This is me ranting: I have been in three near-miss collisions in the last week due to drivers who failed to see me - the lowly bicyclist and pedestrian - as good enough reason to follow some very basic traffic rules. Today, after squeezing my breaks with whitened knuckles, I screamed "fuck ass" at a white lady driving a navy honda when she nearly ran me over after running a stop sign. Coincidentally, exactly the same thing happened on Monday. A white woman in Japanese car ran a stop sign almost plowing me over. I called her "fuck ass".
Last Thursday night in Brooklyn, as I sauntered down Smith street, I stood at the corner waiting for a young dude driving a red sports car to turn left. I waited. He waited. We stared each other down like cats. His blinker blinked and blinked and blinked. I assumed he would turn and so I walked across the street. Instead of turning, he drove straight, at me, nearly smashing my toes. "Your blinker's on." I yelled throwing a hand in the air like the crazy Sicilian I am. The dude pulled over, open his door and said in a thick (redneck equivalent of a Brooklyn) accent "What? Are we playing a game of red light green light? You cross. I drive. What?" I rebutted, "No games. Your blinker is on dude." His eyes rolled to his still blinking blinker. "Oh I'm sorry." He said meekly. I walked away from the scene in a huff. "You better be sorry, fuck ass".