Friday, May 19, 2006

No Fighting, No Biting

Earlier this week I posted about reporting some old man's lack of driving skills to 911. What was intended to be a lighthearted post seems to have escalated into some kind of personal vendetta which was neither the intent or the subject of the post. I consider a lot of you to be 'friends' in the sense that I care about you and enjoy interacting with you online, so I hope everyone is mature enough to take this post in the manner in which it's intended.

As far as my blog goes, it's just that, my blog. Like anyone else on the Internet, I'm going to blog about what I want whether you happen to agree with me or not. I'm not here to validate your opinions and you're not here to validate mine. My opinions and experiences are my own and whether you choose to agree or disagree with me that's entirely up to you. For anyone who's a regular reader, you should be familiar enough with me by now to know, for future reference:
A) Real or virtual, guilt trips don't work on me
B) You're entitled to your opinion, just like I'm entitled to mine
C) Play with fire and you're going to get burned
D) I live in a little place called Reality, where things aren't always fair, people don't always agree with me and people don't subsist on hugs and happy thoughts

And Nathan, I don't necessarily see you (or anybody else, for that matter) as the "bad guy," but here's where I stand on your accusations:

• I didn't "lie" when reporting the man's driving. I never said he was swerving, drunk, distraught, etc. I said he was driving erratically, which he was. Erratic is defined as "deviating from what is ordinary or standard." I consider driving 15mph or less in a 40mph zone "erratic."
• Was I being petty, sure, I'll admit to that. I'm also willing to admit if it hadn't been him, it would've been somebody else. There must be a concentrated dose of "handicapped" people with licenses where I live because 80% of the time I end up behind one either in traffic, at stop lights or in shopping venues. It may not be your experience, but it is mine.
• There are no free passes when it comes to reckless driving, whether you're exceeding or impeding the speed limit. Not driving with the flow of traffic is just as disruptive as exceeding the speed limit. Internal stimuli is not a valid excuse when it comes to endangering the lives of others.
• And as far as me 'stepping in,' I don't take it upon myself to diffuse situations that I didn't create. You chose to make the story personal by attempting to emotionally blackmail me into apologizing for something that I have no reason/intention to apologize for. That's just how the cookie crumbles.

There will be no more comments from me in regards to this post. I've said my peace. The end.


Anonymous Dave2 said...

If you can't drive the speed limit... YOU DON'T BELONG ON THE ROAD!!

People like this ARE reckless because they cause accidents when other drivers are forced to be reckless in avoiding them.

Don't apologize. Your call may end up saving somebody's life.

Friday, May 19, 2006 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Ark said...

Ah I think the guy just wanted to start drama.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Brandi said...

Kirk, I come here for your strong opinions. Keep it up! I love seeing the other side of the dice.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:55:00 AM  
Blogger girlzoot said...

No matter how things are done, or what I agree with at any given time. I come to read your blog because you say and do what you want...

Sunday, May 21, 2006 2:44:00 PM  
Blogger Mon said...

I've been a lurker for a while, but this is something that happens, which is unfortunate. Someone told me they thought I was 'real' then asked if I would stop using profanity so they could read my blog.
Love your blog, and I read often.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:23:00 PM  

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