Monday, October 25, 2010

only in new york.......






now, don't get me wrong....i love new york.....as i've told you before, i'm one of the extremely few truckdrivers who still get excited everytime i cross the george washington.....or staten island.......but i gotta tell ya, there is a reason that new yorkers have the reputation they have.......case in point......a couple of weeks ago we headed over into brooklyn by way of the verrazano bridge to pickup a load at the old navy docks.....after getting off of i-287 and making our way almost to the docks on typical, overcrowded, narrow, paralell-parking-on-both-sides-of-the-street surface streets, we were one left turn away from our destination when we can to a sudden stop.......a roadway driver in a 10-wheel straight truck.....what???,about half the length of our truck???? rammed in to side of a small compact car driven by a young man who was attempting to pull out of a parallel parking spot on the right....thus tying up traffic on the street while both parties exchanged blame and other choice words and then got on their respective cell phones to contact a. police, and b. insurance agents and c. at least one good buddy each who they surprised with the words "dude, you're not gonna believe what just happened"........we sat at a stop right behind the roadway truck because we needed to make a left hand turn just past that building on the left in the top picture.......cars from behind us started coming around us, which literally made the oncoming traffic have to come to stop, except for a few adventuresome souls who sucked in their breath till they'd fit and created a lane where there was none........all of this was accompanied by the usual honking and hand gestures that make new york new york......and then the epitome of new york thinking kicked in in the form of the roadway driver coming back and telling brad to go around him.......brad told him that he had to make the left turn and that there wasn't room to get snaked around him and clear the intersection......and his reply???? "whatdayamean( yes, that's all spoken as one word!) ya can't make the turn??? wheredidya (also condensed to one word) learn how to drive????"
ummmmmm.....dude, excuse me, but we're not the one's sittin in the street with a four-wheeler attached to our bumper.........


3 comments:

Lipstick Trucker said...

Well it seems to me it would be the fault of the car not the truck. I had the same thing happen to me in my car. As i was driving down the road a car came out of his parking spot and drove into the side of me. He was charged.

Plum Trucker said...

At least New York is living up to their name, just in case you had any doubts. lol. This sounds like a mess and is one of my fears everytime I head that way. What ended up happening? How did you guys end up making the left hand turn?

all things bradbury said...

kelly, anytime you hit someone from behind it's cited as your fault, failure to have your vehicle under control.....no matter what stupid thing the person in front of you did.

michelle, after they argued it around for awhile, the guy backed his car back into the space he'd been tryin to get out of & then a few minutes later the car parked in the first space left, which made room for the straight truck to pull in there & get out of the way. it was still a tight little turn.. lol