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Some jerk tried to ruin my day.

by Christa on September 12, 2013

in Daily Digest,Just Nothing,Ragey

Let’s start by saying I know that I am blowing this way out of proportion.  Let’s also agree that I can do that right now.  Great.

I was going for my morning run (ralk) through the neighborhood, like ya do. I was running on a sidewalk along a main street that leads to a bunch of houses, waiting til the crosswalk to cut over to the bayou trail I like to run on.

I had already stepped into the road (continuing along the sidewalk), crossing one of these side streets and a car was pulling up to the stop sign. I was already in the intersection, keep going, right? Pedestrian right of way and hello I’m in the street.

The car HONKED at me. I couldn’t believe it. I kind of turned around and gestured and said, “I’m GOING.” Like, I’ll get out of your way ASAP so you can get to whatever is so super important that you have to honk at me.

Then I heard a voice. “Hey!” Are you kidding me? I turned around to look at the driver (man probably in his late forties). “You need to make eye contact with me, to know that I saw you.  That’s all!!” He shrugged, like, “duh, this is normal.”

I was pissed off. Who does this guy think he is? It’s HIS job to see me – especially when I’m already in the damned road. So he wants me to stop in the middle of the street, turn and look at him, deep into his eyes? Not to mention his Jeep or Trooper or whatever the piece of shit he was driving was had some sweet tinted windows so ok. WTF? Now, on any ordinary day when I’m feeling myself, I would have promptly told this guy what he could go do to himself (or his mother, or whatever, something classy like that). But I was sort of in disbelief that we were doing this right now.

I told him, “Well, I saw you, and I know you saw me. You can’t miss me.” Gesture downward. I’m wearing bright orange shorts, a bright orange and white NWM singlet, not to mention I’m blindingly pale and exceedingly whale-like these days. YOU CAN’T MISS ME.

I turned and kept going. Thanks to this guy I had a pretty sweet negative split on my run because I was so pissed off that I just ran and kept running and speeding up – hey look at that, I can still run. But he really upset me for no good reason. Don’t honk at runners and tell them what you think they should be doing. It makes me wonder if he was texting or emailing or something and really almost didn’t see me. I was confused and emotional now and then the tears come for no good reason – it’s ridiculous how easily they can come right now. I was hoping Shane would still be home when I returned so I could vent, but alas. Here we are.

So don’t text and drive, and don’t honk at runners and try to ruin their day.

This came up when I Google Image’d “runner middle finger” – I LOVE JUNO.

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Ki September 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

What a douchecake. You have my sympathies- I had a fellow runner yell at me once for not “making (myself) visible” and startling him in the evening darkness. I’m wearing white, have reflective shoes, and waved. Really, pay some damn attention. I’m glad this guy drove on and wasn’t an even bigger jerk.


Christa September 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

People can be a little crazy sometimes. I’m glad he drove on too!!


kilax September 12, 2013 at 7:29 am

GAH! What a freakin’ jerk! My heart rate would be all jacked up and I would prob have a fast run too. Geesh! I am happy you acted how you did, even though that was risky.

A few weeks ago, I was crossing a crosswalk and a drive nudged me with her car. It was near a train station I don’t usually get off at, but luckily, a friend of mine was there and said she does that to everyone. WHAT THE HELL is wrong with people?!


Christa September 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

Um, excuse me, WHAT?!!! “Nudged” you with her car????? What a psycho!


kilax September 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

IKR? My friend said he was doing that to her too, and for awhile he purposefully tried to get in her way… sigh. We are thinking about calling the cops.


terra September 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

RUDE. SO RUDE. If you’re in a crosswalk, you’re right. If you were blindingly running into the traffic, I would say he’s right, but no – CROSSWALK. He’s an asshole.


Christa September 17, 2013 at 7:00 am

Yeah, it was bizarre. He wasn’t even close to the stop sign – I don’t think he could have hit me unless he tried, I was already out of his way. Why are people so crazy??


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