I had an early start today.
Herself had a hospital appointment and it meant a drive up to Dublin in the tail end of the rush hour.
Seeing as I was a mere driver, I had a lot of waiting around to do while Herself flitted from test to test. With only a blank floor, a blank wall and a blank ceiling to look at [and a fucking hard chair to sit on] my mind started to wander and it strayed into an area that cropped up in yesterday's comments, namely doing my own thing and ignoring rules. I decided to do a tally by mentally replaying my morning's journey.
We started by driving down to the village. I'm still not quite sure what the speed limit is on my road [I think it’s 30 mph] but I ignored it as I always do. Strike 1!
On the way there is a painted chicane in the road – one of those imaginary islands marked out in white paint – which involves veering off the straight line towards a stone wall and back again. As always I ignored it and drove across the paint. Strike 2!
Next comes a bendy road with a tight speed limit and white lines down the middle. Ignored the limit and the white lines as I can see the road is perfectly clear. Strike 3!
On the motorway I am a fairly law abiding driver. Not that I am worried about the law but the law and common sense happen to coincide which is a rarity.
Arrived at the hospital, dropped Herself off and went looking for parking. Found a spot and parked. Notices all over the place shouting that it's a Pay and Display area which I ignored [I’ll happily pay for parking if they provide security and liability, but this lot don’t]. Strike 4!
Lit up the pipe while strolling back to the buildings. No smoking area. Strike 5!
Now here is a challenge for anyone who reads this.
Answer the following.
Why should I restrict my car to an arbitrary speed laid down by someone who has probably never driven on that road when the road is clear and I am driving well within my limits of safe driving?
Why should I have my behavious dictated to by some fucking paint on the road?
Why should I pay to park my car at the side of a road when I get nothing in return [they actually have the fucking nerve to say they take no liability]?
Why shouldn't I light up my pipe while walking in the fresh [actually it was stormy] air?
Any mention of the words "law" or "regulation" disqualifies an answer. I want reasons, not excuses.
If anyone can tell me why I should "obey" any of the above, I'll consider mending my ways.
Only consider, mind you.