'You Can Learn a Lot About a Man's Religion...'
I could hear his voice...
Ever have your dad tell you something when you were much younger and you really didn’t know what he was saying; and then those words come back to you so real that it’s as if your dad just spoke them, all over again? That happen to me today, and my dad’s been gone almost fifty years. It was almost as if we were alone in the front seat of the car again, but this time I was driving, alone, all by myself and I could hear his voice, so real—but when I looked, he was not there. Only his words ringing in my mind just as they had over fifty years ago when I first heard him say, “You can learn a lot about a man’s religion, or lack thereof, by his driving…”
three cities comprise the Tri-Cities...
I live in Johnson City Tennessee. A cross-roads town of about 60,000 people. Just 10 miles or so from Interstate 81, a major North/South route in upper East Tennessee. Interstate 26 bisects the city from east to west and intersects with I 81 just south of Kingsport TN. Bristol is just east of Kingsport and the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia divides my hometown from East to West. These three cities comprise the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia. I mention all this to describe the uniqueness of this area of the country. Traveling north or south by Interstate highways, between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi River chances are you will pass through at least one of the Tri-Cities. Traveling East and West between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, you just might past through the Tri-Cities also.
totally unaware of all that goes on around them
We’ve got a lot of transplants in this area. A lot of my friends being from other regions of the country say they just drove through this area and liked it. Either it’s the climate or the people. This is a nice area of the country. And since we get a large variety of peoples, they bring a lot of their ways and mannerisms, not at all like our way of doing things around here. Some people drive like they are the only people alive, totally unaware of all that goes on around them. I mean they drive by looking at construction projects for example, and don’t even notice the red light they just ran. You’ve probably witnessed young people driving and texting or maybe a lady putting on her makeup while driving, or a man eating his morning sausage biscuit with just one hand on the wheel and the other straightening his tie, or maybe a little old lady driving along at twenty-five miles an hour with both hands locked on the steering wheel.
Can you read lips?
Ever notice the other drivers around these people? The impatient ones on either side or maybe behind those just mentioned? Can you read lips? Sometimes you can really get a good laugh by just watching other drivers. You know, the ones that never seem to leave home in time to get where they are going and have to weave in and out of traffic, or honk their horns wanting to pull in front of you because they failed to see the right lane closed sign a couple hundred yards back down the road. Maybe those that want to turn left from the right hand lane because they forgot where they were going or where they were at the time. Some people get mad and won’t let others in front because they’ve got an attitude or they personally never leave late or their hairs always in place and never needs combing while driving. You know what I mean. Yes, “You can learn a lot about a man’s religion, or lack thereof, by his driving…”