I also posted this on the Advocacy and Safety site, but thought some of this site's readers may not frequent that area of the forum. Here is what I said.
Today, I had an interesting experience on my Saturday morning ride. I was about 15 miles into my 18 mile ride, and stopped off at a local shopping center to take care of some Valentine's Day business (got a card, and freshly baked bread). My wife was out on her morning run, and I wanted to surprise her with some of her favorite things. One of those was See's Chocolates. So after getting the bread and card, I went onto the road, across an intersection to it's far side, then waited for the light to go north (I had been going east). A block up, there was a short turn-off roadway into the other side of the shopping center. I turned right onto this short road, and signaled for a left turn to the curb side where the See's Chocolate store was located.
There was a pickup about 100 feet up the road which had just begun to come toward me. Instead of slowing down to allow me to turn, the driver gunned the engine and zoomed up so as to block my turn, then slammed on his breaks so he could stop another 50 feet down the road. I just shook my head, and waited until he had passed before making my turn. As I was dismounting, the passenger in the pickup opened up the window, almost sat on the window and yelled at me:
Well, at 63 years old, I have two cars, one a 2005 SUV with 14,500 miles on it (my Rans Stratus recumbant bicycle is being overhauled, and has almost 10,000 miles on it). Not wanting to put up with this from an obvious teenager, I shouted back:If you had a car, you wouldn't have that problem!
That brought an immediate response, which I cannot print here, but had something to do with bicycles and the F-word. I also responded to this with:If you knew how to drive, I would not have this problem!
Well, I don't know if this changed any perspectives, but I felt good about the exchange. How do you handle rude drivers?You've got to grow up!
I got my chocolates, and my wife and I had a very nice Valentine's Day lunch.