January 5, 2010 by admncc
Happy New Year! Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Tall Elf is back and submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is texting while driving and the overuse of blackberries. A great complaint! Enjoy and without further adieu, here’s Tall Elf…
I understand the value of a blackberry. And I understand that if your company provides one to you to stay connected to your job and to be at their beck-and-call, that it is an important part of your identity. To those of you that are required and reimbursed by work to carry the wonderful piece of fruit, I commend your dedication. I myself instruct my employees to leave work at work, and home at home; if you have a bad day at work, don’t take it out on your family, and if you are having a difficult time at home, hey, why not use work as a temporary escape from reality and get down to business. But I understand that sometimes these things overlap, and it is unavoidable.
I however am a tax payer. And my taxes are paid to a state that I do not live in, but where I work. I live in a rural area where cell service is spotty, but on my way to and from work, I frequent an urban section of side streets where I see my tax dollars hard at work (sarcastically of course). If I do not have a blackberry myself, why would I want to see someone that is benefiting from my tax dollars walking in the street texting/checking email, while pushing a stroller? That is right. The other day I was on my way home and an observed a woman pushing a stroller through the middle of a 5-point intersection while texting/emailing in the street. I would like to know what was so important that she had to do that in the middle of the intersection. Not even looking because I guess that the crosswalk was her ticket to not be wary of her surroundings. Once she hit the curb, she put the phone away and continued on her way. If someone had hit her, I am sure that the newspaper would have read, “Mother and child struck by vehicle.” Not, “Woman texting walks out in front of car.”
In an unrelated incident there was a tractor-trailer from a winery in Maine hauling grapes down the highway on a dark and stormy day. I had pulled into the left lane to pass a few cars because they were doing 35 on the interstate (that is another blog waiting to happen) and this guy pulls up behind me, mind you I was doing about 70 in the 65, and starts flashing his lights and riding my tail, as if I am going to pull over to the right into the side of another vehicle. I am not going to disclose the name of the company but there was a phone call made to his HQ to discuss the matter, and I was informed that there were no drivers in that area that morning. When I advised them of the truck ID# and License Plate # they hung up on me. That man was on his cell phone too and since it was in upstate NY, it was against the law as well.
Can we just put down the phones? Is that too much to ask? They serve a great purpose in case of an emergency; however most times they are not used for emergency purposes.
*** This section was added by The Constant Complainer. In addition to driving, are blackberries a distraction in general. A guy was just telling me about a non-driving story yesterday. He was at his kid’s basketball game and the big star (not his son) had a phenomenal game. The star apparently set a record, but his mother, who was at the game, didn’t see it, because she didn’t move her head up once to watch the game – because she was texting the entire time…