Yesterday was my middle son’s birthday, and during his birthday dinner we chatted a little bit about the decline of society. See, yesterday morning when I went out to go to work, I was greeted with this:
That’s a non-emergency medical transport – a couple times a week an ambulance comes to take my nasty neighbor to the doctor or whatever. Far too frequently, said ambulance parks in front of my driveway… And always at the same time that I’m trying to get out of my driveway to go to work. Well, yesterday I called the ambulance company and gave them a piece of my mind because I was fed up with the inconsiderate drivers.
Here’s the thing: unless someone is dying or a house is on fire, it is never OK to block someone’s driveway (or the sidewalk). I don’t care if you’ll “just be a sec”, or are “just dropping something off”. No. No, no, and no. Quit being so f-ing lazy and park for real, in a real parking spot. This is my house, and I expect to be able to use my own driveway anytime I want, without having to track down the a$$hat that thought it would be alright to park wherever they freaking felt like. NO.
And if you are parking in a parking lot? Park BETWEEN the lines, that’s what they are for. If you can’t get it straight the first time you pull into a spot, spend twenty seconds backing up and doing it again. Don’t be such a jerk.
And while I’m on the topic of getting your head out of your backside, here’s a few other common sense / common courtesy items that people have forgotten:
Look both ways before crossing the street. Seriously, why have people forgotten this?? Wearing headphones or texting while you walk is dangerous enough without you stepping off a curb into traffic. I don’t want to be the one that runs you over.
Stay to the right. This applies to both driving and pedestrian activities. Don’t get into the left-hand lane unless you are going faster than everyone else; the left lane is for PASSING. And if you are walking along a sidewalk with your fifteen kids (or dogs), don’t let them string themselves across the entire sidewalk making it impossible for other people to get around your group. On the stairs, going through double doors, browsing the aisles in a grocery store: just stay to the right.
Let folks exit before you enter. Come on, I learned this as a toddler: when waiting for an elevator, you let the people on the elevator exit before you try to get on. This also applies to buses and trains – wait patiently for other people to debark before you barge on.
GET OFF YOUR PHONE. Gah, this by far is becoming such a nuisance and danger that it’s enough to make me start carrying a bat to smack people with. It is never ok to be on your phone if you should be doing something else and especially if you are at some kind of check-out lane where you are holding up / annoying other people, whether it’s at the grocery store, the bank, or a fast-food counter. HANG UP and take care of your business. And on public transportation, nobody wants to hear you describe your latest rash to your doctor’s office. Wait until you are somewhere a little more private.
When you are driving, you should be driving. Not shaving, not reading, not talking on the phone, not applying makeup, and sure as hell not texting or trying to map out your destination on the GPS. Driving means your full attention is devoted to operating the motor vehicle and watching for other cars / pedestrians / children chasing balls into the street / cats / etc. I don’t care how good you think you are, you cannot be safely operating your vehicle if your attention is strung out changing the radio station, eating a burger, fiddling with the seat warmers, smoking a cigarette, yelling at the kids in the backseat, and trying to find the gas station on your maps app while texting your spouse that you might be a little late getting home. Pull over, do what you need to do, then get back to driving with your full attention.