Driving to my in-laws house over Thanksgiving is no fun. Once I’m there, it’s great, but the traffic going down is hell. Not nail biting hell, just annoying as hell.
Imagine this. Three lane highway. All three lanes full of traffic. For miles.
So I’m driving on one major highway and I need to get in the right lane to merge on to another highway. I assess the situation and I know I’m confronted with three choices. (Remember these choices. They will come into play later!)
Choice 1: Merge as soon as I can, which would put me in the right lane about a mile back from the exit.
Choice 2: Move over somewhere around the half mile mark, hopefully in front of a truck that’s left some space in front of it.
Choice 3: Speed in the middle lane and cut in as close to the exit as possible.
I won’t lie to you, the first choice just isn’t me. I’m not patient enough when I drive. I should be. It would be better for my health that’s for sure! But although I’m generally a kind enough soul, I have an aggressive streak that occasionally comes out on the road. Where I live, it’s eat or be eaten. I try to eat.
So as I’m driving down for Thanksgiving, to my surprise and my wife’s, I pull over about the 3/4 mile mark. She just looks at me. She likes driving…grew up with cars…her dad, brother. They all know about cars. I know nothing, but at least I drive like them.
I say to her, “What?!!”
She says, “Do you need to get your testosterone levels checked?”
I say, “I just didn’t feel like being an ass……..”
She says, “Oh really.”
I say, “Yeah. I just can’t stomach it anymore.”
She nods. I nod. We drive.
After arriving at our destination and decompressing for a bit, I was talking to her brother and telling the story I just relayed to all of you. We were laughing about it saying it was the perfect “Guy Barometer.” Each choice gives a woman a pretty good indication of whom she’s dealing with. And no choice is better than the other, just different.
(Keep in mind that these are generalizations. Individuals may vary!)
Choice 1/The Early Merger: Likely to be kind, patient. An all around good guy. Might be boring. Methodical. Possibly a handyman. Book smart. Slow moving…..apply that how you want. Responsible.
Choice 3/The Last Minute Cutter: Aggressive and proud of it. Not patient. Goes for it. Probably has money. Could be a good guy, but also could be a total, you know what! Not handy, but handsy. Street smart. Fast moving…..apply how you want. Risk Taker.
Choice 2: Any combination of above. But he might be worried about what other’s think too much, including you. However, he could also be a mystery worth unraveling.
So here’s what we’re suggesting. Give your man the driving test!!
It’s often hard to tell after a few dates what your new man is really like. So go for a drive during rush hour or some other crazy time to be on the road and watch what happens. Watch him while he’s sitting, moving and most importantly merging to get off an exit.
You will learn more from from that drive than you will from any advice book you’ll ever read.
So give it a try and please report back. THE GUYS and I want to know.
“ONE of THE GUYS”
ps. Please share any of your traffic or road experiences with us, as they may or may not relate to your relationship. We’d love to hear from you.