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    Rain ride - traffic and mistaken (a)gender

    Something crazy was happening in London today - my entire route was choked full of cars - one of the worst traffic jams I've seen in this city. Maybe it had something to do with the rain - absolutely chunking down. My ride was spent weaving between sitting cars - not my idea of a nice ride home...

    2 close calls riding up Archway hill - first one was a pedestrian just walking out from between cars. Had to slam brakes on very hard and screamed at him to get his attention - very narrow escape as he saw me about half a second before I came sliding up to him. I called him a f***ing a****** because he was.

    Second was a car that cut me off about 2 minutes later. I leaned into her window afterwards and called her a f***ing prick because from through her back window she looked like a man. Didn't have the time or patience to correct myself.

    Anyway - got home in one piece...just thought I'd share a typical day commuting in London.

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    I thought the british were so polite
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
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    Good day to ride ekimeno's Avatar
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    I'm not British - I just live here

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    it sounds like you're from new york. we like to say things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekimeno
    I'm not British - I just live here
    You must be from Scotland, then. I've watched those soccer games!!

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    wrong and wrong, and I'm not partial to the odd head butt in the chest either (Zidane the Ram)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekimeno
    wrong and wrong, and I'm not partial to the odd head butt in the chest either (Zidane the Ram)
    So, you're French then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanparrish
    I thought the british were so polite
    No, that's the Canadians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novakane
    No, that's the Canadians.
    1/2 a point for you, Sir

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    Q: How do you make a Canadian apologize?
    A: Step on his foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekimeno
    Something crazy was happening in London today - my entire route was choked full of cars - one of the worst traffic jams I've seen in this city. Maybe it had something to do with the rain - absolutely chunking down. My ride was spent weaving between sitting cars - not my idea of a nice ride home...
    Weaving between sitting cars *is* a nice ride, especially when there is a big traffic jam. Maybe they were all trying to get to pat Ken Livingston on the back for beating his one-month suspension from office.

    Anyway, when are you up for the anger-management classes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ekimeno
    Something crazy was happening in London today - my entire route was choked full of cars - one of the worst traffic jams I've seen in this city. Maybe it had something to do with the rain - absolutely chunking down. My ride was spent weaving between sitting cars - not my idea of a nice ride home...
    Seriously, what's so wrong with it? Most of my commutes (both in and out) are like that. Personally I think passing all those gridlocked cars, all those thousands of dollars of other people's debt, is actually quite satisfying. I get even more excited when I pass a car which looks like the owner has spent a lot of money on the ability to go really really fast, and it's just as stuck as the rest of them. If someone tries to cut me off (which happens with surprising frequency for something so futile) I just change lanes and go around the other side of them.

    There's no point getting riled up about it. It is, after all, just traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novakane
    No, that's the Canadians.
    Have you played hockey??

    The way we play it is not so polite - maybe we repress and only express on the ice...

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    Yes, but hockey has great honor. (Gah, I sound like Don Cherry.) But in what other sport do the players shake hands after the final?

    I apologize for the Canadian joke. I grew playing hockey in Pennsylvania and wanting to be Canadian. And I seriously considered relocating in early November 2004....
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    Sure, that sort of behavior might be acceptable in California, where people are all concerned about color video and feelings.

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    I can imagine what an apology after that would sound like...

    "Oh, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to call you a prick. I meant *****."


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    Italian. Can only possibly be Italian.

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    Bit of a mixture am I - born in Canada, grew up in South Africa and living in Britain on a British passport...

    My temper is really a result of having my life flash before my eyes on a daily basis - I'm just sick of the traffic and bad drivers, but not sick enough to stop commuting. Its a love/hate thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekimeno
    Bit of a mixture am I - born in Canada, grew up in South Africa and living in Britain on a British passport...
    Huh, I was born in Zimbabwe to British parents (I have a British passport) and grew up in South Africa and am living in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspar_s
    Huh, I was born in Zimbabwe to British parents (I have a British passport) and grew up in South Africa and am living in Canada.
    Hey - small world. What was it like moving to such a cold climate from such a warm one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspar_s
    Huh, I was born in Zimbabwe to British parents (I have a British passport) and grew up in South Africa and am living in Canada.
    hey, I was born in Colombia, raised in Canada (Canadian Passport) now live in NYC.

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