Kirby: Holiday spirit never makes it to the roads

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– Will Durant

Do people get in the holiday spirit of peace and good will on the roads around Christmastime?

Don’t bet your sugar plums on it.

In fact, State Farm and KRC Research conducted a survey of 1,000 U.S. drivers over 18 and learned that people probably drive worse.

Sixty-four percent of American drivers have experienced an act of aggressive driving six times or more in the past three months, and most consider retaliation.

“The new survey revealed nearly a third of drivers say their likelihood to engage in aggressive driving increases during the winter holidays,” reported State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak.

(Tell you what. I’ll stay out of your way, if you stay out of mine.)

YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS: Nancy Albert says hers is “the Drifters’ version of White Christmas with Bill Pinkney on bass and Clyde McPhatter as tenor. There is no doubt this is the best!”

Pam Harmon writes, “My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth duo sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Who would have thought that two singers with such opposing styles would blend so beautifully? It is such a poignant song and brings a tear to my eye during these turbulent times. Sadly, the local music stations rarely play it!”

“One of the more moving and poignant Christmas songs,” wrote Bill Dekle, “is one written about a lonely U.S. soldier sitting alone at an outpost in Europe during WWII – I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

And George Dean added this comment: “Considering the recent ‘discussions’ in Augusta Commission meetings, could we sing ‘Santa Claus is slumming to town’???”

TODAY’S CHRISTMAS JOKE: Everett Fernandez offers the gift of humor:

With the holidays upon us I would like to share a personal experience with my family and friends about drinking and driving. As you may know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a “social session” out with friends.

Well, three days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails, followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly, I still had the sense to know that I may be over the limit. That’s when I did something that I’ve never done before ... I took a cab home!

Sure enough, on the way home there was a police roadblock, but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was a real relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don’t even know where I got it, and now that it’s in my garage I don’t know what to do with it!


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