Here's another crazy story for you:
I was riding my '73 Raleigh DL-1L (rod-brake, step-through frame) on a test ride after doing some repairs on it. Not more then a half-block from home, while getting up to a good speed (15/20mph) on a semi-busy residential street, I heard a voice shouting from the sidewalk to the left. A group of three boys, about 10 years old each (no parents), were walking some little yapping breed of dogs on the sidewalk. The shouting came from one of these boys who was yelling in a distinctly authoritative and angry voice:
"SLOW DOWN!" "S L O W DOWN!"
I took one look at them, and by default, distorted my face into that of disapproval. Normally, I wouldn't have given a second thought about their nonsense, but it hit me somehow this time - perhaps I just wanted to have a good A&C rant story to tell, who knows - and I made a sweeping left onto the next street, continued my turn onto the sidewalk, and came up about 50 feet behind these brats. As I had passed them in order to make my U-turn, they weren't expecting what was to come.
I yelled back.
"HEY, YOU! You know anything about the Florida cycling laws and statutes?"
A curiously quick, snappy retort followed:
"Yes, I do."
I couldn't believe my ears when I heard him say this. Whether his ignorance or just the fact that he couldn't bear being pegged as wrong, I had the hardest time keeping from laughing at this. The kid probably never heard the word statutes in his life. One of his friends was already getting a tad worried when I very quickly came back with my own sarcastic rebuttal:
"Yea, right - fat chance, kid. Get lost!"
I pedaled back on the road and continued my test. I happened to see them on my way back, and while passing by, added that if they were to try to interfere again with the operator of a vehicle on the roadway, I'd call the police. Not that I would, or that this was necessary, but I figured it'd keep their big fat mouths shut the next time they try to be smart.
Just thought I'd post this. Stupid, and in retrospect, humorous encounters like these adds some levity to the A&C forum Have to laugh at some of this nonsense sometimes - especially when it comes from a 10-year-old brat who thinks he's an expert on cycling.