more cosmically comical turn." Thanks dude.
Further to the cyclist thing the other day, this morning I encountered possibly the same guy, in the same place, only this time it was me that he had to cut off to perform his manoeuvre-of-choice. I drove defensively, slowed down, even hand signalled for him to 'please, do your thing, I see you and it's ok' - and nearly got rear-ended by the person behind me who was following too close.
This probably makes me a bad person and I've no doubt some of you will lose respect for me over it, but I wound down my window and yelled "Please use the cycle lane!" at the cyclist. This stuff is not good for me in the mornings. Yes, the cyclist has a right to be there. Yes, it would have been the fault of the person behind me if there'd been an accident, not the cyclist. But two near misses in two drives to work in the same place because a cyclist chooses to dice with death instead of taking the safe option (which, incidentally, I've rollerbladed through and it's not full of glass, or bumpy, or too narrow, nor does it have a postbox/car/three-headed hound from hell in the middle of it), and I'm running out of goodwill to all persons, y'know?
Consideration goes both ways - I honestly wonder if the cyclist has any idea of the difficulties he's causing by doing this, and if it'd alter his decision if he did. Nobody wants to hurt cyclists. I am not driving around going "Oh look, there's a cyclist, if I hit them with my car it'll probably kill them, goody! 10 points!" - in fact it's the opposite. Having been a cyclist I do my best to make sure they have loads of room, don't overtake them in silly places, and generally drive with consideration. But when avoiding killing cyclists involves me getting the crap scared out of me on a regular basis, and that happens because the cyclist has decided that their entitlement to ride on the road and be treated with respect outweighs the general safety of not only them but also the other road users, I start to run out of patience.
Dude, I don't want to hurt you or anyone else. Please stop trying to make it happen. Because if it did and I voiced my opinion that it was your decision that created the situation in the first place, that'd apparently make me just like a rapist or something.
Fuck that shit.
Anyway, in happier news, the sun's out and I have 20 sheep to shear tonight. This will bring it down to only 20 to catch up before the KB work weekend. *phew*
Also, I might be doing 2 fire performances on Saturday now, one in Ashurst and one in Wellington. Yikes.
I'm liking my house in the spring. The morning sun comes in, the afternoon sun comes in, it's warm and nice and you can actually have doors and windows open without freezing. And there are flowers. ;-)