Saturday, February 18, 2006

This is just to say...

...I'm back.

On my trip I noticed two things:

1. No one in Florida uses their turn signal. Seriously. NO ONE.

Oh, wait, except for the old people. But they put their signal on three miles in advance, so it doesn't really count.

and

2. Florida Turnpike tollbooth operators are extremely nice. To the point that it's utterly disconcerting.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love u grrl! You are funny!

Raj said...

hey you are bck...

ramblingmuse said...

Yay! Welcome back!

How was grandma?

Konrad said...

You'd be surprised to know that you got mentioned in a "Strange But True" portion of Toronto's CP24.com news website.

Love the blog. I was in NYC last week and was lucky to get caught up in the blizzard [even Toronto doesn't see blizzards like that!]. Anyway, went to a party sometime in the evening when the roads were shit and let me tell you, it was the first time I've put a seatbelt on while in a cab. You guys need better tires!

mysteryfan said...

Welcome back. Wasn't sure how I was going to make it 'til Sunday without your stories. lol. Hope your grandma's doing fine.

Ksenija said...

Glad your back. How was grandma?

If you really want to feel like you're not driving around NYC anymore, come to Kansas. We mostly use our signals for lane changes, and even let someone in who is waiting to turn into traffic from, say, a gas station, for example.

Our school superintendant moved here from NYC. An early quote in the paper from him was about how he knew he wasn't in NYC anymore: apparently he'd paused at a stoplight to read through some paperwork and happened to glance up and see a green light he didn't realize had changed. Because no one waiting behind him had honked.

Catherine said...

Welcome back! Your blog is very addictive!

Anonymous said...

does anyone remember the "candyman", a nyc cab driver who cab interior was decorated with candy?

yael said...

Hi! I'm in Florida- you are so right about the drivers here- especially the old folks who drive us young'uns crazy! My pet peeve is at intersections where you can't hear your own music cuz others are playing just a bit louder than you...Hehehe

Anonymous said...

I love the way you see the best in people...
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wil said...

You are so refreshing to read.:)

Aloha from the Island of Mau'i, from a local cabbie.

As your life progresses, please do not abandon this blog. You are so articulate, intelligent, upbeat, and pretty too.

I visit here every day after my shift of driving (6p-6a).

Anonymous said...

hey girl. old people leave their turn signals on ALL the time in FLorida.

wiggz said...

Haha Konrad, i saw that "Strange But True" portion of Toronto's CP24.com as well.
U gotta keep doing this site, its hard to find unique, quality sites, good job.:)

itsybitsygod said...

Simpsons-esq Ha-Ha! You visited America's wang!
Did you drive over the mountains and through the woods or did you fly?
It's good to have you back.
ksenija's comment made me giggle. I learned to drive in Philly and it wasn't until I visited Mom in Iowa that I really saw the difference. People were stopping for yellow lights out there. What's that about? I remember Mom driving in Chicago once when I was a kid. She made all of us be super quiet and we had to turn off the radio because she was so freaked out. My brothers were on either side telling her when it was okay to merge.
Viva la difference.

itsybitsygod said...

Oh, but on the other hand, I've been in 90-mile-an-hour-bumper-to-bumper traffic on the QEW that had me making my peace with God, so maybe it's more about what you're used to.

carioque said...

Hi MP. I was in NYC in 2000 and to be honest it scared the CRAP out of me. Too many people, too many cars.. but the cabbies were nice and got us where we needed to be. CUDO'S to your profession!!!!

mackleysmom said...

I hope you had a nice trip

Dy_Lan said...

Yea, I'm from south FL and I really rarely ever use my turn signal. You just make sure theres enough room--- then you merge. I use my blinker when I can't merge and I need to announce that I'm trying to merge. However... most of my driving is on highways, not NYC style gridlock

Chuck said...

If I was trapped in a little booth taking stranger's money, not knowing if they are suffering from road rage or if they were armed, I would be extremely nice too.

jason said...

i used to live in Florida hahaah. what part did you go to. i used to live near ft. lauderdale.

Aussie male said...

Good to see you're back. Love your blogs

abucsfan said...

Oh come on! Old people are fun! This morning I was out playing golf wearing shorts and short sleeved shirt and just loving it!
I rode downtown afterwords and didn't have anyone shoot me the bird or run me off the road. Yes, there were jerks turning with no directionals but who cares. It's 81 degrees and no snow!
Love to read your posts. I don't miss New York even a little bit!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see your back. How right you are about the old people. I lived in Fla. several years and they drove me nuts. When I first started reading your blog, 3 mo. ago, I thought you sucked. But, I kept reading and now I look forward to your posts. Keep up the good blogging.

massage in DC said...

Miss you when you're not writing - your blog is brilliant and entertaining. Please keep writing even when you tire of being a Hack!

iblogthereforiam said...

hope you enjoy the cold, we had 42' celcius about 115 yeaterday here, stiken hot the kids got all burned up. hope grandma is ok ours is good too.

rock on.

ArtistSchmartist said...

Ha, you're so right about drivers in Florida. God, they're TERRIBLE! Whereabouts in Florida were you, anyway?

Karen said...

Welcome back! How's Grandma?

Old people drivin' or not, I bet you enjoyed the heck out of that weather!

V~V

Anonymous said...

canot wait to you people get to the age of 73 plus. have a good old age.

Anonymous said...

i like your blog,and especially the pictures of new york.just wondering what type of camera your using?

rjm said...

glad you're back!!

Anonymous said...

been enjoying your blog, Im a taxi driver hear in Panama City, and yes drivers are bad here, not only with turn signals, but they like to speed up to stopped traffic then switch lanes at the last second. Add the old fogies and it makes for pretty stressful driving. Nothing like nyc though....

Cecely said...

gLAD YOU ARE BACK THIS OTHER CAB DRIVER LOVE TO HEAR THE STORIES UP THERE IN NY SINCE NOT ALOT HAPPENDS HERE IN GLEN BURNIE MARYLAND. I HEAR ALOT FROM THE MALES BUT FAIRS ARE NOT TO BAD WITH THE FEMALES. AND I WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT. DO YOU EVER GET THIS QUESTION DON'T YOU GET SCARED DRIVING AT NIGHT. WELL DONT YOU THINK IF I WAS SCARED I WOULDN'T BE DRIVING AT NIGHT.I LOVE NIGHT SHIFT FOR ONETHING AFTER A CERNTIN HOUR THER ARE NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET.
WELL I GUESS I READ YOU SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. HAVE A GOOD WEEK

acquamarine11 said...

Hey WELCOME BACK MIssed ur postings.

2chipsleft said...

Hiya, Yes it's true, in Florida turn signals should only be used when no turn is forthcoming. Also when a light turns red it means only 2 or 3 more cars should go through. Oh, and only drive 1/2 the posted speed limit in the left lane. There, now everyones a qualified Florida driver.
BTW- Welcome back

Julie said...

You know what they say about who lives in Florida? Half-deads and Newlyweds! Glad u're back!

Blue_skyzz said...

In Fla, all roads lead to the beach. Hence, no need for turn signals.

Old people in Fla use turn signals because the clicking sound helps keep their hearts in rhythm.

The toll booth people aren't really all that extra nice. It just seems that way to (snicker)people from New York.

I start my day with you. In winter you're my favorite sunshine!

Rappell

Anonymous said...

So true about no one in Florida using their blinker! When I was down visiting I swore they must have made cars without installing the bulb for the blinker.

Anonymous said...

HA! You were in Florida! Now you see what we have to put up with. Blue hairs are the WORST! They all drive tanks and can't see over the steering wheel!

Theresa

Anonymous said...

Hay, I'm in Gainesville FL and I do use turn signals, but I'm not old or half-dead.I found driving down here is a pleasure, for I am from Taiwan, where the traffic is as heavy as in NYC, I guess.

Anonymous said...

WELCOME BACK. MISSED THE STORIES. HOW WAS GRANDMA?

Anonymous said...

i see tons of flordia ppl here in the mountains of NC. every time i see one, i try to avoid them bc they never use the signal nor do they kno where the heck they are going at the same time....

red said...

Great to see you back.
I don't think it's the old peoplw in Florida who are the problem, advance turnsignals not withstanding - it's the guys in pickups who think they are driving sports cars.
The most dangerous part of the no signal folks come at off ramps - I'm a tried and true NYC driver and have never seen so many people make right hand exits from far, far left hand lanes!

Pat T Hat said...

They drive so slow it just seems like three miles. I'm never in a hurry anyway so God bless their little hearts

The Dormouse said...

You get so many comments I doubt you'll read this, but I read you! haha, Anyway, i'm a recent transplant from Florida to NY for acting. Woohoo, i'm poor. Anyway, Florida is like the land where the Village of the damned moved to when they retired. They are freakishly nice and the old people....need not be behind the wheel off cars.

That being said, hope you have a good trip and safe driving!

Pablo said...

Aren't toll booth operators nice everywhere?

little.hoot.owl said...

I went to Florida this week, and after reading this I had to ask my friend in Ft. Lauderdale why it is that people never use their turn signals -- because it's true!! Her answer: "Because even if we did use them, we'd just cut someone off anyway so there's no point." No joke. Love the blog, keep it up!

Andy4390 said...

I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida...99% of drivers in South Florida learned to drive in 3rd world South American countries. It's a wonder we all get where we need to go alive! :) Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

They drive so bad in Florida because the streets are poorly marked... Jacksonville is the worst, but Orlando isn't much better.

Welcome back to civilization...

Anonymous said...

In the old days, people actually moved to FL. because they thought is was cool to be able to turn right at a stop light after a complete stop. Was FL. a pioneer state?