A busy week on the road thanks to the end of the financial year.

Relatively incident free...

Except for two occasions.

1. A ute driving P plater picking up a trailer from 55market (The lights from the opening of the Bruno movie).
Pretty sure its illegal to carry a trailer while on your P's but thats not the problem... The problem is he didn't look when he ran onto the road to open his car door.

The response to my "Watch out!" was "Get Fucked!"

2. A Mercedes passenger in the middle of the road thought it would be a good idea to Jump get out of the car while traffic was still moving... He opened his car door on me, I shut it back on him... He kicked it back open Jumped out and decided to yell abuse, Then he realised he was about to get hit by a moving bus so he made a run for it as traffic was slamming on the brakes and tooting him.

A word of advice.

Everyone makes mistakes, The difference between a nice guy and a dickhead is being able to admit, apologise and learn from them.

Don't underestimate the power of the word "Sorry"

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Comment by Dan on July 5, 2009 at 12:46pm
Absolutely. It's kind of what I was getting at in a previous blog.

In general, people are very bad at admitting their mistakes. And because we are so bad at admitting our mistakes even to ourselves, we believe we do not make any. This then makes us very intolerant of the mistakes of others.

For some reason, being on the roads (especially driving) seems to multiply this effect by about a thousand.
Comment by Jonathon Troy on July 5, 2009 at 1:46pm
I agree whole heartedly and I agree with Dan especially. I was walking through Redfern the other day when I was the following incident. A girl driving a small car was reverse parking and almost collided into a tradie in a ute. He tooted her and she gave him the finger aka the bird.
He got out of the ute, leaving the door open, keys in the ignition and engine running (it was fortunate for him it the good part of Redfern and not the Block) and proceeded to berate the other driver. Their conversation was about as intelligable as a dog fight. As he walked back to his ute he yelled out "do it again and I'll rape you, you f@$^ing slut" before heading off.
There was something about the old saying "two wrongs do not make a right" that could apply to any number of incidents on the road.
Comment by Dabba on July 5, 2009 at 5:58pm
Jonathon, they say rape is about power - so was his reaction to her giving him the bird.
Comment by Jonathon Troy on July 5, 2009 at 7:29pm
I have been on the receiving end of the bird on more occasions than I care to remember & I haven't abused anyone.
Comment by Dabba on July 5, 2009 at 7:48pm
Same here, but to me it's not a threat to my self esteem, and obviously not to yours. I usually just shake my head and go on. The bloke that you mentioned had his position in life/power ridiculed, and possibly being a bit of a macho man, thought that having it done by a woman was even worse.
Comment by Terry on July 6, 2009 at 5:53pm
"The response to my "Watch out!" was "Get Fucked!""

I remember thanking someone for opening their door on me and was given the very intelligent "get fucked" response.
So it seems it doesn't matter what you do angry people are just angry people and not much will change that unfortunately
Comment by Doddsy on July 6, 2009 at 6:58pm
Not sure i've ever been given a "get fucked" for saying "excuse me"

but yep that j-walking bozo's random change of pace definitely warranted me saying something a bit more serious (while i was attempting to not hit him.)


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