Friday, May 05, 2006

Person + Car = Stupid

A weird thing happened to me the other day. I was gonna blog about it right after it happened, but then I forgot and had MUCH better things to post about (see below).

Anyway, I was driving along with V beside me, and we came to a crosswalk thing. A woman that was walking beside the road suddenly stepped out in front of the car so I had to slow down rather suddenly. Fine, I thought to myself, it's a crosswalk. I had time to slow down. She needed to cross and didn't see me. No problem. So I waited for her to cross so I could be on my way.

Then she turned, and started walking in the middle of the road. Right in front of my car.

I putted along behind her for a few seconds. We laughed because it was very strange that she somehow didn't see or hear the small but noisy car behind her. I got a bit closer. She continued walking in the middle of the road. Eventually I was within a few feet of her, right on her ass. She must have known we were there, but still, she continued walking right in the middle of the road.

At this point, we've been in this ridiculous situation of putting along behind a person walking in the street for about 30 or 40 seconds. V and I are both in an extreme state of what-the-fuckness. Then V knocks on our windshield to get her attention. She doesn't react. Maybe she's deaf or blind or something. I consider honking, but don't want to startle her, so I knock on the windshield again, louder this time. Then, finally, she turns around, looks at the car, and continues walking. Not even off to the side of the road...right in the middle.

What the fuck? She was walking along the sidewalk, then as our car approached, decided to switch to the road, and walk in front of the approaching car that she was clearly in the path of. Smart cars are small and everything...but getting run over by one still results in death. Also: It slows down traffic a bit when you're walking on the road pretending to be a car.

Eventually we got to an intersection. She crossed the other road without looking both ways (didn't her parents teach her to look both ways?), and thankfully, we turned left and escaped her tortuous slowness.

When people violate the unspoken (or spoken) rules of society like that, it just creeps me out. I have no idea what they're thinking. What if that person confuses the sidewalk with the road while they're driving? She could kill somebody. Spooky.

16 comments:

Harry J. Sachz said...

that's insane.. stuff like that happens here in southern kahlifornia all the time... however, when people do it here, it's mostly a "i'm a pedestrian, so i can obnoxiously do whatever i feel like to piss you off" mentality...

the lady in your story wasn't with anyone, so she wasn't having a laugh with her friends at your expense... was she yelling out random words like she was crazy nuts? was she carrying a bottle in a brown bag? (which i do all the time)... just get one of those 'cow catcher' things that are on the front of trains... or drive a car out of Nerf, then you can hit anyone and anything that you like...

Rob said...

It's people like her that make me a firm believer that pedestrian-hunting should be perfectly legal. Okay, maybe you can't hop up on the sidewalk and start gunning for them, but if they're where a car should be (on a road, not in parking lot) with no valid reason for being there, then they should be fair game. I'm pretty sure we'd be doing natural selection a favour. I also have a special place in my heart for sk8rs.... hehe

Cincy Diva said...

Maybe she was trying to kill herself and you were being unco-operative?

Phronk said...

Heheh Sasch...she didn't seem crazy or drunk, so it was probably a case of extreme abnoxiousness. I've always dreamed of a world where cars are made of Nerf or rubber so they can bump into each other and people without killing them. I don't like death. :(

Oh and hi new people! You scare me Rob, but if she was trying to kill herself, that'd be a better solution than being very slowly run over by a car. That'd be messy and would make weird crunchy and squishy noises.

Butchieboy said...

I have major road rage. I would have snapped. I hate people. People and stuff. I hate people and stuff.

Jason said...

I never thought about the possibility that she could have been blind, otherwise , I'd a freaked.

sarah said...

Yikes, that is freaky. I know what you mean, it's weird when someone just completely goes against an accepted social norm just without any explanation... maybe she was a feral child.

ALso, I laughed out loud right here: ...but getting run over by one still results in death.

Anonymous said...

Sarah touched herself, I saw her do it.

Butchieboy said...

Dude you are listed on http://gayblogs.blogspot.com/

Harry J. Sachz said...

i'm with you about the road rage comment butchieboy... i'm a firm believer that most people shouldn't be given the right to drive... the DMV is way too lenient... things would be different if i was in charge...

sucks about your appearance in gayblogs...

George Larson said...

The good news is:

She exists only in your head and therefore will not kill anybody.

The bad:

You need to spend some time with a professor, twisted grasshopper.

Phronk said...

Whoa, I didn't even know I was gay!

sarah said...

refering to above comment by anonymous: was someone looking in my window during my special alone time? Hopefully you enjoyed it as much as I did.

how do i get a listing on gayblogs? any publicity is good publicity, that's what I say.

Phronk said...

I touch myself while thinking about anonymous blog commenters.

I have no idea how to get a listing. I didn't put myself there. I assume Butchie did it, since he seems to visit daily, and he was listed there before me. Perhaps he is Cesto de Gatos in disguise.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

I had something happen like that in Beverly Hills once. I purposely honked the horn to teach that uptight women something.

Captain Bee said...

"I looove you, and nobody else, everytime I think of you I touch myself".

Best. Song. Ever.