Who'da thunk slow drivers would touch such a universal nerve? After another day's driving I can report that not only are they slow here, they take "give way" as an optional recommendation rather than a rule. Gotta make up for their passiveness by being passive-aggressive in another field I guess.
It still beats being at work. I was thinking today that I am spared conversations like the following for a while:
Me: How you doing?
Psychotic fuckwit I work with: Well I've been having some family troubles lately
Me: Oh… I hope that works out for you.
PFIWW: It turns out my ex is actually having an affair with my dead brother's widow.
PFIWW: It's really tearing the family apart.
Me: Ummm OK.
PFIWW: I thought I was over him but this has set me back and opened all the old wounds.
Me: Uhhhh you know…
PFIWW: How could he do something so cruel and thoughtless?
Me: You know, when I said "how ya doing" I didn't want to hear anything personal.
PFIWW: It makes me lose all faith in human nature.
Me: I don't even know you.
PFIWW: Sometimes I feel like I can't get out of bed to go to work.
Me: You're really freaking me out now.
PFIWW: There doesn't seem to be any point in going on…
Me: Oh hey, my mobile is ringing. It's on silent but trust me, somebody is ringing me. Oh what, you need me right away? Gee sorry, this has been great but I've got to get the fuck away from you as quickly as possible. I mean I have some work to do. See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya! Really.
I suppose I should point out I haven't had that exact conversation at work. But there are some people who need to work on keeping work life an private life separate.