I drove into work this morning, having survived the usual assortment of total morons which plague Atlanta’s roads. I had the guy who tailgated ma at 75 mph, while the lane to my left was totally clear for him to get around. I had the van that came to a complete stop on an Intersate for no apparent reason.
As I said, the usual assortment. But this got me. Not that the driver was a moron. Actually, I was impressed by his manuvering skill.
I turned onto the road where the complex I work in is located, and on the road about 100 yards ahead is a semi (articulated lorry for you all across the pond) making a u-turn. I come to a complete stop, as my drive way is on the other side of his trailer… just like everything else on the road.
I’m watching this truck driver slowly execute his u-turn, and I think that it would only end in on of two ways: either we’ll be sitting here for an hour as he goes back and forth turning his big-rig around, or he’ll get jackknifed. Must to my surprise, and this driver’s credit, he completes his u-turn.
I watch him start to accelerate, and the rear bumper of his trailer catches the fire hydrant on the side of the road, and -pop- it rips and bounces on to the street, right in front of me. (as I started to get closer when he completed his turn.)
My car wasn’t damaged. So what was the disappointment? you ask. No water came spraying out of the hole where the hydrant once stood proudly. That would have been cool.
For what it’s worth, after I parked my car, I went to the street, and dragged the hydrant out of the road, so no one would hit it.