When Do You Flip the Bird?


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Most of the time I am a genial fellow. Laidback. Not particularly quick to anger. Polite towards my fellow man.

Except, on occasion, when behind the wheel.

I’m not saying I’m in a constant state of road rage. Far from it. But sometimes someone pulls a stupid maneuver that directly negatively impacts me — or at least, I think negatively impacts me — and I use a certain gesture to let the other driver be aware of my disapproval.

I am, after all, a Chicagoan.

The most recent deployment of the finger between my ring and index digits took place last week. The details of this particular incident don’t really matter — I will just say, for the sake of brevity, that I was honked at and cut off by a driver more impatient than I, just three blocks from home after a slog back from O’Hare, and I wasn’t in the mood to let it slide with a wave and a smile.

Still, almost every time I deploy the old one-fingered salute — or, on rare occasions, the double-barreled version — I wonder if I am being too quick to the trigger.

So, I ask of you, B and B — at one point to you visually express yourself when another driver has wronged you — or at least when you perceive it as such?

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