I was out riding around the forest preserve last night and was surprised to see how many riders there were wearing earbuds. I ended up behind a couple, and the guy nearly ran into me as I tried to pass after saying "passing". I thought he was just being a jerk by keeping me from passing him until he reached down to adjust his ipod and realized he had no idea that other people were around him since he couldn't hear me due to the ipod and couldn't see me because he hadn't looked. He did seem a little startled to see someone behind him when he finally did turn to look behind him. Next a roadie started to drift left when I was passing her (we were the only ones out on that section of the path), and she was wearing earbuds too. I started noticing how many other riders were wearing earbuds when they went past, and most were. When did bicycling get to be so boring that people need to listen to music while riding like they do while driving?