A weird thing happened to me the other day. I was gonna blog about it right after it happened, but then I forgot and had MUCH better things to post about (see below).
Anyway, I was driving along with V beside me, and we came to a crosswalk thing. A woman that was walking beside the road suddenly stepped out in front of the car so I had to slow down rather suddenly. Fine, I thought to myself, it’s a crosswalk. I had time to slow down. She needed to cross and didn’t see me. No problem. So I waited for her to cross so I could be on my way.
Then she turned, and started walking in the middle of the road. Right in front of my car.
I putted along behind her for a few seconds. We laughed because it was very strange that she somehow didn’t see or hear the small but noisy car behind her. I got a bit closer. She continued walking in the middle of the road. Eventually I was within a few feet of her, right on her ass. She must have known we were there, but still, she continued walking right in the middle of the road.
At this point, we’ve been in this ridiculous situation of putting along behind a person walking in the street for about 30 or 40 seconds. V and I are both in an extreme state of what-the-fuckness. Then V knocks on our windshield to get her attention. She doesn’t react. Maybe she’s deaf or blind or something. I consider honking, but don’t want to startle her, so I knock on the windshield again, louder this time. Then, finally, she turns around, looks at the car, and continues walking. Not even off to the side of the road…right in the middle.
What the fuck? She was walking along the sidewalk, then as our car approached, decided to switch to the road, and walk in front of the approaching car that she was clearly in the path of. Smart cars are small and everything…but getting run over by one still results in death. Also: It slows down traffic a bit when you’re walking on the road pretending to be a car.
Eventually we got to an intersection. She crossed the other road without looking both ways (didn’t her parents teach her to look both ways?), and thankfully, we turned left and escaped her tortuous slowness.
When people violate the unspoken (or spoken) rules of society like that, it just creeps me out. I have no idea what they’re thinking. What if that person confuses the sidewalk with the road while they’re driving? She could kill somebody. Spooky.