On the road to recovery
Has courtesy died?
In the last few weeks, I've noticed a sudden change for the worse amongst our residents. No, it's not looting or blaming the Federal government for all their woes, but something much more innocuous, but important to civilized society, nonetheless. What I have noticed in my travels around the New Orleans area is that people, not all, but enough to notice, have suddenly taken a leave of common courtesy.
Is this even worth mentioning?
Let me explain some of what I witnessed. On Thursday this past week, twice, once on Williams near West Esplanade and the other on Severn near Lakeside, I had two female drivers block the turning lanes on major streets. This was presumably so they wouldn't have to wait a nanosecond longer than necessary to pull out of a parking lot and in to on-coming traffic. Also, I mention these driver's gender, solely because this appears to be how this form of temporary (I hope) insanity seems to be manifesting itself in the fairer sex. In a similar time period, the men in the driving population tended to turn abruptly and without signaling; when cited for their negligence, they always gestured crassly as if they were the wronged party in this transaction.
Now, I can accept and understand some absentmindedness due to the tragedy, but that only lasts until you've been politely notified of your transgression. The two female drivers I mentioned before acted as if they didn't hear anyone honking at them to back out of a lane of traffic. Forgive me, but am I wrong to be really bothered by an apparent sense of entitlement displayed by many of the people I see on the road?
I don't think so, and here's why.
First, if you think your last several weeks have been bad, consider that your fellow drivers' might have been as bad or much, much worse. Second, this excuse of "it's a bad time" doesn't excuse you from being a jerk. Third, the traffic violations I've mentioned are examples of rules that are meant to protect all of us. Finally, and this is a repeat, stop thinking solely about your own cares.
This is a tough time for all of us, so let's consider how we treat one another in this very stressful time.