We had the looking for cars coming and not seeing the pedestrian guy, who seemed to get mad after I clapped and made him notice me. Umm I have the right of way and I walk quickly, so I get to go first. Clapping is a habit I picked up years ago after almost being hit by a car turning, I figure it’s more polite than an air horn but I might ask for one for Christmas. HONK, HONK ……. HEY I’M HERE! Then I would also have to learn how to do a fancy shuffle across the street, if you’re going to be loud might as well do it with style. Maybe a little tap dance across with big arms flailing, then I could blow them a kiss.
Then we had let’s run the yellow light, oh nope we’ll stop, nope we’ll speed up again and go for it now that the light is RED and the pedestrian has stepped out. If you’re going to run the yellow, run the yellow, trying to decipher what an undecided driver is going to do is frustrating and potentially life threatening. If you want to be confused and indecisive do so at the Starbucks and annoy the people there.
Then we have lets swing across a lane of traffic with barely enough time to not get hit by a car coming in the other direction and almost hit the pedestrian that is crossing the road. This one was probably one of the closest calls I’ve ever had. They hadn’t signalled, were not stopped to turn, they just swung across the lanes to turn left. They had been watching the cars coming in the opposite direction and hadn’t noticed me. If I hadn’t jumped back out of the way, the car would have hit me. She squealed to a stop just past me, then did the stupid smile and shoulder shrug while mouthing sorry. How sorry would you have been if you hit me? Do people know how stupid the smile, shrug looks to a pedestrian that you almost hit. Yeah that will usually get you a one finger wave and an avalanche of profanity that would make a sailor blush.
Most days it’s not this bad, today just seemed like it was a competition to get to where they were going as fast as possible and not look at who or what else was around. I even have a blinking light that hangs off my backpack to make me more visible, I try to pay attention and try to be courteous to drivers.
When out driving especially in winter conditions, please pay attention to not hitting the pedestrian, try not to hit the slush puddle and spray the pedestrian, don’t get mad at a pedestrian who you perceive to be in your way because they are crossing when you want to turn. OMG the NERVE of some pedestrians. Don’t pretend you’re participating in Death Race 2000. Watching the movie I laughed, yes what I find funny is occasionally questionable but in real life I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be funny for anybody involved.