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I left myself in my other pants - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 31st, 2013

10:33 am - I left myself in my other pants

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Today I'm playing "Guess Who" with my flist, since names don't seem to be appearing above icons in my feed. I recognise a lot of them, but some folks like to switch their icons around and, well, if I say something inappropriate, it'll be kind of embarrassing. But that won't stop me. I have no shame.

Meanwhile, for those who are interested, my machine is currently undergoing disk rescue operations, wherein we're creating an image of my old data onto my new drive, in the hopes of keeping as much of it as possible. This is mainly to try and rescue my games, which I've never bothered to back up, along with the last couple of months' photos. Unfortunately to do this, it has to image the whole TB drive, and the faults on it are such that it times out trying to read stuff rather than just seeing it's broken and passing on. So every now and then it hangs really badly. So far it's done about 300G, after running for 36 hours, and found 82 errors. Hopefully it'll speed up for the non-broken bits and maybe I'll be able to get Aristotal going again soon.

Perversely, this weekend was the first weekend in a while where I've felt like playing games. Hmm..


Most people seem to have an opinion on this. Some say it's men in suits, others say it's elderly women, or teenagers, or *insert ethnic group here*, or cyclists. There's always someone out there who makes you go *gnng* by running red lights, almost taking you out through not seeing you, acting like they own the road, being ditzy, treating smaller vehicles as though they are 'lesser', whatever.

I've been a pedestrian in Wellington for a really long time. I cross at least twice a day at one of our busiest intersections (Taranaki/Courtenay), and I've been almost run over numerous times - even when I'm walking with the lights. And the whole time, I've been observing who it was that made being a pedestrian dangerous, scary or just anger-inducing. And I've finally reached a conclusion.

There is no 'inconsiderate type'. Men, women, young, old, all ethnic groups, and cyclists, are equally likely to act like douchebags on the road - to other motorists, to people in smaller vehicles, and to pedestrians.

Cyclists are more likely to run red lights and go up on the pavement among the pedestrians to 'cheat' the road rules.
People in cars are more likely to try to rush through on orange and/or block the intersection for pedestrians.
Buses are more likely to stop an inch away from the edge of the road and leave no room for you to walk past, or ignore the green man altogether.
But as far as general douchebaggery, rudeness, and lack of consideration goes, there is no discernable group that does it more than others.

I conclude from this that being a wanker on the road is just something some people do, and that as usual, evolutionary psychology is crap.

So next time some idiot almost takes you out on the road and you catch a glimpse of their smug face as they hoon off leaving you startled and adrenaline-soaked, stop yourself when you start thinking "Typical X" - because all they are is a typical douchebag.

This little observation brought to you by the nice young boyracer dude that stopped to let me cross this morning in the rain.


Gosh, it seems my work is about to start including travel again. I am going to Mosgiel. W00t!

I bought a bunch of work clothes yesterday, including a set of standard black pants. I haven't worn pants to work since 2006 - but they sure fit better into my snowboarding pants for the wet slosh down the hill this morning. And it seems that standard sizes haven't changed. I also bought jeans. The jeans are size 10 and a bit snug, the pants are size 8 and a bit big, but with no allowance for the fact that I have an arse.

Of course, all pants should be made with my body as the standard. Yep.

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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 30th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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You missed out the inconsiderate pedestrians that run across the road or through traffic as the light turns from red to green. I've seen a lot of those as I walk to work, and shake my head at them...

(while also having once been caught out in the same way!)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 30th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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And then there's the inconsiderate other pedestrians who stroll down the pavement four abreast and then suddenly stop and have a conflab while maintaining their phalanx formation so nobody can get past.

And the clowns on stilts...

(ok i've never been held up by clowns on stilts actually)
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From:tieke
Date:October 30th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Bahaha! I've been the clown on stilts holding up traffic.
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From:helianthas
Date:October 31st, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
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You didn't spend long enough in San Francisco, then. ;-)
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From:bekitty
Date:October 30th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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You'll be able to figure out which one I am. I'll be the one who isn't posting anything. :P INVISIBLE BEKITTY!

I have come to the conclusion that the most dangerous place for any pedestrian to be is outside a primary school at hometime. Generally speaking, the area around the school will be absolutely chock-full of parents in SUVs who are ignoring ALL the road and parking rules (because it's Just For Five Minutes, amirite?) and completely ignoring any and all pedestrians who aren't their children. I have had more brushes with death living next door to a primary school that I ever did in Tennessee, where the definition of "pedestrian" is "someone walking to or from their car".
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 31st, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
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Having lived by a primary school in the past it nearly kept me from buying this house, but I'm happy to say the parents at this school are more sensible than the ones at the other. I saw a woman stop in the middle of an intersection while completing a turn, blocking the entire t-section, because she just had to run out and get her kid. It nearly started a fist fight.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
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I have never lived by a school and all the ones I went to were rural and had bus service. And that was before the days of 'drive your kid to the door' anyway.

My offspring walked to school.

I have not experienced this daily parental gauntlet, but I'm fast coming to the conclusion that parents are scary.
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From:subtle_haven
Date:October 30th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
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There was a thing people liked to say on my college campus: the drivers hate the pedestrians, the pedestrians hate the drivers, and everyone hates the cyclists.
I agree with you that there isn't a specific "type" who is the most inconsiderate on the road. I mean, we humans aren't neatly separated into categories based on our skin color and age. Personalities are entirely independent of our demographics. My mom, who considers herself to be completely open-minded, is convinced that all gay people are neat and do not curse...and that is exactly the kind of a fallacy that all these people with road theories commit.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
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I guess we could go with 'people in general are selfish gits'?

;-)
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From:subtle_haven
Date:October 31st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Why discriminate? :D
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 31st, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
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the drivers hate the pedestrians, the pedestrians hate the drivers, and everyone hates the cyclists.

I suspect they were parodying the Kingston Trio's "Merry Minuet"...

...
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls
The French hate the Germans
The Germans hate the Poles
Italians hate Yugoslavs
South Africans hate the Dutch;
And I don't like anybody very much!
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From:subtle_haven
Date:October 31st, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Hehe might have been!
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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 31st, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
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.... Mosgiel?

Flee!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
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It's only for a day. And doesn't it have a nice statue or something?
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From:rivet
Date:November 1st, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Isn't that one the places where Bad Things happen in Lord of the Rings?
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Even Hobbits shun Mosgiel?
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 31st, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
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I think I lucked out with my neighborhood because we all seem to get along when traveling the roads. At least, those of us who are regular players. On the busier roads the cyclists take to the sidewalk, but I don't mind because I've never had one act less than courteous when they've passed me while I was on foot.

I should mention that while these roads have mandatory sidewalks on these roads they see very little pedestrian traffic. The stretch I ride to go up to Target has exactly one retail business in a mile stretch, and it's not like the Sears employees are leaving the office and walking down to greenhouse/nursery to buy a tree. Or wandering down to visit the county recycling center.

Of course, one another, similar street I had a cyclist burst off the sidewalk and nearly run into the side of my car while I was making a turn. Yes, the light was green, but the pedestrians had a don't walk sign. If you're on the sidewalk I expect you to obey pedestrian rules. I don't think that's unreasonable.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, in general Wellington drivers are pretty considerate because most of our roads are steep, narrow and winding. But once you get into the central city it's a different story. Maybe we can't cope with multiple lanes?
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From:helianthas
Date:October 31st, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
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I like how at some intersections in NZ all the traffic stops and the pedestrians cross diagonally. That's cool. </p>

My anger management class has an entire chapter and half a class on road rage alone. Apparently part of it is a loss of control thing, along with feeling disrespected, and that others "should" behave in a certain way. But there's like a chip for road rage in the human brain or something.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Haha yes I can well believe it. Even the most mild-mannered can get ragey when behind the wheel.
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From:meathiel
Date:October 31st, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
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Here we usually say drivers of certain cars are the most inconsiderate ... like guys in Mercedeses, Audis, BMWs ... ;-)
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From:meri_sielu
Date:October 31st, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
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Oh those Beemers.... I don 't even! *grumble*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Y'know, the BMW thing seems to be international.

My theory is that luxury cars have lots of little things (like auto-adjusting suspension) that make it easier to drive, so BMW drivers get lax, and that affects their general driving. Either that or owning a luxury car makes people think they are better than everyone else. I try to be charitable...
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From:meri_sielu
Date:October 31st, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty much just going to go with people in general. I have to walk every where so I encounter a lot of douchebaggery on the pavement and on the road. My FAVOURITE is the 'speed through the giant puddle even though you are quite clearly going to soak the already disgruntled goth girl' trick. Hilarious! :P
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Haha there is a puddle that forms on one of our main roads that has its own Twitter account because of that. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:October 31st, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
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As a cyclist I always raged at cyclists who ran red lights because they give everyone else a bad name.

Here I am too busy raging at drivers. All of them. Never have I lived somewhere with so many red light runners! People like to scapegoat immigrants here, but like you I have found it makes no difference what gender or visible skin colour is behind the wheel. They particularly like to run you over while they are trying to turn as well, even though it is very clearly Not Their Turn. Look buddy, walky man there gives me right of way, not you!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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We mostly get orange-light speeder-uppers, who then get blocked from making their turn by other cars that haven't yet left the intersection, which then blocks pedestrians from crossing with the light. I passive-aggressively glare at them as I climb over their bumper to cross the road. Because I'm that mature.
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From:pundigrion
Date:November 2nd, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
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We get those too...except they don't actually stop...

There are a lot of car accidents in intersections here! Also people like to drive waaaaaaay out to try and make the left turn and then have to make it after the light turns (along with three of their new bffs behind them)

I like to thwap cars. I can tell you all the best thumpy spots on a variety of makes and models. Doesn't hurt the car any, just but you can get a good thump if you hit the hollow bits. I also have been known to shake my umbrella threateningly, but it is too nice to hit them with, like so: http://www.umbrellasandbeyond.com/fashion_umbrella
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
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I like those brollies, and they are the only ones with a hope of surviving in Wellington's infamous winds. Unfortunately they are also large enough so I've been almost dragged onto the road by them when caught in a stray gust.

Me + Windbrella = real life Mary Poppins, but with added frowny face.
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From:pundigrion
Date:November 3rd, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Ah yeah, I do have to do battle with the wind sometimes. Some streets here are like windtunnels. I call them umbrella graveyards.

The other umbrella I considered (after several hours of umbrella research after a particularly nasty failure) was this: http://www.senzumbrellas.com/ I don't think they would be as good for wet snow/sleet as the Windbrella which is why I ultimately decided not to go with them but if you are mainly only facing rain they look pretty fab and way better wind performance.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Yep, this is a pretty common sight in my town after it rains.

Those other ones look cool but tiny. The rain here usually blows in horizontal so keeping a brolly between yourself and it is a bit of an art form. Me, I have three levels of wet weather gear:

1. Normal raincoat, for drizzle.
2. Ankle length coat with hood for rain that's not combined with too much wind.
3. Soft shell jacket and snowboarding pants for everything else.
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