I tend to think I am a fairly easy going sort of chap, although my wife would say I tend more towards the “grumpy old man” end of the spectrum and there may be an element of truth in that.

Whilst driving I have occasionally had the need to raise my voice slightly when I feel the fellow in front of me may be in need of some advice as to how to improve their performance. I’m lucky in as much that most of the time I have a low blood pressure and I feel it is assisted by my shouting, sorry, raising my voice at other road users, at least bringing it down from the temporary high it might have achieved.

There is a very simple way to eliminate road rage and to keep one’s blood pressure at a reasonable level. Firstly, don’t do anything which may cause anyone following you to have to raise their voice to you and if you are unfortunate enough to have made a faux pas raise your hand in a conciliatory fashion. This action will, if you’re lucky be enough to placate the offended motorist, thereby saving you from knowing what it’s like to be clumped round the back of the head with a tyre lever.

If on the other hand your competence when driving is so bad that you are constantly hearing words of encouragement from drivers behind, I suggest you give up driving altogether and take the bus.

Today has been very busy and my blog has taken ages, as soon as I got one thing done, something else turned up which broke my concentration more than somewhat, and I know, like the drivers I can hear some of you shouting, “you’re not trying to kid us you concentrate when writing this rubbish!”

I tend to try to write this all in one go but I’ve just had to stop again, this time for dinner and then I assisted my wife by rinsing the plates and cutlery before putting them in the dishwasher, which has left me feeling quite unnecessary and a little faint, I may have to have a lay down in a dark room.

Or on the other hand I might just get a can of lager and watch some blokes car programme on the television, now I think about it, I tend to think that is the option I’m going to take.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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2 Responses to Tend.

  1. I get some unfriendly stares at times, but like you mentioned, I always wave my hand in a conciliatory fashion to make the other drivers hate me less. Maybe one will wave back as a sign of forgiveness for whatever traffic offense I committed.

  2. As you may have noticed my blogs are a little tongue in cheek, so don’t worry, in real life should you have to wave your hand I always wave back to acknowledge you. Sometimes even I have to wave in conciliatory fashion!

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