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Idiots On the Road

 

Let me begin this rant by saying that 90-95% of drivers are good and safe law-abiding drivers who are courteous to others.

It is the other 5-10 percent that I am talking about below.

Is it just me? Is my age showing or what? Or are there more crazy, impatient and stupid drivers on the roads these days?

For instance, no one seems to know, or if they know, care what a yellow light means. What a yellow does not mean is to speed up and make like a bat-out-of-Hades mad dash to get through the intersection as the light turns red.

If I remember my driver’s training book correctly a yellow means, “Clear the intersection,” not race through it. And these days so many people race through a yellow it makes any car waiting to turn left in order to ‘clear the intersection’ fear for their lives.

This is so rude and inconsiderate of our fellow passengers on this earthly trip called life, not to mention extremely dangerous.

These days even when the light turn green I look both ways to make sure no one is coming in either direction. Overly cautious? No. Lately, I have seen more and more cars go straight through a red light nearly causing an accident.

I also wonder about those folks who think their half of the road is straight down the middle. What is it with that?

And don’t some drivers realize ice is slippery? It wouldn’t be so bad if they only hurt themselves. But it seems Murphy’s Law is at work here. Many of the accidents on ice result from an idiot speeding and killing the person in the car they hit. And idiot manages to come out of it alive.

Many people also do not seem to grasp the concept of turning right on red. They think it is their right ALL of the time.

The other day I had a green light. I proceeded to go through the intersection. I was about three-fourths of my way through the intersection when a car decided he wanted to turn right on red. Which he did, almost causing a collision with yours truly. The only reason there was no accident was I slammed my brakes to prevent a collision. Mr. Moron seemed oblivious to my screeching brakes and continued along.

I then proceed to follow this moron for six blocks and all the while he has right turn light on. At the sixth block Mr. Pay Attention makes a left turn. DUH!

One day this spring I was driving in a well marked right turn lane. I was the only car in this lane. A car who was stopped for a red light in the through lane on my left decided he wanted to make a right turn. So without looking, without signaling in any way shape or form he simply moved into the left turn lane ~~~ Expletive deleted ~~~   causing me to hit the brakes like I have never done before. I never heard such a clatter. I have never heard my brakes make such a hard sound like that. I thought the breaks were going to fall off my car right to the street. 

I also found out during the recent power outage here in Columbus that many of my fellow citizens do not understand how a four way stop operates……if they paid any attention to the fact most intersections had no traffic lights working at all.  

And what is it about so many people speeding all the time these days? Speed limits mean nothing any longer. Many people seem to think city streets are interstate highways and they do 60-70 mph and weave in and out of traffic at speeds used on the German Autobahn.

And it is not that I never speed. Cause I do. But I don’t do 55 in a 35!

Don’t speeders understand how cities use traffic lights? Traffic engineers use traffic lights to slow down traffic. I love folks who fly past me on city streets. I usually catch up to them at the very next red traffic light. You can’t fool Mother Nature or City Traffic Engineers. 🙂

And don’t get me started on people who use cell phones or worse yet who text while driving. I see it all the time.

What idiots on the road stories have happened to you?  Leave your horror stories in the comments section below.

And be careful out there my friends. It’s a jungle.

Featured Recipe        Steak Fruit Salad

Fruit salads are always popular, especially in summer when so much fresh fruit is readily available.

All I did for today’s recipe is add a steak to a fruit salad.

This is not a meal I can make every week or even every month. It is more expensive than most recipes I normally share here at More Thyme Than Dough. But I was hungry for steak and I gave in.

If you shop carefully you can find good steak at decent prices. Steak can be a recession recipe if you shop carefully and on sales or at discount stores.

This is a nice salad for a special occasion. You can divide one steak in half and make two salads. It is filling enough that with some bread and butter and/or soup this salad can feed two people.

I also used grocery store salad bar lettuce and some salad bar fruit plus jarred fresh citrus fruits for ease of preparation. You know me…lazy, lazier, laziest!

You can use store bought salad dressing rather than make your own.

This is what you will need for 1 or 2 people:

For the salad

1 steak of your choice (I used a boneless ribeye.)

Lettuce of your choice

Fruits of your choice

Steak seasoning if desired

Olive oil

Butter

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 teaspoons champagne vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

ASIDE: Boy I sure did a poor job of centering that picture, didn’t I? Still have frazzled nerves from all the four way stops last weekend.

Here is what you do:

Let the steak come to room temperature. Depending on size this will take about 15 minutes.

In the meantime wash and dry the fruit.

Then cut the fruit into bite sized pieces. Remove any seeds if necessary. I used Bing cherries, so I removed the seed.

Set fruit aside. I did not cut the apple yet so as to minimize browning. I will do that closer to the time the steak is done.

Then make the salad dressing by putting all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until emulsified.

Set dressing aside with the fruit.

If using any steak seasoning, season the steak on both sides now.

Since it won’t take long to pan-fry the steaks build most of your salad now. Place the lettuce on a serving plate.

Add the fruit to the lettuce and set aside for now.

Now heat the skillet over high heat until it is very, very, VERY hot.

I really like using a cast iron skillet to pan fry steak. You can get cast iron really hot and that makes a nice brown crust on the steak. If you prefer, you could also grill the steak.

Lower th heat just a bit and add about a tablespoon of olive oil and about a tablespoon of butter to the skilet. It will take no time to melt. If butter starts to burn remove the skillet from heat source untill all is melted.

Add the steak and leave it alone. Do not touch it or move it. Using the Steak Cooking Guide link below, cook the steak the number of minutes indicated for your desired doneness; rare, medium rare, medium, etc.

Then turn the steak over and again leave it alone. Use the chart again to determine how long you should cook the other side of your steak.

Steak Cooking Guide

My steak was very thin, so I cooked it 2 minutes on side one, and 1 minute on side two.

When the steak is cooked to your liking remove it to a plate and tent it for a few minutes to let the juices redistribute. This will give you a nice moist and juicy steak.

While the steak rests slice about one-fourth of the apple and add those to the salad too. Also drizzle some dressing on the salad now. I want the dressing on the salad and fruit; not on the steak.

Then simply slice the steak…………………..

………….and add to your fruit salad.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

 For the salad

1 steak of your choice         $6.51

Lettuce of your choice         $0.99

Fruits of your choice            $3.18

Steak seasoning                 $0.10

Olive oil                             $0.13

Butter                                $0.04

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon olive oil            $0.13

3 tspns champ vinegar          $0.34

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $11.42
Cost per person = $5.71

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7 comments to Idiots On the Road

  • I sense a bit of Maxine in this. 🙂

    You get a ticket for going through a yellow light in Australia IF it’s proven that you did have time to stop safely. Heaps of traffic lights have cameras and if you race through you get a ticket.

    We don’t have 4-way stops, they’re all round abouts or rotaries and it’s yield to the right.

    It’s illegal to use a cell phone in a car in Australia. Huge fines if caught.

    It’s also illegal to smoke in a car that has a child in it.

    Maxine has already been here. 🙂

    I’ve never had a steak salad with fruit in it but I’m dying to try this. One question though. I am guessing champ vinegar is champagne?

    • Roberta

      The operative words are “if caught.” Police can’t be everywhere. We do have cameras but I think they only catch going through red lights. But they are not at every intersection. Sad commentary on these modern days that cameras work…but even sadder they are needed in the first place.

      We have some 4-way stops. Not many and usually in rural areas. The four way stops I was referring to was after the storm that knocked out so many traffic lights and electricity for so mnay citizens a week and half ago.

      Yes, champagne.

  • I don’t want to even get started on the idiots that are on the roads in California. I think we have more cars here than in all the states combined. My only consolation is that I live in the San Francisco area and not the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles is the nightmares of all nightmares. It’s commuter traffic 24-7 in town and on the highways, and nobody knows how to drive. But I digress.

    My biggest peeve is there never is a cop around when some idiot runs a red light or stop sign, cuts in front of somebody almost causing an accident, or speeding. If I tried one of those stupid moves, there’d be a cop right there to give me a ticket. I guess they call that Murphy’s Law.

    Now that I vented, I’ll make your steak fruit salad and be glad that I’m not on the road. Thank you so much.

    • Roberta

      I hear you. Police can’t be every where. But would be nice if they caught some of these idiots. But you know….. these types of drivers would not be deterred by a ticket and fine anyway. (:

  • P.S. I never knew about the tenting. I’ll have to do that. Thanks.

    • Roberta

      You are welcome. My pleasure. Just keeps meat warm while giving it a rest from the fire. Happy Tenting. 🙂

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