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Bad Commuter Week

Good day to all ye commuters out there and welcome to Bad Commuter Week, where we spend the whole week discussing all the things we hate about the guy in the lane next to us or standing next to us on the subway. You know who I mean: The dude going 56 miles an hour in the left hand lane. Or the one jabbing you in the midsection while he talks loudly on his cell phone.

I'll kick it off with a few thoughts on the left laners of this world. First, let me say with all due respect, that you people bite. Get out of the left lane already!! It's not your own little private street to do with what you will. It's not even the fast lane, as so many driving instructors -- and the Eagles -- have tried to tell you. It's the PASSING lane. As in, if you ain't passing someone, get out of the lane. Now! And while we're on the topic, if you're going to pass someone, pass them already. Don't crawl by them going a mile an hour faster than they are. But now I'm getting off rant. The real rant is against you left laners. I don't know what your problem is, but I think it has something to do with control and your craving of it. Tell me I'm wrong. Convince me there's some reason for your vile transgressions.

Let's not let the DOTs off the hook on this one. I'm of the belief that the state transportation departments need to take these sorts of issues on with far better signage. Forget those little weeny side of the highway signs that say "Keep to the Right" or whatever they say. We want big overhead signs telling drivers exactly what to do. Put one over each lane and I betcha we'd see some results that would improve traffic -- and my blood pressure -- for a mere pittance of the cost of most transportation fixes.

Okay, that's my rant. What's yours?

If you were caught in the Wilson Bridge mess this morning the reason you were stuck there is because construction work that was supposed to end at 5 didn't end until 6:30. They had some trouble lifting steel beams across the highway, apparently. Check out the story here.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 5, 2006; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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