It is a known fact that there are chunks of Los Angeles that are automotive incompetent to drive a car. There are cities with reputations of having distracted, uncaring and flat out unskilled drivers.
There are also people that transcend geography that have a tendency to piss off 8 out of 10 pedestrians. Now I don't want to cast all those who drive BMWs and Mercedes in a bad light. But I would swear that it is part of the code of automotive arrogance that allow almost hitting pedestrians is a badge of honor.
A few minuets ago I was bringing my laundry home. I don't have a car, I use a small vertical shopping cart. I am two thirds across the street when this car decides to make a turn.
At first I thought it would be a rolling stop. Slow way down to allow me to finish crossing even though he was in the wrong turning lane from the get go. If I was an on-coming car he would have almost hit the car. Instead he was trying to hit me.
I'm in-between him and the sidewalk. He does not slow down. I'm covered with light as I scream Stop!
He never stops but slows down a bit more as I make my way to the sidewalk.
I am angry. He is half way down the block.
I would have cursed him out for not seeing me. I'm not that spiritual when people aim a car at me. Spirit understands it is one of my many shortcomings.
I would tell that person that he had no place he had to go to that was worth trying to run me down.
I need to know what phone cal or meet-up was so important that it required you to turn into the wrong lane and not see me? Cuz you were in the wrong lane and I know this because the person driving a car in the correct lane could not make the turn because you slunked beside him in the wrong non-existent lane and tried to turn into me.
I hate mobile phones in cars. I hate distracted drivers and most of all I hate the lack of civility that passes for status these days.
There is no place to go or find that doesn't have lunk heads behind the wheel. I re-affirm my desire for $15 a gallon gas and computer driven electronic cars.
Or the functional development of a transporter. If I have a choice, Transporter!
I am fine. I am grateful for a big mouth. And to be typing this. I don't recommend it as a permanent cure for writer's block.
Still, you gotta go with what works.