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Old 11-17-05, 08:58 AM
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Not the way to start my Thursday...

So I was passing in front of a stopped pickup truck at an intersection on my commute this morning and the guy waited until I was right in front of him and honked his horn. It startled the heck out of me! I looked back to see if it was someone I knew, realized it wasn't and saw the b*&^%rd laughing at me. When I got to the other side of the intersection I stopped, shot him the bird and threw a few of my favorite obscenities his way but he just kept laughing. I'm generally a peaceful guy but I strongly believe in teaching @$$holes a lesson...if his light hadn't changed I probably would have recrossed the intersection and committed assault or something. I feel certain he wouldn't have been laughing if he hadn't had 4000 lbs of steel and saftey glass around him...I'm a big guy. As it turned out, I spent the rest of my commute seething. Not the way I wanted to start out my Thursday. WHY do people get a kick out of harassing cyclists???

Sorry for the A.M. rant.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:03 AM
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sorry, man.
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Originally Posted by pearce
WHY do people get a kick out of harassing cyclists???
It's a chemical that gets released when a person sits in a car seat. It causes them to suffer severe ***********.

But seriously, don't get angry with them, they're just looking for a rise. Expect it at all times and when it happens, turn around slowly and whilst looking at them with arched eyebrows give them a little clap and a thumbs up. They'll get the message.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:10 AM
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"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays." - Arthur Dent

There's a special section in hell for a$$holes like that. They'll be made to wear spandex and watch Richard Simmons videos for eternity.
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I can sympathize with you as I have also been the recipient of the honk-for-the-heck-of-it. People can be stupid sometimes, especially when they feel anonymous and untouchable in their steel cage.

On another note, I'm amazed at how many times I've read about cyclists from the forum flipping the bird at annoying motorists. In this case, the offending individual was clearly trying to get a reaction from you. He got what he wanted and it probably will be all the encouragement he needs to pull the prank again.

Perhaps an bored indifference would be a more effective response. Either that or give him a good arse-whoopin'

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Old 11-17-05, 09:22 AM
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I'm with you on the Thursday morning start. Mine started like a three stooges movie while I was making my breakfast shake.

I started off by dropping the scoop from the soy protien powder into my milk, splashing a little milk onto the bar. I fished it out and placed it on the towel under the drink mixer. Then I ground the flax seed to add to the shake mix. Like an idiot, I opened the grinder while the flax seed was still whirling around. It went everywhere.

I finally get all the ingredients into the milk and place the mixer cup on the drink mixer and turn it on. I grab the flax covered towel and the milky scoop off the bar and head over to drop the towel in the washer and retrieve the dustpan to clean up the remaining flax.

Upon my return I discover that the mixer cup fell off the stand and I now have a bar covered with my breakfast shake. I pick up the mixer stand to clean up and it's dripping with shake so I reach to place it in the bar sink without noticing that the cord is wrapped around the grinder cord and pull the grinder over.

The grinder knocks over the flax seed container. No, of course I hadn't put the top back on the flax seed. So I reach out to grab the flax seed before it tips over and knock over the soy protien powder in the process. Now, I did put the lid back on it but it's rolling down the bar away from me.

Before I can get over there to catch it, it falls off the bar and EXPLODES upon hitting the floor.

What a freaking mess!!

I had to laugh though. What else could I do?

Hope your day gets better.
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See, that's why I just eat breakfast at the office.
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Jealousy.
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Originally Posted by Jalopy
On another note, I'm amazed at how many times I've read about cyclists from the forum flipping the bird at annoying motorists. In this case, the offending individual was clearly trying to get a reaction from you. He got what he wanted and it probably will be all the encouragement he needs to pull the prank again.

Perhaps an bored indifference would be a more effective response. Either that or give him a good arse-whoopin'

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You're absolutely right about flipping the bird. I did it out of anger and because I don't particularly like it when someone flips me the bird. I, however, am not type to honk at cyclists just to get a rise out them. Totally ignoring the offender is without question a better response. The only problem is that I occasionally have friends honk at me to get my attention and wave and such. I don't want to snub them, so I glance at the honker....if I seem some joker laughing at me then it's over, the red cloud descends and my vocabulary becomes decidedly four lettered. I just need to work on my temper. (My wife would fall over if she heard me actually say that).
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Originally Posted by pearce
Not the way I wanted to start out my Thursday. WHY do people get a kick out of harassing cyclists???


Been There... Done That...

Funny when chit like that happens I tend to Ride FASTER! More Energy!
Then I start to laugh at myself for being angry... cause the guy actually helped my commute...
Making me Pump my legs more... getting in a great ride after all.

It hasn't happened a lot, but when it does, I feels kinda good... you know moving along at a pretty good pace and you didn't realize you were
 
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Looking at the bright side. It started his day off pretty good.

If only there were a hell, you could wish him there. Alas, the finger will have to do.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:54 AM
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Next time, blow him a kiss. He'll become aware of some new, confusing feelings that he didn't know he had. He'll start to question his own identity and his place in society. I doubt he'd honk at anyone after that.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
Next time, blow him a kiss. He'll become aware of some new, confusing feelings that he didn't know he had. He'll start to question his own identity and his place in society. I doubt he'd honk at anyone after that.
Then again, maybe that was the reason for honking at you...
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It's bad luck when a car behind you beeps and the driver is laughing. The only way to get rid of the jinx is to toss your U-lock high over your left shoulder while riding.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Then again, maybe that was the reason for honking at you...
I don't think he would have been laughing if that were the reason but I guess you never know. Maybe I'll give it try next time.


Originally Posted by dalmore
Hope your day gets better.
Thanks and I wish you the same. And if my breakfast had the potential to be that complicated I don't think I'd ever have breakfast.

Originally Posted by Walkafire
Funny when chit like that happens I tend to Ride FASTER! More Energy!
Then I start to laugh at myself for being angry... cause the guy actually helped my commute...
Making me Pump my legs more... getting in a great ride after all.
Funny, now that you mention it I did make very good time this morning. Who knew there was a bright side.
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The best response FOR ME, note the emphasis, is just to pull over right in front of the vehicle, or in the case of them being behind you at a light, pulling over to the center. And wait. Don't look at them, don't flip the bird, just wait. The light will change and you just wait. They'll get upset that they can't speed on, they'll start to yell, and you just wait. If they get agressive with the car, take down the plate number, and be sure and tell them you're doing it. If they get real agressive, just say loudly enough for them to hear, "well, Mr. XFG-1314, you can hit me and that's aggrivated assault, and you can break my bike and that's property damage which you'll have to pay for, or you can learn some manners. Your mother didn't teach you to act this way."

That last line sometimes gets said first and it quiets a lot of people down.
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Originally Posted by Walkafire
Been There... Done That...

Funny when chit like that happens I tend to Ride FASTER! More Energy!
Then I start to laugh at myself for being angry... cause the guy actually helped my commute...
Making me Pump my legs more... getting in a great ride after all.

It hasn't happened a lot, but when it does, I feels kinda good... you know moving along at a pretty good pace and you didn't realize you were
I call that the "TURBORAGE(tm)".
It improved my commuting times a whole 20% one time. You never know how hard you can go till you are really pissed off. If you ever saw a 30 pound hybrid going 37 mph on flat, you can tell that the rider is pissed. I caught on with the guy ... and the cleat made a nice mark on his door.

Gotta love the spd's.
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dalmore, you comfort me greatly. now i know there's worse ways of starting your day than putting the oatmeal in the coffee machine.
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Originally Posted by bandregg
The best response FOR ME, note the emphasis, is just to pull over right in front of the vehicle, or in the case of them being behind you at a light, pulling over to the center. And wait. Don't look at them, don't flip the bird, just wait. The light will change and you just wait. They'll get upset that they can't speed on, they'll start to yell, and you just wait. If they get agressive with the car, take down the plate number, and be sure and tell them you're doing it. If they get real agressive, just say loudly enough for them to hear, "well, Mr. XFG-1314, you can hit me and that's aggrivated assault, and you can break my bike and that's property damage which you'll have to pay for, or you can learn some manners. Your mother didn't teach you to act this way."
This is a dangerous and foolish thing to do. You're betting against a lunatic with your life on the line and all he's risking is a little bumper chrome.

You'd also have a hard time convincing a cop to file aggrivated [sic] assault charges once you got to the part of the story where you're deliberately blocking the intersection on a green light.

As my Grandmother used to say "If you go looking for trouble you're going to find it."
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if they are stuck at a light, spit on their car...

childish but hey, i didn't sart it.

i am a big guy too. it's my way of saying please pull over and lets talk. saying pull over never works.

that said; i have never actually landed a loogie successfully, and only gotten mad enough to try it once or twice.

and finally, if you start a war, you better be ready.
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"if they are stuck at a light, spit on their car..."

I must admit that has crossed my mind before. I still have a car and know what someone spitting on mine would make me feel. So it would work to piss them off and maybe make you feel a bit better. Considering the state of my sinuses in the morning when it's cold, it would not be good for the car.

This morning I was doing about 30 down a steep twisting 2 lane road on the military reservation I work at. I could hear screeching car tires and a revving engine behind me and in the middle of a turn looked back just enough to see a bumper in my peripheral vision. Close enough to casue me trouble if Idecided to stop at the stop sign coming up at the bottom. So I blow the stop sign with the car still on my tail and continue into a parking lot and as I turn around to flip the guy off and scream some choice stuff I learned in the Army.

Turns out it was a friend of my dads (got me the job on base) and quite a bit higher up in the org than me. He was trying to catch and pass me in his little sports car to say hi and give me a hard time about riding a bike. I'm glad I didn't curse him but I did let him know that at 30+ mph on a downhill he should give me more than 1/2 of a car length space.
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