I've been doing some traveling lately. It goes with my other position at The Times as the Print Operations Manager. I prefer to use Midway Airport whenever I can because it 's much easier to get to, and you can avoid the I-90/94/55/290 interchange (AKA The Spaghetti Bowl) by using 294 and then driving up Cicero Avenue. There is one thing that gets me nearly every time I go that route, however. I am driving, paying attention to the other cars and people scampering around the street, and suddenly I'm at the outer edge of Midway. Whoosh! A 737 nearly lands on my head! This phenomenon always catches me off guard and I nearly wet myself. When we want to have some fun with out-of-town guests, Mrs. Rant and I will take our friends to Giordano's on Cicero. From a window seat at Giordanos's it's easy to read the lettering on the plane’s tires as they fly by. We never fail to excite our guests as the planes thrash overhead.
Rant 1: Christine W. posted on Facebook/NWI Road Rants:
"Here is my rant! When you are headed east bound on US Hwy. 30 in Valparaiso, and are going to turn right onto the access road that runs in front of Wendy's and Strongbow's (across from WalMart entrance)...The right turn lane is posted with a large sign, 'NO RIGHT TURN ON RED.' This is a big sign up on the light post, right smack in front of you! However, people still pull up behind you while you are waiting for the light to turn green and honk their horns, yell at you and make all kinds of hand gestures toward you! Or better yet, they pull over onto the berm and pass you on the right! I even had one very rude guy follow me to Barnes and Noble and tell me what a terrible driver I am! Read the signs, Dummies...'NO TURN ON RED!'”
Christine, they know the light is red. They are merely confused about which way is right and which way is left.
Rant 2: Returning from Midway the other night I was driving in the middle lane when the light in front of me turned red. I began to slow to a stop when the driver to my left cut in front of me punched it and blew through the red light. The light before the one he ignored had a camera, the light after the one he blew through also had a camera. But this particular light did not have a camera. What? That messes with the feng shui of Cicero Avenue. Where is Rahm when you need him? The people of Chicago are down several hundred bucks! I was waiting to see the flash go off and know this meathead would be getting a ticket. Yes, he has an Illinois plate that should read, "DIPSTK." It didn't. Oh, by the way, Illinois has a commanding lead in the Worst Drivers State contest.
Rant 3: Bill F. from Valpo wrote in "Roller bladers and bicycles do not have the right to block and slow traffic. The city of Valpo is spending thousands (if not millions) for bike trails to keep you folks off the streets and safe !" Now let's not get crazy Bill, you know that only bikers and roller bladers are more oblivious than a teenagers texting behind the wheel. Bill also wanted also to know, "When does a left turn at an intersection take priority over a right turn? When you're at the intersection of Calumet and Bullseye Lake Road in Valparaiso! Westbound traffic on Bullseye Lake turning south (left) onto Calumet never seems to understand that the eastbound traffic turning right (south) has the right of way! Maybe a roundabout is in the future for this intersection?" Maybe so Bill, those roundabouts are trendy in Valparaiso.
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