THINGS I DON’T GET: THING 1
Wow – it’s been FOREVER! I’m a slacker, but now with two little men there is limited or no “me time”. My me time consists now of laundry, dishes, and maybe a shower if I’m lucky!! Before baby #2, I could still do those necessary house things and still have me time that didn’t involve housework.
I am starting a new series within my blog titled, “Things I Don’t Get”. Out and about in the everyday world, we see, hear, or experience things we simply don’t get and should probably look up on google or something. But I prefer to ponder, exclaim over and be amazed by odd, unusual, weird, crazy, or just plain stupid things/people.
So, Thing 1 on my list is people who jog/walk in the street when there is a sidewalk available 3 feet from them. Our neighborhood has a mixture of streets with and without sidewalks, some with sidewalks lining either side of the road. I continually wonder why on earth some exercisers must stay out in the road when there’s a daggum sidewalk RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. Joggers, walkers, men, women, people with dogs, people with strollers, multiple persons walking side by side who expect traffic to move way out of the way to navigate their cars around them….really??? It’s called a sideWALK for a reason and it was put there for y’all! If there isn’t one available, fine, I get that you should be in the road (do note that certain heavily trafficked, non-residential-y type roads should be reconsidered when judging appropriate exercise routes).
I came across a gentleman runner one evening, it was well after 10pm, it was obviously dark, it was raining, and he was jogging not only in the street, but on the wrong side of the street. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe pedestrian rules/etiquette says that you walk facing traffic so you will always see the traffic on your side as it approaches. This guy, out running in the rain in the dark, was in the road with his back to me. STUPID. Stupid, I say.
With all pedestrian traffic who choose not to use the provided sidewalks all I really want to do is lay on the horn the entire time I’m slowing up to go around them and rig a scrolling LED sign attached to the top of my car like the pizza delivery guys that says “GET OUT OF THE STREET!!! THERE’S A SIDEWALK JUST TO YOUR LEFT!!! TAX DOLLARS ARE WASTED MAINTAINING SOMETHING YOU AREN’T USING!!! WHY MUST YOU INSIST ON WALKING IN THE ROAD ANYWAY??” Maybe I’ll make the sign. My husband probably knows how. Then I can use it to notify other motorists that they forgot to use their turn signal, or that there is a lane divider and they need to stay on their side…or that the phone attached to their ear is hindering their driving performance (see previous post on driving while chatting).
So, that’s Thing 1.