My appointment was 7:30AM. I live 3 counties away, so I got up earlier and planned on getting in a few minutes earlier for any extra paperwork (they usually want you to fill out GOBS of questionnaires).
What happened was MASSIVE traffic jams. I made TWO detours and still ended up sitting in traffic to the tune of being an HOUR LATE to my appointment. I rang and they understood as they were all late getting in. It affected 3 major highways, which means all secondary and tertiary routes were also bogged down.
After my 2nd failed detour, I was just sitting, like everybody else…
A woman with a car load of kids got that ‘it’s okay, sneak out in front of me…we’re not going anyplace soon’ from the 2 lanes heading in my direction. I would never do this as it creates blindspots you’d normally not have. This is important. While what she did wasn’t illegal, it was DUMB. If you’ve done this yourself, you’re playing with a head on collision, which is what she learnt in a few seconds when–
Just as she had ‘righted’ herself into the lane and direction she meant to go in, I suppose she saw — just as I caught in my side mirror — the TRUCK speeding IN THE ONCOMING LANE TOWARDS HER. My arm threw itself up over my face as a defensive measure. When this happens 8 feet from you, it’s a VERY scary thing. Babies started coming out of the car.
That’s when the man behind me, the man up to the right of me, the man to the right of me and who knows who-all leapt from their vehicles and started running towards them. I was in such shock, it took this long for me to think, ‘BABIES’ and then I reached for my door handle to get out and beat the living shit out of the asshole who CHOSE to go head-long in an on-coming lane because he WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVERYBODY THERE, especially those BABIES.
I had a rare moment of sanity that told me the three men not only probably were thinking clearer than I was but also could do a better job of beating the fuck-all out of him if they thought about it. Plus, they didn’t need to pull me off of him when they kids needed to be seen to. I get that my reaction was wrong. Normally, I’d run to the babies. It was just seeing him for those 2 seconds before. Like, he COULD have hit the brakes, something. Obviously, he should’ve never done what he did.
She did something stupid: trusting that well-meaning people know better than she. She should’ve seen the god-awful-traffic, turned right around and watched tv with them. Cuddled them. Took a nap. She decided to go out and fight traffic with them. I’m saying, with babies in the car, just choose the least path of resistance: safety.
He did something criminal, in my book anyway. I didn’t stop to give eyewitness report because so many were getting out of their vehicles. I have stopped but there were already so many that it wasn’t necessary. And I may have slapped the piss out of that asshole.
PS: Dr. Twho seems absolutely fine and her staff are so freaking nice and helpful (I was an hour late and they did handstands to help me), I’m thinking of buying a fruit basket for them all.