Today I just got honked at while biking.....one single honk. One.
I was crossing legally on the bike path, on a green bike crossing light and I was in the middle of the street at the time of said honk.
Looking behind me at the older gentleman driving his beat up truck with his fist in the air staring in my direction, I saw anger in his face and a little resentment...thinking something on the lines of....
"Damn bikers, they think they can just bike however they'd like! They think they own the street as well as their beloved bike paths! Stay off my god damn streets you good for nothing sons of $%^$!"
What does he do to express all of this deep feeling? A SINGLE HONK!
Well this whole thing got me gruffed and riled up to shout a single profanity at....no one!
RIGHT! Just me! Waiting to legally cross the other intersection, patiently/peacefully waiting my turn accept for one verbal outletting of...
"What the F*** was THAT?!?"
and.... I felt better!
Thinking about this afterwards, I started laughing at the incredible midwestern passive aggressive weirdness that just occurred in comparison to so many other places....
One honk. One F bomb....and that was enough to release the tension. In comparison to Jakarta or Bangkok, Santiago, Buenos Aires, New York City.....I can't imagine the same 1:1 ratio of honking to profanity....just one! It just doesn't happen! I almost miss the continual non useful honking now....what a continual release of inner stress! To be allowed to honk and not mean anything by at! Yes...it's flipping annoying to everyone else...but to be the honker ....not just letting it go once, but 50! WOW!
and then! To be on the receiving end...where one can feel comfortable to rip open...arms flailing...words flying....screaming, ranting....letting it all go! Well, in comparison, my one little baby f bomb at no one 20 seconds after being honked at....pathetic!
I mean...heck...he could have even been honking as a caution! "Hello biker...I have no breaks...I'm turning right behind you...my sincerest apologies!" Here in the midwest, this is just as likely.
I'm befuddled by it all!