Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Road menace


Why did you put my life in danger today? Me, in a green sedan waiting on El Dorado Hills Boulevard at Green Valley Road to make a right turn. You pulled up on my left. You, 40-ish with light brown and graying full beard and short hair driving a new black four door domestic pickup. When I looked left up Green Valley, you drove into my line of sight blocking it. When I inched forward, you did this again. When I tried one last time to see around you, you drove nearly two feet into Green Valley Road while our light was still red. It was then I looked up and saw you. Laughing at me.

I could no longer make a safe right turn. Your vehicle blocked any view of oncoming cars. I could not drive in reverse to get away from you as that would have been unsafe. I was stuck. With you, two feet into Green Valley Road, traffic exposing yourself, drivers in Green Valley Road’s right lane and myself to danger. And you, laughing at me all the time.

At first you were a bit scary. I’ve never seen you before in my life. Was I going to make it home to my child? Were drivers on Green Valley Road going to make it to their homes? What was so funny about all this?

Tonight at dinner with friends, we briefly discussed this incident. We all agreed. You are a bully. Sadly, no different than the school yard kid who beats up classmates. But you use your truck instead of fists to scare people. I don’t think I’m the first you’ve done this to nor will I be the last. But you told me a lot about yourself today. Beyond the opinion that you bully people. Your actions today told me about your struggles to compensate for your fears and shortcomings. For your failures and inadequacies. Why else would you so deliberately create such a dangerous situation? Why else be so aggressive with complete strangers? This conduct is not normal. I sincerely urge you to get counseling before your actions, and your bullying, lead to heartbreak and chaos for you and your family. Get help soon!

Cameron Park

Letters to the Editor


Discussion | 17 comments

  • James E.April 29, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Ms. Bauer, the first clue was that he was in a pickup. Perhaps the same guy who almost ran me down on Main Street while laughing his head off. Is there something "different" about pickup drivers?

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  • DB SmithApril 29, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Colonel, I drive a truck...are you profiling?

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  • James E.April 29, 2013 - 11:19 am

    DB, I knew that wasn't you on Main Street because you wouldn't have missed due to your extensive pickup skills. Actually, it was a teenager with his hat on backwards. Little bugger.

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  • James E.April 29, 2013 - 11:25 am

    DB, just my opinion, but teenagers and those in 20s/30s may be a bit wild in their pickup driving. Those in their 40s begin to mellow out, and those 50s to 90s are responsible drivers. Again, just my opinion.

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  • DB SmithApril 29, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Colonel, :)

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  • robertdnollApril 29, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    don't get mad,remain a good person

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  • GermaineMay 03, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Ms. Bauer - You jump to many conclusions... Maybe the man driving the pickup truck had a sick child laying down in the front seat & he was rushing to hospital - his laughter was only an effort to calm his nerves & comfort the child? Maybe he had twisted limbs & bursitis - his edging into the intersection was a contemplation of suicide - his laughter was out of relief as The Lord gave him the strength to live another day? Maybe you saw the Phantom of Green Valley Road - a strange apparition that appears every full moon driving around looking for its missing tailgate - giving every person who sees it in its physical form good luck for six months? The point is you don't know - you don't want to know - you just reach your racist conclusions - maybe you were victim of bullies because you are obnoxious - maybe the guy in the pick up was laughing with you??

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  • NancyMay 03, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Carry and pen/pencil and paper in the car and have it readily available. Get the license plate number. Then use your cell phone to call the police and report it right then and there on the spot.

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  • Sara YatesMay 03, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Germaine - What is wrong with you?? Those were probably the weirdest, far reaching, comments I have ever heard... Stop going to planet crazy and realize that the reason is simple - the guy gets a thrill out of being a jack ass and probably only behaves that way to women. Maybe you could do those cheese it commercials - you know, where the cracker gets launched from a rocket ship and crashes into a massive ball of cheese to get its' flavor? You need a hobby, preferably something semi-normal... Wow!

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  • James E.May 03, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Germaine, it was you driving that pickup wasn't it? I reviewed Ms. Bauer's letter again and there is no mention of race in it -- so where did you get "racist conclusions?" Yep, it was you.

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  • robertdnollMay 03, 2013 - 11:02 am

    "those in their 40s begin to mellow out"like lawrence singleton

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  • Jack MartinMay 03, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Keep a can of silly string in your car. Shoots pretty far, sends the message, causes no permanent damage. Yes, I keep a small can in the left pocket of my jacket when riding a motorcycle. I have no idea it it's legal or not, so act at your own risk.

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  • cookie65May 04, 2013 - 9:55 am

    You gave this person exactly what they were looking for. A Reaction. Next time don't be so easy.

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  • CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?May 04, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    Christine, I drive 14 hrs a day and this sort of thing happens about 3 times a week to me. I whip out the old video camera, and everytime they stop bullying. A dash cam is cool too and affordable. Dont take it personally, they would do this to their own mother. I agree it would be a better world if everyone was respectful, but just look at some of the comments here. That will not happen anytime soon, so when you get upset while driving just turn on your favorite led zep and be mellow as its not you. You cannot control their actions only your own reactions. Your job is to get home safe to family not worry about this tool. To James E. you couldn't be more wrong, 40 and 50 year olds are just as bad and they know better.

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  • James E.May 04, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Any 40 to 90 year old pickup drivers want to come to your own defense? No, I don't own a pickup nor have I have ever owned one. Nor, have I ever bullied anyone in traffic. If fact, I'm quite the gentleman on the road always giving the right of way even if I have the right of way. Think it comes from my three decades of flying helicopters. as the last thing you want is a midair collision, so I am trained to defer. Those that have to bully, on or off the road, think so little of themselves that they have to lord it over others for any self-satisfaction in life. Sad individuals.

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  • James E.May 04, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    *** delete period, add comma.

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  • James E.May 04, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Added thought about road bullies. In today's civilized society, take pics of the road bully and the road bully may pull out a gun and put a couple of bullets in you. Being bullied can be dangerous.

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