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When Driving Interrupts Tweeting

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George Finley is a soon-to-be dad living in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife of six years. Courtesy of George Finley hide caption

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George Finley is a soon-to-be dad living in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife of six years.

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As I drove down I-4 reading the NPR tweet about what drives me crazy on the road, the person in front of me had the nerve to switch into my lane to allow more vehicles to merge onto an already crowded interstate.

As I moved into the far left lane, it became difficult to type my "driving angers" into my BlackBerry. Slower vehicles, you see, would not give way to my faster pace.

I merged onto I-275 South and it became increasingly difficult to type this essay, as people trying to get off the highway were stopped, waiting for a light change to access Dale Mabry.

Oh great! I have a phone call. Now I'll have to re-enter the tweet when it's over.

Finally, phone call is over and the Howard Frankland Bridge is in sight. That means more lanes and less congestion — I can go fast.

Wow, I'm already at Ulmerton Road. This will be fun; trying to finish this thing for NPR and have to look up at traffic lights every now and then.

These silly bikers need to stay out of my way. Don't they understand that bicycles need to give me the right of way? Wonderful, there is a city bus unloading just before my turn. Maybe I can pass it and make it to work on time. Maybe I'll just have to finish this essay on my way home.

George Finley is a soon-to-be dad living in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife of six years.

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