This is not a pitting or a rant, so please don’t turn it into a “fuck 'em in their stinky assholes with razor dicks!” thing.
I was driving today, and began to turn onto a rather busy side road - it’s a common shortcut between two heavily busy main roads. There was a man in an SUV blocking this side road completely; though he had his flashers on, he was completely blocking the road, forcing me (having turned to go onto the side road) to hang halfway out into the road I had just turned off of. I gave him a quick “beep-beep” tap on the horn - a friendly “you simply cannot do what you’re doing and must move out of the way immediately” beep, not a “WHAT THE BUTTFUCK ARE YOU THINKING, BABY RAPIST?” blat, as I try to exercise and encourage civility on the road.
Inexplicably, he started backing up, rapidly closing the 5 feet between his rear bumper and the front of my car. I then laid on the horn, with an assertive “Wake up! You’re about to hit me!” blast. He slammed on his brakes, flipped me the bird, and then drove off.
Now, I’m not Mr. Road rage, so I was cracking up at the absurdity of his behavior rather than pounding the wheel and screaming, as most people would have done. But then I started thinking - what was going through this guy’s head? Why was he angry at me? Surely he realized that he was already breaking the law and creating an unacceptable traffic situation - so why was he angry at me? Has flipping the bird become the de facto signal among motorists? What was going on?