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Thoughts while coming into work today

- There's just something about Fall. Even after Halloween till
Thanksgiving. The few real nice days you get really exemplify the glory
that is Fall. The smells take be back in time. Like most of us my sense
of smell is so hard wired to my memories. A sniff of something can
completely change my mood or state of mind.

- People can claim whatever they want about city drivers but to me one
thing sticks out when describing the differences between city and
suburban drivers; respect for buses and bus drivers. Suburban drivers
really don't care and can be outright hostile toward Pace buses. As bad
as city drivers are they respect the CTA and will let the buses into
traffic when they need to merge. No so in the suburbs, they're speed
around them, honk at them, just be outright rude to them.

- I have a total love/hate relationship with bicycle riders. While I
respect their choice to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and
exercise I can't stand their attitude and the way they ride. Yes this is
a generalization. But cyclist that show me respect get my respect.
Cyclist who don't seem to realize that when they are on their bikes they
are considered vehicles so traffic signs and lights apply to them
receive no respect. Seriously, they do all the time but they need to
stop riding them the wrong way on one way roads. They also need to
realize stop means stop so the fat guy who arrived at the intersection
well before you did does have the right of way. Giving the fat guy the
evil stare does not make the fat guy feel bad. It just makes the fat guy
laugh at your sense of entitlement.


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Nov. 11th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
As bad as city drivers are they respect the CTA and will let the buses into traffic when they need to merge.

Is that "respect"...or it is fear?
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
True, those CTA drivers are a bit more aggressive than Pace drivers, or so it seems.
Nov. 11th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Can't agree with you more about cyclists! Sweeping generalisation alert: It's their blatant disregard for the road rules and other road users that annoys the hell out of me. There's a group of about 30 cyclists here in Sydney that regulary choose to do a group ride during peak hour morning traffic down the main freeway through the city. Meaning they block 2 lanes, cause major tailbacks and weave in and out of traffic traveling 100kph. If you sound your horn, you get 30 fingers raised at you. And they want us Sydneysiders to recognise they have a legitimate place on the road...! Rant over.
Nov. 12th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about cyclists, pedal powered or motor powered. They both pull the same dumb sorts of stunts. I will always let someone go who is doing the right thing, signaling, etc. The ones playing create a lane or driving in the not-a-lane (the sign warned of it's ending ½ a mile back) can pound sand. A little respect for others and the rules goes a long way.
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
I share your comments about bicycle riders. I respect their choice to ride a bike over drive a car but they (I know they is a generalization but more often than not this is the case) make a choice to ignore traffic signs and signals. I was recently nearly run down by a cyclist in our neighborhood while walking my dogs and when I shouted at him, "stop sign!" he shouted back, "I'm not a car!" It's attitudes like that which get pedestrians and cyclists injured. I have yet to see a cop pull over a cyclist for blowing through a stop sign or a stop light but it would be nice once in a while if they did.
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
By law they are a vehicle and they are required to yield to pedestrians.
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