Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Women Drivers...no wait...Elderly Drivers
Yesterday, after a very long, boring day at the office I headed to the grocery store for a few odds and ends. I don't know if it was the impending rain for the week but it was a bit crazy. I don't quite understand it but it is what it was. First of all the shopping cart area was almost void of carts as they were all residing in the parking lot. Second, it was almost a constant traffic jam up and down the aisles of the store. You would think there was a snow storm coming or something. I guess the idea of fall and winter brings out survivial stuff in people. When done with picking up the few things I needed I headed out to my car. There in the middle of the drive in front, sideways was a huge Lincoln with a very elderly lady at the wheel. She had a handicap thingy hanging from her mirror and was waiting for the very first handicap slot that was filled. I was walking behind her to my car when I saw the backup lights come on and she was backing up. I ran pushing the cart in front of me. I could see my life flash in front of my eyes and the brief thought was that she would forget she was in reverse and rev it into the store. I got to my car and then she started honking at the car in the slot. The Lincoln lady was totally blocking all of the traffic and the car she was waiting on was not moving, at all. HONK! HONK! HONK! Finally, the parked car moved and Lincoln lady moved in. I watched as she creeped into the slot, a bit crooked but it was next to a no parking spot and not too bad. She got out of the car, stooped over and trudging, walked around and noticed she was a bit off, slowly made her way back to the driver side and backed in and out to get it just right in the lines. When she was where she thought she should be she went in to shop totally oblivious to the havoc she had created. That, my friends is where her family should take her driving privileges away from her. I'm a bit afraid of little old people driving tanks. We had to take my grandmother's privileges away when she cremated a couple of mailboxes in her T-Bird. Sometimes it just has to be done and I don't look forward to grounding my father in the future.