5 December 2007

Things people say, No. 1

Posted by todd under: Things people say .

GET UP ON THE SIDEWALK! This is usually hollered out a window from a passing car. (But not often at all — I have found the vast majority of Lexington drivers to be pretty polite and willing to share the road. There have been a few hair-raising incidents. But those are other stories.)

RESPONSE: None. Usually. I try not to argue with someone whose vehicle outweighs mine by 3,140 pounds. OK — I have gotten into a couple of shouting matches. One memorable one was with a guy who kept putting the F-word in between “the” and “sidewalk.” In fact, apparently that was the only sentence he could think of, because he kept repeating it. Loudly.

Generally, though, when I hear GET UP ON THE SIDEWALK, I keep these thoughts to myself: “What is the second syllable of that word? Well, that’s not what I’m doing. Genius.”

3 Comments so far...

Frank Says:

5 December 2007 at 10:00 am.

Yeah – I’ve heard some of the same stuff. There must be a class somewhere that teaches this. Ride on!

Ben Says:

5 December 2007 at 5:48 pm.

I don’t happen to be a city dweller, sidewalks are what you can make of it. Passer-bys are moving to fast to become verbal, they either demonstrate their superior size or throw things, such as full milk jugs. Somethings I think that I would rather have a verbal discussion than a physical one, in which I most likely will loose everytime.

Samuel Says:

6 December 2007 at 11:44 am.

The words aren’t so bad for me anymore. What irks me is the driver who revels in launching a puddle of water at me as he drives by at automibile speed. Of course it usually happens when the rain is stopped and the rain gear is off. Any wet disasters like that happen in Lexington?

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