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Do you enjoy driving or consider it a hassle?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 2, 2006

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“I consider it a hassle because I’m in my car constantly and it drives me crazy. I’d rather be somewhere else.”

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“It is a hassle, but it can be enjoyable as long as you maintain good traffic ethics and road sense.”

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“Oh, I enjoy it. I always have. I consider it a privilege, actually.”

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“I enjoy it as long as it’s not in a big city. I like the open road.”

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OTSSweeper 7 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to drive over Will Ferrell.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Didn't rain much.... Barely took the dust of the roads

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

It's raining, It's pouring... Yeeee haawwww! (consider this my greatful rain dance.)

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

Glad #2 liked it!

Enjoy a big greasy cheeseburger for me! (But I didn't do too bad...homemade beef n noodles w/ mashed potatoes and lots of sliced garden tomatoes.) YUM! 'cept I have to clean up the kitchen. :o(

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

S.S.

2 LOVES IT!!!!

Sorry no nappy....

How about you go get yourself a big warm bun, and a Huge hunk of meat......

You just have to drag 6 others with you....

and...

you get to drive! . . . On second thought,
I'll take a shower, wash off the road rage dirt, and just go myself.....

Just pour yourself some of that yellowish/greenish stuff from the spout of that magic bucket...

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

No nap probably equals a grumpy sue -- be afraid -- be very afraid!!

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

RI, It's just that "you've hit so many miles light" that the manufacturers program in so that they can charge you a ton of cash to change the oil and kick the tires. Didn't get the nap. Oh, my life is so predictably unpredictable.

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samsnewplace 7 years, 8 months ago

Depends on the day and how tired I am and how crazy the fellow drivers are. I commute about 200 miles per day and i'm on the road alot, I really don't mind it most of the time....it can be relaxing and a way to wind down before getting home.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ok,
The other thing that chaps my cheeks about driving...

5 hr drives during the summer sitting on "pleather"......

S.S. Its there for a reason... But if you want to just stick your head in the sand.....

  1. Turn off the engine.
  2. Press and hold the select/reset button in the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch ON (Position II).
  3. Hold the button for at least 10 seconds, until the indicator resets.

That's all there is to it.

Now go have your nappy...

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Andini 7 years, 8 months ago

I don't mind driving. I just wish people would stay off of the sidewalks when I do.

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heather5 7 years, 8 months ago

I personally hate driving. I also live in the country and it takes me at least 20 minutes to get anywhere. Every road I take to get to town is 50mph or under. I get stuck behind a farmer, tractor, or old person driving slow everyday pretty much and it's very frustrating to me. A lot of people in Lawrence drive like idiots also (I did use to live in Lawrence) I took I-70 everyday to KC and people either drove 90 or 50. No one could just drive the speed limit. If I could walk to work I defiantly would. Also the price of gas makes me hate driving to. The only time I like to drive is when I'm haveing a bad day it's nice to just go cruise on a back road and listed to music, turn your cell phone off and just clear your mind. One thing that does make me mad, people who drive with their blinkers on.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

Oldenuf, congrats! Congrat me as well...I think I'm home for the rest of the day...jiggity jig. I just wish that "maintenance required" light would go off in my car. It is going to have to wait but the car just isn't listening to me. (I guess I could read the manual and see what button to push to override the darn thing.) But that would require more time. I think I'll go take a nap instead.

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beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

Haven't seen enoch or bankboy or avjxlkllmppmlk or aiko around here in a while. I guess some just move on.

Good for you, OldE. I'm sure you will enjoy your free time.

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blue73harley 7 years, 8 months ago

Congrats OldEnuf! I hope I can end my commute with an early retirement in about 5 years. I'll still have to work but I plan to get out of this corporate hell. The Dilbert cartoons are written about this place!

To the regular OTS posters - have we heard from Enochville lately? I was wondering how the new kid was doing?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 8 months ago

After a dozen years of a 50 mile commute (100 round trip), yesterday was my last day. No more commuting for me!

Congratulate me.

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BrianR 7 years, 8 months ago

I don't hate driving but I hate commuting. I come from a world of subways and bus service so NEEDING to own a car is annoying.

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hitme 7 years, 8 months ago

Speaking of roundabouts,

I love driving because it gives me a chance to get all my phonecalls made.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

Hate it today. Already been in the car for 3 hrs and I have 1 more hour+ drive to get home. Wouldn't be so bad but my route is full of construction and is slowing my groove. I did manage to find some gas for 2.85 so I filled 'er up. My driving is always errands (which I really don't care for)...but ya gotta do what ya gotta do I guess.

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trinity 7 years, 8 months ago

oh that cute lil' hawkelt, liking to drive her momma's truck! ;)

i have a feeling hawklet drives that honda like it's a race car! hey watch out for your lugnuts, there are lugnut thieves about in lawrence! seriously! :-o

sigh back to the grind...

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b_asinbeer 7 years, 8 months ago

OFFENSIVE DRIVING--if more people took the course, I would love to drive anywhere, anytim. ;o) j/k

Ride a bike, Lawrence is small enough to get from place to place in 20 minutes or less.

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OneItalianPrincess 7 years, 8 months ago

DEFENSIVE DRIVING -- if more people took the course, I would love to drive anywhere, anytime.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Trinity,

It's true....

Since we in North America (I have included you ms_c) sit on the left to drive on the right, lollygagging in the left hand lane is down right dangerous.

Where are your blindspots?

This is about the only thing about driving that torques my shorts.

If you have such a propensity to stay in the left hand lane, move to the Isle of Man, Nepal, Nambia, Lesotho, Macau, Tuvalu, Bhutan, Montserrat, or some other country that drives on the left. If your steering wheel is on the left, you drive on the right!

Find another way to "take the path less travelled"

"I Loved The Way She Said L.A."

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hawklet21 7 years, 8 months ago

I love to drive my mom's truck. I feel like such a badA. but my honda is also fun and I savor every minute of driving it

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ms_canada 7 years, 8 months ago

ceallach - you have a valid point there. It takes $48 to fill up the tank of my little Taurus now. But that can get me a long ways, at least a 6 hours trip depending on terrain. God grant you clear skies on your 5.5 hour trip. :o)

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

ms_c: Although, I do love traveling by car when I can take my time and visit the points of interest along the way -- with gasoline and hotel prices what they are today, the 3.5 to 4 day drive would be far more expensive than a plane ticket for a trip that will take 5.5 hours. Poor folk got poor ways :) I'm hoping for sunny weather so that I can view the beauty from on high!

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ms_canada 7 years, 8 months ago

It all depends where you are driving. Around the city doing errands, shopping etc. it is just something that you must do, a part of everyday living. But driving on vacation or going to visit friends or family can be quite pleasant. The drive from Edmonton south or west through the foothills and the Rockie Mountains is one I love. If any of you saw the movie Brokeback Mountain and thought the scenery was just gorgeous, you will know why I love the drive south in Alberta's foothills. There are several charming little towns along the route. Brokeback was filmed there. We drove through that country in May, we call it cowboy country as it is home to many large cattle ranches. Do you know Ian Tyson and his music? He has a large ranch in the Turner Valley just west of Calgary.
In the Rockie Mountains, the drive from Jasper to Banff can't be beat for breath-taking vistas. The prospect of going on a long car journey is quite thrilling to me. I have calculated that a journey from here to Lawrence would take me 3 1/2 to 4 days. I would like that.

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theDudeAbides 7 years, 8 months ago

Find something that really intrests you (music, NPR, books-on tape), and forget about the traffic, wasted time, idiot drivers, lousy bosses, etc.

Driving should be an enjoyable experience, it's about the only time of the day that I get left alone!

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, Consumer I have to agree with that one. But I'm normally a patient person, so its cool. Now if they take to long, it does get to me.

To the person who hit my door in a parking lot the other whenever it was....... Thanks for not be careful and thinking about my car next to yours. I now have a nice crack and dent in my side piece to my back door. I can't open the back door unless the front door is open. Its going to cost me $200.00 to have it repaired.

People please be careful when you open your doors in parking lots. I'm just going to start parking farther away now and avoiding the whole whoops thing.

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consumer1 7 years, 8 months ago

If you don't get help from charter, please, get help somewhere. These ads DRIVE me crazy. They tell you, you have a problem, then they tell you they can help with YOUR problem. MY PROBLEM IS THEM TELLING ME I HAVE A PRO!##@lem... Whew now to go for a nice long drive and vent.

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trinity 7 years, 8 months ago

i am SO happy, now! it's been a crappy day, until i read RI's post!

LOLLYGAGGING happens to be one of my all-time favorite words, seems to always make me smile.

thanks ri! :)

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

Those Phillip Morris ads . . . can't decide if they make me want to laugh or scream. Almost as bad as the medication ads where the announcer, in a sweet, serene voice, tells you all the possible side effects, but somehow makes them sound trivial. Oh yeah, how it relates to driving . . those ads drive me crazy.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

I enjoy reading things on the back of semi-trailers as I go by...

"Try our sugar cookies","Proud Sponsor of the American Diabetes Association"

Kinda like Phillip Morris trying to keep kids from smoking?

BTW, Left lane is for passing..... not lollygagging.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 8 months ago

I was in a bad accident 15 years ago, and have not enjoyed driving ever since. I was broadsided on the driver's side, not my fault. Took a long time, several casts, and even surgery to recover. I tend to be super vigilant when I drive, which sometimes can backfire on you just as much as not paying enough attention. But I certainly am more of a defensive driver than I was before the accident.

Don't trust those turn signals!

I hate having to slow down and stop and wait for traffic to make left turns in a 40 or more zone. Inevitably, some idiot will come almost right up behind you while you wait, before whipping into the other lane to pass by you at the last possible second, and you're sitting there vulnerable as hell with nowhere to go. If one of these days they don't stop at all, you get to choose between getting hit by the idiot behind you, or trying to get away and getting hit by oncoming traffic. What is with these idiots?

I once had a semi do that to me. I figured in that case, my chances would be better with the oncoming traffic, but he whizzed by me with inches to spare. Had to change my underwear after that!

I especially hate highway driving. I avoid that whenever possible, but it's not always possible.

On rare occasions, usually in small towns or in residential neighborhoods, I find that I can still enjoy driving. But those times don't happen often.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

"I wonder how Mel Gibson would answer this question?" Bea

It's the F'n Jews fault.

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

I enjoy driving most of the time. If the trip is longer than one day's drive I prefer to go North, East or West. Driving South gets pretty dreary after the first day. When I go back to visit family I dread the second day's drive -- after San Antonio the only way to stay awake is to play the "look for illegals sneaking through the scrub oaks and cactus" game. Coming back there's a brief moment of entertainment going through the Border Patrol's checkpoint (there are some big burly boys there donchaknow) -- it is amazing how many illegals and their smugglers they catch there!! Guess that does help thin the herd, those dumb enough to think they can fool the patrol are sent back -- until they can show enough Yankee ingenuity to find another way in :):)

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beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, and sometimes both at the same time. I recently found myself starting to get angry at others during my morning drive (13 miles, takes about 25 - 30 minutes), so I stopped listening to the news all the time and now I listen to music cds -- stuff I enjoy hearing. It chilled me right out. Next will come Spanish language cds, so I can make good use of the time (and learn to curse other drivers in a different language!).

I wonder how Mel Gibson would answer this question?

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malenie 7 years, 8 months ago

I consider it a blessing to be able too....but it can be hectic at times.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 8 months ago

When I lived in Lawrence & worked in Lenexa, I'd take old K10 most of the time. The speed limit is lower, but it was much less stressful.

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blue73harley 7 years, 8 months ago

Dude - dealing with the traffic on K10 is only part of the problem. I leave plenty early. What nags at me is the WASTE of time. Since I did not have to commute for 28 years before my job was relocated, it seems that I have now "lost" a couple hours of what was free time each day.

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bialystocknbloom 7 years, 8 months ago

In Lawrence driving isn't really a hassle unless I have to go out west where all the free-range SUVs and endangered minivans crisscrossing the lanes of traffic as they like. However here in Topeka, these are the most complacent ignorant drivers I've ever encountered. Many times of the day the drivers are worse than in NYC. Not kidding. Lane changes, turning onto a street full of oncoming cars (happened last week, scared the h*ll out of me. Naturally it was a car full of kids) and especially: going 5 or 10 under the speed limit. During rush hour.

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acg 7 years, 8 months ago

I hate driving, with a passion. I live in the country. Everything is like 20 minutes away, at least. What a pain in the a**. And, when you're in the country, you're more likely get stuck behind tractors, old people, idiot teenagers, school buses and drunken cowboys and for an impatient person like myself, that makes it even worse.

theDude, I doubt those people are rushing to work because they can't wait to get there so much as because they have a nazi jerkoff boss that freaks out about being a few minutes late.

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theDudeAbides 7 years, 8 months ago

Blue Harley - The way to cope with K10 is to leave a little earlier, set your cruise at 70, and watch all the jacka$$es play bumper cars....

A truly entertaining way to start the morning, if you're not in a rush to get to work. Never understood how people get that upset first thing in the morning. Getting to work is the last thing I am in a RUSH for....

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

We don't hear from Inmate in awhile and then he comes in and smacks one out of the park.

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consumer1 7 years, 8 months ago

I love dodging people and sliding my bike sideways when people pull out in front of me on my motorcycle. I always tell myself before I pull out of my driveway, someone is going to try to kill me today. So, when i am not in total fear for my life, yes, I enjoy driving.

Y.I.P. even though this does not have a lick to do with driving, can i add it to your list???

People in the grocery store who wait until the cashier tells them how much they owe, before they even start looking for their check book... Grrrrrrrrrrr. "grocery store rage" soon that will be a crime in Lawrence.

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trinity 7 years, 8 months ago

i loves me some driving; but it's kinda hard sometimes to leave my demo derby driving in the arena, heh. (it's been 10 years since i've done that, lol)

seriously-i do love to drive. especially alone. :)

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44x15 7 years, 8 months ago

Wouldn't you feel better...

If instead of exercising your gas pedal foot (and hey, maybe even your turn signal finger)...

You moved your legs...

Cleared your head...

Utilized the most efficient vehicle available...

And blew kisses to all the angry motorists stuck in their metal cages from your velo machine?

I know I do.

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 8 months ago

I enjoy driving alot. I don't like when other drivers don't know how to drive though. I work at home so most of my driving is on the weekends. If drivers would pay more attention to the road that would be great. 1. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!!! 2. Use your signals 3. Get those little dogs out of your laps 4. Know where you are going before you leave your house. You know the ones I'm talking about here. 5. If you are going to chat, eat, etc, watch the road or don't do it. 6. SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!! 7. Don't be rude

Does that cover it all or did I forget something?

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John Spencer 7 years, 8 months ago

I like driving to work, when it's in my convertable or motorcycle. It's a great way to start the day.

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garrenfamily 7 years, 8 months ago

I used to like driving. We commute everyday on 24/40. I see a wreck it seems about every week. I always prayed it wouldn't be me as I have my 2 year old son with me in the car. However, we were in a wreck on Monday night. We are both ok, but we hit someone from behind going probably 40 mph, as I had tried to slow down by the time I realized they hadn't picked their speed back up when the car in front of them turned onto a county road. Scary, to say the least.

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inmate 7 years, 8 months ago

Getting driven is a constant worry for me.

Now, on the other hand, a nice long to Malibu or the big Sur would be very appreciated right now.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

I like driving.... . . A cooler of beer.... . . A few friends... . . Dirty looks from "serious drivers" . . The sound when you hit the thingy that picks up the range balls...

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Gootsie 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm very tired of commuting. I've been driving to Topeka or KC since 1988. Every day I wonder if this is the day I finally have a wreck!

The voices! The voices!

Inmate, I'm anxious to see your response!!!

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 8 months ago

I like driving, but I am not overly fond of commuting. The shorter my drive to work, the better. But last weekend I drove to mid-Ohio, and I really enjoyed the three hours in the car. So I do like driving ... when it's not to work.

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blue73harley 7 years, 8 months ago

I used to like to drive until my job moved to Olathe and now I have to commute to work on K10 every f*%#ing day.

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jonas 7 years, 8 months ago

I like to drive, but being on a bus for 10 hours a day takes the shine off the activity, to be sure.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 8 months ago

I remember when driving here in Lawrence was the quickest way to get around and 23rd had maybe 50 cars on it during peak hours in the summertime. Vinyl disks were the preferred medium at that time.

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