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    1. Member nemo1ner's Avatar
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      04-11-2012 05:49 PM #1
      Today was my first day back at work from my vacation in Portugal. It only took 5 minutes into my commute to realize that Americans have no clue how to drive.

      Driving in Europe was a dream. All of the 20th century roads and highways were smooth. People stayed to the right, passed on left, used their turn signals, and slowed down on small country roads to allow you to go by. You never saw someone on their phone, reading a newspaper or had a purse dog on their lap.

      I get home and people don't yield when they should, left blinker on to make a right hand turn, speed on the right, cut you off to be one car ahead, only to slow down and exit. I even had a guy cut me off into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot and take up two spots in his SUV just so he can be ahead of me to get his coffee.

      Please explain to me how I can drive through narrow busy city streets in Lisbon and Cascais and not curse for 10 days, but within 5 minutes of driving in suburban America, I feel like spider monkey slapping a baby panda?

      People bitch and complain about gas prices here. It took 90.00€ to fill up my Fiat Punto. That's almost $118. Maybe raising gas prices will keep some of these jackasses off the road.

      Europe had speed controlled areas that trigger red lights if you go too fast, circles to eliminate unnecessary lights and traffic, smooth roads even in rural areas and responsible and alert drivers. How is it that this country, with all of the brightest people at its disposal, can't even do one of those things?


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      04-11-2012 05:57 PM #2
      You drive in New Jersey. That's like comparing toaster studels to poptarts.

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      04-11-2012 05:59 PM #3
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      04-11-2012 06:01 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by nemo1ner View Post
      People bitch and complain about gas prices here. It took 90.00€ to fill up my Fiat Punto. That's almost $118. Maybe raising gas prices will keep some of these jackasses off the road.
      Well lookie here. We got ourselves one of them there commie socialist marxists. Son, whah duh yuh hate Murica?
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      04-11-2012 06:25 PM #5
      Oh, another "I just came back from Europe and I am going to rant and complain" thread. Lucky us.

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