Skill and luck

February 9th, 2009

First the skill:
































(And yes, I could have straightened out more, but I didn’t feel like it. I was only going to be there for a few minutes.)

And now, the luck:

Driving home tonight, I playfully started racing* another MINI up Fresh Pond Parkway. (At least I was feeling playful; I’m not really sure about the other guy, who wouldn’t make eye contact with me.) Swooshing around the roundabouts and up the straightaways was great fun… until I saw the flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror. With an expression of dismay that may or may not have had four letters, I pulled into the right lane and slowed down, expecting the worst – especially since my passenger side headlight burned out last weekend.

And the cop pulled over the other MINI.


The friends to whom I related this story (and who had commanded me to drive safely on the way home) have suggested that I be a law-abiding driver for the next little while.**

(Un)fortunately, they didn’t specify which law(s) to abide…



*This was the first time I’ve done anything like this since May of 2008, when I realized that I drove like someone with anger management issues and made a concerted effort to calm down my driving. Since that time I’ve only driven aggressively once every few months or so, and it’s never been an entire trip – just an irritated honk or swerve when occasion warrants. I’m much nicer than I used to be.

**At least until the cursing that the other driver has doubtless bestowed upon me has worn off.

2 Responses to “Skill and luck”

  1. Dave on February 9, 2009 1:56 am

    I am so totally impressed by your skill. If I didn’t trust you completely, I’d accuse you of getting 4 guys to pick Simon up and put him there.

  2. Joanne on February 9, 2009 9:55 am

    You’re taking after me and my Friday night escapade. Definitely not recommended behavoir. But at least you had “fun” racing around the rotery – I can’t say the same for my experience.

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