Ted (merovingian) wrote,

One the way to work this morning, I saw a car with a home-made bumper sticker. It read, in bold clear text, "I DISAGREE WITH THE POLITICAL OPINIONS OF ALL OTHER DRIVERS. ESPECIALLY YOURS." The poor driver was having a heck of a time - people tailgated him, cut him off, didn't let him change lanes, honked angrily, and merged aggressively. His facial expression was terrified and haggard all at once. We stopped at the same exit, and went to the same gas station. He seemed relieved to be off the road.

"You get a lot of flak for that bumper sticker, huh?" I said with a sympathetic smile.

"I intend to become the best driver possible," he replied, "through adversity."

"You know," I retorted smugly, "The passionate gambler and industrial baron Charles M. Schwab once said, 'I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.'"

"Well, I disagree with his opinions. And yours."

Charles M. Schwab's great-grand-daughter was pumping gas in the very same station, at that very moment. She ran the guy off the road as soon as he pulled out.
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