BVC-CHAT Dr. Pepper bottle tossed out of a Goddess-cursed
drjinx at texas.net
drjinx at texas.net
Wed Mar 17 08:52:01 CST 2004
Rob Shane duly points out:
> You failed to mention the kind driver of a pickup who earlier that day (on
> your way to work) gave you plenty of room at the Greens Prairie/Hwy 6 light.
> I seem to recall he gave you 10-20 feet and, because you were at the light
> first, waited patiently while you made a left turn before he proceeded
> straight. Not once did it cross his mind to hurl soft drinks (or coffee at
> that hour) at you.
> Not all pickup truck drivers are bicycle hating jerks.
Very true, and I certainly didn't mean to imply that all are jerks.
On the other hand, I did mean to imply that there is a lot of abuse
hurled at us from a faction of the pickup driving population.
I think I should have refrained from making the joke I made in
the title of my post -- my only excuse is that it tickled
my funny bone and I didn't resist temptation.
On the third hand (I know this is too many), I have often said
and will keep saying that 99% of all vehicle drivers out there actively
go out of there way to take care of us. It is the 1% that
behaves egregiously that really captures our attention and
makes for stories that we pass on to the list. I try to
remind myself to keep that in mind when bad things happen,
and let me say that I know it is hard to do.
I have another story from Christmastime. Regina, Nico, Angela and I
were returning (with lights) after dark, and a pickup got behind
us in the Dexter/Welsh area and refrained from passing until
we got up to a stop sign. We stopped and waved him on.
As he passed, we shouted "Thank you." He screeched to a halt,
rolled down his window, and angrily demanded "What did you say?"
Four voices chorused out "Thank you". He was not expecting this.
There is a certain amount of hostility and prejudice on both sides,
There is also a need, sometimes, to vent. I certainly use drama
to make a point, and have a need to tell a sympathetic audience
about some of my experiences. Some of the ways things are
expressed on this list on pickup trucks is not what I would
want to put in a letter to the editor. However, I think
that by and large when you we get down to brass tacks, people
make logical and sound arguments for their feelings.
This is a bicycling mailing list, and I think it is okay to
hurl a few gosh-durned pickup truck comments around -- expecting
everyone to understand that we all know this is a segment of the
truck owning population and not the whole, and this is not
how we'd write a letter to the editor. Keep in mind, bed
mounts in pickup trucks are a popular way of carrying bicycles
and we all have friends who own them. I've taken advantage of
Kris and Angela Hardy's pickup truck on many occasions.
Regina Hokanson's. David and Kate Nelson's Suburban. Heck,
I own a Toyota RAV4, which is technically in the SUV category.
I'm tempted to go on from here, but you must all be sick and tired
of reading what I have to say this week, so I'm going to stop
and hope for a very boring remainder of the week.
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