So with a fair amount of frequency things happen to me that tend to annoy me to the point of anger. Some are just absurd. Some are legit. And, admittedly, some are just me being ornery. So when things happen, I’ll post the story and put up a poll and you tell me, Am I Too Angry?
Here is the first installment (second and third installments will be posted shortly):
A few weeks ago I was leaving work after a long day. I was crossing the street in the crosswalk. I saw this black Mercedez barreling down the street. He had a stop sign, so I turned and crossed the street again (standard intersection, four way stop signs). Rather than slow down because there was a pedestrian in the street, the guy sped up to try to pull a rolling “stop” and keep through the intersection instead of stopping at the stop sign and letting pedestrians go. So I had to literally jump back to keep from getting hit by this car. The guy did his rolling stop. As he passed I slapped the back of his car (rear fender) hard with an open palm. I continued to cross the street. When I got to the sidewalk I looked back and saw that the Mercedez stopped in the middle of the intersection and the guy was yelling at me through his window. I didn’t hear what he was saying because I was listening to my iPhone. But he was yelling, so I yelled back “What?! Fuck off man, there was a stop sign, I was fucking in the street!” Of course I threw my hands up in the “What? You want some?” pose. He fucking got out of his car. Older white guy, probably early to mid 40s. He was yelling some more. I yelled back “Fuck you man!” Turned and kept walking. I was about a half block to the subway and was praying that he’d turn around and come yell at me some more so I could unload some vitriol on him. So I ask you: Am I Too Angry?
who the f said no?
As a regular pedestrian on DC streets, I’ve done the same thing. I’ve gone as far as to throw fast food drinks (soft cups, no cans or bottles) I had on hand at the back of the car when they don’t respect pedestrians. I really hate it when cars do a right turn on red right when there are pedestrians present because they roll through the stop.