July 31, 2006

No Left Turns

I was over at Charming Just Charming, where GuyK always has a funny joke or story, and I saw an article I absolutely loved. You can read it from the link he provided HERE.

I laughed. I got choked up. It’s a great story, a true story, written by a man about his parents.

And I sent it to my folks and to a dear friend of mine and I call it “No Left Turns”. That section of the story is what made me laugh so hard.


Because I hate making left turns. I read somewhere that more people die in traffic accidents making left turns. That was not lost on me, so if I am to cross 4 lanes of heavy traffic, without a stop light, to make a left turn, I will make a right, go to the next stop light, and make a left hand U turn at the next signal.

My husband thinks this is both funny and frustrating. I make all my turns at lights if I can. He grew up in the Newark area. Big traffic doesn’t bother him.

Now lest you think I grew up this way, you are wrong. Pulease. Being taught how to drive by a Naval Aviator goes something like this:

Me: Make a right here?

The Great Omnipotent One (TGOO): Yes.


TGOO: NO guts NO glory! GO!

Me: Ack! OK!

But we were also taught to drive defensively, which goes something like this:

TGOO: When you’re the first car at the stop light and it turns green, watch traffic from both sides closely and count, one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, and then slowly move out. You never know when some shit bird’s going to run the stop light!

I don’t know how many times that lesson has saved my life. Or that of his grandchildren. Stupid frickin’ shit birds.

Anyway, so I guess I can be deemed a cautious but aggressive driver. But not overly aggressive. And I hate left turns, in particular against heavy traffic.

So go read the story. My favorite part is the section on calling it a bad day for 11 right turns. I laughed, I cried… I ident-i-fied. But what a wonderful story. All of it.

Posted by Boudicca at July 31, 2006 09:36 PM | TrackBack

I always try to make my left turns at a light as well and I live in a SMALL city... :) I completely understand.

Posted by: Lisa W. at August 1, 2006 05:58 AM

I loved that story and I wish more people learned to count 3 seconds before pulling out!

Posted by: vw bug at August 1, 2006 06:25 AM

Thanks Bou. I enjoyed the story and it did remind me a lot of my Dad who would never drive in a center lane. he wanted either in the far left or far right so he would always have a place to doge to if something happened in front of him..and damn if I don't find myself doing the same thing.

Posted by: GUYK at August 1, 2006 03:06 PM

Love that story! So many parts to relate to. Something to aspire to!

Posted by: jck at August 2, 2006 04:43 PM