Tom, you couldn't have spent much time in L.A. to come away with the impression that you noted, because L.A. drivers are models of decorum compared to Tucson drivers, thanks largely to much higher car insurance premiums and lots of brake-checking scamsters eager to exploit the tort laws. Climate, altitude and geography certainly contribute to the current presence of both Tucson and Phoenix at the top of the list for "most aggressive drivers in the country." I suspect another culprit may be that SO MANY Tucsonans apparently insist on working an 8am-5pm schedule, which shouldn't be necessary (and which science has recently found NOT to be optimal). Either drivers enjoy the experience of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or employers are inflexible about working hours. Hey, there's a great subject for a journalistic investigation! The Weekly still does those, right?
Wow, kill the messenger, avoid the message. Not one person admits that Arizona is dim in handing you a driver's license test at age 16 or 17 and not again until you are 65, not just because it's dim but because it cuts off a source of income for the state while saving lives. Drivers have obviously long forgotten that you do not have the r/w making a left turn with the other driver is making a right turn on a green light. You do not have right to make a left turn up to a minute after the light has turned red. We pay poor wages and lay off law enforcement and choke educational funds so we can be "free" of radar cameras and shrug off resulting accidents. We put red light walkways in the middle of the block on busy section line streets because people are too lazy to walk to a legal crossing then wonder why traffic is so slow. Like the author, my work is such that I can avoid the worst hours but I've lived in countries all over the world and Tucson is average except for the dismal disrespect for traffic laws. In one Asian country the joke was that a driver pulled up beside you if you were walking and asked if you wanted a ride and the response was "No thanks, I'm in a hurry." I may tell that story again one day. It doesn't make me a criminal. It's my experience. You don't have to read it and you don't have to read Tom's article. If you do so just to tear him apart, try writing your own and wait for the reviews to give you an idea how unrelenting sour grapes appear to others.
Tommy had something to do at the U.of A. What? Use the restroom.
On the way back home, I had to do something at the UA, so I got off on Speedway. Some guy was barreling down the frontage road, talking on the phone. He blew right through the "Yield" sign and almost crashed into the back of me as I got into the lane to turn right onto Speedway. He pulled up next to me, rolled down his window and screamed, "What the hell's wrong with you?! You coulda hit me."I said, "First of all, I was ahead of you. I had the right of way and you're supposed to yield." "I did yield." I asked, "What do you think yield means?" In his angry explanation, he used his hands a lot, causing him to drop his phone and prompting me to say, "No, that's merge." "They're the same thing!," he bellowed. I was going to ask him what charter school he had graduated from (obviously cum laude), but the light turned green and I drove off.
It is interesting how Toms anecdotes always follow the same pattern. The "Hero Tom has an encounter with a dullard/moron/right-wing-conservative. The dullard/moron/right conservative makes a stereotypical dullard/moron/right-wing-conservative statement. The "Hero Tom" always has the perfect retort to shame the dullard/moron/right-wing-conservative. At which point the "Hero Tom" drives off/leaves or dullard/moron/right conservative flees in shame/embarrassment allowing the "Hero Tom" to bask in his glory.
It is also interesting how many encounters Tom has in his cars with other motorists. How many other people have had as many Tom-type" interactions with other motorists while driving their cars?
Weird how Tom always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
Do you ever notice the guys that do that, the Blairs, the Glasses, the Kellys, they always just start with something small. A little quote that they clean up. Then its a whole anecdote. Then pretty soon they are saying some amazing s##t. They are the lucky ones who just happen to be standing on the right street corner in Tel Aviv when the pizza joint blows up and the human head rolls down the street with the eyes still blinking
Gus Haynes talking about Tom Danehy
Actually, Tommy has 2 children. His daughter has a degree from Cornel University. No small feat. I'm not sure of the facts about his son, but I recall that he also goes or went to a highly respected university. It's painfully obvious which parent they take after.
I love his comment about going to his crappy-ass job. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. People in glass houses and all that.
Jerry Barker wrote: "I remember you used the "yield and merge" story a couple of years ago.......
What are you trying to say? Are you implying that Tom might actually fabricate a personal anecdote? Say it isn't so.
I am embarrassed for him as a member of the community. The standards of journalism have eroded to cursing and name calling. If that was what I wanted I could watch Jerry Springer. Come on TW, clean up your act.
Tom wrote: you will instantly be accosted by a female traffic cop who looks like she used to play linebacker for the Jets. That happened to me one time in New York, so I instantly endeared myself to the officer by asking, "Didn't you used to work at the malt shop on What's Happening?"
1. Does anyone really believe Tom said that to a law enforcement officer?
2. Toms use of the reference to the TV show Whats Happening is a passive-aggressive form of letting us know the race of the LEO, He already has a documented history of racist rhetoric.
3. Toms description of the female LEO is nasty and cruel.
4. Why is the Tucson Weekly allowing a columnist to stereotype women and minorities in such profane ways? If they allow Tom to stay after this column, they no longer have any standing in criticizing others for misogyny and racism. All one has to say in response is "yes, but you have Tom Danehy as a columnist."
"you're somebody's sorry-ass grandmother"
"accosted by a female traffic cop who looks like she used to play linebacker for the Jets"
"Didn't you used to work at the malt shop on What's Happening?"
"it's an A-hole Badge of Honor"
to get to their crappy-ass job"
"I saw the same giant rectum break multiple laws"
"so that the rectum would have to wait"
I am just wondering do you have children? The reason I ask is that as a father I would be embarrassed if my children saw me write a column like this one.
I'm from New Jersey - and we can match the crazy, cell phone-centric Tucson drivers every day. I yell, but not out the window because you never know, here or NJ, who's packing.
Day One, you left out treason.
You should know where all this hatred comes from Rat.
It's part of your (w)hole existence.
I remember you used the "yield and merge" story a couple of years ago.......
As I am writing this, the cops are cleaning up another deadly (I assume) crash at Park and Valencia, 5:40 AM. One car had the entire back end chopped off up to the front seats. Yes people, leave 10 minutes earlier and you won't have to go 60 mph down Valencia.
"Crappy ass jobs and political atereotypes? Any wonder why your thinking can not win elections? Toss in "a charter school graduate?"
Where does all of this hatred come from? Get control of your own life before you try to run others.
Being from DC, my wife and I are constantly amused by what's considered rush hour here. But we're very pleased.
Why do all of these Danehy haters read him every week as if their religion requires it? Do they have no lives?
Yeah, but what do you really think about the Times and liberals, Al (aka Crazy Wop 13)?
What does the Z stand for Zipperhead? Leave to some liberal Troll to want to restrict free speech. Why don't you get a subscription to the N.Y. Times where you'll feel right at home with wall to wall liberal bullshit?
Ask the AZ Star what happened when they did that. Hits dropped and advertisers fled. It's a numbers game.
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