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A Matter of Centimeters

If it had happened today, with the wet, slippery streets, it could have been a totally different story. As it was, it happened yesterday, while the streets were still dry, thanks be to God.

On my way home from grocery shopping, there was this kid who cut in front of me, but he isn’t just driving, he is also on his phone (left hand) and talking with a friend, and gesturing (right hand) and his car isn’t staying in the lane. In fact, he isn’t paying attention to his driving at all, too much going on in his life I guess.

Traffic slows, the kid drifts left and into the left lane and that car, who was passing, honks. The kid gets embarrassed, or shook, I don’t know what, speeds up and cuts in front of the honking car, and cuts back in front of the car in front of him (also in front of me.)

At the same exact time, a bus pulls over from the right into the left lane, and the car in front of the kid slams on it’s breaks, we all slam on our breaks and I am also watching that land rover behind me coming up fast and praying he also slams on his breaks. In the end, there are six cars stopped within two seconds, centimeters apart – and not a single crash.

Thanks be to God. And thanks be to God we are not carrying guns in this country.

December 30, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Cultural, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Rants


  1. good think u and the others had fast reactions. these kids piss me off all the time!! they give fast and big cars to imbeciles with half a mind running on one brain cell, thinking it is cool to stick their hands out the window while smoking a cig with loud music and showing off in front of his teenager friend who hasnt even reached puberty.

    Comment by Fonzy | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. Six cars…wow, hope it put some sense in him(which i guess didn’t)

    Comment by Joel | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. immature kid. ‘boys’ go on and on how women are bad drivers…

    Comment by Mrm | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thank goodness :(!!!

    I flipped a boy of the other day – he later caught up with us on the Middle Lane and made signals and wanted to know why I flipped him off.

    I don’t know if he finally got it, but he drove at least 5 more minutes ahead of us in normal speed and not trying to hit cars left and right like he did with us and someone after us.
    Prob. on the phone too :S

    Comment by rainmountain | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. You’ve got it, Fonzy.

    Joel, I think he was embarrassed and defiant.

    Mrm – give me a woman driver almost any day (with one or two exceptions that come to mind!)

    Rainmountain – I’ve been told that women who make hand gestures in Kuwait can go to jail! Be careful!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. I know, but he was alone, we were two, still a good chance and hey, let me take my camera when they put me in there 😉

    Comment by rainmountain | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. they piss me off !

    Comment by Cat | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. Today i was saved by crushing two blind idiot pedestrians in a span of 3 minutes …Its really a miracle both times my reflex was good enough to hit the breaks

    Comment by 'GreY' | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  9. whoa!!! im glad that ure ok tho.. that’s really terrible someone should put a leash on those kids!

    Comment by vixenfatale | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  10. Wow! I’m glad nothing happened thank God! On my drive to work a bit ago I was thinking that we have a lot of idiots on the road, not very safe. I don’t know why they think they are invincible or that nothing could go wrong.

    P.S – guns kill .. but eggs ruin the paint on the car 😛 I’d rather egg bad drivers .. esp if their windows were open.

    Comment by Chirp | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  11. Rainmountain – It’s hard to break habits, isn’t it?

    Cat – Me too.

    GreY – I bet the adrenaline was pumping!

    Vixen – I think it’s pretty much the same with kids everywhere, when they just start driving.

    Chirp – How do all those eggs go with the smell of shrimp??? 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  12. Nah, not really a habit.
    I’m more of the generation where you did tip your finger on your forehead to express your opinion.
    But even that can get expensive in Germany and I just switched over to yelling at people that piss me off while driving.
    But that started to scare our dog, so I almost gave it all up.
    Just sometimes I have to show someone really clearly what I think of him trying to kill everyone around him 😉

    Eggs is a good idea – I just don’t drive often enough 😀

    Comment by Nicole | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  13. I’ve been told, Nicole, that it is against the law to do any gesture that implies the other driver is crazy, here, too! You are probably just safest screaming at him. Make sure the windows are closed! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 1, 2008 | Reply

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