Commuting home tonite on a two-lane city street with a center turn lane. I'm coasting to a stop at a traffic light, standing on my left pedal, my right foot unclipped getting ready to stop my front wheel on the little "X" painted in the road so that my bike triggers the traffic signal to change.
I am about 50 feet from my stopping point when a large sedan muscles in beside me, just inches away, and stops next to me at the light. The "X" that I was aiming for is painted about 1/3 of the way into the lane, so the car is partially in my lane and partially in the left turn lane.
I look over and the driver is a man who is yakking on his cellphone, seemingly oblivious to me. I thump on the passenger window and give him a "what the hell, give me some room". His response? He flips me off and says "f-you". This pissed me off.
First, I was going to flip him off back but I realized I was wearing my lobster mitt gloves and the bird would not be very effective. Then I thought about squirting some water at his window, but it was already raining, so that would not been effective. Then, I spotted the passenger side windshield wiper, and without even thinking about it, I reached over and grabbed it near the hinged base and flipped it into the up position. I knew that he would have to get out of his car to put it back down.
My normal route would have taken me straight down the road, but I did not want to be near this guy after our little confrontation, so without waiting for his reaction, I made a quick right turn and took a small detour before returning to my regular ride route.
After I cooled down, I realize what I did was stupid. I normally just roll with this kind of stupidity, but this act came at the end of a string of "stupid car tricks" that I have put up with over the past couple of days, and I reacted before my common sense kicked in. Now I guess I need to keep an eye out for this guy - retaliation could suck.