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Old 08-18-2001, 01:38 AM   #1
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Talking Karma and some jerk in a pickup truck (long story)

Ok, so there I was today, driving home from Laguna Seca in my WRX wagon. I had just turned off on 156 East from Hwy 1 North, on my way to 101.

It was a 2-lane road, but traffic had come to a dead stop because the road was narrowing down to 1 lane. Of course, as the 2 lanes merged together, each lane was taking turns allowing 1 car to go forward ... left, right, left, right, etc. This is, or is supposed to be, a civilized nation.

All is well until it comes to **my turn** to merge. Instead, this Wilfred Brimley-looking A-hole in a blue pickup truck refuses to let me over. Normally, I wouldn't blow a gasket over this, but *dammit* it was my turn. We continue forward at all of 5 MPH, and this jerk is shoving me off the highway onto the median! He knows I'm there, he knows it's my turn, but he still has to be an anus about it.

Fortunately, inches before my rims are forced onto the median, the guy 1 car ahead in a white SUV widens the gap in front, and I drop the WRX hard into 1st gear, allowing me to regain my spot in front of Wilfred.

Wilfred goes ballistic.

Now we're down to a 1-lane road, and Wilfred is tailgating very, very close behind me. I can see in my review that Wilfred is *shouting* at me. This continues for about 5 miles through heavy traffic varying at times between 20-60 MPH.

I considered playing the tappity-tappity game on my brake lights to get Wilfred off my ass, but instead decide to wait until the road widens to 2-lanes again so I can dust his ass. If he can keep his crappy pickup truck within a mile of my WRX, I'll give him my car (I'm thinking). (As it turns out, 156 never widens back out to 2 lanes).

Meanwhile, I'm keeping a safe following distance from the white SUV in front of me because, hey, it's just the smart thing to do. Unfortunately, I can't see around the SUV 'cause it's so damn big.

At this point, we must have been getting close to 101, because traffic again came to a dead stop ... which took the SUV driver by complete surprise. He slammed on his brakes and smoked his tires to stop.

This, of course, took me by complete surprise 'cause, as I mentioned, I couldn't see the stopped traffic ahead around him. I went hard on the WRX's brakes, but not enough to engage the ABS. Then, in the split second of time I had to decide whether or not I was going to hit the back of the white SUV, I remembered Wilfred behind me. Instead of hitting the brakes harder, I swerved my scoobie onto the right shoulder and stopped next to & behind the white SUV. [BTW, the WRX handled **perfectly** through the hard braking and swerve].

Anyone want to guess what happened next??

**KA-BLAM**

Wilfred, who had been totally consumed with his bizzare rage at me, abso-freakin-lutely piled into the back of the SUV. Complete and total tailgater's karma. He lost a good chunk of the front of his truck. And, for icing on top, as Wilfred went supernova and tried to get out of his truck (to yell at me, I'm guessing), his driver-side door was JAMMED COMPLETELY SHUT!

All is right with the world today, my friends.

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Old 08-18-2001, 01:47 AM   #2
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the beauty of karma is that it will always come around and bite you in the ass.

Sorry aboout the ass in the truck.
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:47 AM   #3
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hahahhaaha !!! fools like him totally deserves this!
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:47 AM   #4
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Way to go Man!!!! As they say, "Always keep a safe following distance!" Some people just don't get it. Careful, he might try to say you caused it in the police report. Did you hang out for the Police or jam on it ?

But the best part is... He takes 2 points

josh gonna laff my self to sleep... And still just think... No scratches or dings to boot... man life can be a double edge sword some days! :lol
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Old 08-18-2001, 02:16 AM   #5
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I feel sorry for the SUV... poor guy had his rear bumper smashed for no reason.
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Old 08-18-2001, 03:29 AM   #6
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Oh man that was great! What a sucker... and the SUV can colaborate your story
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Old 08-18-2001, 04:03 AM   #7
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and sometimes...just sometimes... life truly is fair...
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Old 08-18-2001, 04:21 AM   #8
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That's a SUV anyway. It can withstand a little bumper-bumper accident.
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Old 08-18-2001, 04:28 PM   #9
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Keyroc, quick thinking - nice. If you didn't move out of the way, I bet the box-of-rock would have hit you, causing you to hit the SUV.

Did you get out of your car and tell the SUV driver that you will be the witness to the accident, testifying that truck's diver was driving recklessly in a loud enough voice so that the truck driver could hear just to make him pop a blood vessel?
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Old 08-18-2001, 10:19 PM   #10
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An epilog to the story:

Yes, I stuck around to make sure no one was hurt. I certainly wouldn't try to make the story entertaining if that sort of thing happened.

Basically, I just stayed on the shoulder and waited for the drivers to get out of their cars, walk around, yell at each other, etc. After a few minutes of that, and having no one approach my car, I pulled away. In retrospect, I probably should have gave my info to the SUV driver, as a witness. Oh well.

As I drove home, I did feel really bad for the SUV driver. But the more I thought about it, had he been paying attention to the traffic ahead of him, he wouldn't have had to smoke his tires, and this whole thing would have never happened.

I guess that's karma for you - it works both ways.

In any case, the score is now:

Subaru drivers: 1
The rest of the freaks out there: 0

-keyroc

.... I'm uploading my Laguna Seca pictures now. I'll post an url when they're ready.
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Old 08-19-2001, 01:19 AM   #11
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Toothless redneck deserved it. I doubt he had any insurance! Probably has a couple of DUI's on his record. Was he with his wife/sister? Suprised he's got opposeable thumbs to drive.
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Old 08-19-2001, 01:27 AM   #12
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Default Laguna Historics Pix

Ok, I've got some pictures for you guys to look at.

But first, let me preface the fact that my pictures *suck*. Well, most of them. I have still not mastered my new digital camera, namely, overriding the stupid auto-shutter speed setting.

Fortunately, I figured it out a few mintues ago, so hopefully tomorrows pictures will be much better.

In the meantime:

http://www.owlflavored.com/Graphics/...LagunaSeca.htm

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Old 08-19-2001, 08:50 PM   #13
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Thanks for the story Keyroc, you made my day. Being a frequent commuter on the 380w/280n merge during high traffic hours, I can definitely resonate with your story. If anything, it's not just 1 for the Subaru, but the rest of the courteous drivers as well.

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Old 08-20-2001, 01:07 AM   #14
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This has happened to me before, although not with an angry tailgater.

Typical South Carolina rainy season weather... pouring down rain and I'm on a large rural highway, 2 lanes divided, going toward Florence.

It is pouring down rain and we come to a red stop light at a large gas station intersection. There's a good ole boy pickup in front of me and as I'm slowing down I peer in my rearview mirror through rainx'd glass and see a generic honda driver coming up FAST behind me. I waited... and waited... but the honda was not slowing!

So I gunned it and spun the front tires; off into the grass median I go. Right after I get the ass end of the car onto the grass I see the honda lock up brakes and go sliding by me into the rear of the large pickup truck.

The honda was completely totalled... nothing left from the driver compartment forward. The truck had a few scratches on the steel welded bumper.

I called it in on my CB and also tried to get 911 on my cell but the call didn't go through.

Both drivers got out of the cars OK and were yelling at each other (large ethnic woman from the honda and big redneck from the truck) so I decided it was OK to move on.

I'll do whatever it takes not to get rear-ended again... because my car is still screwed up from the time a 15 year old kid decided to play with the stereo and whacked my rear bumper at 25 per hour.

(Oh, yes.. I'm not on your coast, sorry. Just bored and lurking in various forums.)
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Old 08-20-2001, 03:09 PM   #15
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First, way to be aware of your surroundings keroc. As they say, always leave yourself an "out".

I too was stuck in that 156 traffic nightmare, but didn't have nearly the same problem as you. Those SUVs sure do make driving difficult, not being able to see in front of them and adjust your reactions accordingly and all.

BTW, nice pics. Did you stick around to watch the #46 BRE 510 take 15th in Group 7B? How damn impressive is that that a little 4 banger outpaced several 400+hp V8 Grand am cars? Every pass I was rootin for my little Datsun hero. What a true testament to the car and driver. Who, BTW, was totally cool and signed his autograph and took a picture with me in front of #46. they even let me crawl all around the car, and shoot the poop for a good 10-15min. John Morton is one helluva cool guy.

Sorry for the longwindedness, but watching that little 510 outpace some BIG chevy/ford iron was pure bliss for me.

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Old 08-20-2001, 03:19 PM   #16
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"<em><a href="http://www.greenplastic.com/lyrics/songs/karmapolice.html">This is what you get when you mess with us</a></em>"
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Old 08-20-2001, 04:13 PM   #17
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Exclamation Datsun 510

You mean *this* Datsun?? I heard over the PA that "back in the day", this little guy had something like 19 wins in 22 races.



I've got some more photos online, now that I've figured out how to use the manual shutter speed. Once I set it to 1000, things started looking ok (albeit a little dark).

http://www.owlflavored.com/Graphics/...LagunaSeca.htm

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Old 08-20-2001, 05:03 PM   #18
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Yep, that's the one. That little Datsun and it's driver, John Morton has quite a record. Dominant doesn't begin to describe the affect this Datsun had on the 2.5 Trans-Am circuit. It's group was considered the "B" as opposed to the "A" group which consisted of all those big and loud American Iron. Main competition for the Datsun in B-Sedan were the BMW 2002, Alfa Romeo GTA/GTV, Volvo P544 & Triumph Vitesse.

Check out the stats here.

What you saw yesterday was pure history.
  • 1st Time a Japanese Marquee allowed to compete at Historic Races
  • Most famous 2.5 Trans-Am Car and Driver were there and racing.
  • Last time #46 was at LSIR was in 1972, where it won the race.
  • Little 1.8L Sedan overtaking several V8 American Trans-Am cars with more than 2X it's power.

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Old 08-22-2001, 05:02 PM   #19
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keyroc, your story is so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.
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