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post #1 of 28 Old 10-19-2009, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Jesus. I don't think I've ever wanted to watch someone suffer like I did today. Got passed IN MY LANE, on the right, by an old midlife crisis guy in a sports car. I was going 65. He was clearly pushing 100. I didn't even see him, it just suddenly sounded like a jet was taking off in my head. On a twisty road. In the ****ing rain! My first thought was that he should obviously die, but after a few minutes I realized he was ruining my ride home and hurting my neck. But if any of you see an older gent, very professorial looking in a jazzed up little red honda speed machine around the Bay Area (he had napa written all over him), feel free to introduce your boot to his face.
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post #2 of 28 Old 10-20-2009, 01:31 AM
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Sounds like you need to have a tube of glue and relax Dan.

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post #3 of 28 Old 10-20-2009, 07:41 AM
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Sounds like you need to have a tube of glue and relax...
I prefer a nice big MarksAlot pen. You can sit in a boring meeting and sniff those things practically un-noticed and not have all the mess of a tube of glue and a paper bag.

And people wonder why I'm always so cheery...

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post #4 of 28 Old 10-20-2009, 09:29 AM
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Here is a way to calm down Lockjaw.... Think of it a different way. Think of the guy saving your life by reacting fast enough to miss you instead of slamming in to you. He may not have done that for any other reason then to avoid a crash. You'll never know for sure, but it's better to be thankful you weren't hurt then to let something like this bother ya forever. As riders, we need to learn to how accept this stuff and move on because we know the craziness will never end.
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My tongue in cheek apparently didn't come off right. It's hard for pacifists to sound tough.

You're right, it could have gone down that way, Wanderer...certainly a nicer idea. It actually only made me pissed for about 2 minutes. Then I realized nothing would be accomplished by thinking about it any more and concentrated on enjoying my ride home, and all was well. But man, for those two minutes, I was PISSED. Amazing what fear and adrenaline can do.

But yeah, you're right. I don't expect much from the cages, and they usually don't disappoint.




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I prefer a nice big MarksAlot pen. You can sit in a boring meeting and sniff those things practically un-noticed and not have all the mess of a tube of glue and a paper bag.

And people wonder why I'm always so cheery...

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Tom,

I have read many of your posts and always thought you were crafty. Your answers so often show great powers of adaptation and resourcefulness. This time you have outdone yourself, I would never have thought of that. Once again your ability to adapt to a situation has shown through.

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Us old past-mid-life crisis guys are sometimes slow.

Lock, you said "he had napa written all over him". My first thought was , how could you tell he worked at an auto parts store.

No joke!!!!!!!!! Here, I would have said "he had Ocean Drive written all over him."

Oh well, back to the fingernail polish remover.
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That's funny!




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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I am a child of the '70s who, in my middle age (if I live to be 108), has been thrust unwittingly and unwillingly into the ever-so-politically-correct 21st century.

Necessity is the mother of invention...

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It's hard for pacifists to sound tough.

Amazing what fear and adrenaline can do.
"Feel free to introduce your boot to his face". Now that's the kind of pacifism I like to hear! People like that could really benefit from an ass whippin'. Think of it as a public service, it may be me next time and I may not be as lucky as you.

Right. When on an adrenaline rush you are ten feet tall and bulletproof. The downside is when it wears off you turn to jelly, so you have to act quick :-)

All BS'ing aside I like to ride, or drive at just slightly faster than the traffic I'm in. Keeps me focused on what's ahead, not behind. Although in your case it would not have mattered. I pay extra attention to my mirrors when stopped, first gear engaged and always leave an escape route.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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