Who remembers that science fiction show called "Sliders" from a few years ago? This was a show where the characters "slid" through a vortex every week, and landed in other worlds that were similiar to ours, but always with something different. ( a staple of science fiction ) For example, in one episode. Generation X was in charge. In another, there were almost no men and the male characters were "in high demand". You get the idea. (and get your minds out of the gutter! Jeesh! )
This past week, I think I have been riding in some sort of parallel dimension. How so? Well, on two occasions this past week, I've been waiting to cross busy streets. Motorists on both sides have stopped and yielded so I could cross. One guy waved and yelled "Nice fixie!".
Last night, I was waiting on the red light in West Newton (MA) square. This place is quite busy at all times. A right turn on red to Waltham Street is permitted here. A guy in a large red pickup truck is next to me. He yells from his driver's seat "Hey, would you mind if I made my right turn?" I was taken back by this, as I fully expected some other kind of comment. "Uh, no", I say, trying not to sound to lame. "go right ahead". He turns, taking care to give me plenty of room. Then he waves in his rear view mirror, and turns into Waltham Street.
Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing lately? What's going on here?
And thanks to those motorists. Mutual respect and cooperation does seem to work after all.