Category Archives: Rant

Don’t be in such a hurry to die!

Dear Fellow Road User,

I’m more than happy to share the road with you and your push bike … as long as you obey the road rules too.

But when you come flying round the corner on the wrong side of the road and without a helmet, don’t look so surprised when I give you a filthy look. You’re lucky you didn’t get a ride in an ambulance … or a hearse. On most other days I’d have already been all the way over to the left ready to turn the corner and you’d have become my new bonnet emblem.

Don’t be in such a hurry to die.

Sincerely,

Me.

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Dear Fellow Road User …

Dear Fellow Road User,

It is evident that directional differentiation is not your strongest life skill. Allow me to assist you.

When I approach a roundabout and put my right hand blinker on, that indicates that I’m turning right, not that I’m going straight ahead.

Please keep this in mind next time you drive inattentively onto the roundabout and into my path without regard for my safety. My good reactions saved me from t-boning you.

You will also find that you won’t need to look surprised as no one will have to lean on their horn to get your attention. The look on your face was priceless but wouldn’t have paid for the repairs to our cars, nor any medical expenses, had I hit you.

Sincerely,

Me.

Should we “Stop the boats” or stop the suffering and hypocrisy?

This map with the caption “If you travel through several safe countries, you are no longer seeking Asylum, you are going after money” was posted on my personal Facebook page by a friend seeking my thoughts.

11228901_1049398531738363_1592912667922118884_nHere is part of my response:

I’ve heard people express this sentiment many times. “Why should we give them refuge when they could have stayed in X, Y or Z country?”
Even if it’s true that they have passed through several safe countries, this is still not a valid argument.
For the sake of the discussion, let’s pretend for a moment that there is a wonderful country that is war-free, totally inclusive, welcoming to refugees and economically secure. Let’s say, just for shits and giggles, that this country is Greece. It’s all hypothetical, remember. And let’s say that it’s the closest safe country for Syrian refugees who are arriving there in the thousands. So, great. Happy days for everyone. They have made it to a safe country. Now, if the argument is valid, it’s Greece’s responsibility to accept them all and no other country has to worry about it.
How is it fair to ask one country to shoulder the full burden of a global crisis? A global problem requires a global solution. Simply being remote from the situation does not exempt us from our responsibilities as members of the human race.

E-merge-ency

Dear Fellow Road User,

Just because you have indicated that you want to move over does not mean start moving over so that the car that is beside you has to either slam on the brakes to accommodate your selfishness or speed up to avoid being hit. I have already been hit by a moron this week who’s only defence was “but my indicator was on – didn’t you see it?”. No I did not dickhead – you were right beside me – how am I supposed to see it? This seems to be a common thing at the moment because it happened again tonight….no crash this time.

I am not adverse to merging – just not on top of other people – I will let you in if I can see you need to move across…

Sincerley,

Me. And Bec. (Thanks for letting me steal your rant. Makes a nice change from writing my own.)

Dear fellow road user …

Dear fellow road user,
I recognise your right to drive below the speed limit. Most of the time it’s not against the law and sometimes that’s the safer option.
But before you leave home next time you might consider whether or not the vehicle you’re driving has sufficient capacity for the caravan you’re towing.
You might also like to restrict your convoy to … um … one vehicle. 5 caravans/campervans/motorhomes driving nose to tail at 20km/hr under the speed limit are a hazard to navigation.
Today, I saw people towing vans who were able to pass you because their vehicles were adequate and able to do the actual speed limit.
Today, everyone was patient and only passed you safely. As far as I know we all made it home alive. That may not always be the case.
Spread out, pull over and consider that the rest of us are not grey nomads and don’t want to amble up the highway at a snail’s pace.
Just because you’ve never had an accident doesn’t mean you haven’t caused any.
Sincerely,
Me (safe at home, thank goodness).