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I'm sitting in traffic about a quarter of a mile from the stop light at one of the busier intersections in Austin, Texas. Behind me cars stretch as far as I can see. I begin to feel the tension in my shoulders as my frustration starts to build. I am just about to shout (at no one in particular just out loud,) when I notice movement in the car next to me. I look closer and see a man pounding on his steering wheel and shouting. Next to him I see his companion. Her chin in her hand staring out the window and probably wishing she was somewhere else. At that very moment, I have an epiphany and decide from that moment on I would let people like him be upset for me in any frustrating driving situation. Whenever I was in traffic, I would be absolved from getting angry or frustrated by knowing that somewhere out there, there will be several people going off like a steam kettle. To this day, when stuck in traffic I almost always see someone carrying on in the same manor and these days it makes me laugh.

TrafficI read a recent interview with Tom Vanderbilt, a freelance writer and author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)," just published by Knopf. It's a well-researched 402-page book on the complicated and interesting relationship between people and the machines they drive  "at 88 feet per second (60 mph) or sit for hours in bumper-to-bumper-to-bumper traffic." Vanderbilt writes that driving is "the most dangerous thing most of us will ever do."  In the interview he makes some very interesting points.

He quotes a number of studies that prove without a doubt that we are not as skilled at driving as we have lead ourselves to believe.

  • Talking on a cell phone takes concentration, and Vanderbilt's book points out the many ways in which a driver becomes less attentive while on a call. Because of that split attention, he writes, "We become worse drivers and worse talkers."
  • "Accidents": The way we talk about traffic, Vanderbilt says, can make us think that driving a car isn't as dangerous a task as it can be. Consider the word "accident."
  • "We prefer the word ‘accident' because we all drive. When you hear about a plane crash, you don't hear ‘plane accident.' We wouldn't feel comfortable with that description because it would indicate someone throwing their hands up and saying, ‘Oh, accidents happen."
  • "This is the classic thing in traffic safety. You don't want to petrify people. But, on the other hand, you sort of do. ... Forty-three thousand people a year-that's just fatalities.
  • "There's so much associated with driving-romance and excitement. A survey by some Canadian people found that 50 percent of car commercials showed unsafe driving acts. What are they selling?" (The ultimate driving machine?)

For years, the state of Texas installed signs everywhere with just two words "Drive Friendly."  I think this simple message actually encouraged people (weather directly or subconsciously) to do just that. I wish Texas would bring them back because it might help. It is always irritating to be stuck in traffic, but the bizarre and aggressive nature of other drivers can also be maddening. For instance, I turn on the signal to change lanes and the person in the next lane (usually in one of those cars advertising its self as "the ultimate driving machine,") roars up to cut me off. Road side gawkers who slow to a crawl to look at anything at the side of the road from a clearing wreck to (in Austin at least) a man dressed in a pink thong pulling a wagon full of odd junk. Honking freaks, lying on the horn, if you don't move the instant the light turns green or just to express themselves at any given moment. You can fill in the blank with your own particular aggravation.Drive Friendly

Okay, I am going out on a limb here with some admittedly "half baked theories". Of all the things in the world that make me cranky, hunger is right up there in the top two or three. I think this also applies to the majority of people in the world today. Now, think about the fact that at least half of the population is on some type of diet. You see where I am going with this? Well, it makes sense that there are a lot of people on the road who are already on edge from self imposed hunger pangs that are just a snack away from losing it! I know I will catch flack for this but my other "prejudice" concerns the people who pilot the aforementioned "ultimate driving machines". Now don't take my word for this. Just start looking around and I feel certain that you will soon begin to notice many of the smaller versions of this car whipping in and out of traffic, turn signals apparently broken, barrelling down the road with no regard for others around them and generally "letting the ego take the wheel..." Okay, enough of that, you get my point!

As a real estate broker in Austin Texas I spend a great deal of time behind the wheel. I am one of those realtors who divide my time almost equally between representing listings and working with buyers. Over time, I developed a strategy to stay comfortable both physically and mentally while driving. I like driving a nice car that is as comfortable as possible and is also good for shuttling clients to various homes. I believe in a hands free phone system so I can talk and drive if the need arises. I utilize both an iPod as well as a subscription to Sirius radio for a wide variety of music choices. A word of warning: avoid choosing hard rock, punk, or speed metal when in traffic as this may increase the aggressive side of your driving nature. Always have a snack nearby to avoid the crankiness driven car tactics I mentioned earlier. Last but not least, give yourself ample time to get where you are going. If you are behind before you get in the car you are already inclined to drive like a bat out of hell. In no way am I preaching. I just hope we can all drive in harmony and save ourselves some emotional anguish and maybe even some lives.

As always, I remain yours in the social graces and will see you on the road.

 

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83 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • September 27 2008 01:16AM

Comments

You have an extremely biting and funny sense of humor and a unique way of presenting a serious subject that affects everyone driving, realtors and the general public too!  Thanks for another  refreshing look at a subject that concerns every one. I also wanted to compliment you on your Good Life blog here in Austin, keep up the good work!

Posted by Margaret about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!
Okay...you made me giggle..and relate more than I probably want to.  I have my own theory...I think driving a certain way is cultural.  I am not going to get much deeper than that, because I am sure there are those that would think ill of me.  I know my children did until they started driving...then they started agreeing with me.  There is one culture who drives slower than mud. The laws are unknown so they don't go when they can. ARGH!  There is the other culture who use to know how to drive, but sometime in the wearing down of life, they forgot.  Yep...they are slow too, but also dangerous because they are also unpredictable.  There is another group that thinks driving like a bat out of hell is normal...and collecting another like minded driver so they can take turns drafting behind one another.  Oh..oh..oh...and how about the groups that really thinks freeways are for daredevils...racing in and out of cars to see who gets there first? (wherever "there" is)

Now, the fun part about all of this is that my game is to see the car and how it is driving, then figure out which group I think the driver belongs to then, if I get a chance, see if I am right.  I am at about 75%! Ha!  This way I can excuse their behavior...they just can't help it...and then laugh.

Posted by Paula Swayne Realtor - Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park Homes Specialist (Windermere Dunnigan Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 1 year ago

I was just in LA, thats Los Angeles not Louisiana. And the traffic looks the same except it is 8 lanes across each way. Then I saw this traffic sign & thought I would die laughing.

Posted by Claudia Efthimos (Signature Homes & Estates) about 1 year ago

Howdy Russell

I sure did enjoy reading this here post. My first winter up here 9 years ago I could not believe the way folk's drove. I can always pick the cars and trucks that I'm going to see off the road. Folk's seem to think they can drive on the highway when it's snow packed and has ice on it, as they do when it's dry.

I like that there Drive Friendly sign.

God Bless Texas

Posted by Dale Baker,The #1 Home and Commercial Properties Inspector-in NH&VT-on; AR (Baker Home,Commercial Properties Inspections and Consulting ) about 1 year ago

Russell,

OMG.......... You should see the road rage here in Northeast Ohio.  It seems everyone is headed for an emergency!!!!  If your first in line when the light turns green and you aren't putting the pedal to the metal than you are honked at, yelled at and most times flipped off.  Just once I would love to put my car in park and walked back and ask the ahole behind me just what the heck the emergency is?  I'm from the Seattle/Tacoma area and even there I never experienced such rude drivers.  I don't know about other states but in WA we were taught to be polite drivers and give way to your fellow drivers if possible.  They certainly didn't teach that driver courtesy here.

Posted by NJ Bosley (*) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell,

Can I please buy some of these signs for Southern CA freeways?!  :)

 

Drive Friendly

Posted by Not Yet Licensed about 1 year ago

I lived in Houston for many years and now in Dallas.  While I love living in Dallas, I find the drivers here to be very rude.  My theory is that in Houston more people carry guns.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTORĀ®, Broker Associate, GRI, ePRO, eAgent (Bill Griffin Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Mragaret I do have a way of complaining with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. Since we all spend so much time on the road, I thought I would write about it without going into a rant. (I guess I only only partially succeeded.)

Paula You are  making laugh and I about to spill my morning coffee! In Texas we have many "cultures"  that display bizarre driving habits and of course you read that my biggest irritation comes from those little cars piloted by all cultures and BOTH sexes! Thanks for a funny an enlightening comment!

Claudia I was spoiled by the relative lack of traffic in Austin for so long and now that we have had no road planning and enormous growth over the last 10 years it's a pan (but at least we only have 4 lanes backing up)!!! I believe the sign do work even if it makes us crack up laughing at the almost impossible ability of many people to even entertain the thought!

Hi Dale You are so right, I spent two years in Minneapolis while my wife was in anesthesia school and was amazed at the people who drove with complete abandon during times of snow and ice (months on end) and yes, most ended up crashing into each other or in the ditch!

NJ I hear you loud and clear. It's the same here and once some very old and grumpy guy laid in the horn behind me because I did not take off immediately. I don't know what go hold of me so I just creeped along and made the turn. He wsa in one of those old school "whale" cady's and after we made the turn, he pulled up beside me and began screaming all sorts of nonsense..For some reason the only thing I could do was start barking like a dog at him and he completely lost it and stomped on the accelerator and burned rubber for a block. Funny how much I enjoyed that!

Not Yet Licensed Hey there, great too see you as always! I think we need them everywhere. When I was very young we took a family trip to Disneyland and it was the only time I ever saw my dad flip someone off in traffic! (or anywhere else for that matter)

Richard I believe you and for that reason believe there is a fine line between Dallas and Houston. The gun toter's are more rude in my book because it's just that extra bit of aggression that they are packing in the glove box, or on the seat or possibly waving about and I can definitely dodge a "bird" easier than a bullet!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Another great post. I loved the pictures, they say it all. Have a great day!

Betina

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis area, Lakeway, South Austin & Central Austin ((512)771-6318 Keller Williams Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell as usual you have written a very good post and used both your sense of humor and a sense of purpose to convey a message we all need to hear! I am still laughing at all of the pictures at the top of the post! Is it okay to show people displaying the "bird" in active Rain? We do see enough of them on the road these days!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Betina Thanks for dropping by! i had some fun with this but we all spend so much time in the road and I needed to remind myself to drive a little friendlier!

AnneI am not sure if there is a ban on birds here at active raina and i certainly don't mean to offend. I mean, you are right that we see so many of them on the roads these days!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I love the photos in your post - they are hilarious, and so true!!! People get so mad when they drive, I don't really understand it. It is not worth getting mad when you drive, too much risk! Great post!

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) about 1 year ago

Russell - I can tell you spent a bit of time thinking about this subject.  I also feel like I live in the car sometimes, so I like having things comfortable (we have a TV for the kids, and Sirius for me).  Have a great weekend, and drive friendly.  I will.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell This is so funny but we really do have to be careful these days. For those of us with buyers in the car we have liability. It's tough when your trying to remain friendly and talk with your clients while shoeing houses and at the same time battling the traffic!

Loved your picture collage too!

Posted by Jennifer about 1 year ago

Hey there, I am so glad you finally resurfaced and wrote another post! This one is a doozy and you managed to balance the funny with the serious though I am not sure how many people will be offended by the waving fingers. I know we all see them on the road, more often than not! Wonderful picture collage and a well written post! Thanks!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

 hi Russell, I'm glad to see we're not alone here. I travel a lot and Quebec has some of the worst drivers in the world. The only place I've seen more chaos on the road was in Dubai, they're just like cowboys behind the wheel. ;-)

Posted by marti garaughty (The Art Of Marketing YOU) about 1 year ago

Sharon Thanks for commentng. Driving for many is extremely emotional which makes it more dangerous for the rest of us! I am glad you enjoyed the pictures too!

Jason You know that I usually take some time posting as I try and follow Rich's advice to write something of substance. You know we all spend so much time driving we have to be prepared AND comfortable!

Jennifer You bring up an excellent point that we are also liable for those in our cars and have to always be careful and I have to temper my "talking" with my "driving"!

Mattie As you know I have been very busy and finally got some tome to get the pictures and really think about writing this post. I am having fun but I would like to be more prolific as time goes on! I also thought about the fingers but we see them all to often on the road anyway!

Hi marti! I have driven in some untamed places in the world but you take the cake. I cannot imagine how unbelievably outrageous it must be in Dubai!?!?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Well now...I was wondering when we were going to hear from you again and this is an excellent post. You obviously take your time and I enjoy your writing and you always have the best pictures and illustrations. We all can identify with the traffic problem. In Austin, it's just gotten worse over the years . Frankly I think it's a lot of people from other parts of the country that are crabbier on the road but that is one of my "half baked" theories! Great work!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,   You are so right about many points in your blog.  I always keep a bottle of water with me as well as a snack just in case.  We are so busy sometimes we don't have time to eat right and I don't like to go to long without eating.  It does affect your moods as well as your health.  I remember why I live in a small town every time I see pictures of traffic like that :) Have a good one!

Posted by Ricki Eichler,Broker,GRI,ePRO your Texas Hill Country connection (Ricki Eichler Real Estate LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell This is so true these days in Austin. I can rmember when Mopac was so easy to drive and now every street in town is clogged. I know we are growing but honestly traffic is the only thing I don't like about Austin! By the way, I really like your blog, The goodlife in Austin Texas. Great name for the blog and you have a great attitude! See you soon!

Lynne

Posted by Lynne M. about 1 year ago

Scott Hi there and thanks for the compliment! I have been busy with the real world of real estate so have not had much time to post...You know I have also heard other people say that the bad drivers sometimes bring their bad habits from other parts of the country but unfortunately, I think we have the "home grown" variety too.

Hi Ricki Yes, it is always good to be prepared and traffic is about the only thing I don't like about Austin. You are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas that has managed to avoid the population BOOM and stiil have few traffic problems. I really do like your part of the world!

Lynne Thanks for dropping by and checking out my outside blog. It's a twin (more or less) to my Active Rain Blog but is for the public who are interested in Austin. Both real estate and some of the things that I find as I go through my day in our very cool city!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

very funny. Thank you for turning me on to your blog!

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Posted by Sylvia McFadden - Short Sale Specialist about 1 year ago

Russell, I read this again and enjoyed it even more the second time around! In reading the comments, this appears to be a problem almost everywhere. You have a great sense of humor and I like the way you craft your posts with both pictures and intelligent writing! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, I just ran inti Erin as she was leaving the office and she told me to check out your newest post! Wow, you really put some thought and creativity into this and its an excellent article. This is exactly why I do not drive a car and I am so thankful we live in a bike friendly city. Well most of the time at least! And I know you are courteous to the bike riders in Austin!

Posted by Tami about 1 year ago

Erin Thanks for dropping by and commenting! I hope you get more involved with active rain!

Sylvia The comments section is not a place to spam others or promote services and ads!

Anne  I always try and write something with substance which is why I post less than the mega-bloggers. Thanks again

Tami I am careful of our bike riding friends and we all have to be aware of inconsiderate drivers!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

This a very good, very funny post but there may be a few too many "birds" on display! I just thought I would mention it!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Mattie You are probably right! I may have to post a CENSORED sign over the one on the right because I wanted to use this as a Localism post! Thanks for pointing that out and remember to DRIVE FRIENDLY yourself!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I still think it's well written and funny too. We need to be more careful and more courteous out there and maybe the BIRDS will fly south or back where ever thye came from!

Posted by Margaret about 1 year ago

Hi Russell - Living in a smaller town for over 5 years now, I forget the road rage we had down in Palm Beach County.  Literally, it was one of the reasons we wanted to move.  One day, and I have no idea what I did, but this BIG guy got out of his car and was heading for mine, cussing and shaking his fist.  I was terrified, locked my doors, maneuvered away with a few choice words of my own....might have dispatched a bird as well, but I was trembling with fright.  That was not fun but I don't think people like that read things like this - too bad huh!

Gail MacMillan

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (Home Sweet Home Florida Realty) about 1 year ago

Margaret I may have over done it with the "birds" but I appreciate the fact that all of us see flocks of them more often than is necessary...or ever!

GailI completely understand and cannot abide that kind of bullying! I think we should all use a "Trunk Monkey". Have you seen them? I will email you a link as they are incredibly funny! Thanks again for commenting and I will visit with you soon!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Gail, I will send you the link to the "Trunk Monkey" series. They are hysterically funny but I did not have room to post them on this already overly long article! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell- I looked it up, very funny.  I think my favorite was the attempted bribery...and no... I've never done that personally ;-)

Gail MacMillan

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (Home Sweet Home Florida Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,

I logged on to your Good Life in Austin Texas blog to see your prize winning post about Barton Springs and then saw this one about traffic! I totally love Austin and so many things about living here but the traffic and the subsequent bad behavior has shot through the roof! It's not enough to make me move but I do wish they would bring back those "Drive Friendly" signs. Thanks and again, I love your new blog!

Sarah

Posted by Sarah about 1 year ago

Russell,

Funny isn't it how the people carrying on and making such a commotion in traffic figure that they're the only ones who are inconvenienced. It's frustrating, but what can you do? Acting like a child only makes it worse. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker - Real Estate Sales & Marketing Consulting and Strategies (Hoffacker Associates LLC) about 1 year ago

Gail I am glad you found it...Hysterical and the donut ploy end the poor critter up in handcuffs!

SarahThanks for checking my "outside blog", I appreciate the compliments and we both agree that the signs would probably help!

Hi Steve I wish I had mentioned that, it is incredibly childish and tantrum like. Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

GREAT blog! So true! In Austin Tx if you don't pay attention to your driving it will end badly. I will admit I'm guilty of talking on the phone and driving but as I get older I find myself paying closer attention to being safe on the road.

Posted by Lindsay Allen (AvenueOne Properties ) about 1 year ago

Russell,

GREAT blog! So true! In Austin Tx if you don't pay attention to your driving it will end badly. I will admit I'm guilty of talking on the phone and driving but as I get older I find myself paying closer attention to being safe on the road.

Posted by Lindsay Allen (AvenueOne Properties ) about 1 year ago

I must admit Im so used to traffic now, especially at the frustrating intersection of Ben White and 35, that I've become the "hand on my chin while behind the wheel" person.  The only time I really go off like a steam kettle is if I've waited in that long line and someone has the nerve to zip to the front and cut in.....HATE people like that, I mean, hello, do you think we're sitting here for our health?

Posted by Jennifer Chide (Prominent Title) about 1 year ago

Russell:

 

Another great Blog!!!  Keep up the good work. Loved it.

 

XXOO

Karen David-Mohr

Posted by Karen David-Mohr (Prominent Title, LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell,

As someone who has driven with you for years, I can truly say you proactice what you preach "Drive Friendly". 

I just love reading your blogs, they are some of the most entertaining ones on the web.

Susan

Posted by Susan Avant, Realtor (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Lindsay That sounds like a good way to actually get older and I admit to talking n the road (hands free)!

Jennifer You have reached that traffic "zen-state" but then some one pulls a stunt and it has an unsettling effect on everyone who has to put up with it!

Karen Thanks for the comment AND the compliment!

Hi Susan I have certainly become more calm wile in traffic by "compensating" in a lot of ways! Thanks for the compliment too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I love this post! I cannot believe it did not get featured but maybe the "birds" were the problem. I know we see plenty of them out on the roads these days! Keep em coming, you are a hoot!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell, I forgot to add that this would be a great Localism post and also to your neighborhoods (and you might want to blur the birds) You just write so well and your pictures and illustrations are so awesome so I hate to see anyone miss this because they were put off in some way. I know we seem them often enough but who knows! you still did a fantastic job!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Allysoun I appreciate your comments an d yes you may be right about the pictures. I do want tis to be a part of my Localism posts and  will alter the pics enough so that they should not offend people. It's funny because like many of the people who have commented, we do see them more than we would like!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

As far as editing, I think it might be better for the "general public" but I like this as is its funny and it's the truth!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, loved it! I too, have seen the "bats from hell." What I generally get a kick out of are those that want to zoom away from a light or stop sign. I wonder if they realize how much gas they are using to get to the same intersection that is next where we all sit again. What they gained...I'm not real sure.

As far as telephones in the car, CA passed a bill where everyone must have hands-free use of phones in cars which was enforced in January of this year. Even with that measure, it would seem that there are folks that can't handle driving and a conversation at the same time as evidenced by their driving.

Very good point where you wrote about "car accidents" and "plane crash."  I never thought about that.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 1 year ago

There are times I feel fortunate to live in Ohio.  Yes, we do have our road rage and Ohioans can drive as poorly as anyone else in the country; Ohio drivers even remind you from time-to-time that you're Number 1 in their hearts with that friendly gesture!  We do have congestion on some roads every now and then (depending on what part of Ohio you're driving in) but overall our congestion isn't as bad as other places.  I think that the slogan "Drive Friendly" is one that we all ought to adhere to.  Thanks for your commentary.

Posted by Jon Wnoroski, Summit County Realtor (Geneva Chervenic Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Anne Thanks again for the suggestion. I am changing it (and it's actually funnier now) right after I answer these comments!

Gena It is always great to hear from you! I know that no matter where we are there are going to be plenty of crazed drivers and I also appreciate your point that it is not that good to talk and drive at the same time!

Jon I am laughing as I respond to your comment because we all have the number 1 driver to deal with no matter where we live. I am actually editing the picture slightly right after I make this comment. It's will be obvious and also funny and  probably more suitable for my outside blog and my Localism neighborhoods! Thanks again for dropping by!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Okay...here is the new version with the ubiquitous "Blue Bird" perched upon the offending appendage!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

OH MY GOSH!!! That is even funnier now and I have to say you should definately post it to your Localism neighborhoods. This is one of your best and I hope it gets featured so more folks will see it! You are really taking to the blogging thing and are improving with every post!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, It make sme mad the way our population grows and the bad drivers expand at the same time! I believe it about the people who are in the "Ultimate Driving Machines". Some one in our office cited a specific study about that segment of the driving population and it confirmed that part of your admittedly "half baked theories".

Great post and well written!

Thanks again-Michelle

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

Russell, It makes me mad the way our population grows and the bad drivers expand at the same time! I believe what you say about the people who are in the "Ultimate Driving Machines". Some one in our office cited a specific study about that segment of the driving population and it confirmed that part of your admittedly "half baked theories".

Great post and well written!

Thanks again-Michelle

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

Since I just moved back to the big city, I am probably the target of more than one of the "Flying Fingers of Fate" as I become accustomed to dealing with traffic. Hopefully, you can take the country out of the girl! Great post, Russell!

Posted by Terri Moore (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

That is perfect (the blue birds) and again this is a well written post and shows that you put a lot of thought into your commentary posts! Thanks again!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Allysoun Thank you for the compliment, I guess I should have used better judgment in the first place but you know we see flocks of "birds" out there daily!

Michelle I am laughing as I see the phrase "half baked theories" I do have a few for sure! And I would love to see that study as proof that at least one of my ides was not that "half baked"!

Terri I am glad you are back in town, just remember to take suitable precautions when driving round these parts!

Mattie The little "blue bird of happiness" was the perfect foil and thanks because i do try and write something with some substance (and a bit of humor too).

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Michelle I appreciate the compliment and frankly should have posted this with the little "bue birds"  in the first place! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Looking at your Goodlife blog, it might be a good idea to make your graphics larger. Does this look different from the way it displays in your Active Rain blog? I just thought I would mention it and also say that this is another very good post and I like the way you displayed the "blue birds"

Posted by Margaret about 1 year ago

Drive Friendly - they should have continued the project.  Here in DC we have the added challenge of people from all over the world doing their driving OJT on our busy highways.  I like the collage,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Fairfax Prince William Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (Long & Foster America's #1 Privately Owned Real Estate Co.) about 1 year ago

Margaret Thanks for the heads up about my outside blog and thank you for the compliment. I am trying to make al of my posts relevant in some way to the readers!

Karen I agree and maybe they will bring it back in the future! I thought we had it bad in Texas but I cannot imagine driving with folks from all over the world as part of their OJT! Wow, be careful!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, This is one of your best yet! i am glad you are writing more commentary posts but I know that you will hopefully be doing more Localism posts in the future. I loved reading this and also enjoyed all of the comments that show that we all have to face traffic and crazy drivers every DAY!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Russell,

It looks as if you really hit a nerve with all of us! Well said! Good chuckle.

I also subscribe to Sirius for the variety and I love All Elvis!

Drive Friendly!

Posted by Caren Wallace-Real Estate Agent (Stouffer Realty, Akron, Ohio) about 1 year ago

Erin Thank yo, I appreciate the compliment, we all have to deal with crazy drivers at times! I do plan on doing more Localism material as well as working in my neighborhoods! Hey i just wanted to add, next time you commentt, log in first!

Caren Yes, I was surprised by the number of comments talking about the same issues in all parts of the country!. I see you are a Sirius fan too (I try to avoid the Buzzsaw channel when driving).

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Okay, thank you again. It actually get's the message across in an even more humorous way! I still think this is one of your best posts but you might want to make them a tiny bit shorter!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Mattiegee...now everyone is an editor! Just kidding and thanks again for the compliment. I do need top abbreviate my posts because no one has the time to read something so long. I just get carried away and don't want to leave anything out!?!?! Have a great week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I still think this is a wonderful post and frankly I am happy to see that you edited the "birds" in such a creative and funny manner. Looking forward to your next post "in the rain"!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell,

You must have observed David & I in the above scenario;0  Honestly, i will admit i have a bad rep. around the office for aggressive driving but when I have my family in the car i tone it done.  I really put the petal to the metal when you call me to come and receipt in a contract!!!  Thanks for reminding me that leaving 5 minutes earlier can save my/someone elses life.  GREAT BLOG RUSSELL!!!!!!

Mandy

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Prominent Title, LLC) about 1 year ago

ScottI appreciate your compliments and as usual, it will be awhile before I have time to toss out something new, but I will...

Mandy Hmmm...remind me what model of car you drive? Thanks for checking in and yes, drive carefully with that beautiful child!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Wow! I wish the state of Texas would bring those signsback! I can remember when MoPac (Loop 1) in Austin was a good way to get north or south. Now it's jam packed all the time and people drive so aggressively without once considering the consequences or ever "Driving Friendly"!

Posted by Samantha about 1 year ago

Samantha I can remember when they open MoPac in 1975 or 1976 and there were hardly any people on that roadway for nearly a year!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I read your newest post about referrals and thought I would check out your blog. This one is both serious and funny at the same time. I love that you posted the "bluebirds" in such an amusing way! Thanks and keep up the good work!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Russell this is one of the funniest articles you have ever written. The "blue birds" made me laugh out loud. Traffic is probably the most dangerous part of living in Austin so I am glad you wrote this but with some tongue in cheek humor.

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Erin I admit that traffic is about the only thing in Austin that really bothers me and yes it is more dangerous these days...especially with the flocks of "birds" that are growing larger every day!!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

JeannetteI missed your comment earlier! I was and still am frustrated with the traffic problems in Austin but found a somewhat humorous way to complain abut the situation! Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, You make a very good point here about road rage and other things we do that greatly effect our ability to drive. I wish that they would outlaw using a cell phone in Florida..at least make it hands-free. The drivers are bad enough down here without alaw banning cell phone use. Thanks for your post. It is a good reminder of how we all need ot keep our emotions in check and be more aware of things we do while we drive. Take care.

Posted by Michael Sahlman e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes (www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

I especially like the point about our perception of the word "accident". Never quite thought of it that way before.

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher - Memories DVDs Slideshows "Real Estate Showcase"/ Photographer (Memories DVDs "Bring your Photos to Life!") about 1 year ago

Michael Since Ichanged my attitude it's been a lot less stressful when driving and I always uses hands free phone (if I can hear it over the music I am enjoying at the same time)!!!

DebiI thought the same thing because it really is a point of perception and we are all responsible for our behavior when driving or otherwise! Thanks for your comment!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell - I found this from your Christmas meme - and I love the post. How I missed it - I do not know. Great post you have written here - and when I see someone all bent out of shape driving, I just calmly continue about my business and stay away. It is pointless to get so upset - but unforuately people do! Great post!

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) 10 months ago

Hey I clicked on the link to this post that was in your Christmas Meme and I still think it is one of your best! You know I still think the blue birds are such a funny touch!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) 10 months ago

Sharon I had some fun with this because we drive so much and I was tired of getting frustrated. It was good therapy writing it and it's also important to be comfortable which is why I want a nice ride!

Mattie I think that if I had followed your advice and used the "blue birds" when I first posted this it might have gotten a gold star! Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 10 months ago

I found this on your Christmas meme! Great job! And I am with Mattie, you should have used the bluebirds the first time this was posted, they are very funny!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) 10 months ago

I found this on your Christmas meme! Great job! And I am with Mattie, you should have used the bluebirds the first time this was posted, they are very funny!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) 10 months ago

Scott Thanks for visiting via my Christmas meme! I really had fun with this one!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 10 months ago

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