Monday, June 16, 2008

I Kid You Not

I'm all for saving gas and eco-friendly transportation and all.  So when I saw a guy in a suit cruising down Interstate 5 on a motorcycle, black slacks flapping in the wind, shined up pointy toed wing-tips, and black biker gloves I thought, huh, okay, good for you worker dude.  After all, you're wearing a helmet and driving the speed limit.  

Worker dude changed lanes to the left, once, then twice until he was in the fast lane.  With him just behind me on the left, I couldn't help but glance in my mirrors at the sight of him.  His motorcycle was hardly a "chopper," more a dirt bike on the freeway.  His collared shirt peeked through the top of his "biker jacket," and he had a certain awkward posture as he hunched over his bike.  Poor schlep, I thought.  You should be driving an Accord or another acceptable mid-size sedan.

That's when it happened.

Worker dude went to his hip to remove something.  Wha?  Could it be?  Is he actually?  Yup, there was no denying the near-patent thumb-flipping motion of reading his Blackbery, while driving a motorcycle, in the fast lane, on the 5 freeway, oh yeah for three entire miles!  No joke.

I swear I was just about to take a picture of him.  My camera was on the passenger seat, in perfect reach.  But I thought better of being a hypocrite of using such technology while, oh I dunno, DRIVING.  You'll just have to take my word for it.


42 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

Multi-tasking to the extreme, eh? There can be too much of a good thing.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Just imagining the scene makes my head hurt. He should be on the news in no time as being the biker that caused some sort of serious accident. DOLT!

(Oh, yeah, I broke out THAT word. I save it for EXTRA stupid people.)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Since when did my husband start riding a motorcycle to work? Did he cut you off getting on the freeway? He recently cut off another one of my friends getting on the freeway. The man's a menace. All men are menaces. We need to get ourselves to Mrs. G.'s Women's Colony forthwith.

chris said...

Wow. Some people never cease to amaze me.

Misty said...

Oh dear.... (holding head in hands)...

The Whitsitt Family said...

Wow, that seems like a scary sight to me. I still get freaked out when the motorcycles white line it passed me out here.

Melanie said...

Hypocrite, schmipocrit. It's much easier to multi-task in a car than on a motorcycle. That's just dangerous. ;^)

Amy said...

That's just nuts!

Amber M. said...

Heck, I can barely drive and listen to music at the same time.

Crazy.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

That is just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. How stupid!

Tam said...

I call the blackberry my husbands CRACKberry because he so addicted! ON fathers day I got so annoyed while he was driving reading that thing!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is "Holy Shit"

CC said...

LOL!!!!!!!! Dude!!! I yell at people talking on the phone in a car (and isn't that illegal in CA now?), but reading email???? I've almost been killed about 4 times by people talking of their cell phones while driving. I've witness a handful of running red lights, totally oblivious to my obnoxious honking, while chatting away...

Denise said...

Whoooaaaa. That is what scares me about all the scooters everyone is buying around here. Just wait till it's a teenager!

Lisa said...

That's insane! I might have called the cops on that but then I'd probably get into a wreck dialing :0

Kathryn said...

HA!!! I love that you were about to grab your camera! Too funny!

Stephanie said...

Things like this? Terrify me. You cannot do this while driving! Especially on a motorcycle!

Krystyn said...

I've heard that Blackberry carriers are addicts...but this takes it to a whole new level.

He was just asking for an accident!

david mcmahon said...

He did WHAT?

Thanks for your comment on my latest post. Yup, no worries at all. Stay tuned for more of the same!

salleebythesea said...

It sounds shocking, but at the same time totally believable! Horrific.

Wendi said...

There is an epidemic:
It is called:"Crackberry"
When you can not refrain from answering your crackberry while riding a moped, in the fast lane, there is a problem.
I love that you were playing it "safe" while driving...but I would love to see a photo of THAT!
Great story!

Laski said...

Boy am I glad I wasn't sharing a road with THAT guy . . . doofus.

Amy said...

It never ceases to amaze me how many idiots are out there!

Kristen said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!

This is so funny, yet so scary all at the same time. YIKES!

Chet is banned from his blackberry on his motorcycle.

Good grief people these days.

Cecily R said...

BRILLIANT!!!

RJTrue said...

So, my heart and jaw dropped just picturing this scene! People are idiots. I mean, I'm not perfect when it comes to driving but I'm not THAT stupid!!
Boy oh boy ...
Hope all's well. I LOVE the house. WOW!

Jennifer said...

some people are unbelievable. :S i couldn't imagine doing anything while operating a bike on a highway, in the fast lane none the less.
i hate seeing people reading anything while they are driving in a car. duh!!
i saw someone get on the high way near my house w/ a 4 or 5... maybe a 6 year old kid on the back of a motorcycle and I thought there HAS to be a law against this... or there SHOULD be a law against that... i was going to take a pic of that.. BUT he was switching lanes too much and then raced off away from us. Crazy. and my heart breaks for that poor kid.

dumbasses.

have a good day!!
xoxoxo's

Nap Warden said...

OMG...unbelievable!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I hope his wife had good life insurance.

Mr. Fix-it has taken to riding his motorcycle to work. He's very safe, doesn't ride in fog or rain, and doesn't even answer his cell phone when sitting at his desk let alone while riding!

Kellan said...

What a funny post - I can't believe that worker dude - what an idiot!!

Have a good evening - Kellan

Karen said...

I'm having a hard time believing that it was a worker-DUDE. Maybe a Dudette. Because we all know men have a hard time multi-tasking like that.

Manager Mom said...

DAYUM. That is scary...

Don Mills Diva said...

Are you kidding me?
That is one of the craziest things I have ever heard. If you HAD taken a picture it would definitely be THE craziest...:-)

The Girl Next Door said...

I so would've taken his photo - I admit to doing some multi-tasking while driving, but that is THE WORST. You will see him on the news one night...

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Silly people on motorcycles give me the willies. But the thought of you taking a photo of someone behind you while you are driving just makes me giggle. =)

Lisa said...

That is amazing.

Oh. My. Goodness!

San Diego Momma said...

I would have taken his pic, too.
But I lost my camera.
Oh no, I didn't! It's right here.
(The above happens about 5 times a day)

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

CC said...

The morning after I 1st read this I saw a biker (no helmet of course) cruising down the road, talking on his phone. Although this is not the 1st time I've seen this, I wanted to take a picture. Just.for.you.

Jennifer H said...

I thought for sure you were going to say "and then he spun out of control and ended up looking like PB&J on the road."

That's just crazy.

Jennifer said...

just checking in and saying hi.

hope you have a great weekend. :)

and also that you don't see any more lunatics on motocycles and blackbery's. lol :)

i'll check in over the wkend or on Monday.
:)

toodles!! xoxoxo

OHmommy said...

Yikes..... i hat multi tasking!

baby~amore' said...

very extreme and dangerous ... soem motorcyclists give the rest a bad name.
I hope you steered clear of him