Did this really happen?
So did this happen to anyone here? Or maybe a friend of someone?
For the most part I don’t really look at the Rant and raves much, But there has been a huge amount of cycle hatred on there the last few days. I am sure 99% of it is bullshit but still kinda scary.
Sausage McMuffin? Is that code? Sounds cyclo-erotic to me. Dude’s got sausage for the cyclist.
(Oops. My bad. That’s probably not constructive. Post withdrawn…)
I don’t know what’s worse: the McFatty McRoad Rage or the passive-aggressive continuation onto CL. Lame.
I looked at teh CL rants – about 10% of them are about bikes.
I think it represents a) a greater awareness of the presence of bicycles and b) a scary degree of fear over change.
Wow, that’s incredible. I didn’t even know cl had that section. There are some truly sick individuals out there. To be honest, judging by the writing, it looks like one or two sad, sad people posting again and again. Although, knowing it exists, might be worth keeping track of in the event of any actual road incidents, idiots tend to like to publicize their stupidity.
I like to post stupid rants on there, if only to detract from the even stupider rants on there. Today I’m going to post about eating a grapple.
@Noah Mustion the scary part is all the cyclists in this town that ask to be respected and then don’t show it by running red lights/stop signs/playing in traffic. Realizing that most drivers don’t discriminate between types of cyclists, I can’t tell you how much that pisses me off. Everyone on two wheels represents everyone else, so behave people!
@lyle- There are about 10% of the posts on bicycles and an additonal number about motorcycles.
My friend found a cheeseburger smeared on her car once…
@cmeyers – how many drivers “ask to be respected” by following the traffic laws? to a first approximation: zero. what you said is a BS excuse drivers give to “justify” their treatment of cyclists.
@cmeyers: While I understand both your point and frustration, there is no excuse for taking it to a level of assault and/or battery, which is what the driver in the Craigslist ad is guilty of, based on his flagrant admissions.
As someone who both drives and rides a bicycle, I’ll admit to getting pissed off by bicyclists who don’t follow traffic laws because they are not only endangering me, but also themselves and everyone else on the road, whether they be in a car, on a bike of some form, or on foot. But you know, the driver on a cell phone eating a Sausage McMuffin presents the same danger as that bicyclist, and so does a pedestrian who jaywalks across the street while texting and listening to loud music on an iPod. In other words, they ALL can “piss me off” and often do, as I try to be respectful to all those who commute, regardless of the way they decide to do it–and I feel that I am not the only one.
As a result, saying that “drivers don’t discriminate between cyclists” may be true in one sense, but incredibly inaccurate in another. People commuting may not distinguish between road dangers, and at least in the City of Pittsburgh, road dangers include not only bicyclists who don’t ride predictably and in accordance with laws, but also the drivers who text, run red lights, ignore lanes, and don’t use turn signals, in addition to the pedestrians who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.
Assault and battery is no way to respond to illegal acts on the road…we’ve seen that with driver-to-driver road rage where people have been severely injured or killed. The same extends to driver-to-bicycle (or, bicycle-to-driver) road rage, and pedestrians as well. Everyone has a right to be on the road and with that comes a responsibility to respect that fact, despite the reality that some people don’t take that responsibility seriously.
Does a sausage mcmuffin rise to the level of assault? A big mac, maybe, quarter pounder for sure, but a sausage mcmuffin?
Given the levels of sodium and grease, the mcmuffin definitely qualifies for “a salt and buttery” attack.
…but only if it landed in the victim’s mouth and was ingested, right? Otherwise its a dermatological matter I think. That grease is bad for the skin.
You can pepper your case with all the puns in the world, but you’ll never make that buttery charge stick.
@lyle – I’d be surprised if it wasn’t butter. In fact, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
it should have stopped at “a salt and buttery”. i haven’t mustard up the courage to follow up on that one
When it comes to this sort of discourse, some of us are upper crust, while others are just sitting on their buns.
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