Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ugly Lesbian Driver

It probably wouldn't surprise a lot of people that I have a nasty case of road rage. In my day to day life I'm usually pretty laid back, even keeled; it takes a lot to make me mad. Put me behind the wheel of a car, I turn into a slobbering rage monster. Go ten miles per hour below the speed limit and watch me lean out my window, one hand on the horn and the other extended high in the air in an angry #1 while I scream about how they should know their mother in the biblical way. All of my mid-western repressed, Baptist, anger has to go somewhere; so I take it out on the road.

So if someone is going too slow, you ask, what if there is a slightly more elevated infraction? For example, say someone cuts you off in traffic? Well have I got a great story for you.

It was a beautiful afternoon in Seattle. A rare hot and sunny day, and I had to be in Greenwood by 1:00 pm for my friends vow renewal ceremony. It was going to be a great event, because her entire family was going to be there, and she counted me among them. It was such a privilege to be invited, and I couldn't wait to be a part of it. Since I live in West Seattle and I knew that there was going to be traffic on a sunny day, I thought an hour would have been long enough to get there.

It was not. 

Two and a half hours of construction, closed lanes, closed highways, street fairs, block parties, tourist traffic, accidents, and idiot drivers who aren't familiar with the concept of a turn signal to inform other drivers of where the hell they want to go is what I had to get through to get from Admiral Way to 85th and Greenwood. To put it in New York context: I had to get from Brooklyn to Central Park. It shouldn't have been a difficult feat, but every asshole on four wheels was on the road that day, and one asshole in particular was gonna get it.

After spending two and a half hours in automobile purgatory I had finally made it to 85th. I was in the left lane passing a long line of cars on the right, going at a careful pace in case someone should cut me off. Exactly as I expected, some d-bag in a blue BMW cut me off.

Quick sidebar: if you drive a BMW, I'm sorry, I don't mean to offend. That being said, 90% of every driver that has ever wronged me on the road has been in a BMW. Let this be a warning to all BMW drivers: don't let your car turn you into an asshole. Let this be your cautionary tale.

Back to the offending BMW: this guy cut me off, and I almost hit him. That was his first mistake.

I was beyond tense after spending such a long time on the road, and after he cut me off I did was almost anyone else would have done: I honked my horn. His reaction was to waggle his fingers at me in a dismissive, "whatever, I don't care, I drive a BMW", kind of fashion. That was his second mistake.

He then started slowing down, as we were approaching a green light. He didn't have a turn signal on, and the closer we got the more he slowed down. We finally got to the green light and he came to a dead stop. As soon as the light turned yellow, he zoomed through the light. This was his third mistake, because I constantly run red lights.*

I charged through the light and managed get into the right lane to pass him. At this point my anger has elevated from Mount St. Helen to the white hot center of the sun. As I started to drive past him I noticed his window was down. I also noticed my window was down. I then noticed the cup of ice in my cup holder, left over from an iced latte. As I became parallel with his window, I grabbed the cup of ice and chucked the ice into his window, where it met direct contact with his stupid face.

VICTORY! I showed him! That is until he followed me down the street I turned down to get to my friends house. I didn't want him to follow me, and I wasn't going to get away from him in a high speed car chase in Greenwood, so I pulled over to face the music. I also figured since he was driving a BMW he probably didn't own a gun. I don't know where that logic comes from, but when I think of BMW owners I don't think of gun toting psychopaths.

He pulled up next to me and rolled down his window. I rolled down my window. He was relatively young, buff, broad-shouldered, not bad looking, dreads that touched his shoulders, probably a Seahawk player, which made me hate him more because I hate the Seahawks.** He leaned in toward me and the following conversation ensued:

Him: You feel better now?

Me: You know what? I do! I feel great.

Him: You wanna tell me why you felt like you had to do that?

Me: Do you want to tell me why you felt like acting like an asshole after cutting me off? You almost caused an accident and then had the gall to drive like a jerk! So you tell me?

Him: Well...too bad you're not a cuter lesbian.

With that last remark, he drove away.

Now, I'm left with two reactions to this remark. The first reaction is: I am the CUTEST lesbian! I'm so freaking cute, Ellen DeGeneres put a hit out on me, so don't challenge my cuteness. I. Am. CUTE.

The second is this: if I were a cuter lesbian, in his clearly broken eyes, then what? What does that even mean? If I were a cuter lesbian, then he wouldn't have cut me off? He would have been nicer to me? He would want to bang me? Would I let him bang me if I were a cuter lesbian? Would this have been the moment he changed me from being a lesbian and we would fall in love and get married and he would get me my own BMW so I can be a douchebag and cut random people off?

So many questions!

How would my life have been different if I were a cuter lesbian? This the big question that I need an answer to. That being said, I've compiled a list of how my life would be vastly greater if I were a cuter lesbian:

If I Were a Cuter Lesbian

1. I would, clearly, have many many girlfriends.
2. My iPhone battery would last longer.
3. My pillows would be softer and my mattress would be firmer.
4. I would have the same hanger to clothes ratio.
5. My hair wouldn't get frizzy on a humid day.
6. I wouldn't get nearly as many parking tickets as I do, which is a lot.
7. My bagged salad wouldn't wither before I can eat it.
8. My roommate would do her dishes, and put her trash in the trash can, instead of leaving it on the counter.
9. Comcast will let me have just HBO, and not have to get any other channels.
10. Janky, Seahawk looking, BMW driving douchebags won't cut me off and say misogynistic things like "Too bad you're not a cuter lesbian.", with the assumption that if I were a cuter lesbian that he would find me attractive and want to be with me, thereby validating my attractiveness and self-worth.

I am the cutest.

*Note to the Seattle PD: this is not a confession, this is satire. You'll never get me coppers!
**Yeah, I said it! WHAT?? I got a cup of ice with your name on it too!

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