Monday, September 30, 2013 5:45:07 PM America/Detroit

A Driver’s Rant

I’m really just an ordinary, normal guy. I work, I pay taxes, I have a wife and a daughter. And I have simple needs—I just want to drive like Speed Racer all the time, but I would settle for people getting the heck out of my way. I could to do this more often if it weren’t for all those people on the road.

Ordinarily I like people. Some people are even nice. However, let people have political offices, write blogs, or drive cars, and they turn into idiots. And if you put enough people together, their collective stupidity becomes truly staggering.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
--Albert Einstein

I witness this stupidity twice a day, every weekday, on my commute to and from work in the Detroit area. After over 20 years of daily driving, one would think I’d be used to this by now, or at least be sufficiently numbed and dulled. Instead my frustration has only mounted as I’ve observed people drive. Gasps of, “I can’t believe he just did that!” regularly chills my driving experience.

“Really stupid people should be slapped upside the head.”

So before I explode like Krakatoa, or start harpooning cars to overpass columns, I decided to write about it. Consider this my little effort to make the world a less violent place. At least until I perfect that hood-mounted, mobile Klingon disruptor ray in my basement (I’ll be taking pre-orders soon). Call it cheap therapy.

So who am I? I’m an engineer who has worked in the automotive field for over 20 years, both here in the Detroit area (where I currently live) and in Germany (where I lived for five years). I like all kinds of cars, but I consider myself a driver first, and a car-guy second. By that, I mean that I love almost all kinds of driving, and having a nice car to drive in just enhances the experience. In other words, I enjoy long, passionate cross-country drives, quaint quarter-mile quickies, and road courses with a sense of humor.

I plan on writing more or less on a weekly basis (or when the next guy cuts me off in traffic). I’m sure this will turn into monthly once the initial excitement of writing wears out. My focus will be in driving, cars, and the automotive industry. I’m not really qualified to discuss any of these topics, but that’s the whole beauty of the internet, isn’t it?

And it is my hope that this site helps make the driving world a less crankier place.

Please leave a comment, but if it makes me crankier, be warned that I’ll probably delete it. And if I start to sound too whiny, you have my permission to slap me upside the head.