I live in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. We are located in Eastern Europe, south of Finland for those who don’t know. I am sorry but I have to say that our population is full of cowards. Everybody is doing their own thing and generally we stay quiet and calm even if the government or whoever decides to do something that greatly disables us doing “our own thing”. An Estonian is well known for not making remarkable resistance to anything. The war began – Estonians sang. The war ended, they again sang. The government decides to establish an utterly STUPID tax like the 1% Sales Tax in Tallinn in addition to 20% VAT (which they raised to 20 from 18 during economical crisis!) which no business still precisely knows how to calculate and pay properly. And everybody wrote about it like I’m doing here but nothing was actually done against it. There are never any strikes against anything here, only sometimes a couple of dozen people gather in front of the Parliament building in the Old Town and very nicely raise some posters or signs saying what they would prefer instead. Everyone part of that strike would still be real glad to meet anyone from the Parliament personally and ask for an autograph. I mean – very few people really DARE to stand against them and very few people dare to protest against stupidity that we all encounter in our everyday life.
Getting closer to my topic, I want to tell you about our traffic and what you can often see here. Firstly a brief explanation of myself – I consider myself a fine driver who generally behaves properly in the traffic and rarely breaks any rules. I don’t have any fines from the police so far and I’m not struggling to get any either. All of us sometimes go slightly over the speed limit if we’re in a hurry and perhaps cross the intersection with yellow light. Yes, if you’ve got a Corvette like I do you sometimes race from a traffic light with someone without really going over the speed limit by a remarkable amount. Everyone does that. I’d say this is not perfect but it’s OK. However, some people have completely leave their brain behind when they hit the traffic. Even if they are quiet pussies in person they sit in their Beamer and become road devils who go around or through everyone in their way. These people are generally never in a hurry – they just believe that it’s a symbol of richness and wealth to own a BMW (even if it’s 15 years old) and drive it like a complete maniac on the streets without using turn signals and speeding through “pink” or even red lights.
I am not afraid to say that those pigs are just disgusting to me. When I drove the Chevy Suburban on a daily basis I sometimes got so mad at these people that I just had to make their life a bit hotter. I remember an episode from wintertime when we stepped onto the street from my house and heard engine noises coming towards us from somewhere pretty close. Just a few seconds later four or five idiots in their older Hondas, BMWs and whatever other crap they could find turned to our street drifting on the snow and speeding/drifting through the whole small street between people’s cars parked in front of the houses. That moment I said to my girlfriend to get quickly in the truck and I went after them. Very soon I found them gathering at a parking lot nearby and slowly driving out of there one by one. Just before the last Accord managed to get out I cut his way by stopping the truck in front of the parking lot exit and he had nowhere to go. We went out of the truck and asked the young man what the heck is wrong with them. He said that he hadn’t done anything. I just told him that they shall not be seen on these streets anymore and to get the hell out of our sight. It worked.
Once I drove home from a birthday in downtown during midnight and suddenly there was a new BMW X5 stuck behind me so close to my tail that I could barely see him from the mirror. The street was completely empty so it was clear that he wanted to show off something. I hit the brake and accelerated but he was again back in the tail. Then I just slowed the speed down to almost a halt and turned on the hazard lights in the middle of the street so I could find out what the heck was his problem. He then quickly passed me as fast as he could. I still remember his license plate which was “U2″. What a damn coward and moron in one person. At least don’t use a license plate that I can remember to this freakin’ day.
Then there was a silver 98-ish Mercedes E-class full of who appeared to be Russian men speeding through the traffic in downtown by using opposite lanes and going over double lines like nothing. I managed to maneuver myself legally behind them later on, accelerated at full throttle just like wanting to crash into them and then braking just behind them, then I horned them with the air horns for some time. They quickly turned off the street to some parking lot and I saw their monkey faces staring our Chevy from far away scared as hell. I hope they wet their pants.
In the Audi I no longer do such stuff since it’s a solid executive car where I prefer to relax in comfort and just enjoy the ride. I can’t scare somebody so well with it, either. I have told some idiots through the window what I think of them but if I see something too extreme, I just call the Police and inform them about the license plate and driving direction.
Today I also encountered a peabrain in a new BMW M6. Where the hell do they get these cars, by the way? I know many wealthy people but they all drive like normal people. Anyway, I made a left turn onto the mall parking lot with some other cars when the M6 passed all of us on the turn through opposite lanes and cut our way. Then there were cars standing in front of the pedestrian zebra waiting for people to pass when the M6 came and passed through there also somehow. Ofcourse no turn signals used and he proceeded straight towards the exit without intending to stop at the parking lot at all. He passed through the red light onto the next road and I decided to go after him. He was stuck in the next traffic light and I just called the Police and they were glad I did. Just some 15 minutes later it was said in the local radio that police patrol was noticed on that same street. Hopefully the moron got what he deserves.
These are just some encounters with idiots in the traffic here. I am sure many of you have similar stories to tell depending on where you live. I lived in Frankfurt, Germany for more than half a year and I don’t really remember anything like that from there.