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29-11-2012, 01:38   #61
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This talk of simpletons reminds me of a conversation I had on Saturday. There was a community "fair", basically a jumble sale, on at the back of Marley Park. I decided to go there with my daughter. Parking options are limited around there so I bundled her into her buggy and walked the 30-odd minutes to get there, it was a nice day for a walk. Our route brought us along a twisty country-ish road, just wide enough for 2 cars, and with a pavement on one side only.

It wasn't long before we encountered the first car parked on the pavement (sure, why would they park it on the road, that would just get in the way like), this one parked outside one of the few houses on that stretch of road. I barely managed to squeeze past, almost taking a mudflap with me as it snagged on a wheel of the buggy. That was followed by a cluster of cars parked on the pavement which required me to walk on the road, towards a blind bend. I was pissed by then and fantasising about various means of converting such cars to something resembling pancakes.

We passed a massive house which has dogs that, despite having an area of land the size of a small country to run around in, like to hang around by the railings and bark and snarl at people walking by. My daughter hates it, personally I don't mind the dogs themselves but have strong feelings about people who keep dogs that they allow to go mental - such people don't deserve dogs. Anyway, up jumps a dog and scares my daughter, again. I ran to get past the house but amongst a line of cars parked half on the pavement I encounter an SUV that is parked further in than the others. I have to stop and try to squeeze past it, the alternative being to go back to the start of the line of cars and walk on the road again, for about 20m, towards any oncoming traffic on yet another blind bend. There is barely room to get past, and the dog makes the most of our slow progress to get in another few aggressive yelps. Now I'm well and truly pissed off. I think it was probably obvious from a distance, my body language had switched to murder-death-kill mode.

Just as we got past the SUV its lights flashed. Someone had remotely unlocked it. Right then, I thought. Two well-dressed women and some young kids crossed the road from the community centre and walked towards us - some stereotypes just fit. Yes, it was their SUV. I pointed out the fact that they were amongst a bunch of cars that were blocking the pavement. "Yes", they said, "and some people are terrible, they simply leave no room". "No", I said, "*your* SUV is leaving no room and I was almost obliged to walk on the road with my daughter, towards a blind bend". The driver looked incredulous that I should suggest she was one of the "terrible" ones. She seemed to waver between being offended and being quiet, eventually settling for "smug bitch" which she probably thought was a happy medium. "But parking is so tricky around here", she said. I told her I didn't care, and that she could just walk. I might as well have pissed in her latte, the suggestion that she not drive her status symbol was ridiculous. I made another effort to inform her that she was, in fact, an ignorant arsehole. Both women adopted an amused, slightly condescending, look. When I told her I'd accept an apology but that it was clear she wasn't going to offer one, she walked off, still smiling.

I'm not really sure what I expected, probably some kind of acknowledgement that it's not really acceptable to park wherever you like just to save yourself some effort regardless of the difficulties and dangers your actions pose for others. What I got was very much an attitude that it really is acceptable and I have no doubt that the same person will do the very same again without a second thought. Horrible women.
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This talk of simpletons reminds me of a conversation I had on Saturday. There was a... Horrible women.
It wasn't her by any chance?

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@Lusk Doyle, She had the brass neck of Perrin but the general disposition of this wan:

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I hope for her sake that while you were squeezing past her SUV, that your biggy didn't scratch a line or 2 down through the paintwork. that would have been terrible.
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I'm not really sure what I expected, probably some kind of acknowledgement that it's not really acceptable to park wherever you like just to save yourself some effort regardless of the difficulties and dangers your actions pose for others. What I got was very much an attitude that it really is acceptable and I have no doubt that the same person will do the very same again without a second thought. Horrible women.
Nobody ever throws their hands up and admits they're in the wrong at the time. Best you can hope for in these situations is that they'll go home, think about it, and realise they were a dick about it later on.

Love that road, btw. On my commute most days, a bit out of the way but worth it. The whole stretch from the Tuning Fork up to Kilmashogue is like a long country road, but in the city. Annoyed me hugely that they've started the inevitable speedbump installation and a poxy set of traffic lights at Sarah Curran Ave. (Then again, the extra pavement is probably good for walkers with buggies... )
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29-11-2012, 10:58   #66
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@oflahero, Yeah, I know I'm mostly destined to be disappointed when I tackle people in such a situation, I think this was one of those occasions where the frustration overcame my scepticism. I should have just opted to give her an earful, the outcome would have been the same but I might have felt a little better.

Mind you, I have had the odd occasion where someone has actually apologized and it seemed genuine. As one example, some time back a stereotypical boy-racer type cut me up by swerving into the bus lane to undertake a bunch of cars in the main lane. At the next traffic light I pulled alongside and asked him why he'd thought it okay to nearly hit me. I expected the usual abusive response but he looked genuinely bothered and practically fell over himself in apologising. It was actually a bit uncomfortable, a bit like being hugged by an overly familiar uncle as a child. We both sat there, willing the red light to change green so we could escape the atmosphere. The temptation was to slap his car to restore the familiar and comfortable hostilities.

As for the new "safety" measures along Whitechurch Road, the new painting of cycle lanes along a road which is too narrow for cars to be able to avoid driving in them, is just farcical. Plus, the new speed bumps slope away to nothing within the lanes, so if you stick to that part of the road then you are hitting the speed bumps where they slope away from you right to left - that was "interesting" in the ice yesterday morning. Similarly, the positioning of some of the speed bumps at a bend means that you can't hit them straight on even in the middle of the lane, you hit them at a slight angle. They are putting in a second set of (new) lights, pedestrian ones, towards the Tuning Fork end of the road, where kids cross each day for the school, which at least is a good initiative. Much of the rest of it though is a mess.
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Was in the car last night, stopped at a red light at a busy T-junction. My light changed to green and I was about to drive off when I realised that a guy on a bicycle was cycling though his red light, across the top of the T, and turning right across my path. Mid junction he took one hand off his bars to bless himself (there is a church on the corner), which seemed so ridiculously apt.

Cycling in this morning, past the park at Harold's Cross, and behind a bus. The bus went through a junction on a green light only for a guy on a bicycle to come from the road to the left, breaking his red light, and aiming (very slowly) for the exact same area of the road as the bus. Not even a glance from him, his body language screamed "There is no bus. There is NO BUS!" even as he cut in front of the faster moving bus with a handful inches to spare. The bus driver was on his brake for the next 50 metres, stuck behind yer man. I subsequently got stuck behind the same guy, in the cycle lane with stopped traffic to our right. A hundred metres further on he made a pig's ear of squeezing past a stopped car which was encroaching a little on the cycle lane. He stopped and glared at the driver. His face expressed not a hint of irony.

Several minutes later, on Clanbrassil Street, I was behind a girl on a bicycle when the traffic light 50m ahead went red. Undeterred she grabbed her handlebars and accelerated towards the junction. She sailed through the solidly red light as a car coming the other way slowly (and on a green light as far as I know) did a U-turn to our side of the road. She weaved around it, and slapped the boot with her hand as she went past. I still can't figure out exactly what she was trying to convey with that other than "watch out, I'm a bit of feckin' lunatic, best to clear the area".

Later, along the quays, as I approached a pedestrian crossing the traffic light changed red, and a bunch of pedestrians were already half way across the road. I stopped. A few car lengths back I heard a car accelerate and a taxi zipped past me, and then through the crossing past the moving pedestrians (who now had a green light for crossing). The taxi tagged onto the back of a line of stopped cars 100m ahead and after getting my own green light I rolled up behind the stopped taxi while his light was still red. A little later and he was again stuck in traffic while I was up the road, but he probably felt a lot faster.
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I was pissed by then and fantasising about various means of converting such cars to something resembling pancakes.
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Due to work commitments, I've no cycling related rage today, but being trapped in the house on the computer brings its own issues. Specifically in this instance, the house has been bloody freezing all day. Obviously, it's cold outside, but it's been particularly chilly indoors. My solution was to lock myself in the living room with the fire, but I just noticed on my way to bed that my ex-housemate, who moved out on Wednesday or Thursday left her ****ing window open.

Tomorrow will be warmer, I hope.
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Cycling home from Dundrum last night, I was stopped at the lights at Kelly's Corner, waiting to turn right onto Camden Street. http://goo.gl/maps/2cavQ

I'm in the left lane. There's a bin truck behind me, so I'm sticking out a bit in front, making sure he can see me. In the right lane is a car - man driving, woman in the passenger seat. Guy's impatient, and hasn't got the brake on. The car keeps inching forward. Twice the light sequence changes (without a green for us), he revs the engine and moves another couple of feet forward. Eventually he's sitting on the pedestrian crossing, and I can see into the back seat (which is level with me), where there's a baby seat. Doesn't understand what a red traffic light means, but is entrusted with a child.

Light goes green, we both turn down Camden Street, I'm a little behind them. They're to the left of the lane, which makes for a hairy moment when the taxi driver in front of them pulls in without indicating.

Up to the Kevin Street junction, where a white van just about nips through the yellow. Their car follows, through the red light and around the corner. The last thing I see? A "Baby on Board" sign hanging in the rear windscreen.

I think Frank McNally has already done this to death, but are those signs supposed to a) make other people drive more nicely around the car? "I was going to tailgate and blow my horn at this guy, but he's got a baby, so I won't. ahhh, aren't babies cute?" Or b) warn other people that the driver has a baby, and therefore might start behaving erratically due to lack of sleep, or vomiting noises in the backseat.

Or in this case, is it more likely to be c) the driver thinks their child is the most important person in the world, and isn't adverse to breaking the rules of the road to make sure he/she gets home before bedtime. Hero.

Mild musing for the day™.


PS anyone who comes in here with common sense that these signs help in emergency scenarios will be site-banned for a month.

PPS I have no power or authority to site-ban anyone.
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or d) ?

Nothing to do with Babies or stickers; I'd say it was because the driver didn't give a sh1te.
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The last thing I see? A "Baby on Board" sign hanging in the rear windscreen.
That sign is often referring to the driver!
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Phoenix Park

Sorry Buffalo and Doozerie, but I have nowhere else to post this one, so have to Hi-Jack your thread for now!

Coming through the Phoenix Park this morning (nice and toasty in my car) at about 9.30 down Chesterfield avenue about halfway between Mountjoy roundabout and Phoenix roundabout the traffice bunched up for a bit and went real slow. Then I got to the problem. Some bloke on his bike...... Now I would cycle down the adjoining cycle lane 99 times out of 100, so will forgive the lad for feeling the need not to use it. But what I really can't understand is why he could not cycle down the absolutely empty hard shoulder which did not have a single parked vehicle (and I doubel checked) in it. No, he was a minimum of 2 feet inside the driving side of the yellow line.

Reminds me of another incident about a month ago coming home one afternoon on the S bends on the Upper Glen road. 1 car in front of me but stuck behind a cyclist, waited till he got around the bend and onto a straight section with a clear road before overtaking her, giving at least 6ft or so clearance. As he passed, she threw here hands up in the air in a "WTF are you up to" kind of a gesture. I really don't understand what her problem was, he was miles away from her and was considerate to sit back behind till the road was safe to pass.

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But what I really can't understand is why he could not cycle down the absolutely empty hard shoulder which did not have a single parked vehicle (and I doubel checked) in it. No, he was a minimum of 2 feet inside the driving side of the yellow line.
Perhaps he was trying to avoid coming off his bike on the frost/ice which would have been cleared by the cars in the main lane but not on the shoulder or the cycle path/lane/track/whatever.
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But what I really can't understand is why he could not cycle down the absolutely empty hard shoulder which did not have a single parked vehicle (and I doubel checked) in it. No, he was a minimum of 2 feet inside the driving side of the yellow line.
Maybe the road was treated for ice but the hard shoulder wasn't, IIRC, the hard shoulder has a camber most of the way
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