Had one of my more interesting incidents yesterday. I left on a ride at about same time that my neighbor across the street was pulling out in his car. I've lived here for about 2 years and never spoken a word to the guy in my life. I ride about 1/4 mile from my house and stop at the first red light to get out of my neighborhood. Then while stopped I hear crazy honking behind me which I ignore. Then the neighbor pulls up on my side with his window down and yells "what the f@#k is wrong with you? I am going to f@#k you up!". Then he peels out and takes a right in front of me , going through the light without even pausing. So I turn around and go back home and decide to call the police. Normally I would let it go but I know this guy knew I was his neighbor and not just some random person on a bike and he drives recklessly and twice the speed limit through our neighborhood everyday so I have been buzzed by the guy dozens of times at this point and I'm sick of him. While I'm on the phone with the police he pulls back in to his drive way and comes straight to my house and starts yelling at me from my lawn to come out and talk to him.
He tells me he wants to apologize and he honked because he got scared that he was going to hit me because I was right in the middle of the road. Well, I was 2/3 over to the right and he had plenty of room to pass but he was impatient because there was a car in the oncoming lane at the time. The only thing I did was dare to ride my bike in the street! Unfortunately there are too many people that believe you are doing something wrong or intentionally messing with them by riding in the road even when you are obeying all of the laws and they are not.
Not much I can do except hope he's not crazy enough to try to run me off the road one day. The cop told me he was going to sit in my neighborhood whenever he has down time waiting for the guy to speed through so he can pull him over. Well see if that happens but thought I'd share my crazy story for the day