Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help me with what I SHOULD have said...

This picture I got off Google Images and is close but NOT close to what I'm talking about! Cause what SHE's doing is totally okay! (rolls eyes) But some of my readers ONLY LIKE PICTURES... so I'm trying to please everyone here!!!

OKay help me out today guys.

I was on the main street DRAG the other day.

Stopped at a stop light.

I look over.

And this is what I saw.

A lady ... (
if I were a mean girl that judged in her head I would call her a little TRASHY looking) who was having, apparently, an INTENSE conversation on her cell phone.


She was yelling and very animated.

She was holding the cell phone her her right hand. NOT squishing it between her ear and her shoulder... but HOLDING it in that hand.

In her left hand, that was FLAILING around, she held a cigarette.

Even though I could say right here that I'm not one to judge...
you guys would know I was lying... I said something in my mind that was probably siding on MEAN girl status.

So I'll spare you the repeat.

But then I shrugged and thought... "
Everyone has their vices. But how is she managing to drive?" I know it's manageable... but her concentration was clearly on whoever was on the phone... and BOTH of her hands were full... so her control at best was one where she could only use a part of a hand, her knee, or she would have to choose to give up the cig or the cell phone.

Then I LOOK further.

And this is where I wanted to get out of my van and violently hurt the chick.

In her back seat was a child. Closer to infant then toddler. And on further recall... not even sure the kid was belted in her car seat!!!

This is where I need your help.

Her window was down... mine was down.

Grant it I was in shock... but I HONESTLY wanted to say something.

And it was like my brain had had TOO much cold ice cream... it was FROZEN...

And then the light turned Green.

And like the beginning of a race, the chick was OFF!

I was stuck behind a NATURAL road block. (
Natural Road Block=Senior Citizen whose speed is turtle slow or snail slow)

I didn't even think to POP off a picture! THAT is how in shock I was!

So let's hear it... what would you have said? Or not said.

I need ammo,
cause HEAVEN forbid I see that again, but if I did... I think I'm morally obligated to teach the CHIT a lesson!!!  (see now I'm speaking in tongues... CHIT?HA! I'm leaving it!)

I love reflecting back on what I SHOULD have said or done... one of my many favorite things to do! And happens WAY TO OFTEN to me!  Especially after an arguement... it's like my brain finally catches up with the present!

So let it all out in my comment box.  I'm curious to know.  And I'm telling you right NOW... I'm stealing it-- if it's good... I'm using it.  So don't use any phrase you have Patented!  Cause if we can't learn and steal from each other being BEST BLOG BUDS where the HELK can we learn and steal from?




T said...

I'm still just in shock (and laughing at the "natural roadblock") so I'll have to let it simmer and get back to you... I'm sure that I'll come up with something wittier than "hey chit - you got a third arm to drive with?" by the end of the day...

roy/elisabeth dean said...

I have called the police when I see something like that (when a child is in danger). They have always come pretty quickly, pulled them over, and I just drive on by....smirking.
I wouldn't have said anything to her. When people are that outraged, you can't predict what they will do. 9*1*1

Make it a GREAT day~

Kristina P. said...

There should be a non-emergency number you can call. Doesn't hurt.

Sandi said...

I was totally hoping for a LOT of great snarky comments so that I could also steal them and use them for the next appropriate occasion. I can't think of any myself, so I will be back to see what everyone comes up with!

Annette Lyon said...

I'm with Kristina. There's nothing you could have said that would have done anything but make her mad. Calling authorities and reporting her license plate would probably do more.

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

I guess I might have called the police and gave them the discription of the car and on what road. I would NOT have said anything as I am way to chicken!

Barbaloot said...

I don't have the talent of saying something that would be helpful in a shocking situation like that. I tend to just stare...

But honestly, I don't feel like you'd be out of line calling the police in a situation like that. If nothing else, for the child in the back.

Katie L said... about your all time white trash. I would have called 911 on her ass...

H.K. said...

I would have been very straight forward and to the point, "Hey stupid, you need both hands to drive!" It usually just makes them angry, but I grew up near the city, so you learn to be blunt.

Kimberly said...

Oh parents like this make me feel sick. And I thought the man I saw on a bike (smoking and on the cell with both hands with a toddler in the back bike seat) was bad, but in a car? What really angers me is she put the child in danger, but also every other person on the road. That's what really pisses me off about drivers who do other things with all their hands while driving. Sorry for the rant, but it's a big pet peeve of mine.

I'm glad you posted this. My brain always freezing in intense situations like this, so I'm grateful to read what others would have said and done. If I ever get in a situation like that, most likely I won't know what to say so calling the police on the driver would probably be my option. But simply saying what H.K. suggests would at least make the driver think about what she's doing instead of what she's saying on the phone.

Great post Shelle as always! Thanks for making us think :)

Heidi Ashworth said...

As the mother of a special needs child, I have been the recipient of that kind of advice from those who feel morally obligated. Believe me, I did not listen. In my opinion, you don't really have a moral right to say anything about how she was treating her child (though you could call CPS) but you sure as heck have the right to comment on how she was threatening your safety and that of others on the road. In California, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone unless it is hands free. Even then, if you are in an arguement with someone whilst driving, it is NOT safe. I have seen some crazy things happening on the road with cell phone arguements! Not good!

Homer and Queen said...

KP is right...nothing you could have said, it would only have ticked her off then whe would have driven really bad with the kid in the car! I would have gotten out and punched her in the face! Well that is what I would have wanted to do but I probably would have just looked at her and said "Seriously?" And by the way...that is patented!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Okay, you're all to reasonable... Honestly what would have have WANTED to say.

T-- that's a good one! i'll use that next time

And Queen--if I could have gotten out of the car and punched her in the face... I WOULD have!!! :) i'm not gonna lie.

Sorry Heidi that you have been the recipitent of peoples opinion on how you should parent. I, in MOST circumstances, feel the same way... I usually don't judge because i don't know everyone's situation. But she didn't have HANDS to drive with... so you are right, I didn't want to tell her how to parent... I wanted to tell her about safety... and the safety of her child.

But if I could have come up with something to say... honestly I would have. I would have said it and probably not have felt bad.

I probably will pay for what I was thinking when I pass away anyway. Cause it WASN'T good.

And ya'll are right... if I would have been on top of it... i would have gotten her plate and called it in... but of course I didn't think of that either!

Kimberly--I don't know... that bike scenario is pretty terrible!!!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

LOL--sorry KATIE... yours is funny.. .and SO true!!! lol... at least for me... I did want to do just that!

Anjeny said...

Ok Shelle...I don't know why but you remind me of ME...when I was younger, that that I'm way older or anything like that but in my earlier marriage days, I used to be like you, my mind all froze up with I'm having an argument with my hub and then later thought of all the things I should've and could've have said that would totally put a sock in his mouth. I do sometimes now but luckily I'm able to at least throw some really mean curve balls at him, so to speak.

As for the driver of the car, if that was me, the windows are down like you said..(see, I'm getting meaner as I age..ha!age)I would shout out something like this:

"Yo Wonderwoman!! I soo totally admire your super incredible super power talent, but how about you bestow some of that on me while you fasten your child's seatbelt?"

I know, lame and like I said a bit on the meanie side but seriously she has no business driving on the road if both her hands are going to be occupied with other things besides the wheel. I do like Lilly's the cops, besides putting her child in danger, she's putting everyone else on the road in danger, too.

Anjeny said...

Shelle, I don't know what's wrong with my typing skill today, I seem to have a lot of typo error on my first paragraph, if you could call it, in the second line, I meant to write "not" as in "not that I'm way older" and some other little words that aren't suppose to be there....darn nimble fingers

Kritta22 said...

I would have said," Seriously!?? Buckle your freaking kid. Be a parent!"

Kritta22 said...

I must say though, I have been known to do some not so smart things while driving.
I used to sit in 2 hours of traffic every morning to get to work. The night before I would put my outfit in the car. I'd wake up at 5am, grab a bowl of cereal with milk, and get in the car, drive. I had to eat my cereal by a certain mile marker. Then I would get dressed, including panty hose, before the traffic got too bad and someone would stare at me changing. Then I would do my hair. I had a car curling iron that plugged into the lighter. Then I'd stop and get hot chocolate if I was on time.

DID I mention my car with a stick??

I did this for 2 years with no accidents, not even close calls.

BUT I didn't have a kid in the back seat, EVER!

I have changed my ways. I only put on eye makeup now. And only at stop lights.

AND my kid is ALWAYS buckled! ALWAYS, ALWAYS!

Kritta22 said...

I forgot that I had to put on makeup while driving in traffic too.

Malea said...

You could have given her a thumbs up by saying, "sweet, I didn't know Britney Spears was teaching parenting classes!"

John Deere Mom said...

Hmmm, I would probably have done exactly what you did...nothing, but thought about it all night. If I knew the baby/kid wasn't buckled, I probably would have called the sheriff's department which I have done on morons a time or two.

Shawn said...

I probably would have honked and pointed to the kid in the back and made the crazy motion with my hand, shaking my head.

And she would have followed ME and road raged me and smashed into the back of me, and when the police came, I would have told them the truth, the whole truth,and nothing but the truth!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Something like, "Excuse me, I think your cigarette is out. You probably didn't notice it because you were talking so loudly on your phone as you WERE DRIVING YOUR CAR WITH YOUR CHILD IN IT!!!!!!!!"

April said...

I call your "natural roadblocks" pace cars. I usually come across them in in the passing lane and the other in the slow lane...hence the one in the passing lane is the pace car.

Anyhoo...I have on my phone the number for non emergency police. True story. After saying in my most sarcastic voice...


I would have called the police with her license plate number.

I sometimes switched "NICE" out for "WOW!" They are both effective when used with a very sarcastic tone. Then when I am flipped off...which inevitably happens, I rub my eyes with my hands like I'm crying and make a pouty face. That really ticks them off!

Michele Horne said...

Oh, I am such a wuss, I wouldn't have said anything... but I would give my evilest evil-eye! And I do not agree with Heidi at all, once you light that cigarette with the child in close proximity (and possibly not buckled) I absolutely have a moral obligation to tell you how to raise your child since you clearly have the brain of a knat and should not be the primaey care giver of another human being.

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