It’s finally here. Here are the top Ten Tunes that drive you. Sorry Letterman, I’ve always been a little backwards…
1. Sammy Hagar - I Cant’ Drive 55
2. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
3. The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane
4. Golden Earing - Radar Love
5. Derek and Dominoes – Layla
6. Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe
7. Beatles – Drive My Car
8. ZZ Top – Cheap Sun Glasses
9. Van Halen - Panama
10. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
11. Edgar Winter Group-Frankenstein
My list goes to eleven. I had to throw in Frankenstein—It doesn’t matter where or when that tune comes on, it will be at ear-splitting levels. I realize that there is no country and hip-hop in here at all, but there is never any of that playing in my car either.
Rant #1: Carolyn from Kouts wrote in, “I'm aware of your call for our favorite tunes we like to listen to while driving. However, my rant is drivers who crank up the volume while listening to their favorites, totally oblivious to the annoyance of drivers around them. Especially when they're temporarily stopped. I mean, what makes those selfish jerks think the rest of us want to hear their music? And of course the morons need to have the bass cranked up to window rattling level—buh buh BOOM! buh buh BOOM! buh buh BOOM! It's totally indicative of the 'me and mine first' society we live in now. And isn't this illegal anyway? I happened to pull into a parking lot the same time one of these volume blasting young men pulled in. When I asked him why he thought this was OK for those around him, he seemed genuinely surprised, then pleased with its effect and said ‘it doesn't matter—it's what I want.’ Case closed. We are surrounded by narcissistic prima donnas living in self-absorbed cocoons. How did it get this way?“
I don’t know Carolyn, but if I turn my radio down at intersections does that make me shy or just afraid to come out of my shell?
Rant #2: Pam of Dyer wrote in, “I truly enjoy reading the column ‘Rants’. I find it wildly amusing. I drive U.S. 30 to Crown Point often and rant the whole way. I know Indiana has a law that states ‘Keep right except to pass’. I'm not sure why it isn't enforced. People will go ten miles under the speed limit in the left lane and refuse to pull over. It drives me crazy. If you want to go under the speed limit—that's fine, but do it in the right lane. Last week there was a man in the left lane that was going 30 in a 45-mile an hour zone and kept slamming his brake pedal. Several drivers passed him in the turn lane (illegal) because he was having such a wonderful time slowing down traffic. People were shaking their heads at him, and he just laughed and shook his head yes. At Routes 30 and 41, he was in the left turn lane and while the turn signal was still green, he came to a complete stop and sat there until the next turn lane sequence.”
Sounds like he was a narcissistic prima donna living in self-absorbed cocoon (you know—a BMW). I hate him too. Maybe we—Carolyn, yourself and I—need to go to Aggravated Anonymous.
Rant #3: Jim wrote in, “I have driven the I-65 from Route 30 to Gary’s 15th Avenue since that section opened. Thanks for checking into the reason for the majority of lights now not working here. Another danger is the worn off lane reflectors and lane striping. Did someone steal these too? On rainy nights most of this northern part of I-65 is horrible to drive on.
Friday afternoon I got on I-65 North from Ridge Road West. Wonder of wonders; the lane striping was freshly repainted.
However, as soon as I was north of the Borman, the painting diminished. The solid line was now barely covered with thin paint. The only visual improvement is the dark crash marks on the outside retaining wall at the entrance to the Big Curve. I call them 'hash marks'.”
Jim, Maybe the guys painting graffiti all over wouldn’t mind helping us out.
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