Balsy's Beef  

Great cars, horrible drivers

Wow, when I posted my first column yesterday I had no idea that the response would be so positive and I want to thank all of you who have shared your beef with me over the past 24 hours.  I have received over 20 emails with topics ranging from the HOV lane to people using the world as their ash tray.  I will hopefully get to all topics in good time and I plan to post the rants you sent my way as well, so please keep them coming.

Today’s topic is one that I have noticed in almost every province that I have traveled to in my stand-up comedy career and is also very relevant here in Kelowna.  Just because you spent more money on your car than the average person makes in 3 years of work, it does not mean that the rules don’t apply to you.  I can’t help but notice that most expensive vehicles are no wider than my much cheaper SUV and yet for some reason they must take up two parking spaces.  Perhaps when you buy a car that is worth more than $150 000 you get a special parking pass that allows you to park in two spaces and crooked if you want.  Sure you have worked hard to buy your dream car and don’t want it to get damaged but last time I checked every parking spot was created wide enough for any vehicle regardless of price.

There must also be some sort of “free pass” that comes with expensive cars that us “average Joe’s” don’t know about because for some reason those laws that are made to keep us safer on the roads don’t seem to apply to people with really nice cars.  Did you know that you can drive alone in the HOV lane, use your cell phone whenever you feel the need to and that speed limits are only a recommendation?  I honestly did not know this but have witnessed it enough now to truly believe this “free pass” exists.

I am sure someone will send me a message to say I am just jealous and bitter and should mind my own business; however, some of the points made in this column are actually endangering other people.  Perhaps I am neither but rather a concerned citizen that believes no matter how well off I am in life, one parking space will always be more than enough, the HOV lane is not my personal freeway to work, that if the phone call is important they will leave a message and that speed limits exist to keep me from spending all my hard earned money settling a lawsuit that I will most likely lose, forcing me to give up my car and the “free pass” that came with it.

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You got BEEF?  Balsy does! 

Rob Balsdon is a local stand-up comedian that has a beef with almost everything.

As a comedian Rob has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Canadian comedy including “The Harley Guy” Herb Dixon, Gerry Dee (Mr. D) and Brent Butt (Corner Gas). Recently Rob was lucky enough to work with one of his idols when he opened for film star and SNL alumni Norm MacDonald!

Rob is here to rant about all the little things that get on his nerves.

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