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We were out and about running errands in Strasbourg by car. My husband and I were chatting away and didn’t see the light turn green. It had only just turned green but the guy behind us gave a sharp toot anyway.  My husband hates when people honk at him whether he deserves it or not.

We began driving.  My husband went slow while going just fast enough that the guy behind him (who had honked) couldn’t be sure that he was doing it on purpose. The guy couldn’t pass us and my husband knew it.

When the road finally opened up to an extra lane the guy sped past us with a nasty face. My husband laughed because the light turned red just as the guy got to it.

Once the light turned green my husband gave the guy a sharp toot.

Five years ago I would have buried my face in shame. However, that was when we lived in America and I didn’t understand French driving. Now, we live in France and this little game of tit for tat made even me, the polite driver, smile.

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  • Pam May 17, 2006, 4:24 pm

    Well done!

  • M@ May 17, 2006, 9:03 pm

    Plus in America that’s liable to get you shot. :)

  • samantha May 17, 2006, 9:13 pm

    haha, thanks for the cute story, it made me laugh!

  • Pumpkin May 17, 2006, 10:29 pm

    M@, While living in America a couple in a redneck truck pulled out in front of us and when my husband honked at them the woman flipped him off! Oh, my…his latin blood boiled hot and he started to chase them with his arm out the window screaming in French. He only stopped because I told him to let me out of the car because I was afraid that they may have a gun or knife. They just looked like the type that might. He thought I was kidding. I wasn’t. So, he let them go :)

    Here is much safer to do this kind of thing and I see people yelling at each other all the time. So, now it is kinda funny. But, he still is not allowed to chase people down with me in the car.

  • mothergoosemouse May 21, 2006, 3:03 am

    Yes – something I would have considered doing back in New Jersey (but wouldn’t have, for fear of getting shot). No sense of humor, those east coasters.

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