I live in Los Angeles, the city of angels … and traffic.
To go anywhere takes an average of 45 minutes … each way. The haze in the sky is not rolling mist coming in, it’s car exhaust and curse words.
Road rage may be funny in movies but it’s an every day, ongoing occurrence in L.A. If not road rage at least road indignation. I myself have wanted to cuss some people out for driving like complete lunatics. It would have happened too … if I wasn’t in a church parking lot at the time.
What really burns my biscuit though is when someone waits till the last possible minute and cuts in line on the freeway! They know darn well that decent people are lining up a half a mile away to get onto the 405 South. Still, they hold up traffic behind them and then, wait for it, wait for it, zip, they cut the line! A comedian once echoed my feelings: “You wouldn’t cut the line at a bank, would you? Or at the check out line in the grocery store? What gives you the flipping right to do it on the highway?!” The comedian didn’t say “flipping,” but you get the message.
Aaaurrrggggghh! It makes me crazy just thinking about it. Maybe today’s good deed is for me more than anybody else.
Today’s good deed: WAVE HELLO AT A 4 WAY STOP, YIELDING TO THE OTHER PERSON
This one’s going to be tough. I have the right of way. I’m busy and I’ve got things to do. And I’ve yielded to people before. I’ve been kind and courteous. And what did I get in return? Nothing. Not even the courtesy wave. That’s the least you can do. The courtesy wave. That’s all I want really … that and for people to get the hell out of my way.
But you know what, I’ve taken a pledge. I’m going to do one good deed every day for a year. This won’t kill me. And it’ll be brief, quick, and fairly painless.
Okay. There’s a guy in his mid-forties driving a black BMW X5 SUV. Ughh. A BMW. BMW owners are notoriously selfish drivers in L.A. Does it have to be a BMW?
Very well. I stop. He stops. I wave. He looks at me. I gesture for him to go ahead … and he gives me the courtesy wave!! Alright!!! Well done, BMW!!
So there you have it. One more good deed done. That wasn’t so bad after all. Maybe I’ll let another car … naaahhhh.
Photo (Flickr CC) by Jeff Turner