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  1. #1
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    This is slightly off topic because it is something that happened while
    we were having dinner on the patio last night.

    We were having a nice meal of BBQed hamburgers when a car came along
    blasting its horn. It was just a quick toot, like the local Dutchmen
    saying hello and goodbye, or a short warning toot. It was a long, angry
    blast. I thought maybe someone was pissed off because a bunch of
    bicyclists were riding 2 or 3 abreast and refusing to move over. So I
    got up and went to the front of the house to see what was going on. A
    car was turning around in our driveway..... I thought perhaps to
    continue a confrontation with someone..... returning to the scene of the
    crime.


    There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    frustration........ a huge turtle. I don't know what the guy expected
    the turtle to do when he blasted the horn at him. If it had been a cat,
    a dog, a squirrel or something like that, it might have been startled
    and run off. I know that when I go past the pond int he woods there are
    sometimes turtles sitting on logs and they get startled and jump into
    the water. I have never seen a turtle on land startled enough to run.

  2. #2
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Jun 12, 10:34*am, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > This is slightly off topic because it is something that happened while
    > we were having dinner on the patio last night.
    >
    > We were having a nice meal of BBQed hamburgers when a car came along
    > blasting its horn. It was just a quick toot, like the local Dutchmen
    > saying hello and goodbye, or a short warning toot. It was a long, angry
    > blast. *I thought maybe someone was pissed off because a bunch of
    > bicyclists were riding 2 or 3 abreast and refusing to move over. So I
    > got up and went to the front of the house to see what was going on. *A
    > car was turning around in our driveway..... I thought perhaps to
    > continue a confrontation with someone..... returning to the scene of the
    > crime.
    >
    > There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    > frustration........ a huge turtle. *I don't know what the guy expected
    > the turtle to do when he blasted the horn at him. If it had been a cat,
    > a dog, a squirrel or something like that, it might have been startled
    > and run off. I know that when I go past the pond int he woods there are
    > sometimes turtles sitting on logs and they get startled and jump into
    > the water. I have never seen a turtle on land startled enough to run.


    I'm sure that turtle went out of it's way to inconvenience that
    driver. Damn turtles, don't they know this guy is DRIVING
    HERE....sheesh....



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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:34:03 -0400, Dave Smith wrote:

    > There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    > frustration........ a huge turtle.\


    You must lead a very boring life if this is the best OT post you can
    come up with. this is right up there with Barbara pressing the
    channel button on the remote rather than the volume.

    Mesmerizing stuff, both of you.

    ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:

    http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg

    -sw

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    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:56:05 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:


    >ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:
    >
    >http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg
    >


    Total comfort food. That looks like really nice bacon too. I'd eat
    that plate even though you didn't soften the butter.

    Lou

  5. #5
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    In article <d37j84l4v6f0$.[email protected]>, [email protected]t
    says...

    >
    > ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:
    >
    > http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg


    That toast must be stone cold and the eggs are overcooked.

    Janet

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:34:03 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have never seen a turtle on land startled enough to run.


    Turtles can move pretty fast on land if they're motivated enough.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot


    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    > frustration........ a huge turtle. I don't know what the guy expected the
    > turtle to do when he blasted the horn at him. If it had been a cat, a dog,
    > a squirrel or something like that, it might have been startled and run
    > off. I know that when I go past the pond int he woods there are sometimes
    > turtles sitting on logs and they get startled and jump into the water. I
    > have never seen a turtle on land startled enough to run.


    How would you know if it was running?

    Not far from us is a turtle patrol. It is a Smart car all painted up with
    graphics and flashing yellow lights. It patrols the Webster (MA) Lake area
    and helps wayward turtles on the road.


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:36:54 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'm sure that turtle went out of it's way to inconvenience that
    > driver. Damn turtles, don't they know this guy is DRIVING
    > HERE....sheesh....


    How lazy do you have to be not to get out of the car to move the
    turtle?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:17:02 -0500, Lou Decruss wrote:

    > Total comfort food. That looks like really nice bacon too. I'd eat
    > that plate even though you didn't soften the butter.


    I didn't even know I had butter. I was getting ready to use margarine
    to fry the eggs but then I found one lone stick of butter buried in
    the deli drawer. Once you set a warm egg on top it softens up a bit.

    -sw

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:20:43 +0100, Janet wrote:

    > In article <d37j84l4v6f0$.[email protected]>, [email protected]t
    > says...
    >
    >>
    >> ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:
    >>
    >> http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg

    >
    > That toast must be stone cold and the eggs are overcooked.


    The eggs are medium - still partially runny. Just like I like them.
    And I don't care about room temp toast and I hoopen to like cool
    butter over melted butter.

    You're welcome to try and do better and post YOUR pictures, Sheldon.

    -sw

  11. #11
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On 12/06/2011 2:22 PM, sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:36:54 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I'm sure that turtle went out of it's way to inconvenience that
    >> driver. Damn turtles, don't they know this guy is DRIVING
    >> HERE....sheesh....

    >
    > How lazy do you have to be not to get out of the car to move the
    > turtle?
    >


    I was more curious about how stupid someone has to be to blast their car
    horn at a turtle and expect it to understand that is is supposed to move
    out of the way.

    There are a lot of ponds and streams around here and there are a couple
    places where we frequently see large turtles near or on the road. And I
    mean big turtles.... snappers that are close to 2 feet across and are
    about 8 inches high.

  12. #12
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:30:29 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > There are a lot of ponds and streams around here and there are a couple
    > places where we frequently see large turtles near or on the road. And I
    > mean big turtles.... snappers that are close to 2 feet across and are
    > about 8 inches high.


    I thought you were taking about ordinary turtles. I wouldn't get
    within 10 yards of a snapper.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On 12/06/2011 3:53 PM, sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:30:29 -0400, Dave Smith
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> There are a lot of ponds and streams around here and there are a couple
    >> places where we frequently see large turtles near or on the road. And I
    >> mean big turtles.... snappers that are close to 2 feet across and are
    >> about 8 inches high.

    >
    > I thought you were taking about ordinary turtles. I wouldn't get
    > within 10 yards of a snapper.
    >



    On land? I don't worry about them on land. It's not like they will
    attack you unprovoked. It is a different matter if you get up close and
    start poking at them.

    When I was a teen I was staying at my friend's farm and his father had
    drained the pond for some reason, and that was our swimming hole. We
    found a snapper that was more than 2 feet across. He was so big that he
    would not fit in a wheelbarrow. I dangled a willow branch in front of
    him and he snapped it . Then we stuck the handle of a rake in front of
    him and he grabbed onto that so hard that we were able to drag him out.
    Then he held on to it while we stretched his neck out far enough that
    we could chop it off. That critter was too big to be in our swimming hole.

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    George Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On 6/12/2011 3:30 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
    > On 12/06/2011 2:22 PM, sf wrote:
    >> On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:36:54 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I'm sure that turtle went out of it's way to inconvenience that
    >>> driver. Damn turtles, don't they know this guy is DRIVING
    >>> HERE....sheesh....

    >>
    >> How lazy do you have to be not to get out of the car to move the
    >> turtle?
    >>

    >
    > I was more curious about how stupid someone has to be to blast their car
    > horn at a turtle and expect it to understand that is is supposed to move
    > out of the way.


    The same stupid people who sit in slow traffic blowing their horns or
    the ones who follow you 3 inches away when clearly there is traffic in
    front of you as far as the eye can see or that woman in the fluffed up
    truck who almost ran us down earlier today in front of a store when we
    were half way across the traffic lane (what do all of those bright
    yellow striped lines and yield to pedestrian signs mean anyway).


    >
    > There are a lot of ponds and streams around here and there are a couple
    > places where we frequently see large turtles near or on the road. And I
    > mean big turtles.... snappers that are close to 2 feet across and are
    > about 8 inches high.



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    gloria.p Guest

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    On 6/12/2011 12:20 PM, Janet wrote:
    > In article<d37j84l4v6f0$.[email protected]>, [email protected]t
    > says...
    >
    >>
    >> ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:
    >>
    >> http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg

    >
    > That toast must be stone cold and the eggs are overcooked.
    >
    > Janet



    And the bacon is half raw.

    gloria p

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    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:34:03 -0400, Dave Smith wrote:

    >
    > There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    > frustration........ a huge turtle. I don't know what the guy expected
    > the turtle to do when he blasted the horn at him.


    Leap up and yell, "Cowabunga!" perhaps?

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy

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    Michel Boucher Guest

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    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in news:it38qs$r2m$1@dont-
    email.me:

    > And the bacon is half raw.


    But quite meaty. Lately, we've been buying Danish style bacon from
    a local producer, thin meaty slices with a small trip of fat on the
    outside. I sometime spritz a bit of oil to keep them from drying
    out. A butcher in town has a fabulous thick cut bacon in strips
    that is 75% meat, so it cooks quickly.

    --

    I read about an [Inuk] hunter who asked the local missionary
    priest: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to
    hell?" "No," said the priest, "not if you did not know."
    "Then why," asked the [Inuk], "did you tell me?"

    Annie Dillard

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    Tommy Joe Guest

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    On Jun 12, 1:34*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > This is slightly off topic because it is something that happened while
    > we were having dinner on the patio last night.
    >
    > We were having a nice meal of BBQed hamburgers when a car came along
    > blasting its horn. It was just a quick toot, like the local Dutchmen
    > saying hello and goodbye, or a short warning toot. It was a long, angry
    > blast. *I thought maybe someone was pissed off because a bunch of
    > bicyclists were riding 2 or 3 abreast and refusing to move over. So I
    > got up and went to the front of the house to see what was going on. *A
    > car was turning around in our driveway..... I thought perhaps to
    > continue a confrontation with someone..... returning to the scene of the
    > crime.
    >
    > There, at the age of the road was the source of the driver's
    > frustration........ a huge turtle. *I don't know what the guy expected
    > the turtle to do when he blasted the horn at him. If it had been a cat,
    > a dog, a squirrel or something like that, it might have been startled
    > and run off. I know that when I go past the pond int he woods there are
    > sometimes turtles sitting on logs and they get startled and jump into
    > the water. I have never seen a turtle on land startled enough to run.



    LOL, the way you started out saying your post was slightly off
    topic, and it was only slightly off topic because you and your family
    were eating a meal at the time the story occured. But it is even less
    off topic if one thinks about the turtle soup angle. Still, I enjoyed
    the story and would like to say that slightly off topic is not only
    ok, it may even be necessary to the continuation of any newsgroup (not
    that I'm a newsgroup rules maker or anything). But I think it's funny
    how a person could go into virtually any newsgroup dedicated to any
    subject and somehow inject that subject into an otherwise unrelated
    story. For instance, let's say you wanted to print your road rage
    story in a newsgroup dedicated to weather - you could start out by
    saying, "It was a really sunny and hot day", then veer off into
    whatever comes next totally unrelated to weather in any way. I think
    that's funny because it's something I do myself. Not on purpose in a
    malicious way, but just because I'm a greedy story-telling individual
    who will use any excuse to get it across. I enjoyed your story. At
    least the guy honked. Maybe, had he not honked, the next loud sound
    you would have heard was that of a large turtle shell cracking into
    pieces followed by the loud boom of a blown car tire.

    TJ

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:50:35 -0600, gloria.p wrote:

    > On 6/12/2011 12:20 PM, Janet wrote:
    >> In article<d37j84l4v6f0$.[email protected]>, [email protected]t
    >> says...
    >>
    >>>
    >>> ObFood: This morning's artery buster breakfast, just for you Dave:
    >>>
    >>> http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8...ricanstyle.jpg

    >>
    >> That toast must be stone cold and the eggs are overcooked.
    >>
    >> Janet

    >
    > And the bacon is half raw.


    Again, just the way *I* like it. It's cooked plenty for me.

    Jesus Christ, people - get ****ing real. I happen to like my food
    this way - so do plenty of other people. I'm not making this for you.
    If it's not cooked to YOUR liking, then that's your problem. You're
    all turning into a bunch of persnickety Julie's.

    Here's some polish sausages for you ladies to gnaw on.

    http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/4...ishsausage.jpg

    You can also cycle through many of my other photos from that link and
    tell me what you dislike and how I should mend my ways to please you.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Slightly OT Road Rage Idiot

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:17:26 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > You can also cycle through many of my other photos from that link and
    > tell me what you dislike and how I should mend my ways to please you.


    That link to be able to cycle through my gallery would be:

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...shsausage.jpg/

    Let the flames begin!

    -sw

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