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Traffic is the universal consternation. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who gets in those situations; but now I feel it happens to everybody. If we could get rid of all the latent hostility buildupcaused by traffice; the world would be a much calmer place. But how exactly to DO that?

04/12/13 @ 09:10
Comment from: David Weinstock

Thanks for this.

This story found me waiting for a necessary perscription to be filled before I jumped on an airplane. And I had the very same experience at a doctor's office just last week as well.

It's at least reassuring to find out other people are embarassed when they hear themselves yell at others on the road.

04/12/13 @ 10:49
Comment from: Judy

Hearing the doctor say your biopsy was good is worth an office wait of 100 hours. Puts the ride home in a whole new perspective.

04/12/13 @ 10:51
Comment from: Mike

I'm sure EVERYONE who reads will relate to a very similar experience. I felt myself in that car with you as I relived too many of those same incidences. I glad you time in the waiting room produced this wonderfully human story!

04/12/13 @ 11:03
Comment from: kevin

Funny (and very uncomfortable) how much i see myself in those same impatient shoes... best part is the "idiot" at the end. sadly we all resemble that remark sometimes!

04/12/13 @ 12:09

EXCELLENT piece of writing, Ms. Heil!
(The correct response to "sorry to keep you waiting so long" is "No prob. now I know it's not important for me to be on time!"
If that was your GP I have a recommendation for you!

04/12/13 @ 13:06
Comment from: karen

Loved it and had to laugh at the end....also sooo saw myself but I would have been yelling the whole way to both the idiots in front and behind. Great writing! I so enjoy your blogs!

04/14/13 @ 11:10
Comment from: Luanne

I'm smiling trying to envision the ever calm, Ruth, yelling and calling anyone names. I'd take your point of "lying isn’t any better than being late" a little farther: Being late is bad enough; lying makes it worse.

04/14/13 @ 21:19
Comment from:

Joe: I get what you are saying, but in this case, traffic wasn't the problem. I could only blame myself for poor time management.

David: I hope you were on time for the flight, as that is a scene where being late is many times more stressful!

Judy: You are so right.

Mike: I had second-thoughts about posting the story -- wasn't exactly something to brag about -- but I did anyway in hopes for your exact reaction, in wondering if this doesn't happen to all of us. Your comment confirms that posting it was a good idea.

Kevin: You comment proves it: even the best-natured people can act like idiots sometimes.

Warren: Thank you! Nope, wasn't a GP, but a dermatologist...a simple check to put my mind at ease given the prevalence of skin cancer today.

Karen: Ditto my comment to Kevin, effecting even the classiest among us, too.

Luanne: Lying: how right you are. It's funny how we're drawn to dig ourselves in deeper sometimes. It's also funny how we say things in the private space inside our cars that we would never say in public.

Thanks for all the comments! It's so good to know I'm not alone in this.

04/15/13 @ 07:06

But I am not sure "saying things privately inside our cars that we would never say in public" is necessarily a BAD idea. You have written columns about the need for stress relief; and this is a fairly safe way to do so.

04/15/13 @ 09:18