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Old 02-26-10, 02:34 PM
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Too "CLOSE" for comfort

I've been "buzzed", screamed at from passing vehicles trying to make me react/crash, honked at, told F you. I've crashed on my own accord, yada yada....BUT yesterday in Vista, on my way to look at a truing stand at Performance....a small truck does a "left hook" right at me.
It was so fast, so unexpected, and within INCHES of impact, that I could feel my blood FLOWING through every vessel and artery in my body.......it was as if my body was preparing for an impact. All I could do is swerve and hope. It scared the Bajesus outta me!
I'm attentive to what's going on behind me and to my right, but someone cutting across the street from the opposite direction is something that I don't expect/am as vigilant for. MAN what a feeling it caused....
Anyone else out there know what I'm talking about?
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Old 02-26-10, 02:55 PM
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I know exactly what you mean, and unfortunately my usual response to that adrenaline surge usually triggers a loogie- or middle-finger-response, which seldom helps the situation. Working on that though, and I usually try to remember to bring a digital camera, (which tends to make confrontational people hesitate long enough to diffuse a situation.)

Rather than let yourself become cynical and always expecting the worst, I suspect it's probably better to assume that the majority of drivers are kind, courteous, or at least non-confrontational; then just add in a dash of vigilance for the texting drivers.

If you ride everywhere expecting ambush, it will only make you miserable like those hapless souls who haunt the somber halls of the A&S forums.

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Old 02-26-10, 02:57 PM
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Oh, yeah! I know the feeling all too well. The worst one I've ever had is when I was riding up Fifth Ave. in S.D. from downtown at 9 pm, lit up like a Christmas tree in June. I saw the car coming out of the parking garage, the driver looking back at his friends, and I knew there was no way I was going to escape the impact. It seemed as if I was airborne for a long time; had time to think about emergency rooms and cremation services before I was reunited with the pavement.
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Old 02-26-10, 03:07 PM
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Hey! A "new" entry for this blog!
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
and I usually try to remember to bring a digital camera, (which tends to make confrontational people hesitate long enough to diffuse a situation.)
Most cell phones have built-in cameras these days, some are quite good too.
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It happened so fast, all I could do is react and scream "F ing IDIOT"........
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Most cell phones have built-in cameras these days, some are quite good too.
When folks ask me for my 'cell number', I tell them I've never been in prison. I suppose one could pop ones Garmin computer off and pretend it's a cellphone/camera long enough to ditch a hothead.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
Hey! A "new" entry for this blog!
We're not looking for any "Texans" input Doohickie!
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I thought it might just be me, but today definitely seemed to be single digit I.Q. day out on the road. is there something about being the last Friday of the month?? The full moon's already passed for Feb. hasn't it??
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Originally Posted by sojourn
We're not looking for any "Texans" input Doohickie!
Is there a blog ridiculing people who use apostrophes to form plurals and conjugate verbs?
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Originally Posted by sojourn
We're not looking for any "Texans" input Doohickie!
Actually, the quotes are entirely appropriate there. I live in Texas, but I sure ain't no Texan. (I'm a yankee.)

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Is there a blog ridiculing people who use apostrophes to form plurals and conjugate verbs?
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Originally Posted by Ray R
Is there a blog ridiculing people who use apostrophes to form plurals and conjugate verbs?
Figures a "commuter" gets involved with a "Road Bike" subject!
Oh, I had a "dangling participle" but had it surgically removed.....just sayen.
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