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6:58 pm EDT        75°F (24°C) in Dalton, GA

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Greetings to one and all from the carpet capital of the world. I’m stopped here for a bit before I head into Atlanta, about 90 miles (145 km) south of here, to make my 3:00 am EDT delivery.

My primary reason for making this update is to let the world know about quite possibly the most unsafe, cruel-to-animals display of driving I have ever seen. Ordinarily, when drivers of cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs do stupid things, I just chalk it up to the apparent IQ-reducing effect that tractor-trailers seem to have on the drivers of other vehicles. People go completely stupid in the head when they’re anywhere near a truck for some reason; I’m not sure why that is, but I don’t think there can be any other explanation for the kind of behavior I see all the time.

Like I said, usually if people do stupid things like cut me off to get to their exit ramp at the very last possible second, I just figure that it’s an occupational hazard — and I certainly don’t come here to publicize that stupidity most of the time. This incident, however, is going to get publicized because of the cruelty to animals that was involved. It occurred approximately a half-hour ago (6:30 pm EDT today), about 20 miles (32 km) north of here in Ringgold, GA.

As you may know if you have ever driven Interstate 75 just south of Chattanooga, TN, there is a fairly long hill that crests near the State Route 2/Battlefield Parkway exit (Exit 350), about five miles south of the Georgia/Tennessee state line. I was in the right lane, and with roughly 23,000 lbs. (10,433 kg) in the trailer, I was ever-so-slightly slowed by this climb — but I was still doing every bit of 60 mph (96 km/h). Some asshole (who, as I would shortly see, needed to exit I-75 at S.R. 2) apparently decided this wasn’t good enough for him, and he passed me to my left.

We were at least up to the point where the deceleration lane to the off-ramp began breaking off from the right lane, when this dumbfuck came flying right over in front of me and then almost as quickly whipped across the gore area to reach the off-ramp. He was pulling a horse trailer with his white Chevy pickup truck bearing Tennessee plates, and there was a pair of white horses loaded in it. I watched as these 1,000-lb. (454 kg) animals were literally thrown from one side to the other inside the trailer!

What was even worse than that was what probably happened to the dog this asshole had put on top of a tool box in the truck bed. This was a fairly small dog, and it looked as though it was tied to something either inside the truck or in the bed. If the horses, which were 25 times the dog’s size, were getting thrown around so violently, I can only imagine what had to happen to the dog. I sure hope that was all worth it for this asshole to get around me — he just couldn’t sit behind me for half a mile (0.8 km), knowing he was using the next exit, and jump off the freeway from behind me!

So again, to sum up, if you were driving a white Chevy pickup truck, with Tennessee plates, and exiting I-75 at Exit 350 in Georgia at 6:30 pm EDT today, your dumb fucking faux-“Christian” (because almost everybody in Tennessee claims to be one) ass should be prosecuted for three counts of cruelty to animals. Or if you know anybody who matches this description, you really ought to turn them in. Ordinarily I’ll just put up with such stupidity from other drivers, but the danger this asshole put his animals in, just because he had to get around that truck, calls for a little exposure and revenge.

Speaking of so-called “Christians,” I’m finally getting around to part 3 of my review of the documentary film Jesus Camp. I left the DVD at my parents’ house for about a month when I headed out to the road, in order to give them a chance to watch it; but I have it back now, and perhaps tomorrow, while this truck goes in the shop for a regular scheduled service, I’ll cover the deleted scenes and a few other things as well. Until then, drive intelligently around trucks, and don’t do anything cruel to animals like this asshole from Tennessee did.