In a hurry
This morning I went to work a little earlier than normal. On my way, I travel a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. I am normally not in a hurry and don't mind being behind someone going a littel slow. This morning, I was behind a fellow in a Prius doing roughly 45MPH. When I got to a straight away with a dotted yellow line, I sped up and passed him. As I passed him I looked over at him and noticed that he was giving me a one finger wave. I do not mean a thumb's up. He also kept his brights on. I was soon well ahead of him and it did not matter but I am bothered by his actions. I did not feel I had done anything wrong, other than pass a Prius in a pickup, apparently that is a major sin against humanity. If he had been doing even 52 MPH I would not have passed him. Any ideas?
This event reminded me of the last time I received the one finger wave. We then lived in Bozeman, MT. South 3rd avenue, south of Kagy Blvd, is a wide road where no houses face the street. It just begs a 45 MPH speed limit but it is 25 MPH. In a hurry but not wanting a ticket, I was doing about 27 or 28 MPH going south. Some fellow behind must have also been in a hurry because he was about as close to my bumper as possible without kissing it. I think he would have passed me, despite the double yellow line, if it had not been for opposing traffic. As I passed from south 3rd to WagonWheel, I looked in my rearview mirror to see the solitary finger upraised in salute as he sped around the corner onto Fieldstone. I made my way through the streets and about 15 seconds after I pulled into my friends driveway I saw this guy whip into a driveway across the street. I smiled and waved, a full five fingered wave. He didn't acknowledge me. I had serious thoughts of submitting a letter to the local paper opinion section, appologizing for speeding down south 3rd. I was sure that was why I meritted the one finger wave.