Posts Tagged ‘easy rider’

Easy Rider, 94102 – Passive Aggressive vs. the Regular Kind – “People With Bikes” vs. “People With Cars”

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This is McAllister inbound in the PJ’s, ’round about where the 94115, the 94117 and the 94102 come together in the Western Addition.

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Now let’s pay off on the headline. The cyclist on the left was going about 20 MPH, which really isn’t keeping up with traffic, so she should have been further to the right, IMO, you know, per CA law and per common sense. She was impeding the driver of the red pickup, who should have either passed her or who should have slowed down and stayed in his lane. But no, he just trailed after her like this, mostly in the opposite lane, for more than a block.

Here’s what I do, I just assume that anybody in a car or on a bike is an ex-con who just got out of the Big House and who’s having a bad day already. That’s why I don’t try to block people who want to pass me by teaching them a lesson and why I don’t try to pass people who don’t want me to. And I don’t enforce speed limits. So if you want to pass me going 28 in a 25, I’ll make it easy for you, be my guest.

Anyway, the cyclist, who wasn’t going all that fast and who was effectively blocking other cyclists and any drivers from passing her, is the Passive Aggressive and the pickup driver, who seemed to want to try to make a pass on McAllister for a long time no real reason is the Regular Aggressive.

And also anyway, they both got caught up by the long red light at Gough anyway, so this pointlessness was extra pointless. So, so much for that.

And here’s your Locution Update. Apparently, instead of cyclist or biker or bike rider, we’re now supposed to say People Who Bike, as a way to “emphasize the humanity” or something. But then what would you call car drivers? Well, and I just saw this for the first time this past week, it’s “People Who Drive.”

All right, but I don’t really see how this change really helps anything, just saying…

The Easy Riders of Pierce Street

Friday, June 10th, 2011

You know, this used to be a helluva good city. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it…

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