Posted: March 20, 2009
I have spent much of the past week with back pain. I have experienced issues with my back muscles for years and I visit a chiropractor frequently. As a result, I have become more succeptible to become annoyed with other drivers over the past several days.
For example, I went to the local car wash last weekend and enjoyed the idea that my seven-year-old vehicle would appear to be newer as we approach springtime. But the driver behind me insisted on entering the automatic drive-thru before my car was done being dried. I thought about exiting my truck and politely asking the driver to have some patience, but I stopped myself. Plus, it would have been difficult to get out of my vehicle without experiencing more pain.
I was waiting for a parking spot at the downtown Eau Claire post office this week and noticed that a driver decided to read his mail while in his car as others waited to find a place to park. I honked my horn (politely, of course), but to no avail. Consequently, while more vehicles lined up behind me waiting for one of those premium parking spaces, I was forced to find a different location. Why don't others realize that the post office parking lot is not a place to sit and dawdle?
I found a few other things that especially bothered me while I walked with angst this past seven days. For instance, why is it that drivers neglect to activate their turn signal when entering a busy retail establishment so that those exiting have a fighting chance to leave the parking lot in front of oncoming vehicles? In addition, when will someone tell young drivers that talking on the cell phone, trying to eat fast-food fare and applying makeup at the same time do not make for safe road habits?
Now that my back pain has nearly subsided, I can eagerly anticipate the start of this year's annual NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. I will make my predictions - some of which could be null and void by the time many of you read this editorial.
My Final Four includes: Florida State, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Connecticut. I believe that North Carolina will beat Wake Forest 78-76 to win this year's championship.
As much as I have complained this week, I'll accept getting my pride hurt about my sports predictions over having a bad back anyday.
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