This is George, George gets tired sometimes and when he does, he stops in his tracks and lays down. It’s pretty funny, but that’s because George is a dog with an impressive attitude.
It’s a little different for the rest of us, we’re expected to be a bit more mindful and to stay out of the way of things that might run us over or need to get past us. I bring this up because living in the middle of a tourist, and outdoor-life mecca I often risk my life (become annoyed) trying to get from one place to another either on my bike, running or walking.
We’ve all experienced it, folks walking or riding along in front of us only to stop dead in their tracks when they simply feel the urge. Never mind that you were right behind them. My grandmother once fell down an escalator because some dork stepped off the moving contraption at the top but then just stood there. Granny had no place to go but down. After that Granny never got on an escalator again.
My favorite maneuver is the dude that blows past you on his bike or on foot only to slow down once ahead because he just used all his energy to pass. Now you’re forced to get around him. Even better are the hordes of people (not always tourists!) perched on bikes that like to stop in packs blocking the road or even in an intersection. WTF is that? Get out of the road dummies! Oh… and getting a flat tire on your bike is no excuse to block the path. Find a safe place and move out-of-the-way of anything and everyone that may be headed toward you!
Consider this a friendly reminder. Be smart, be responsible and respect thy fellow public. Okay?
August 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm
It’s quite simple: be conscious and considerate of your surroundings. If you’re in a group and stop, move over so you don’t block everyone else.
Actually, same goes for driving. If you want to turn, move over. Why sit in the middle of the road blocking EVERYONE while you’re trying to turn? I don’t get that.
Okay, maybe I’m a little cranky. Or jet-lagged. But hey, folks, you’re not the only one out there. Be mindful.
Thanks, K. As you know, I’m a fan. I like your thinking.