Monday, May 5, 2014

Cross Talk (A David'Z RantZ Post from 3/2/08)


Sometimes I'm walking, and sometimes I'm driving. Of course, many times, I'm merely walking to or from my car, which strikes me as being the best of both worlds. But having been on both sides of that particular fence, I must say that there is one realization I came to long ago: Pedestrians are, for the most part, an arrogant bunch of S.O.B.s. Or hadn't you noticed?

And any stunt they pull that irks one or more drivers is usually justified with "Well, people have been around longer than cars, you know," like that's supposed to excuse their stupidity somehow. That's almost like if you give me your newborn baby to hold, and I drop it, and follow up by saying, "Oh, well, I can remember before you even had the little diaper-dumper!"

Look, folks, no one alive today is old enough to remember before there were automobiles, so in everyone's mind, cars have "always" been around, just like people. Which blows that "people have been around longer" argument out of the water quite nicely, I think.

My state, Massachusetts, has a law that says that drivers must stop if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, attempting to cross the street. I assume most other states have this law, and most other countries as well... at least those countries that have enough people and automobiles so that this is even an issue.

However, what about those bothersome little pukes that are not in the crosswalk, but are attempting to cross anywayand pretty much demanding that drivers stop for them, too? I think there should be some kind of "equal time" provision in the law which says that if the pedestrian is not in the crosswalk, the driver is allowed... no, make that required by law... to drive right into that self-important little rectum-head! Not enough to seriously injure, kill, or even maim, I should point out. Even I'm not that vicious... usually... But rather, just enough of a jolt to shake that sucker up a bit, and knock him or her about ten to twelve feet forward. Hell, that'll probably place him smack dab in the middle of the crosswalk he was too lazy to walk over to in the first place.

(And by the way, "Mr. Walker," who the hell do you think you are, raising your hand to stop me as you defiantly walk in front of my vehicle? If my car's brakes can't -- or won't -- stop me, do you really think that waving your pudgy little palm is capable of doing it?)

Okay, okay, maybe I'm going a bit overboard with the vehemence this time around, but perhaps that's the real reason they call it a crosswalk. Ya think?

Thanks for your time.

32 comments:

  1. lol yes, those idiots annoy me big time. Like I am going to stop for them, to hell with that. Especially when they are to lazy to walk 20 feet to the crosswalk. I don't see anything wrong with darting across the road, if you want to risk it, but thinking you are entitled for drivers to stop, stupid. And then there are plenty of idiot drivers too.

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    1. So, one vote for "run them over..." Ha.

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  2. My husband gets so mad when he stops to let someone cross and they slowly walk across. When someone does that for me, I always run, but not these people. It's like they're entitled. Granted, some people are in poor health--but you can tell someone who has a hard time getting around and someone who just is being rude.

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    1. How about the ones who don't thank you for stopping?

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  3. Perhaps this is a bad stance to take, but I say, mow 'em down!

    See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn

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  4. In RI the law says the driver of a car is not responsible for the medical expenses (i.e. insurance, etc) of someone hit while jaywalking, nor can the jaywalker sue for said expenses. If you cross streets in RI it's in your best interests to use the crosswalk.

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  5. heh. as one that has to direct traffic every day and walk out into traffic to stop it...i am glad that people stop...just saying...smiles...but i hear you...esp those that dont even look just step out....

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    1. They're almost asking for it, aren't they?

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  6. You've hit on one of my pet peeves. Jaywalkers and amblers earn my wrath pretty quickly. They're the same people, undoubtedly, who assume you can see them "just fine" when it's dark, because your car has headlights. Never mind the fact that they're wearing all black and weaving around while they walk on the side of the road.

    If you ever want to let loose and knock some heads together, come and pick me up on the way. (I say with a cheery smile)

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    1. I'm always dressed in dark colors, but I never assume that drivers see me walking at night.

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  7. I just run those people down and make a quick getaway. Haven't been caught yet.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. If you see me, and my gaggle of little ones, straggling across the street, and I see you, scowling at me from your car, I'll smile and wave. :)

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    1. I promise I won't run you all over!

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    2. I feel so much better knowing that. :)

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    3. Maybe I should have said "I promise I won't run over any of you!"

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  9. I've been guilty of jaywalking a time or two, but I never thought it would get me names like bothersome little puke or rectum head! And for the record, my palms are not pudgy! :)

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    1. Betsy, your comment has me chuckling hours after I originally read it. :)

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    2. I agree with Rebecca. Very funny, doll.

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    3. Yeah, I prefer some of your other nicknames for me. :)

      Feel better after that rant? We're all amused but Rebecca and I think you may need to let it go. ha.

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    4. Actually, I let it go years ago. Or didn't you notice the date in the title? That was a six-year-old post, reprinted from my old David'Z RantZ blog. I'm gonna be recycling a few of my ollllld posts over the next few weeks.

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  10. I a=never jay walk. Honest. that person who looked like me, it wasn't me. Honest. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  11. "Well, people have been around longer than cars, you know," Yeah, never heard this one. In NY you mostly get the middle finger, an F-you, or both. . . so far at least it's what I've seen. Jaywalkers *need* to go to the frikkin' crosswalk. That is all.

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    1. I'd be on my best behavior in New York.

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  12. You make a really valid point, and sure we all know we don't want to run anyone over. But, the one thing that does irk me is the attitude of the walker far too often. It's like some believe they need to slow way down to stretch out the time you wait for them. Myself, if I see cars are waiting, it's hurry myself up, and cross quickly!

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  13. I like that quote on the side, and I too always choose being Batman too! Or rather, Bat Girl!

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