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Thursday, July 08, 2004

It amazes me how people don't pay much attention to WALK/DON'T WALK signs. They just follow the crowd. Oftentimes, a person who is in a rush will walk as soon as they see ten feet between oncoming cars. Those who are not paying attention will sometimes follow that person until they realize they are about to get hit by a car or until someone in their party grabs them.

Today, there was a fairly large break in the traffic and this slow moving guy started following the quick moving people. He saw a van fast approaching and started to jog out of the way. The driver of the van who had his window down, looked at the careless walker and said, "No. Don't run. Just stand right there. Faggot."

Well, the "faggot" line was quite unnecessary, but it was funny. Only because there was nothing about the walking guy that made him appear to be gay. He was a pretty old guy dressed conservatively. He wasn't sashaying with some fancy new feather boa. He was just an idiot who didn't follow the signs. What was funny was the way the driver was so calm about it. He wasn't very pissed or hateful. Quite calm.

A few years ago during the Christmas season of 2001, there was a woman who was talking on her cell phone and about to get creamed by a truck. A cop who was at the intersection grabbed her by her hood and pulled her back. As soon as he grabbed her, she was like, "What the fuck!?!?" Then the cop said, "You almost got hit by that truck." She replied back, "I fucking did not. What the fuck?" Then she bitchily walked across the street and said to the person on the phone, "This fucking cop just grabbed me."

Merry Christmas, bitch! Maybe she was Jewish and wasn't into all of the Christmas shit. Got her in a bad mood. It was close to Rockefeller Center. Or maybe she was just a horrid bitch. Keep in mind this was still pretty close to 9/11 and people were still in their, "Every fireman and cop is a hero!" mode. So she got lots of dirty looks. I said to the cop, "Shoulda let her keep walking." He looked at me and said, "Heroes don't discriminate."

Just kidding. He didn't say that. He just chuckled.

So if you are coming to the city, please pay close attention to the traffic and pedestrian signals. For if you don't, some dickhead cop might try to save your life.
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