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The weekend in poker
... was a bit trying this week. I tried my hand at the $10-$25 NL / $10-$25 PLO game because mine broke. I did well at the NL portion, and got totally screwed on the PLO portion, even though I think I played everything right except for a couple hands. The turn just killed me whenever I was in.

I also managed to cause an incident of road rage this weekend, which was a first.

I was getting off the phone with my sister, and looked into the rearview and saw this red minivan on my tail - really close! So I do what I normally do when people sit there for a minute or two and don't give me space - especially when I'm already doing 75 on the expressway - I tap my brakes to gently say "Get off my butt, comma!".

What I didn't expect was the minivan pulling onto the shoulder and accelerating next to me, waving his cell phone like he's calling the police, and then proceeds to cut in front of me and tap on his brakes! I think to myself, "Touche" and slide over to the lane to the right. Seriously, what are you going to tell the police? You got caught tailgating?

This is when the dude in the minivan WITH KIDS (!!) swerves to the right to stay in front of me and slams his brakes on again! My heart's pounding now, and I slow down a little more, like I'm going to pull off the road, which I'm so not going to do. This goes on for about a mile, and we come up on the tollbooth at 294 and 80. He starts pointing to the right, and I think, "Screw that!" and I go through the I-PASS express lane, as he has to go through and stop to pay the toll, and that's the last I see of him.

But seriously, I can't believe you do that crap with KIDS IN THE CAR!!
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From: on_thg Date: July 18th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

I played that game with some jackass on the Dan Ryan last summer. He got mad that I didn't slam on my brakes so he could somehow merge ahead of me, so he worked his way here and there through five lanes of rush hour traffic to cut in front of me and and brake hard.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never tap on your brakes. That will just piss me off, er I mean the driver even more. Better thing to do is to gradually go slower. Then when they pass by, give them the biggest smile and friendliest wave you can. That will drive them ballistic!

Still no reason for the guy to be a total ass and pull in front of you like that.

maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 18th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are two schools of thought on this. When I talked to someone at the poker room about it, and the fact that next time i'd do just what you'd mentioned, he said, "Not with your car, you couldn't." I have a 2001 nissan maxima. "Me, with my car? No problem, they hit me, I go 'Huh.'". He has a big-ass ford explorer.

His point was at least the brake lights give them warning, the slowing down gradually doesn't register on their radar and they can run into me.
badblood44 From: badblood44 Date: July 18th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why I have buttons on my dashboard that release first a bunch of tacks to the road then a few gallons of oil. If their tires don't pop, they generally slide off the road not soon after.

What a dick that guy was.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 18th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I /knew/ I should have gotten the spyhunter option!

But yeah, no kidding.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 20th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds similar to what happened to me a couple of years ago. I had flashed my lights a couple of times (car was new and I was figuring stuff out) and the guy pulled in front of me but he didn't tap on his breaks, he slammed them on, coming to a complete stop ON THE FREEWAY. I managed to swerve and miss him by about 2 inches. He immediately took off and I never saw him again. At least no other cars were around or it could have been really messy.

April H.
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