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Question What in the hell is wrong with people in NoVA? - October 8, 2007, 12:17 PM

Last night I dropped my bike for the first time. I was stopped in a left turn lane, waiting to turn left. Started to turn left when someone pulled out of the oncoming left turn only lane. I stopped quick and didn't get my foot down quick enough. Bike dropped on the left. No damage--just some rash on the handlebar slider. Here's the good part, though--somehow (as my buddy Dave put it, physics plays no rational part in a drop) my right foot wound up under the bike. As I was trying to get up and get the bike off of me someone in the cross street lane started honking at me--honking at a guy on the ground with a bike on top of his leg. What in the name of Christ is wrong with these a**hats?

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He's honking for you to get the f out of his way or he'll run you over.
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Last night I dropped my bike for the first time. I was stopped in a left turn lane, waiting to turn left. Started to turn left when someone pulled out of the oncoming left turn only lane. I stopped quick and didn't get my foot down quick enough. Bike dropped on the left. No damage--just some rash on the handlebar slider. Here's the good part, though--somehow (as my buddy Dave put it, physics plays no rational part in a drop) my right foot wound up under the bike. As I was trying to get up and get the bike off of me someone in the cross street lane started honking at me--honking at a guy on the ground with a bike on top of his leg. What in the name of Christ is wrong with these a**hats?

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October 8, 2007, 12:24 PM

It has nothing to do with No Va. It has everything to do with the state of humanity these days -- no one gives a damn about anyone else.


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October 8, 2007, 12:25 PM

yea i had a car broken down on a left turning lane, i had 30 people honkin and screaming while i was pushing the car myself...this was right in front of tysons mall going into tiffanys
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AAA did a study back in the mid-90's to find out why DC area drivers were considered rude. AAA was certain the study would prove that DC drivers weren't.

Much to their surprise -- the study showed that most DC drivers are in jobs that provide them little control over their lives -- or that are unsatisfying. Thus, the drivers in the study, take out their frustration while driving.

They also found that most drivers experience a certain sense of 'finally being in control' and use that power by driving as if they don't care about anyone else.


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October 8, 2007, 12:31 PM

Maybe he was trying to scare the bike off you!


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Last night I dropped my bike for the first time. I was stopped in a left turn lane, waiting to turn left. Started to turn left when someone pulled out of the oncoming left turn only lane. I stopped quick and didn't get my foot down quick enough. Bike dropped on the left. No damage--just some rash on the handlebar slider. Here's the good part, though--somehow (as my buddy Dave put it, physics plays no rational part in a drop) my right foot wound up under the bike. As I was trying to get up and get the bike off of me someone in the cross street lane started honking at me--honking at a guy on the ground with a bike on top of his leg. What in the name of Christ is wrong with these a**hats?

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I'm glad you didn't get hurt. Grabbing a handfull of brake is a common mistake when learning. I did it, too, but luckily I was in my driveway.
I had my (friend's) Miata die on me in traffic on 66. In the left lane, in stop and go traffic, in the heat. Yeah, I put one leg out and pushed it off the road with the people behind me just watching. Thanks, guys, no, really... I got it. Thanks...

Everyone in this area is out for themselves.


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Now I feel better... - October 8, 2007, 12:35 PM

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Maybe he was trying to scare the bike off you!
Okay. I'm actually laughing about it now.
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I'm glad you didn't get hurt. Grabbing a handfull of brake is a common mistake when learning. I did it, too, but luckily I was in my driveway.
I had my (friend's) Miata die on me in traffic on 66. In the left lane, in stop and go traffic, in the heat. Yeah, I put one leg out and pushed it off the road with the people behind me just watching. Thanks, guys, no, really... I got it. Thanks...

Everyone in this area is out for themselves.
I sucks being left stranded on the side of the road, but there is also a lot issues that could arise by stopping now that people have gone lawsuit happy. I had a friend stop to help out a lady with a flat and she tried to sue him claiming he sexually assaulted her. People have to live in shells anymore. Running Fire-Rescue you're constantly having to worry about some idiot claiming you "touched them inappropriately" ... I FUGGIN JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE!!!!

People don't care, people are self serving, and people have no respect anymore. It's sad but the vast majority are.


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I'm glad you didn't get hurt. Grabbing a handfull of brake is a common mistake when learning. I did it, too, but luckily I was in my driveway.
I had my (friend's) Miata die on me in traffic on 66. In the left lane, in stop and go traffic, in the heat. Yeah, I put one leg out and pushed it off the road with the people behind me just watching. Thanks, guys, no, really... I got it. Thanks...

Everyone in this area is out for themselves.
Well, the other side of this is that I gave the guy honking from underneath the bike, and another guy hopped out and helped me get the bike off me. If I had to have a first drop, I'm glad it resulted in a couple of bruises and some rash on my handlebar sliders. I'd rather have a low-side at <1mph than high side it on the freeway.

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AAA did a study back in the mid-90's to find out why DC area drivers were considered rude. AAA was certain the study would prove that DC drivers weren't.

Much to their surprise -- the study showed that most DC drivers are in jobs that provide them little control over their lives -- or that are unsatisfying. Thus, the drivers in the study, take out their frustration while driving.

They also found that most drivers experience a certain sense of 'finally being in control' and use that power by driving as if they don't care about anyone else.
I would believe that fully. I don't know anyone up here who likes their job. Nobody I work with likes their job, that's for sure.
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He's honking for you to get the f out of his way or he'll run you over.
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I would believe that fully. I don't know anyone up here who likes their job. Nobody I work with likes their job, that's for sure.
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