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Small town road ragin!

Old 07-06-05, 11:21 PM
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Small town road ragin!

Today as I was getting back into down town, I passed 3rd street, on my way to turn right onto 6th st where I live. It's a 4 lane road, 25 mph, with parallel parking on the sides.
There is a guy on a mtn bike on the side walk, and I am in the right lane, far enough from the parked cars to keep myself from getting crunched if a door opens, and also trying to avoid the mtn biker who is making his move to get onto the road from the sidewalk in bunny hop fashion. So I hear a horn from behind me. No way. I am going 25 easy. I am trying to make it home in less than 2 hours for my ride. Where am I going to go, into the parked cars, into the guy on the mtn bike who is taking the gap in the cars to jump from the sidewalk? So as there is room and no parked cars between 4th and 5th, I ease over to let mr impatient get past, almost getting taken out by the mtn bike as well.
Don't you know I get the red light and the subaru does as well. as I am pulling up the window is coming down, and I am glad b/c with it up I was getting the mute buttton on my choice words. But at the light he gets his chance to speak "you can't ride a bike down the middle of the lane on lincoln!"
And yet, it is illegal, although safer for me, to ride it down the sidewalk.
But it gives me the great chance to say a variety of my favorite expletives as well as "go back to Denver!" Which I believe is the greatest insult you can apply to a local, and let's those from denver know whose town it really is.
But alas, the 3 thousand lb car only gives courage when you are inside it, and he chose to take off. In a small town you can't pull that off for long, everyone has a subaru, and since I almost got pinched into a mtn bike I didn't get a chance to find that distinguishing characteristic that I know your car has.
I guess I just got Denvered. Even though I am safe, I felt that big city selfishness and general disregard for others.
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Do you have any familiarity with Denver at all, or just blow through on the interstate and think you've seen it all?
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