Or so his actions would indicate.
Here’s the pre-set up (Right? Just settle in, it’s one of those Galby stories):
I was doing my Lyft thing. I’m really trying to go from driving 4/week to 3 while still making my weekly goals. Because 20-ish hours/week with Lyft beats any fucking job that I’ve ever had. Seriously, it’s like every other job I’ve ever had was my personal Ike Turner by comparison.
And if you don’t get that, google it – but thanks for following my blog instead of doing your arithmetic homework.
Anywho, the bogeyman here is that when I get bored, I can just hop in the car for a change of pace. Also: entertainment. Also, also: what, I should exercise when I’m bored? Pish.
So, I’ve been playing around with my preferred schedule of having a couple days of driving and a couple days off. Lather, rinse, repeat. On top of that, balancing demand to maximize my time.
Interesting side bar, once I started driving again I found I was in high demand. Rides stacked up one after another – the caveat being that drivers were so scarce (I don’t want to explain why – it turns racism in American politics on its ass…ok, I do want to explain why – just not here) that I was driving 15-20 minutes to pick up a passenger. That made my customer service heart absolutely ache. So I was glad to be out there doing.
Recently, though, demand has leveled off – a good sign that people felt secure enough to leave their homes to work. I no longer felt like the last Lyft driver on the planet. Which is good since riders were waiting 15+ minutes less frequently now. I dunno why I feel responsible for the overall customer experience here, I just do.
See also: why I don’t drive for rapey Uber.
Surprise! None of that actually has to do with the size of my figurative penis.
I’d say that this kind of does – except it would make me sound really bad in the wrong context, ie: the unofficial language of ‘Murica – though, during my impromptu shift today, I picked up an essential nurse from OHSU after her shift. OHSU is located on a hilltop – like, a big one.
If I knew I was dying, that’s the hospital I’d want to be taken to.
Further from Hell, you see. I know, not the rationale you expected. Have we met? Hehe.
The thing I like about delivering or fetching people from work there is that these folks are essential, even without a pandemic. And being a hospital atop an idyllic mountaintop in Portland means real estate is at a premium – and they don’t waste it on parking lots.
One rider told me she’s been there 9 years and is still not in the top 1000 on the parking spot wait list.
The hospital has a variety of programs to incentivize employees to take alternative transportation – including Lyft credits. Well, “credits”.
Naturally, I do a brisk business on the hill.
Today, I picked up an essential scrub heading home after work who had a 24 minute drive. It was 3:30-ish in the afternoon. In the last week, this has been well within the window of when all the locked down peeps have given in to escaping their shut-in shackles to demonstrate how driving on a freeway is not like riding a bicycle.
On top of that, this was one of those “three seasons in one day” types of days. We had sun, rain and – while I was driving my scrub across town – hail.
We took I-84 for most of our freeway transit. The important thing to know here is that it’s a serpentine three lane freeway in both directions, most lanes grooved by decades of asswipes who kept their snow tires on too long.
Mix in some of that hail and biblical rain and you’ve got a challenging drive.
Throw a micro-penis into the mix and, well, you’ve now surpassed shit-show level shenanigans.
I-84, aka: the Banfield, stretches West to East across Portland’s east side betwixt I-5 along the Willamette River and I-205, which runs N-S through a part of town called Felony Flats.
It’s 4.8 miles, this Banfield stretch of road. The 84 continues on past the 205 (we Portlanders really hate including the “I” in our freeway designations) toward the regrettable Gresham and then on up the Gorge toward the heavenly hamlet of Hood River.
4.8 miles is, as some who’ve driven it may not know, Portland’s mathematical measurement of Absolute Hell.
Seriously, my only explanation.
Knowing I had the full ~5 miles of the Banfield to contend with, I moved over to the far left to avoid the cluster-coitus that is merging on Portland’s freeways.
A reasonable plan, “passing lane only” enthusiasts notwithstanding.
Sadly, there was what I can only assume was a person suffering a stroke while driving five cars ahead of me in that lane. It was so bad that people in the far right lane – even with their merging maladies – were outpacing us. I decided after three miles to get into the center lane. Realizing I had fewer than two miles before my exit to 205, I left my blinker on to move into the right lane for my exit.
It was a simple plan to execute – I needed only wait for the car on my passenger side forward flank to clear with a safe distance between us to execute my lane change. After that, I moved right from the center to right lane.
Mind you (foreshadowing!) my blinker had been on this whole time.
Yes, I use my blinkers.
For whatever reason, this micropenis driver interprets my signal the same way a color blind bull interprets a red flag. In much the same way that a single person attempting dating would – full steam ahead!
The result in both scenarios was the same: the wronged person ends up shouldering the blame.
In this case, that manifested with a horn.
Then an aggressive lane change, acceleration and swift cut off (with no signal) followed by a one-fingered salute.
For my part, I refused to look ahead with an intensity that belied the existence of another driver, so I looked blithely toward him as he aggressively passed me.
I think that made him mad.
As did my refusal to return his hand gestures.
Have I ever mentioned how often I’m complimented – bewilderingly – on my habit of keeping both hands on the wheel? It’s true. I do.
The end result of this tale was – as the skies absolutely pissed rain down – that this inverted prick of a human slammed on his brakes after cutting me off. While having only one hand on the wheel, since the other was displaying his IQ.
Only briefly, thankfully.
Long enough, though, that my recalcitrant conversationalist passenger commented on my defensive driving skills.
I think my active distancing only further enraged this hella fella, since – and I couldn’t make this up – when another driver cut into what was clearly his personal lane, the whole damn thing lathered, rinsed and goddamn repeated.
This joker was so focused on sticking it to a could-care-less-Xtopher that he almost had his second accident in as many minutes.
Don’t worry, though. He whipped out of the right hand lane and into the center to pass that other fool and aggressively cut them off.
Take that, presumably reasonably blessed-below-the-belt other driver!
Trump’s motorcade driver really needs to get back to DC. It’s not like Trump would ever set foot in Oregon, anyway. As a matter of fact, if he did ever want to reach his base here in Oregon, it would probably be easier to fly into Boise and cross the Idaho/Oregon border to reach his hayseed base in Eastern Oregon than it would be to risk seeing the pussy-hat-clad libtards in Portland that would line his route eastward from PDX.
Anyway…after all that – basically announcing to the I-84 world that he had a two inch penis – when fully aroused – and a four foot foreskin, it turns out that this abortion of a human didn’t even need to be in the right hand lane, anyway. Just as the lane ￼exited from the 84 to the 205, this unreliable COVID test of a human whipped into the center lane to hurry home toward Gresham.
All of his lane jockeying and hostile driving was for naught. If he’d just been in the center lane to begin with, all of his angst would have been avoided.
If not for the potential for negative collateral damage, I’d say he should keep on driving like an asshole. I’m sure the odds will catch up with him soon enough – I just can’t stand the thought of a decent human being being taken out with him.
Seriously, though…road rage was what this guy missed after two months in lockdown?