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(uncommon) Northwest Profile #24 : Mist Setting In A Torrential Downpour Lady

 We get it. You could just as easily pronounce the fact that you were born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by flying a flag stating so, atop your Subaru Baja. Those of us who are narrowly missed as you plow into an intersection with reckless abandon to the rules of right of way or understanding of an arterial, or the innocent pedestrians that you are unable to see for thirty seconds at a time might prefer that to your current modus operandi.
 Your fearless acceptance of driving blind while waiting an excruciatingly long time for your wind shield to be clear of the our greatest natural resource, our liquid sunshine, is just the pick me up the terrified passengers in your carpool need after a long exhausting day at work.
 And from the rest of us, sharing the road during these winter months when it's dark outside eighteen hours of the day and made just more so by the incessant cloud cover and precipitation, I just want to say thank you for turning what should be a boring trudge through the concrete corridors from the city to the suburbs into a death defying gauntlet to be experience if not survived.
 If you wonder why the car you didn't see but passed a minute ago is all of a sudden back along side and the driver is given you an evil eye, just know, the remedy is only another click up of that stalk or rotation of that knob away.

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