It's that time of year again - time to reduce the inventory backlog of old, unfinished posts. These are all New Old Stock, maybe they have slight blemishes or missing parts but otherwise they are brand new!
Here's the first one, I think it was left unfinished due to a lack of interest and a good ending. One of the work related personality tests I took once said, (besides confirming I was a space cadet), that my personality type (there were maybe 24 types comprised of 4 letters like JSNF) likes to leave things unfinished. We don't like the finality of it, I guess, or it's just a good excuse to procrastinate. Of course, maybe most tests of that sort you should take with a grain of salt.
If you would like, you could add an ending yourself.
I haven't been honked at yet this year. Just writing that is probably a guarantee someone will honk at me tomorrow. (Edit: just a few more days to go!)
I was honked at probably 4 or 5 times last year. I'm not riding any differently than I was last year, so I don't know what's up. Maybe drivers are too distracted to honk.
Last year's honks I think were all for no reason at all, or so it seemed so to me. The first time was kinda funny. I was stopped at a red light on Broadway, heading west, at the intersection with Monroe. I was over to the left a bit in case a vehicle came up behind me wanting to turn right. Sometimes they do, sometimes they wait behind me. There was a guy walking across the crosswalk in front of me carrying an old stereo component (I see this surprisingly often in town, they're usually heading to the pawn shop). There was a truck behind me. When the guy was about 3 feet from the curb, he turned around and said to me "the truck behind you wants to turn right". In the 1/2 second it took me to process what he said and automatically half turn my head to look behind me, the light turned green. The truck's horn honked. Seriously, there's a guy still in the crosswalk, the light barely turned green, and you're honking?
I often ride home on Broadway in front of the Courthouse. I try to ride to the left of the parked cars to stay out of the door zone. I can keep up with the speed of traffic if I want, since everybody isn't going too fast here, and really shouldn't be. There are a lot of pedestrians-soon-to-be-drivers-or-bus-riders crossing the street in the area. If cars want to pass bikes here, they just move to the left into the center turn lane a little bit. Oh but not one guy - he couldn't quite grasp the concept and laid on the horn.
Then there are times when I'm just biking along and a honk comes out of nowhere. I rode from Aubrey White Pkwy to Gun Club Road to hook up with 7mile Rd and ride back to the Veterans hospital /old River Ridge shopping center area. 7-mile is a 4-lane road, and I'm in the right lane going east, sparse traffic. A car in the left lane, one full lane over, honks. I thought maybe they knew me or were giving an encouraging honk - otherwise I don't know why they honked. It's not like I was in the way of anybody as traffic volume was low. Heck, I'm not sure why it's a 4 lane road anyway, it seems to have the traffic volume of a two lane.