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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Commute Suckage

Well, the commute to campus has been worse than expected. The traffic is bad, but that's not that bad part. The bad part is the carpool lane in Cupertino.

The carpool lane ends in Los Altos, but for some reason, aggressive, bitchy, invariably female drivers decide in Cupertino that they no longer need to be a carpool, and that they should tailgate me at 70 miles an hour. This morning's devil-bitch was a woman following so closely that I couldn't see her license plate. It was terrifying and aggrevating and not the way I like to start my day, but my day has started that way repeatedly for the past two weeks.

If traffic were travelling at a reasonable rate in the next lane over, I'd just move, but it's travelling much slower, and I don't feel comfortable making a lane change with someone following that closely and aggressively because it's just as likely they'll try to bust a move to swing around me, and if we both do it at the same time, it would be very very bad. Plus, I'm so clearly in the right! I've got a carpool. I'm travelling at the speed limit. This aggressive devil-bitch is doing neither and should just back the hell off.

Net result: I get to campus all angsty and tense. I'll be looking into the train schedule this week. I don't think I can do this five days a week for five years. Nope.


  • Early on I learned the Zen of the Triple Brakelight Blink. If it doesn't freak them the hell out, it generally expresses your displeasure quite succinctly and they either back off, or find an alternate route around you and back into the fast lane.

    By Blogger Laura, at 10:48 AM  

  • Like LadyKalessia said, show them some brake lights.

    In extremis, when people have persisted in tailgating me at high speed when I'm not in the left lane (I don't consider the carpool lane the left lane), I've found that a very short, sharp application of the brakes has a wonderful effect on tailgaters. Just remember the mantra "I saw people in front of me slowing down" if the tailgater isn't alert enough to slow down when you do.

    Alternatively, I've also coasted to a much slower speed, since following that close is much safer at lower speeds.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 11:44 AM  

  • Their husbands all seem to be over on 880 Northbound.

    By Blogger mythago, at 8:31 AM  

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