My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago and my wife and I went to the funeral. I was honored to be one of the pallbearers. She was a lovely woman and I was sad to see her go. My uncle, her youngest son, gave an eloquent eulogy and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the church. Better words could not have been spoken. After the church service, we loaded up into our cars for the funeral procession to the cemetery. It was a fairly long drive as it was in Dallas.

Most cars pulled over. Some even put their headlights on as a sign of respect. The major streets in Dallas are divided and six lanes. As we headed towards the cemetery. I saw a pickup truck waiting to turn left or make a U-turn in the direction we were heading. He U-turned and merged into the funeral procession. Mel and I’s jaws just dropped. I could not believe it. I said, well maybe, he was late for the funeral and was joining the procession. I was being overly generous. A few miles later he turned into an apartment complex. I was aghast (I like using that word) that someone was so disrespectful, so oblivious that they could not wait a few minutes for a funeral procession to pass them by and then go about their business.

To the driver of that pickup “You, sir, are a fuckhead!”

Over the last few years, I see more and more drivers not pull over for police, ambulances, or firetrucks. Some pay lip service and sort of go through the motions. I’ve seen some cars pull right in behind the emergency vehicle so they can make progress. I’ve seen some people take advantage of other cars (obeying the law and being respectful) and pull out in front of said emergency vehicle and almost cause an accident. Yeah, they were a fuckhead.

2007 is the Year of the Fuckhead. There are people in my personal life, my professional life, and in public life that are being fuckheads. I won’t detail the personal or professional fuckheads for obvious reasons. I don’t need to detail the the antics of the fuckheads in the White House who are being especially fuckheaded this year. There seems to be a convergence of fuckheadishness this year hence it’s designation. Maybe I’m being a fuckhead for even mentioning this, but I don’t care. I want to rant. Here’s the problem with fuckheads: It’s never their fault; They are the victim; They think they are clever; And they retaliate. I have my faults, I am not a victim, nor particularly clever, and I try really hard not to retaliate. All I can do is pity them because I find it very difficult to sympathize with a fuckhead.

Ponder this. Do assholes drive pickup trucks or do pickup trucks turn the drivers into assholes?