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February 26, 2013

Unleashing your inner dragon

NORMAN — Are you aware of the incontrovertible fact that at one time or another we all succumb to the tug of the schizophrenic self? This compelling tug and the subsequent surrender to our darker side is referred to as schizophrenic because even the most mild-mannered among us may toss all semblance of common sense and sanity out the window when it comes to traffic and/or traffic etiquette.

For example, how else can we explain the sudden and irrational act perpetrated by a driver as he or she cuts across four lanes of traffic to exit the freeway? Such a mad maneuver is usually executed when there is barely a car length open between cars.

And please, do not try to make excuses for the driver because no legitimate and rational excuse is acceptable.

When we slide behind the steering wheel, it is safe to assume we know our destination and generally what exit to take when the joyride begins. So, there should be no “Oops” moment when the driver feels compelled to endanger and tick off a considerable number of drivers who are simply trying to go from Point A to Point B in one piece.

One explanation for such behavior could be that the offending driver lives predominantly in a parallel universe where the exit in question will miraculously appear next to any lane the driver occupies — similar to a traffic wormhole — when he or she feels the urge to vacate the freeway.

Science fiction speculation notwithstanding, the fact is the driver was not paying attention until the exit loomed. Does the loony driver believe he is immortal and nothing bad can happen to him? Or, perhaps the driver is texting a grocery list or yelling at someone on the cell phone, while ignoring traffic conditions.

So, while such drivers are unleashing their inner stupid for the world to see and experience, those affected by such behavior are likely to unleash their inner dragon. Well… isn’t that the purpose of having an inner dragon?

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