Thursday, October 13, 2005

Honk If You're Horny

One item here that has recently jumped out at me again is the lack of honking. Again, my primary driving experiences consist of the Plateau and the South Shore.

Sometimes is seems like people will wait an eternity even for a courtesy honk for someone not paying attention to a traffic light. Usually it is only at about 3 to 5 seconds before someone taps the horn if at all. I applaud it because it cuts down on noise levels, but my brain desperately wants to give the courtesy tap after 2 seconds. I guess it's just that city boy in me wanting to get on with it. I have actually held myself back to 5 seconds because I : don't want to start a trend; and I want to avoid at all costs being the pushy American. Of course there are exceptions, but there are always exceptions everywhere. Back in the city of my birth if you didn't move within a second (sometimes instantaneously) you would get the horn. So this has been a nice change, but at times to the degree of insanity. But if my stress levels go up, I may revert to the semi-pushy American.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have held off long enough. I will now start to send comments to your blogs, ( if that is ok with you?)
I guess I'm more tolerant in my advancing age but I seem to wait longer too. What upsets me tho are other who honk almost immediately and if I am the culprit who delays a bit, it only makes me slow my reaction that much more.

Frank said...

You are more than welcome to comment. It lets me know that I'm not just typing for nothing.

It's not to say there aren't people who honk or drive badly here. I still find myself getting frustrated with bad drivers. Just maybe not to the same degree. I still can't get into the minds of people who honk immediately to understand how they can think it will help. I also slow things down when that happens or I get a tailgater.