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    Potty Mouth in a Pickup! - I wonder if Mom knows?

    Potty Mouth in a Pickup! - I wonder if Mom knows?

    Greetings Dear 50+'ers,

    Out running a few errands on the bike, headed for home, stop light at the freeway on-ramp. I'm in the bike lane, as far from the on-ramp lane as possible so as to be out of the way of the cars and trucks.

    Honk. Up rolls Mr. Potty Mouth.
    30 something guy driving a Dodge Ram. (I am well out of his path)
    "Get a car, Hippie Mother-F#$ker"

    I wonder if his mother knows what a jerk her son is?

    I wonder why people are jerks like this when they are in their car - would they behave the same way if the venue was the check out line at the grocery store?

    As much as possible, especially when riding the bike I try to let crap like this roll off my back. I guess I still need to work on that one.

    Your thoughts?

    Jeff, still fat

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    Well I bet HE feels better...
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    I just laugh at them. They are the ones whose inadequacies cause them to do such things.
    If they persist, I pull my phone and take their picture.
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    +1 on the picture phone. I can only guess that people like that have to TRY to make others feel bad, so they can feel better. Sad, really.

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    Big smile -
    "Hi neighbor!" or "Tell your mom I said hi."

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    Tell him to keep his mother at home and he won't have that problem.

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    Although I agree in spirit to those replies, I am reluctant to chance annoying someone in a two-ton vehicle. I just smile and wave, and let them wonder what I find so amusing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badamsjr View Post
    Although I agree in spirit to those replies, I am reluctant to chance annoying someone in a two-ton vehicle. I just smile and wave, and let them wonder what I find so amusing!
    +1

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    Most of these guys have gotten in trouble with the law before, so when they see the phone, they get real small and run off as fast as they can.

    Same time, maybe ask him "So the big truck thing is not helping compensate for the tiny d***?"

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    Taser.
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    "Hippie", eh? I would think the peace sign would have been appropriate.

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    Just ignore the jerk. I know it is hard to do but someone like that is not worth the effort. Some day he will say the wrong thing to the wrong person and it could cost him more than it was ever worth. There are some violent people in this world who waste little time on words.

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    Why do these idiots think everyone on a bicycle is a hippie? If I were in a VW microbus with peace signs and wearing bell bottoms then ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    "Hippie", eh? I would think the peace sign would have been appropriate.
    I have always completely and totally ignored remarks from drivers. If I get a remark, it let's me know they see me! But if called a hippie, a peace sign would be a perfect response!

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    Maybe with a slight spanish accent, as you flash the peace sign, you could say "Peace on you senor".

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    Quote Originally Posted by badamsjr View Post
    "Peace on you senor".
    OK, that had me rolling on the floor laughing!

    On a serious note, one thing that I have made it a habit to do these days is show a friendly wave when a driver waits for me.

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    +1 Being in California, I am used to drivers being less than polite at times. I try to let the nice ones know I appreciate their courtesy. BTW I was afraid I was in for some rudeness when I went to Texas for some training in 2005, but was amazed how polite the majority of drivers were! I do not know if it was the 'Lance effect', but drivers would consistently wait for me to proceed through 4-way stops, when they clearly had the right-of-way! I came away with a whole new respect for their drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badamsjr View Post
    Although I agree in spirit to those replies, I am reluctant to chance annoying someone in a two-ton vehicle. I just smile and wave, and let them wonder what I find so amusing!
    Have to go with +3 on this.
    I do like the camera phone thing too, I have never done it but will keep it in mind if matters were to turn for the worse.
    Every once in awhile I have given the thumbs down too.
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    I try to ignore these kind of comments and remember not to take it personally. After all, they don't know me. Likely they behave in similar ways to others driving "two ton" vehicles. Then I try to focus on the fact that (where I live at least) on any given day hundreds of drivers have given me room, let me cross an intersection first, etc. The last thing I want to do is get caught up in "cyclist's rage" against others with which I must share the road. Life's too short for that.

    My thoughts and actions, however, completely change if the person takes physical action against me (e.g., throws something at me). But that's only happened a handful of times all the years I've been riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
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    There is no cute or clever response to jerk like this that won't further incite his behavior. There are times when it's just best to ignore someones behavior and ride, or, walk away. When you're in a situation like that you have to ask yourself, "do I really want to escollate this situation right here and right now?" Sure, it makes you angry but you can get past that. We've all acheived our 50+ ages and along the way we've managed to control our impulses and respond, or not respond, in a mature manner.

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    Best to*say nothing and smile and wave, but on occasion I have gotten pissed off and told the driver to *&#$ off. No fights yet.
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    My daughter and her friends call those trucks "Compensators."

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    It's rare but it happens around here too. Some guy on a Harley told me to "Get off the F' n road!" one time. That was the most surprising one. I'm with doctor J and all the rest with the smile and wave response, it keeps them guessing. I like the cell phone camera idea too, I'll try to remember it.
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