Sunday, October 03, 2010
Stuck in the Past
Skip's, our favorite burger and fries (Susie-Qs) joint is closing for the season today and since 'A' works today and we couldn't go, we went yesterday. Actually, as we found out last year, dining there on closing day isn't good. They run out of all the good stuff. As it happens, yesterday they were out of both vanilla and coffee syrups. We had to get black & white frappes instead of our favorites of either...yeah, vanilla or coffee.
But that's not what this post is supposed to be about...
We ran a lot of errands on our way to Skip's. The timing and locations of those errands resulted in a trip up I-95 getting off at Rte. 113 to head into Newburyport. Mom wanted to stop at "Oldies", an antique and junk shop. So...off the exit and on to Rte. 113 east. It starts as a four - laner (two each way) and after a couple traffic lights becomes High Street with one lane in each direction. Now at this point I must say that there are the two opposing lanes each flanked by a bicycle lane, then on-street parallel parking. As I was driving along that section, I heard a horn blaring. What the heck? Where was that coming from? Then I caught a glimpse of a little Hyundai passing me on the right...in the bicycle lane! NUTSO!!! She, yes a 20ish woman, scooted that car right in between mine and the car I was so nicely following. I couldn't believe it. As we continued down High Street, Ms. Hyundai kept pulling ahead to tailgate the car in front and swerving into the bicycle lane like she was trying to pass them as well. Finally, with a long blast of her horn...she did it again! By now we had memorized her license plate...just in case. I'd love to post that info here...probably shouldn't so I won't. So now the line up working from back to front...me, the second car she passed, Ms. Hyundai, more vehicles. Then the second car she passed turned off High Street and I found myself, once again, behind Ms. Hyundai. We eventually came to a stop at the traffic light at the top of Market Street. Ms. Hyundai couldn't sit still. Did she have some high energy rap music playing in her car? She was bouncing all over the place. The light changed to green and we were all off again..Ms. Hyundai swerving behind yet another vehicle. I'd gone far past our destination and needed to turn down a side street and backtrack so I have no idea what eventually happened or where Ms. Hyundai finally went. All the time we were hoping for a police car and there was not one in sight. Never is when you want one, is there?
But what I'd totally forgotten, and what prompted the title to this post, is that among the three of us in our car there were three functioning cell phones.
Yep, we should have called her in.