Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. MapleRoad

    MapleRoad Still haven't adventured...

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    The best revenge is a happy life. This applies to exes, road raging cagers, bosses, rivals, and everyone else who inflicts petty wrongs on us daily. When I'm riding, I'm happy. I focus on the ride, and they can't touch that by cutting me off, passing me aggressively, or tailgating me.

    Yesterday, I went for a LOOOONG ride. Too long. My reach nearly exceeded my grasp. I dressed for warmer weather. I nearly wore a mesh jacket. I rode down 1, across Nacimiento, attempted Milpitas (closed due to unremediated mudslide damage), diverted to Carmel Valley Road. I was getting tired, and it was darkening. I was getting tired and pushing too hard on CVR, so I stopped for dinner in Carmel Valley. Messaged my check-in buddy with a sitrep, and he asked if I got caught in the rain. "Is it raining somewhere???" I asked.

    Yeah, it was raining, and the rain was coming to me soon. I ate my dinner, stoked the furnace with a hot chocolate, and walked out into a drizzle. After a few miles of crappy visibility, I stopped at an underpass to reapply the Frog Spit, so my only problem was the rain. While riding the pass, I was going slowly, and kept getting tailgated. I could have gotten wound up, and rode even worse. I just found turnouts (when I could see them) and let them pass me.

    Got home. Went to bed. Slept like a dog (twitching legs and occasionally growling :rofl)

    Going to clean the visor later today, reapply all the coatings and hope that helps next time. Also going to put a microfiber cloth on a tether in the tank bag.
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  2. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    I used to drive people who used wheelchairs. Sometimes the available wheelchair spots would be full so I would take two spots so that the wheelchairs would not scratch other peoples cars.
  3. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    I do better. I occasionally drive my 1995 Chevy S-10, which I affectionately call the "Trashboat". It's got 200k miles, dents, dings, headliner coming down, and just generally looks like a.... well, a trashboat. I also use it largely to haul trash to the dump. Or scrap metal to the recycler. Or bring home old broken down motorcycles. So... yeah, it's aptly named.

    I have been known, on occasion, to park so close to said bad parkers that they could not open their driver's doors. It's especially nice when they're blatantly like a foot over the line, and I'll reach across the seat and fold my right-side mirror in, so I can get perfectly centered in my spot... which they're a foot into. Ideal situation is they can't even squeeze between my truck and their car.

    Then I go do my shopping or whatnot. I've come back to my truck before and had someone looking up and down and trying to figure out what to do. And I just watch. Had a guy in a Porsche in a Walmart parking lot (of all places) see me watching, amused, and asked if it was my truck. I told him "no", and just watched. Apparently it's quite difficult to crawl across the passenger seat and into the drivers' seat in one of those things. As he pulled away I got my keys out and headed for the truck, and he gave me the evil eye :)

    So... yeah, I guess what I'm saying is that I've been known to be an asshole? I mean, some guy parked like a dick, and I parked next to him for shits and giggles. Not sure, but I think that officially makes me a bad person. Or a hero to all Mankind. One or the other. :)

    Charles.
  4. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I parked next to some woman who did that and she left a shopping cart in between me and another car. I wasn't even trying to be passive aggressive. It was just the only place to park.
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  5. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    You guys do that stuff in the land of guns? I would be parking way over there somewhere else.
  6. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    lol we're not all homicidal maniacs.
  7. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    Eh. That's debatable.
  8. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Nah... With the amount of guns and ammo in circulation, if we were all homicidal maniacs, the daily toll would be in the thousands. It's not.
  9. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

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    I pulled the same stunt once when I stopped for lunch in a fast food place. Parked next to a small car with it's driver side tires on the line, in the only remaining shady spot in the lot (temp in the upper 90's).

    Just as I picked up my meal, a rather rotund employee going off shift came in to complain that he could not get in his car. "Oh, I thought I parked in the middle of my spot. I'll be done eating and reading my paper in about twenty minutes." He wanted to argue, but the manager took a look at the cars and shut him down. Apparently, he managed to crawl across from the passenger side because he was gone when I left. I should probably be ashamed to say that I enjoyed my meal, but I'm not.:rayof
  10. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    I was parking at the auto part store in my 96 Honda accord, original paint, straight body and it's only got 103,000 miles but doesn't look great.
    I pull into the parking spot and think I'm off center because the brand new fire engine red Camaro parked next to me is pretty close, I pull back see the lines, I'm center and it's a old Honda accord (not really wide) so now I've parked backed straight out and reparked and the passenger go's to get out and he's trying Damn hard not to hit my car with his door but does (bigger guy) and visibly winced but offered no apology.
    I get out (without hitting his car) and sure enough the driver side is 2 ft from the line
    You could have parked a gold wing in the space between on that side.
    I was actually amused with all this.
    Then the man and his wife are in line in front of me waiting to order car parts.
    I over hear that the Camaro is the wives and he's getting parts for a 11 year old Volkswagen, mind you this guy is late 30's and has soft white collar type hands.
    In the end I felt bad for the guy
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  11. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    I do the same in my 96 dodge ram.
    The body looks like crap and it's easy to slide to the passenger side on a bench seat
  12. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    Walking a little further is cheap, paint & body work isn't.

    But if my motorcycle is clean I am doing it wrong.
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  13. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I park next to the cart nest. Don't mind the walk and one side is protected.
  14. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    we had wind in the 50 mph range yesterday for my commute home.
    Is it comfortable to ride in that? not really but it is also not that big of a deal.

    Today I arrived at work and (literally) 9 people asked how the ride home was. Now I know they are just concern and actually care that I was safe, so I try to explain that I would much rather be on the bike than in a SUV in those conditions.

    I did have a semi get blown a couple feet into my lane, he put his window down and tried to apologize, I just waved no problem. It's not like he could help it, plus if you are out in those conditions and not expecting that to happen to the high surface area vehicles you are not being realistic.
  15. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Mm. I purposely avoid parking anywhere near the cart return corral. They can be a magnet for unwelcome outcomes. More than thrice now have I observed carts rolling away from overfilled corrals, as well as lazy customers shoving the carts the last 15 feet or so toward the corral, hoping (or not) that the cart will stop, and stay, in the enclosed area.
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  16. Patek

    Patek Been here awhile

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    I don't do that as I have seen plenty of people shopping cart bowling trying to slide the cart back into the nest from across the parking lot and instead hitting the innocent cars parked around it.
  17. kendives

    kendives Been here awhile

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    Coming home one dark night in my Suburban I was hit in the passenger side door by a runaway shopping cart from Wal-Mart.
    The fun part was trying to get them to pay for the damages. They kept saying they are not responsible for shopping carts in the parking lots. I kept pointing out that I was on a main thoroughfare, not in their parking lot.
    Only when I referred them to the police report that stated I was hit while on the street and not in their parking lot would they do something. To their credit, once they agreed it was their responsibility everything went smoothly.
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  18. texag10

    texag10 Been here awhile

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    It was interesting on the way home.

    Since moving to Denver my commute mileage has dropped by about 35% and commute time in a car has increased by about 20%. I have split past more cars in the past 5 weeks than I would in 6 months in Dallas.
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  19. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    This is very wise. I wish I could remember it more often when I let my temper get the best of me. I wish we all could remember it more often, all the time.
  20. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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