Like I’m sure a lot of Canadians my age did, I grew up a fan of Rick Mercer. I have fond memories of spending Friday evenings as a youngster sitting on the couch in front of the TV, tuned to CHEX TV (One of THREE channels we got with our rabbit ears!). It was a great lineup of shows: The Red Green Show, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. At the time, Rick Mercer was a star of 22 Minutes.
[Via Professor Wikipedia]
Eventually Mercer moved on and got his own show on CBC – The Rick Mercer Report. It’s a similar style to 22 Minutes, but Rick Mercer handles just about the whole show on his own. One of my favourite features ever to be included on the show is the Celebrity Tips segment. The first one that really caught my eye was Geddy Lee giving Winter Tips for tobogganing!
“Small children and people worried about their brain should always wear a helmet.”
Another great one is Pierre Berton explaining to the young folks how to roll a joint.
Another staple of the show is The Rant. Each week he walks down a Toronto alley covered with graffiti and rants about what’s been bothering him that week.
This week, his rant centered around something that all of us have had to deal with at one time or another: bad drivers.
It sometimes boggles my mind how lazy some drivers can be when it comes to signalling. I mean, I signal almost TOO much – sometimes when it’s not even necessary. Like for example Perry Street and Crescent Street, right in front of the Art Gallery. When turning from Perry on to Crescent, there’s only one way to go – right. In theory, everyone knows where you’re going, so a signal might be redundant. Doesn’t matter, I still signal.
Even still, there’s enough drivers out there who choose to ignore their turn signals to ruin it for the rest of us. In fact, there’s enough that someone at WikiHow.com thought a 5-Step Guide on How To Use Your Turn Signals was necessary.
Isn’t it amazing how the holiday season always seems to bring out the worst in even the best of drivers, though? It seems to be a strange phenomenon… But I guess it makes sense. I’m not even talking about the bad weather we get. It’s a busy time of year, everyone out hustlin’ and bustlin’, making sure they get all their shopping done in time. Maybe they’re worn out and just in a rush to get home, maybe they’re hurrying to make sure they get to the mall before it closes… Who knows?
There’s one thing that really grinds my gears (literally), however, and that’s when people ignore the centre lane for turning and block traffic instead. The best road to use for an example of this in Peterborough is Lansdowne Street. In the stretch between Webber Ave. and Park St., there is a centre lane specifically for turning left off of Lansdowne, into businesses or whatever. People often seem to ignore this purpose-designed turning lane and instead decide to block traffic by sitting in the left traffic lane with their signal flashing (thank God for that, at least!). USE THE CENTRE LANE!
Is there any specific act of driving that REALLY gets under your skin? Tell me about it in the comments below or on our Facebook page!