Chicken

I found myself playing chicken with a guy in a van today. I was riding my bicycle.  I didn’t plan to do it.  It happened fast. People don’t watch for bikers or pedestrians around here.  A number of them have been killed after being hit by cars.

I was in a crosswalk going straight LEGALLY when this truck comes very fast out of no where wanting to make a right turn….and looking at me signalling that he  wanted me to slow down so he could turn.  I guess I had had enough of rude drivers and I wouldn’t let him go flying through that turn unless he wanted to hit me. He tried turning in twice but I wasn’t budging.

I know, that is dangerous behavior but it was also kind of alright with me. Sometimes you have to take a stand.

Anyway, other than almost getting hit by a car a dozen or so times this week, I’ve actually enjoyed riding my bike almost everywhere. Sometime I also put my bike on the front of the city bus and take that.  It’s faster sometimes. The weather has been hot this week.  I don’t know if I will find it fun if it gets cold and/or rainy.

I’m still trying to build my business, one little thing at a time. I haven’t had as much library time lately (for internet usage) so when I get in there I trynot to waste time, just work.  Hopefully I will have a payoff someday.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Chicken

  1. Ryu says:

    Ha. I like that. No one is going to hit you, pay 5K to fix their car, then go to jail just to get through faster. Nice job. Danger represents risk but also opportunity.

    Americans are a very scared people in general. A people who lost their country without firing a shot is not going to use violence against anyone.

  2. Me says:

    Well occasionally one might run into a psychopath who WOULD run you over, so it’s kind of risky. Like I mentioned, my challenging this guy wasn’t thought out.

    I get the impression there is serious animosity between car drivers and bicyclers around here. Lots of impatience. There are also a lot of tweekers riding around and I suspect people would LIKE to run them over if they could get away with it.
    The guy I challenged looked Indian and he had medical scrubs on. A doctor? Does being a doctor make him a more caring person? Or does being from a country where life is short and hard make him value the lives of others less. Hard to say.

  3. Steve says:

    Just a short note to wish you well and let you know I check your blog often to check on your well being, and enjoy your posts!

    Steve

  4. aaron says:

    I was hit by a guy in a similar situation to yours and spent 6 months recovering from a broken pelvis. Luckily, i was in high school at the time and didn’t need to work and my younger body recovered quickly.

    Life can become worse very quickly for ridiculous reasons.

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