Wednesday, May 17, 2006

too nice for these parts

The headline of one my city's newspapers today reads: "We're Not Rude Enough! City Only Ranks Fifth in Rude Drivers." The accompanying article does take some pride in Boston ranking number one in "honking" and "cursing people out," although for the latter it is apparently tied with Chicago.

Where I come from, people still regularly raise one finger--their index finger--from the steering wheel to wave at cars coming from the other direction. Total strangers, even.

I need to make decisions about what I am going to do with my car in the next week and a half. Right now it is sitting a friend's parking lot in Madison, not being driven but taking $500+ out of my bank account every month.

3 comments:

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

One of my LJ friends was appalled to learn that Atlanta, where she lives, is supposed to be one of the most courteous driving cities--her biggest fear, she says, is that this might actually be true, and if it is, she cannot imagine what a place like Boston must be like.

Of course, some people do think it is courteous to honk at pedestrians to communicate "hello." We know how I feel about that.

Anonymous said...

That $500 is time payments and insurance? Or? And you're not using the car....

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could rent the car to a visiting faculty member?