5.11.2007

it would seem that some people were just not raised right

it would seem that some people were just not raised right

moving about the city on bicycle or on foot is a very quick way to display the ignorance of others


bus drivers... more specifically... DC Metro Bus drivers...
it seems to me that these people were not raised right
they were not raised to share
most of them grew up to be bullies
this is displayed by the Metro buses moving about the city hogging lanes and forcing all other vehicles to get out of their way or else
hogging the road chasing everyone out of their way be that person on foot, on bike, or in a smaller car

the taxi drivers... well... it seems that their parents may have failed on too many levels to list
their inability to look before they leap causes some dangerous behavior around town
but their ability to to make stops and pauses when ever and where ever they choose
just goes to show a great void where common sense should be
taxi driver's suck

I am not sure which I hate more an idiot or an asshole
oddly enough... you are more likely to be hit by the idiot than the asshole
but if that asshole in the bus runs you down... game over

from the professional drivers who are driving in a manner that is so far from professional onto the professionals who may have graduated top of their class have been downgraded to driving school flunkies
to the driver on the phone... the law is hands free... logic would outlaw Blackberrys and Text messages
you do not need it to be the law to infer the next step of logic
but why worry... no one is paying attention to DC's No Cell Phone Law
everyone is behind the wheel yammering on about nothing to nobody
it should not be about the law... it should be that it just is not safe

these drivers may be the smartest person in the board room... but they are idiots behind the wheel
their logic as lawyers does not apply to their logic behind their wheel
their ability to save lives as doctors is counter balanced by their nearly taking lives behind the wheel
all these people with their high powered jobs lacking some basic logic
high speed and inconsiderate behavior will get them to the office no quicker than efficiency and common courtesy

there are all sorts of working stiffs behind the wheel
people from all levels of the work force strata
none of them driving any more sensibly than the other

I have asked bicycle hating car drivering commuters to run some tests
to have them drive in three different manners and calculate their drive time

the standard car commuter should all try this little game
time their trip to work door to door five times driving as they should
take an average
time their trip to work door to door driving the speed limit, yes... it sounds absurd... try driving the speed limit
take an average
then...
time the same trip to work door to door driving in a rational manner... not breaking the sound barrier... not being an aggressive asshole... slowing and passing pedestrians and cyclists in the same way you would like someone to pass you or someone you love
take an average

compare the numbers

if you want... within each group toss out the high number and toss out the low number
then take an average

I bet that the standard driver with the 45 minute commute would find little difference in their travel time
maybe a tad slower
but not so much slower to justify the anger and aggression that they are feeling
not so much slower to justify the anger and aggression that they are causing

people need to take another sip of that morning coffee and wake up

speeding will cause the accident
speeding will be the difference between an injury and a fatality

people need to take another sip of that morning coffee and wake up

pass people on foot how they would like to be passed
pass people on bicycles how they would like to be passed

people need to take another sip of that morning coffee and wake up

people need to drive through other residential neighborhoods how they wish people to drive through theirs
people need to drive through their own residential neighborhoods how they should drive when driving through a residential neighborhood

people need to slow down

don't get me started
I did not touch on soccer moms and contractors in white vans
enough words for now

people suck!

people are idiots or assholes
most people are both idiots and assholes

we all need to slow down
we all need to give other people more respect

there needs to be an injection of empathy
along with an education of common sense and common courtesy

I did not mention the drivers of the short bus
as we all know that the driver of the short bus used to ride the short bus
look out for the short bus