dallas the other day, put on their right blinker and then turn ACROSS two lanes of traffic to get to their exit. Scary. I am sure a cell phone was involved in some fashion.
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Last Friday, I was in the left lane of a highway coming home from Tulsa. Some idiot on a cell phone came all the way across the highway (4 lanes), and Nascar like began pushing me into the center median (where luckily there was also a full lane shoulder). I slammed on the brakes, downshifted and ended up perpendicular to the flow of traffic. I somehow did a quick maneuver (my BMW with good tires helped) and got back into the flow of traffic. I thought I was done. The guy next to me gave me a and took a pic of the idiot's plates with his cell phone! Not a scratch on the car, but I did need to change my shorts
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Luckily that was one of your pants wearing days..........
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I could not tell, first you swerved into the ditch when I tried to check, then that other guy blinded me with the flash on his cell phone cam.
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So California is one of those states where it is allegelly illegal to use a cell phone without a blue tooth while driving. I say "allegedly" because the law is not in any way enforced. Frankly I don't think using a blue tooth makes usage any safer. One is still distracted.

I grew up in the dinosaur ages, before cell phones. You know, it never bothered me not to have a phone. I still seldom ever use my cell - it truly is for emergency only. I would never ever think of stopping on the freeway (imagine the road hazard!!!) to answer the phone or make a call. If I had an emergency - 'nuther story. If not, I would definitely get myself off the freeway.

I truly want to undersatnd why people are so needy for phone contact nowadays. What is the deal? Is everyone but me so important they must have immediate and constant access? And don't get me started on texting - that truly is an idiot function...

Yes I am old "get off my lawn with your cell phone you!!!!"
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Some idiot on a cell phone came all the way across the highway (4 lanes), and Nascar like began pushing me into the center median (where luckily there was also a full lane shoulder). I slammed on the brakes, downshifted and ended up perpendicular to the flow of traffic.
Another benefit to driving a beater Jeep. If some idiot wants to trade paint, I don't care. SuperJeep is already covered in trail pinstripes and dents. In the case of extreme idiocy like that, I'll only yield my right of way for the lugnut rule.
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Another benefit to driving a beater Jeep. If some idiot wants to trade paint, I don't care. SuperJeep is already covered in trail pinstripes and dents. In the case of extreme idiocy like that, I'll only yield my right of way for the lugnut rule.
their vehicle is bigger and more beaten up than yours?
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their vehicle is bigger and more beaten up than yours?
The driver with the most lugnuts has the right of way.

ex. - SuperJeep (5-bolt wheels) wins over a sub-compact with 4-bolters; but loses to an F-350HD with an 8-bolt duallie.
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The driver with the most lugnuts has the right of way.

ex. - SuperJeep (5-bolt wheels) wins over a sub-compact with 4-bolters; but loses to an F-350HD with an 8-bolt duallie.
But I'm in a sports coupe with 5 bolts and a whole lot of HP, so who wins?
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But I'm in a sports coupe with 5 bolts and a whole lot of HP, so who wins?
Same number of lugnuts means you play chicken, I guess....

I never lost a game of chicken in my '79 Blazer... lifted, spray can paint job, no grill and plenty of dents.
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Yes I am old "get off my lawn with your cell phone you!!!!"
But if I get off your lawn, I'd have to call you. Or text you.
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The only reason I even own one is because my mother is a Jew and she was all like "What if I had a heart attack and couldn't reach you, THEN you'd be sorry!"

And then after I got one, it seemed like pay phones went the way of the Dodo, and my mom still hasn't had the prophetic heart attack, so I'm sort of stuck with it. I use one of those super-cheap Tracfones, and I really use it only for emergencies and when I don't trust a girl I'm dating well enough to give her my home phone.


But I've come to realize that most people won't be happy until they have a phone incorperated into their skull. I am actually serious.
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Same number of lugnuts means you play chicken, I guess....

I never lost a game of chicken in my '79 Blazer... lifted, spray can paint job, no grill and plenty of dents.
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Not being able to afford a bluetooth is silly because you can get em cheap from the right place. It is the phone that has bluetooth that is expensive. Unless they are making all phones bluetooth now...
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I watched a driver stop on 635 in the middle of Dallas the other day, put on their right blinker and then turn ACROSS two lanes of traffic to get to their exit. Scary. I am sure a cell phone was involved in some fashion.
I've done that, but it was because the engine died, not because I missed the exit or was on the phone. Well, I didn't actually stop in the traffic lane, but I did cut across from the left lane to the right shoulder because if I hadn't I'd have ended up blocking one or more lanes of traffic until the tow truck came.
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OK, from the OP, these people are a riot -- "it can't be illegal, I'm ON THE PHONE, HERE!"

I need to get me one of those cell phones that armor me against breaking the law. That'd be SO COOL!
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The concept of 'not answering your cell phone' is alien to many people. I practice it as often as possible. I'll choose when I'm available, thank you very much. Why yes, I am a control freak. Why do you ask?

I concur. Chances are it's someone I dont' want to talk about either.
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