Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An open letter, to whom it may concern.

Dear Georgians,

Let me start by saying that you have a beautiful state here. And thanks for not minding too much that Yankee military types like us move in, bringing our crazy northern/western ways. It's much appreciated.

I do have one teensy, tiny request, though.

Do you think it might be possible to start using your blinker? You know, when you're driving and you plan to turn left or right? Or say, changing lanes?

You see, I'd really like to not hit you with my van. That's my goal every time I get behind the wheel--don't hit anyone and don't get hit by anyone. It's simple really, but I can't do it alone. I need your help.

The next time you're driving and you decide to make a turn or change lanes, I want you to put the beer down and place your right hand on the steering wheel. Then I want you to take your left hand and feel for a lever sticking out of the left side of the steering wheel.

Find it?

O.K. Now if you're going to go left, push it down. If you're going to go right, push it up.

Lights will blink and there will be a clock-like clicking noise: DO NOT BE ALARMED. Those things are normal when the blinker is employed.

Congratulations. You have just used your blinker!



P.S. For the love of Pete could you stop doing this?


  1. Those pictures are too funny! Thanks for how fun your blog is to read!

  2. Sooo true Brandi. You need to post that in a news paper. Giggles.

  3. Oh, can I add that people in Pennsylvania stop at yield signs? They think, because it is red like a stop sign, it must be a sign to stop. Alas, it is not. I can see the confusion, but one has eight sides and one has three sides. And they wonder why I moved after college...

    The houses on stilts just scares me. These are people who will be surprised if it falls. Like duh. Your house. Is on. Stilts.

  4. Oh, Georgia the STATE! I'm sure it is true wherever you go. I know the ongoing joke in Maryland was that when you bought a car there, blinkers were optional. :)

  5. My son and daughter-in-law were stationed at Fort Benning for a couple of years. I'm sorry I missed the trailers on stilts when I went for a visit. He's out of the Army and living near by, and I am so glad.

  6. Also in Pennsylvania, a plain old, regular green light means "immediately turn left in front of all the oncoming traffic, even though you don't have a green arrow." When we moved there from California, my parents had many close calls with those left-turners until they finally gave up and realized that they had to let at least two cars turn left before they could hit the gas and proceed straight through the intersection.

    My personal pet peeve regarding Georgia drivers is all the ones who like to drive at least 10 miles BELOW the speed limit, especially on the back roads that are 55mph. Coming from Germany, where that could get you killed, well, let's just say I have very little patience for it.


Be nice or I'll punch you in the taco.