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« Reply #23925 on: October 19, 2013, 11:08:22 AM »
When my mom got her driver's license in the 40's, part of the test was to drive part way up a hill, stop completely, turn the ignition off, then start up again and continue up the hill. You were only allowed to roll back a few inches, if that, or you failed.

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« Reply #23926 on: October 19, 2013, 11:13:53 AM »
Can discussion about learning to drive stickshift get it's own thread please?  Thanks.

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« Reply #23927 on: October 19, 2013, 11:24:00 AM »
I am nominating the person ahead of me in the left-turn-arrow governed lane earlier today.  The light turned green.  They lurched forward a few feet - so they obviously saw it - and then stopped.  There was nothing in the road that would have caused them to pause.


I honked a lot and they finally moved.


I'm sorry, but I would call you the SS in that situation.  The way you described it, it sounds like they were in a stick.  If they were new to it, or if something was wrong, it's very easy to have it stall after lurching forward a little like that.  You "honking a lot" made it no easier on that driver trying to get going again.  I was always so nervous while learning to drive a stick that I would have a driver react that way to me.  A little patience and giving the other person the benefit of the doubt goes a lot longer than laying on your horn.

Assuming that guess is correct: the only SS in this situation was the person who couldn't drive a manual car properly or safely, yet still thought she was entitled to go out on the road and put other road users at risk because of it.

It absolutely horrifies me that people are allowed out on the road while not in full control of their vehicles. If you don't know how to use the clutch you are not in full control.
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People don't go from not knowing how to drive a stick, to mastering all situations, in 1 lesson. Nor can you find every situation in an empty parking lot.
For that matter, people who drive automatics have a time between their first attempt and mastery. It's simply not possible to get all the experience you need off-road. You need to practice in traffic before you master the skills of driving in traffic.

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« Reply #23928 on: October 19, 2013, 11:40:56 AM »
I am nominating the person ahead of me in the left-turn-arrow governed lane earlier today.  The light turned green.  They lurched forward a few feet - so they obviously saw it - and then stopped.  There was nothing in the road that would have caused them to pause.


I honked a lot and they finally moved.


I'm sorry, but I would call you the SS in that situation.  The way you described it, it sounds like they were in a stick.  If they were new to it, or if something was wrong, it's very easy to have it stall after lurching forward a little like that.  You "honking a lot" made it no easier on that driver trying to get going again.  I was always so nervous while learning to drive a stick that I would have a driver react that way to me.  A little patience and giving the other person the benefit of the doubt goes a lot longer than laying on your horn.

Assuming that guess is correct: the only SS in this situation was the person who couldn't drive a manual car properly or safely, yet still thought she was entitled to go out on the road and put other road users at risk because of it.

It absolutely horrifies me that people are allowed out on the road while not in full control of their vehicles. If you don't know how to use the clutch you are not in full control.
Perpetua,
People don't go from not knowing how to drive a stick, to mastering all situations, in 1 lesson. Nor can you find every situation in an empty parking lot.
For that matter, people who drive automatics have a time between their first attempt and mastery. It's simply not possible to get all the experience you need off-road. You need to practice in traffic before you master the skills of driving in traffic.


Each car is also unique. I've only ever driven manuals because I'm from the uk.  Even I stall it now and then.  New clutch changes the bitting point, or a borrowed/new car were you don't know the bitting point/ bitting point has changed. Having a blond moment and not realizing you were in second not first gear.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23929 on: October 19, 2013, 11:59:29 AM »
Can discussion about learning to drive stickshift get it's own thread please?  Thanks.

Done. :)

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« Reply #23930 on: October 19, 2013, 01:42:54 PM »
Thank you!  As someone who doesn't drive I was interested, but it really does need it's own thread.  Lots of good info.

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« Reply #23931 on: October 19, 2013, 02:16:29 PM »
It's definitely a bonus having a manual transmission truck when SS people tell you they're *going* to borrow it to move or pick up large stuff.

Manual transmission or not, they'd find out very quickly what I thought of them telling me they were borrowing my truck.  No one "tells" me they're taking anything of mine.  When my dad had a mid sized pickup he told me that people were always asking to borrow it to move.  He loaned it to me because I was family (and he also knew I'd take good care of it and return it with a full tank even if it wasn't full when I borrowed it).

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« Reply #23932 on: October 19, 2013, 04:36:37 PM »
Some SS joggers this morning.  They were jogging along a sidewalk and turned into the parking lot of a strip mall that I was turning into.  Upon making the turn, all three of them slowed down to a walk and spread out to occupy the entire car lane, trapping me and about five other cars behind me.  I couldn't move forward until they had moved enough for it to be safe.  Being honked at multiple times because some idiots can't seem to figure out that "road" does not equal "place to hang out and start stretching" makes me very irritated!

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« Reply #23933 on: October 19, 2013, 06:48:09 PM »
Smokers on the train. My mother came to visit me recently and her train was late. As the train door opened, the guard stood at the doorway and yelled at everyone to get back, refusing to let them out. She was quite brusque and shut the door in their faces after my mum got out.

Mum told me the story afterwards. They were meant to have two smoke breaks on the trip but they were instructed to make them short. Most of the smokers didn't stop at one cigarette and delayed the train, which could not leave until they were back on board. (Long distance train, they all had luggage which would have to be found and removed if they did not return.) There was a long announcement that because of the delay, the second smoke break was cancelled so they could try to make up time. The ten people who were at the entrance were the smokers who got up anyway, fully intending to push their way off the train and get their smoke break anyway.

I do feel sorry for any smoker who obeyed instructions at the first stop since they were punished for the others actions but most of them were totally willing to put their own need for a cigarette over several hundred people being on time.

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« Reply #23934 on: October 19, 2013, 08:17:47 PM »
There's something rather...distasteful about this girl. How she's rubbing it in how she's rich and doesn't want to apologies for it.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/stop-hating-me-because-im-rich-new-york-college-student-rachael-sacks-write-essay/story-fnixwvgh-122674325062

And her use of the word "like" gets on my nerves.

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« Reply #23935 on: October 19, 2013, 08:28:26 PM »
There's something rather...distasteful about this girl. How she's rubbing it in how she's rich and doesn't want to apologies for it.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/stop-hating-me-because-im-rich-new-york-college-student-rachael-sacks-write-essay/story-fnixwvgh-122674325062

And her use of the word "like" gets on my nerves.

I get "Page not found."

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« Reply #23937 on: October 19, 2013, 09:30:42 PM »
There's something rather...distasteful about this girl. How she's rubbing it in how she's rich and doesn't want to apologies for it.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/stop-hating-me-because-im-rich-new-york-college-student-rachael-sacks-write-essay/story-fnixwvgh-122674325062

And her use of the word "like" gets on my nerves.

She sounds very young and clueless. And, like, snotty. *ducks and runs*
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« Reply #23938 on: October 19, 2013, 09:57:05 PM »
Apparently, having class is not a requirement for admission to her particular college.

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« Reply #23939 on: October 19, 2013, 09:58:36 PM »
Better link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/co-ed-don-hate-rich-article-1.1489621
What an interesting assumption! She assumes that people are looking at her and judging her for being 'a little princess spending Daddy's money', instead of assuming they are looking at her because she is enchanting to look at.