Monday, January 31, 2011
Off to the race track!
How fast do you drive in a parking lot? Do you drive as fast as you do on the roads? On the highway?
One of my biggest pet peeves is drivers who think parking lots are race tracks. Yup, I nearly got hit twice the other day while shopping for groceries. The first time I was making my way through the sludge and ice, attempting to get to the store entrance. On foot, of course. A little old lady decided she would pull out of her parking spot at that exact moment, instead of backing out. Backing out would have been much better.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement, so I turned to look at this automobile just inches away from me. I gaped at the driver. Really? You're coming this way even though I'm walking?
Remember that film with Dustin Hoffman? "I'm walking here!"
I can't remember the name of it. Midnight Cowboy? Well back to the story.
So she waved her hand at me to continue walking. Yes, I think I will, thank you.
Later, after filling my cart with groceries, it was back outside to the race track. Now I was attempting to push my cart through the slush, in between the parked cars, searching for oncoming cars, of course. To my left was a mini-van approaching fast. Good thing I was paying attention.
The female driver was looking, well, BEHIND HER while driving, perhaps scolding her kids in the back seat. Who knows for sure. Okay. What's wrong with this picture? Luckily, I observed that she was not looking, so I stayed put as she barreled past me.
Yes, I finally got to my car, unscathed.
Whew! Who would think a simple trip to the grocery store could be so riddled with danger?