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Old 03-21-11, 02:22 PM   #1
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What is it with people???

I was harassed FIVE times today in my fifteen mile trip home. I had one guy drive up behind me and just start laying on the horn and slow to tell me to get off the road. It must of been hard to see me in my flourescent green vest I hate to admit it but I lost my cool and launched a few explicatives. He then slowed down signaling me to get off the road...meet him in the parking lot...who knows. The other four people must have just bought new horns and wanted to try them out. WTF??? I am really hating on people right now so please just bear with my vent. That's all
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Yeah, people are getting crazi.......er! That's why I carry this little guy with me for prtotection.

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Seems to part of riding as flat tires.

I now carry two golf balls in my jersey.
When I get the second horn from behind, I launch the golf balls straight up in the air.
I don't care where they land or bounce.
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Yeah, people are getting crazi.......er! That's why I carry this little guy with me for prtotection.

My grandson, Little Beanz!
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Seems to part of riding as flat tires.

I now carry two golf balls in my jersey.
When I get the second horn from behind, I launch the golf balls straight up in the air.
I don't care where they land or bounce.
Really? Then you sprint like the wind?
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Seems to part of riding as flat tires.

I now carry two golf balls in my jersey.
When I get the second horn from behind, I launch the golf balls straight up in the air.
I don't care where they land or bounce.
Clint Eastwood style!
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I'm ambivalent about harassment on the road. Most of the time I want to shout some choice expletives, or make a particular hand gesture or two, but other times my better nature prevails and I think a more effective thing to do is smile and wave and shout "Thank you!"
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Seems to part of riding as flat tires.

I now carry two golf balls in my jersey.
When I get the second horn from behind, I launch the golf balls straight up in the air.
I don't care where they land or bounce.
The drivers following you might.

Some may choose to come at you with their 3500 pound deadly weapon.

Some may run off the road resulting in thousands of dollars damage to their car and felony mischief charges for you.

Best bet is to ignore them and hope that their latent anger and inactivity lead to a heart attack which takes them off the road permanently. Sedentary people start having heart attacks in their forties.
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Hey you're happy they're not. Give them a big grin when they go by. You'll still be happy. They'll be ... whatever.
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Vent away, and this is the place to do it. I say just let it go.

However I did get into a discussion in another thread about not engaging them is letting "bullies" get away with it. How they will cower and run when confronted. My stance remains the same however, don't engage them unless they put your life at risk.

I had a guy behind me once honking and revving his engine. I told him to get out the car and do something. He stopped and three guys got out. Luckily the driver was apprehensive about doing anything. The passenger was the instigator (also the smallest). And the guy in the backseat was playing peacemaker.

I'm figuring they were expecting me to look like lance or something. However i'm 5'9 240 (built like a football player). Cooler heads prevailed, but I think we both learned some lessons that day.
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Hey you're happy they're not. Give them a big grin when they go by. You'll still be happy. They'll be ... whatever.

Exactly!!! "Kill 'em with kindness"...wave to them, and smile...that pisses them off even more. NNo matter what, just smile and wave, it drives them NUTS. I used to do that all the time.
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I generally just flip them off and don't get too revved up about it. One guy, though, needs to be thankful that he made that next stoplight.
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Maybe strange but I raerly have any issues with drivers. I have flipped off a couple of drivers but they were bad and deserved it, but they didn't follow me.
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The best I ever did was had three fellas in a pickup truck scream as loud as they could at me as they past. About 20 yards up the road, they got stopped at a light, as I passed, I decided to get a drink of water from my water bottle and must have squeezed the bottle a bit too hard and it "accidentally" went into the window soaking all three. Oh paybacks are a *****, LOL.
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Exactly!!! "Kill 'em with kindness"...wave to them, and smile...that pisses them off even more. NNo matter what, just smile and wave, it drives them NUTS. I used to do that all the time.
^This!^ Not that I do it all the time, sometimes I go off myself. If I stay cool, wave and they just get madder, I have smiled even bigger and hollered "Jesus loves YOU and wants you to be happy!" Usually you can see the veins in their necks about to pop then. It's the little things that bring us joy.
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Yeah, people are getting crazi.......er! That's why I carry this little guy with me for prtotection.

My grandson, Little Beanz!
Thanks for the smile Beanz
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Golf balls...I love it. I'm usually pretty calm, I guess today was just a breaking point. The funny thing is that after I posted this I rode a 7 mile round trip to get some subs for dinner and had two more people harass me. The great thing about it was that the last guy turned down my street and into an apartment parking lot. I followed him and made him feel like the foolish little jerk that he was...in a friendly and sarcstic way. It's nice to be bigger than some people Thanks for listening and all your responses are greatly appreciated.
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I was harassed FIVE times today in my fifteen mile trip home. I had one guy drive up behind me and just start laying on the horn and slow to tell me to get off the road. It must of been hard to see me in my flourescent green vest I hate to admit it but I lost my cool and launched a few explicatives. He then slowed down signaling me to get off the road...meet him in the parking lot...who knows. The other four people must have just bought new horns and wanted to try them out. WTF??? I am really hating on people right now so please just bear with my vent. That's all
Sometimes people honk because they want you to know they are there. Other times it's because they want to cheer you on. Not all honks are bad.
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Maybe strange but I raerly have any issues with drivers.
Me neither. Of course I try to be as courteous to drivers when I'm on my bike as I am when I'm in my truck, so that probably helps.

I also don't wear spandex *ducks*
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I just honk back with this Airzounds it usually catches em off guard and makes them laugh because they are not expecting it.
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@ Neil
I understand the nice honk but these people were laying on the horn with malice except one of them. The one who didn't honk rushed up to cut me off while I was rolling up to a red light so she could turn in front of me. There was a car in front of me so no way to turn and only about a car 1.5 car lengths in front of me.

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I am a courteous cyclist, these people just wanted me on the sidewalk as was evidenced by at least two of the comments I heard flying out the windows...and I never wear spandex. The world doesn't deserve that.

Just one of those days I guess, today is another day I hope people are nicer. Don't get me wrong it's no big deal I am just venting and a little dissapointed in humanity.
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Blowing them a kiss can work wonders. Nobody quite knows how to handle that situation.
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Either that or take a lesson from Anger Management 101 (from an email forward some time back):


When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on someone you don't know. I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I had forgotten to make. I found the number and dialled it. A man answered, saying, "Hello." I politely said, "This is Fred Hanifin. Could I please speak with Robin Carter?" Suddenly, the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn't believe that anyone could be so rude. I tracked down Robin's correct number and called her. I had transposed the last two digits of her phone number. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the 'wrong' number again. When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, "You're an ass hole!" and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word 'ass hole' next to it, and put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I'd call him up and yell, "You're an ass hole!" It always cheered me up.

When Caller ID came to our area, I thought my therapeutic '
ass hole' calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, "Hi, this is John Smith from the Telephone Company. I'm just calling to see if you're familiar with the Caller ID program?" He yelled, "NO!" and slammed the phone down. I quickly called him back and said, "That's because you're an ass hole!"

One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled that I had been waiting for the spot. The idiot ignored me. I noticed a "For Sale" sign in his car window... so, I wrote down his number. A couple of days later, right after calling the first
ass hole, (I had his number on speed dial), I thought I had better call the BMW ass hole, too. I said, "Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?", "Yes, it is." "Can you tell me where I can see it?" "Yes, I live at 1802 West 34th Street. It's a yellow house, and the car's parked right out in front." "What's your name?" I asked. "My name is Don Hansen," he said. "When's a good time to catch you, Don?" "I'm home every evening after five." "Listen, Don, can I tell you something?" "Yes?" "Don, you're an ass hole." Then hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too! .

Now, when I had a problem, I had two ******** to call. But after several months of calling them, it wasn't as enjoyable as it used to be. So, I came up with an idea. I called
ass hole #1. "Hello." "You're an ass hole!" (But I didn't hang up.) "Are you still there?" he asked. "Yeah," I said. "Stop calling me," he screamed. "Make me," I said.

"Who are you?" he asked. "My name is Don Hansen." "Yeah? Where do you live?" "
ass hole, I live at 1802 West 34th Street, a yellow house, with my black Beamer parked in front." He said, "I'm coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers." I said, "Yeah, like I'm really scared, ass hole."

Then I called
ass hole #2. "Hello?" he said. "Hello, ass hole," I said. He yelled, "If I ever find out who you are?" "You'll what?" I said. "I'll kick your ass," he exclaimed. I answered, "Well, ass hole, here's your chance. I'm coming over right now." Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 1802 West 34th Street, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover.

Then I called Channel 13 News about the gang war going down on West 34th Street. I quickly got into my car and headed over to 34th Street. There I saw two ******** beating the crap out of each other in front of six squad cars, a police helicopter, and news crew.

NOW, I feel better. Anger management "Bringing people together to advance their lives."
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Being hit what what I hated the most about riding my bike. Pennies were most common. Beer cans, some empty, some not flew my way more than a few times. The one I still remember with a wince is being launched over the handlebars of my bike by the thunderous smack of some redneck's hand on my butt. I do have to say as I flew through the air and came crashing down, managing to land on the flat of my shoulder in a clumsy roll, his screams were like music. His little prank dislocated his shoulder and elbow along with snapping at least one bone in his arm.
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