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Driving: Part 1

11 Jun

Why does no one know how to drive?  Out of the millions of people who get behind the wheel everyday, only about 10% actually know how to drive.  It is a mystery to me how this can be true.  Driving to and from Denver almost everyday I have intimate knowledge of the abilities of Colorado drivers and I am not impressed.  I don’t think I am asking for anything special here, just to obey the traffic rules that you agree to when you get your license.  Remember you took a test? It asked questions about turn signals, red lights and what the speed limit signs actually mean? Well in case you don’t remember consider this a public service announcement.  I am going to take it upon myself to educate those of you that don’t know how to drive on a few essentials, thank me later.

Ok so part 1 is going to be focused on merging. This is one of the biggest causes of traffic jams in the history of the world and yet is one of the easiest skills to master.  To aid in my instruction I will be providing pictures for all the visual learners out there.

In this first picture we have two distinct lanes of traffic.  The lane on the right is attempting to merge into the lane on the left, much like a on ramp onto a highway.  In this picture the Imperial Guard (In red on the white horse) is the first car in line and he is looking to get behind the astronaut on the white horse and in front of the Ninja and Stormtrooper combo in the car.  The first step in this process is to look to see if you actually have a gap that you may be able to fit your vehicle into.  Now this maneuver also requires the Ninja in the car to be an actual human being and realize that merging is a team effort and that letting one person in front of them isn’t going to make much difference.  The proper merge is where everyone in the left lane lets one car/horse in, alternating between the two lanes, much like a zipper so you have a nice and smooth transition.

In this picture what I mentioned above is happening.  The Ninja is letting the Imperial Guard and his horse in front of him, letting a gap open that allows the guard to merge into the left lane.  Well done.  Notice how the dude on the brown horse in the right lane is not jamming himself into the opening made for the Imperial Guard instead he is waiting his turn to merge behind the Ninja.

The last essential part of this interaction is the hand wave.  Especially in the real world where no one wants to acknowledge that anyone else exists on the road, when another driver does let you in give them a little wave of thanks.  It is like a secret sign between two people who actually know how to drive.  A sign of solidarity between you and others who know the rules.

So that’s it.  That’s the basics of merging.  Pretty easy eh? And yet it is rarely seen in the real world.  Just remember that merging is just the first step.  Once you are in the left lane you are expected to follow the same merging rules and let someone in if they need to get over.  I’ll leave you with a few no-nos in regards to merging.  Stay tuned for the next post where we will tackle another simple driving skill.

No-NO’s of Merging

1. If the on ramp goes on for a while you don’t need to stop right at the beginning of the lane to merge, instead drive down the lane for a ways and look for an opening.

2. Also don’t be the tool that speeds way up to get to where the merging lane ends and butt your way into the left lane.  Even if you have a huge truck that sounds really manly.  Honestly you aren’t fooling anyone.

3. Don’t act like you have blinders on.  Just because you don’t look at the drivers attempting to merge doesn’t mean they aren’t actually there.  They are, and you just need to follow the rules outlined above.

4. Don’t force yourself into a gap that isn’t there.  If the other guy/girl/storm trooper won’t let you in wait for an actual decent human being to come along to let you in.  Jamming yourself into a 1 ft opening is actually doing more damage than waiting.

Cravings

14 May

Sometimes I feel like I am a pregnant woman.

Stay with me here, I’m not trying to freak you out but sometimes I have serious cravings for particular food.  It’s like if I can’t eat three sprinkled donuts in the next five minutes my stomach may eat itself and my head may explode.  This got me thinking what is going on?  How come I can crave a cheeseburger while I am eating dinner? Why are cravings assaulting me irregardless of time of day, or hunger?  Is it the full moon?  Am I some mutant human that craves various foods at various times, morphing me into a über unpleasant person with only one goal in mind?  While I would be ok with that if it gave me X-Ray vision or the ability to fly to the nearest donut shop, I don’t think this is happening.  So I decided to do a little research.

I discovered that the body is really freaking cool.  According to a Discovery Health article, hunger comes from the body while cravings come from the mind.  When you are hungry a hormone called ghrelin is released and tells your mind, specifically the hypothalamus (a really awesome thing that regulates a lot of body functions) to “GET ME FOOD!”  The hypothalamus then tells the rest of the body, “Hey let’s go get some food…” and you can figure out the rest from there.  But when you have a food craving your mind takes over.  It was believed that cravings were your body’s way of getting a specific nutrient, but scientists have recently decided this isn’t the case.  Instead, according to this article, food cravings follow a similar neurological path as drug addiction.  The same part of your brain is used, usually pulling a particular food from a memory and then urging you to get this food.  Once you eat it (usually something sweet in my case) your brain rewards you with dopamine, which is the “feel good hormone.” According to the article “Neurologically speaking, that fast food joint isn’t much different from a person selling drugs.” Hmmm I guess that makes sense, whenever I think about In and Out Burger I do get pretty ravenous and start freaking out that I can’t get it.  This probably helps explain why so many Americans are overweight! Instead of being addicted to drugs, the majority of Americans are addicted to greasy, fatty fast food…and maybe some drugs.  Hey me too! On the food part, not the drug part, unless coffee is a drug, which I am beginning to think it is.

Anyway back to the brain and cravings.  It turns out your cravings and taste preferences for different foods are created in the WOMB! That’s right, if you hate tomatoes, thank your mom.  During the second trimester your sense of taste and smell develop based off what your mom was eating.  And if your mom was more adventurous while she was pregnant, eating a variety of food, when you born you were probably more open to trying new foods!  Crazy.

It turns out another big portion of cravings come from memory.  After all you can’t really crave something you have never had.  I think you can crave a combination of foods you have never had, but that bacon and ice cream combo you are thinking of is made up of two different tastes you already know and love.  That is why I crave In and Out Burger I think, because every time I have had it I was on vacation.

So what are the consequences?

Well food addicts, like drug addicts constantly increase the amount of their given vice to get that “high”, meaning every time you give into your food cravings for donuts, or cheeseburgers you are lifting your threshold higher so next time you will need to eat three burgers instead of two to get the same content feeling (dopamine).  I don’t know how true this is though because every time I give into a donut craving I can still only eat 2-3, not 4-5, but maybe I don’t give in often enough to make a difference.  It is crazy to me that food = drugs for some people.  Actually not some people, most people.  It is a vicious circle too because the foods we crave are so easily/quickly accessed and so cheaply purchased. I am blessed by the fact that I get to be married to a nutritionist, who has totally changed my eating habits, and made me more aware of what I am eating, too bad everyone couldn’t be married to one.  I think it also helpful to be active, it is hard to survive a long training ride on donuts and cheeseburgers.  I think I would die.

So what does all this mean?

Well for me it means that food cravings are normal.  Everyone has them, it just varies from person to person on how often you indulge.  Kaleigh is always saying “Everything in moderation.” To try to live your life without ever giving into your food cravings is just plain stupid.  You will be miserable.  In fact if you are on a diet or trying to lose weight giving in every once in a while will make you more successful in the long run.  Think about it this way, if you can have one snickers bar a week then you will be less likely to break down one day and eat a gallon of ice cream.  It also means that the body is AMAZING! There are so many complex reactions and processes going on every second it makes it hard for me to understand how people can’t acknowledge that some greater power is responsible.  It all works to perfectly, at least in my opinion.  Lastly it means Kaleigh’s teachings are rubbing off on me.  Before I met her I wouldn’t have cared what I ate as long as it tasted good, but now I am reading labels at grocery stores and am trying to get rid of processed foods…except for the occasional donut!

LIFE

11 May

I’m back.  I know it has been like 15 years since my last post, and honestly it is because I have been LAZY! If you know me, you know this isn’t a huge surprise. Unless I get myself super motivated to do something I probably let it drift on by, and lately that is what I have been doing in regards to this blog.  Plus Kaleigh is killing it with posts, so I figured I would fade into the background for a while.  But hopefully that is all going to change now, I have a few ideas in the hopper on what to share with you all and my creative juices are starting to flow again.  This may be in part because my left shifter has broken on my bike.  I think it is just old, but this creates a void in how I have been spending my time, since I haven’t been able to ride my bike (Being able to shift is important it turns out) I have been filling up this spare time with other activities.  By taking some time off the bike I feel like I have discovered that I really want to do A LOT of different things everyday.  Working 40 hours a week, I usually get two days off, so how I spent those two days turns into a constant debate, usually I would spend a good 5-6 hours on my bike, but since that isn’t happening right now I have started to look at other things.

I’ve decided that I really want to learn how to rock climb.  Living so close to the mountains, I feel like it would be stupid of me not to spend more time in them doing things.  I really would love to get good at climbing and take a trip to another country to climb (I think this inspiration comes from a friend of mine who was able to go to Patagonia and climb a few years ago).  More realistically though I feel like I want to climb all the fourteeners in CO.  My best friend and I have been talking about this all year and hopefully soon we will begin our quest.  Along these same lines, I want to do some backpacking this year.  I love being outside and being able to get away from everything even if it is just for a few hours is so therapeutic.  Kaleigh and I really want to get out there this year, take advantage of being young and healthy and see what we can find.

I also really want to become a photographer.  After we got our sweet Canon for Christmas this year it has opened my eyes to how much fun taking pictures can be.  Again this is an expensive hobby, and realistically I probably won’t ever become super skilled in the photographic arts but I would like to be able to take some great pictures for our house, family and friends.  I wonder if there are any good books to help me figure out what I am doing, because let’s be honest, I have no idea what all those buttons and dials do on my camera.  I’ll have to look into that.

I really want to read…a lot!  I am kind of have ADD when I read, and I am constantly in the middle of at least three books, while purchasing more.  Take my current situation as an example…I am currently in the middle of Traitor to His Class by H.W. Brands, about the life and presidency of FDR, Better Off by Eric Brende, about living life without modern technology, and Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, about Lewis and Clark.  I also have recently purchased and am eager to start Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik.  All of this doesn’t even take into account the numerous magazine articles that I am constantly reading from Mental Floss, Outside, Backpacker, and numerous cycling magazines.  It really is overwhelming when you think of it.  There is so much information out there and some many ways to get it, that even if you spent all day every day reading you would never get close to reading everything on your list.  Oh well one book at a time, or three in my case.

It seems like life is flying by.  Today is one of my days off and it is already half over! I don’t know what I have accomplished, pretty much nothing besides getting milk and watching stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia.  It’s a rainy day today and it seems like a good day to just sit down and read.  I have already had two cups of coffee but I feel like I want more.  Coffee really is addicting.  Kaleigh and I will be married for two years in July! That is crazy to me. On the one hand it seems like we have been married for much longer and on the other hand two years seems like a long time.  I wonder what year three will hold.

I am going to turn 25 this year.  I don’t quite know how I feel about that. 25 is halfway to 50, but it really doesn’t seem that old, I still feel like I am 21 or so though.  I have been thinking a lot about what I have done with my life so far, and what I still want to do which must mean I am getting more mature, although I wouldn’t bet on it.  It’s amazing how quickly life can end. You never know what is going to happen when you wake up, in fact you really don’t know what is going to happen when you go to sleep (I have been watching a lot of House with Kaleigh lately so I am well aware of various diseases and general medical weirdness). I guess the only way to live is in the moment, not to worry about tomorrow because who even knows what is going to happen in the next half hour, let alone tomorrow.  That’s how I try to live my life, in the moment. I guess it’s worked so far.

Anyway there you have it, a kind of random post about nothing really, but I am back to the blogging world and in fact there may be multiple posts in the works for today.  Thanks for reading.

Allez, Allez, Allez!!

1 Apr

This weekend the racing season gets going full-bore.  I am going to be racing the Louisville Criterium on Saturday and the Groove Subaru Spring Classic Criterium on Sunday.  Then next weekend I will be racing the daunting Mead-Roubaix road race.  These next two weekends should be a great test of how the rest of the season is going to go and what I am going to accomplish this year.  I feel like my form going into these races is better than in years past, and if how many races I have already won in my head is an indicator of how this season is going to go, it’s going to be a good one…I am on a new team this year, Sonic Boom Racing p/b Lucky Pie Pizza and this team is heads and shoulders above any other team I have been a part of, they have set me up to succeed and our team looks to be very strong.

Before every race I get nervous.  There are so many thoughts that go though your head from self-doubt to thoughts of riding away from the field to win solo.  And honestly ever race is different, there are so many different variables that come into play that are out of your control it is best to just sit back, relax and roll with the punches.  I am going to try to take that attitude into my racing this year.  I am still going to go as hard as I can and give every race everything I have, but I’m going to try to not worry too much about what could happen before the race even starts, and instead just RACE.  We’ll see how it goes.

This year the American Cycling Association (the ACA) has decided to implement a timing chip system for all ACA sanctioned races.  There has been a lot of negative response to this push from the ACA, but honestly I like the idea.  If all goes according to plan there should be greater accuracy in recording close finishes and disputes about results should be almost non-existent.  Plus having a sweet timing chip attached to your bike, makes you look a little more professional and a little less amateur, at least in my opinion.  The ACA requires that you place the chip on your head tube, and I placed my chip on my bike the other day, and while it does look a little strange I am hoping that it will make things easier for everyone this year.

 

Ready for Action

 

 

On a side note my legs are getting tan.  Cyclists have a lot of weird quirks and tan legs is one of them.  This is the thinking of most cyclists I know:

Tan legs = Great tan lines = A better rider

Now there really is no benefit other than psychological to having distinct tan lines, but mine are coming along great so hopefully this weekend my racing will reflect that.

 

Good Start...

 

 

Anyway look for some race reports about this weekend in the next few days on the Racing! page of the blog and feel free to send me a good luck prayer or positive thoughts, they always help!

Living with Dogs

31 Mar

Our dogs are crazy. If you haven’t met them, you are going to have to take my word for it.  All you have to do is take a stroll through our very small apartment and you will see the effects of our dogs.  The list of their offenses reads like project list on a home improvement show.  Destroyed carpet, three square feet of flooring missing from the bathroom, 5 destroyed books, three holes in the drywall of various sizes and continually dirty carpet.   Surprisingly though, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  Molly and Sam annoy the crap out of me continuously.  But I love them all the same.  It is awesome to know that whatever the circumstances, whatever has happened during the day as soon as I get home both Molly and Sam will be SUPER SUPER excited to see me!  They will run all over the apartment and start licking any exposed skin.  Between Molly, Sam and Kaleigh I feel very loved when I get home and I am very grateful for it.

It is crazy to me how Molly and Sam have their own unique personalities, and how they are so different…

Molly:  A pain in the butt, loves chasing anything, the most vocal dog that I have ever seen, loves Sam more than anything else, likes to sit outside on our porch and watch the world pass her by, super strong, runs extremely fast, if we left her on the side of the mountain she would survive, loves wrestling, swimmer, goes with the flow.

Sam: Loves howling at sirens, smells everything when he goes on a walk, loves to lick ears, chases groundhogs, scared of my bike, loves walks more than anything else, hides in the bathtub when the vacuum cleaner is on, likes being in the water as long as he doesn’t have to swim, sleeps right outside our door, tail-wagger, very concerned with everything that is going on.

I really can’t imagine my life without Sam and Molly, it is kind of freaky but I love it.  It may sound weird but having dogs gets me really excited to have kids, I mean they are pretty much the same thing right?

Hair

17 Jan

“Why do you shave your legs?”

That is usually the response I get from friends, family and strangers alike when I tell them I am a cyclist.  Well here is the answer as I see it…

a)  It is for crashing.  If you race bikes you will crash.  When you crash you inevitably will get road rash and need lots of bandages to keep those wounds clean.  Now it is a lot easier and a lot less painful to replace a bandage on your leg when you don’t have any hair on it.

b) It feels sweet.  If you have never experienced freshly shaved legs in a bed of nice cool sheets you aren’t really living. Consider it.

c)  It makes your muscles look bigger and more impressive.  Seriously it does.

d) It’s an outward sign to others that you mean business.  Think of it like getting baptized.  Baptism isn’t something that is required by God for you to get into heaven.  Instead it is a proclamation to others that you believe in God.  Shaving your legs as a cyclist is the same thing.  It isn’t something required to make you a good cyclist, instead it is an outward sign of your commitment. (And committed you will need to be, considering the ridicule you will get from others)

SO I am committed and have been for a few years.  Over the winter though I do take a hiatus from shaving and let the hair grow since I will be doing no racing and any riding outside consists of covering every inch of your body from the cold.  But I am starting a new tradition this year.  The pro cycling season has officially started.  The Santos Tour Down Under is underway in Australia and since the pros are racing, I’ll be shaving.

With the first shave of the season I am reminded that I SUCK at shaving my legs.  I knew that a few months ago, but today I was reminded again.

Tools...

Given that I hadn’t shaved my legs for a few months, my legs were pretty hairy and the need to prep them with my electric clippers was a necessary part of the shave…

Hairy

After the clippers came the stars of the show.  A razor and some shaving cream.  And yes that I do use pink razors.  Shut up.

Workhorses

So despite using the electric clippers my manly leg hair clogged my pink razor about every three inches, so it was a long project.  But I was making headway.

Only 20 minutes in...

I soon had a few spectators...

About 30 minutes into my endeavour (Yes 30 minutes) and one leg down I proceeded to break my razor.  Kaleigh delivered a fresh razor with a little knowing smile and it was back to the grind.  I hate shaving with a new razor.  The blades are too sharp, there is no room for error, if you mess up THERE WILL BE BLOOD.  And today there was blood.  Honestly usually I nick one of my legs every time so it isn’t anything new.

Finally I was done, I had used all the hot water, broken one razor, the dogs were asleep and my hands looked like prunes.  But look at my results…

Boo Ya!

A few nicks...

Ladies I don’t know how you do it so successfully.  In fact any tips would be greatly appreciated since I still feel like I don’t know what I am doing.  But I am committed.  Bring on the new year!

Into the Wind

6 Jan

I love riding my bike.  I’m not entirely sure what it is about this simple act that gets my blood pumping but it does.  Maybe it is the fact that riding your bike is a solitary activity.  It is a great time to think about anything, and my thoughts have ranged from deep spiritual conversations with God to musings on why I love ketchup but hate tomatoes.  I have had a ton of great thoughts on the bike, but for some reason thinking while riding my bike is like a dream.  After I am done riding I can’t for the life of me remember any of the prophetic thoughts that I conjured up in my brain, just like trying to remember details of a dream you just woke up from.  It just can’t be done.  Sure I remember some things but the majority of thoughts get left out on the road.  Maybe that’s where they belong.  Maybe riding my bike is like an artistic outlet that lets my creativity flow.  Instead of painting pictures or making pots I ride my bike and think, creating ideas that are just for me.

I love riding my bike because of  the fact that you can’t talk your way into being a good cyclist.  It is the ultimate put up or shut up experience. When you are in a bike race you can talk the entire time about how good you feel and how much better prepared you are than everyone else.  You can have the Wilier Cento1 SL with $3000 Enve wheels (Both of which I wouldn’t mind owning), but ultimately its your legs not your bike or your mouth that are going to win you the race.  And the only way to get your legs into the shape they need to be in to succeed in any race is to work.  Pure and simple, you have to suffer on the bike to reap the benefits later.  You have no excuses either because it’s up to you.  The ball is in your court.  If you want to be a good cyclist you have to work for it.

I love riding my bike because there is always someone better than you.  This is true if you are a beginner cyclist swinging your leg over the top tube for the first time, all the way to the pro peloton.  Even the greatest cyclist ever Eddy Merckx, who won 333 races (Including 5 Tour’s, 5 Giro’s, 1 Vuelta, 3 World Championships, and 19 Monuments) in his career, lost.  There is always going to be someone better than you and that is humbling.

I love riding my bike because it is hard.  There are flat tires, headwinds, angry drivers, 17% grades, bonks, cramps, scary descents, crashes, rain, bees and traffic furniture to just name a few.  But the fact that it is hard is what makes it what it is.  One of my favorite parts of a ride is afterwards when I sit on my couch and think about what I just got through, what I just did and how it made me stronger, both mentally and physically.

I love riding my bike because it is slower than driving your car and faster than walking.  You can see so many amazing things when you are riding your bike.  It can take the form of an amazing sunrise, how clean and crisp everything looks after its rained, or a startled herd of deer on the next switch back.  Riding my bike allows me to enjoy this amazing world we live in.

I love riding my bike because it is beautiful.  Just look up anything that has to do with Rouler magazine or Elcyclista.  Look up photos done by VeloImages or The Blue and the Red.  True these are amazing photographers with a ton of skill taking pictures, but they are just capturing what makes riding your bike so great.  The beauty.

I leave you with an example of the beauty that riding your bike holds.  Below are a few pictures that I took after today’s ride.  It was windy, cold and wet but it was also amazing.  Even my meager photography skills can’t hold back the beauty of a training ride in Colorado.

 

Taking it up a NOTCH!

28 Dec

This Christmas season was very technology based for Kaleigh and I.  In the span of a two weeks we have made an impossible jump in both coolness and utility.  Observe.  We went from having a Crustaceous period computer (that sounded a lot like an angry pterodactyl), to a new ultra-hip, ultra status improving MacBook, and yes I am typing on it right now and yes I feel a lot better about myself.  We went from having a camera that is nice but in technological years is about to have a midlife crises, to having an amazing Canon DLSR which has more features and functions on it than a new car.  And from not having any way of capturing the crazy things in our life on video to having a Flip video camera that can record HD quality video and be mistaken for a candy bar all at once.

MacBook!

Flip video camera...or candy bar

And our new Canon Rebel EOS XS! Awesome. In case you were wondering that is me in the picture and no our house isn't filled with smoke, the is the reflection in our TV. Pretty sweet huh?

So you can now see how far the wife and I have come in the last few days in the technology department.  It is very exciting because as of now I probably know how to do between 4-5% of what all these devices are capable of so in the next few months I should be creating amazing works of art, maybe I’ll even become rich and famous and will never have to work again!! Ya right.  I leave you with a few examples of my new-found, yet very amateurish camera skills…

Notice how Sam is in focus while the couch is not...yup all me

Just a little bear cub sleeping in our hallway

Lego Millenium Falcon in our Christmas tree...

Running with your tongue hanging out

Gustopher...part of our extended family

National Geographic quality

Keep Away action shot

Ellie the old lady of the group...very majestic I say.

*No Dogs were harmed in the creation of this post

**Accept for Molly because well she needed it

We Are Still Alive!

24 Oct

Despite what our lack of posting may indicate, Kaleigh and I are still alive and kicking. We have both just been very busy and very lazy as of late and for this we apologize and don’t apologize…Kaleigh has just started an awesome new job and so she has been pretty involved in that. I have just been lazy…and a little busy but there are some good posts in the works…for example another Talking with Timmy post, a post on driving and some tasty recipes for fall from my lovely wife. Also in the works is a review of some new coffee that we got today from a blind coffee roaster!! Yeah I said it, a BLIND coffee roaster who lives locally in Boulder! Anyway for the few followers we have, stay tuned we will be returning to our posting ways soon! In the meantime enjoy a few pictures from our lives during the past few weeks…….

Riding with Zach

Driving to Work....A lot.

Some Thinking

Hiking in Boulder

Opening a Resturant...Just Kidding!

And a Little TV Time

Coffee and Pet Peeves

12 Oct

So on this rainy morning still feeling semi-sick while watching SportsCenter I began to muse over my day ahead and things that tend to bug me…otherwise known as pet peeves.  I am not 100% sure where the name pet peeves comes from so I decided to use the Google and find out.  According to the authority known as Wikipedia a pet peeve is “a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.”  Ok sounds about right so where does the term come from?  … The word peevish.  Meaning ornery or ill-tempered.  Again that does make sense, chalk up a point to Wikipedia.  As I begin to sip the last of our coffee with the rain spattering against my window, and a new knowledge gained from Wikipedia I start my list of what makes me peevish…

1.  Wearing sunglasses inside – Why? Do people really think this makes them look cooler or more important?  I really see no reason why you would want to wear sunglasses inside.  There are no UV rays trying to penetrate into your cornea and make blind.  There is no wind propelling small objects into your delicate peepers.  So what is the appeal?  Someone please answer me!!

2.  Constant iPod usage – I will be the first one to admit that I love listening to music.  It is great way to spend your time.  But I will also be the first one to say that it is getting a little out of hand.  We are turning into a world of robots that have no interaction at all during the entire day.  When you have your earphones on as soon as you leave your house, all the way to school, work or wherever, at work, school or wherever and then all the way home you miss out on so much of what life actually is!  There are soooo many awesome people, and amazing experiences out there that you will never ever meet or experience if you don’t take those stupid buds out of your ears and interact with your surroundings!

3.  Wearing a hands-free headset outside your car – Bluetooth technology is awesome!  I love the idea of being able to talk on your phone without holding your phone while driving but seriously it needs to stay in the car.  I don’t know how many times I have been out in the world (on the bus, in a store, whatever) and started a conversation with someone who was in no way, shape or form talking to me.  They were talking to someone else via their headset…Sometimes it even creates a very awkward situation when they are having what should be a very private conversation and you get to hear all the details.  Add into it the fact that you look like a member of the Borg and there really is no good reason to take these valuable devices outside the confines of your car.

4.  Christians – I do consider myself a Christian and am very proud to be one, but seriously guys and girls we are doing way more harm than good!  It is so frustrating to me to hear some of the CRAP that comes out of “Christians” mouths!  I want to yell at these people “Do you even know what are you saying? Have you even read the Bible? Do you even know anything about what Jesus taught?”   What gives you the right to condemn others for their sin when you yourself have your own sin to worry about?  I mean seriously, that is what we call being a hypocrite.  If we start throwing stones at others it is only a matter of time before the stones will be coming your way.  Instead of condemning others and secluding ourselves why don’t we love others and say “me too” once in a while?  Because honestly Christians are the number one reason why people hate Christianity and I can’t blame them for that!

5.  Bad drivers – I have zero patience for bad drivers.  Out of everything in my life this is the one area that causes me the most stress and gets me more angry than I would like to admit.  It is an area I am trying to become less angry about but everyday I find new reasons to get upset…so much so that it is going to need its own post (soon to come).

6.  Kids on Leashes? – If you don’t know what I am talking about just check out this picture:

Seriously?!?! I don’t even think I need to say anything about this one…

 

That’s all for now.  Hopefully you don’t think I’m a really angry person, I’m not.  In fact I am really easy going person, there are just a few things that irk me (Just wait till the Driving Post).  But if you believe me I don’t care…ha!