My husband and I were heading down the road to go someplace, like we often do, when we noticed a fancy black SUV sort of weaving in the lane, first in front of us, and then beside us. Made us sort of nervous because it looked like one of those gangster cars you see on TV.
Looking over at the driver, however, we both noticed that it was a young female who was texting on her cell phone. She was not even glancing up. That got me to thinking many things, some of which I probably shouldn’t write. 😉
The one thought that came to me most clearly, however, was, “just when you think people have started doing the stupidest things in the world, they come up with something stupider.” I do not understand why there would be ANY need of typing on your cell phone while you were driving.
It’s bad enough that people yack on their cell phones while driving, oblivious to the world around them, but, texting? What could be that important?
First of all, I do not get texting at all. It’s not very easy. You have a tiny keyboard compared to a computer, and a tiny screen. You’re on a telephone. Why not just call someone and talk to them? I mean, I know people who have lengthy texting conversations with other people. Doesn’t that defeat any utilitarian need to text? I thought the point of texting was that you could send a quick note to someone when you didn’t have time to talk.
But, if you’re going to be spending all the time to text back and forth for half an hour or so, why not just talk? Seems easier to me.
Still, I do not judge. I’ve started texting a little bit myself. Most of my texts are things like this: “ok,” “thanks,” and “love u.”
If I want to write a note to someone, I’d rather e-mail them, with a full-sized keyboard and screen. That way, I can really express myself to them instead of pecking out words, some of which are not even words because the keys are so small I hit the wrong ones. Yes, there is autocorrect, but, that isn’t much help, since it often makes strange words out of my typing gibberish.
As for the stupid things people do to endanger themselves, well, am I the only one who keeps getting amazed at just how idiotic and suicidal people can be? First, they fight to have to keep from wearing seat belts in cars and helmets on motorcycles, as if that somehow takes away their freedom. What freedom? Freedom to die? Freedom to have your brains splattered on asphalt? I just don’t get it.
Then, you have people reading the paper, doing nails, making out, and shaving while they drive. Ok. I can understand some of that. People are in a rush and trying to do two things at once. The making out thing, well, that’s just because some folks are insatiable I guess.
And then there is the driving while drunk people. Who really thinks it’s a good idea to get behind the wheel of a car when you can’t even walk?
Now, we have people who want to type novels on their phone to their BFFs about their stupid parents, when they want to hang out, what Jenny was wearing at the mall, and how angry they are about Snookie. Just make a choice. Do you want to type on your phone or do you want to drive? You cannot do both.
It is sad to hear of people dying because they do such idiotic things. But, what’s even worse is that they endanger everyone. Do they really think they’re superhuman? Do they really think they can look at the text on their phone and the road at the same time?
It’s a rant, sure. But, I am less angry than I am simply stupefied. What stupid thing are people going to start doing in their cars next — chopping veggies?