Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Impressively Dumb (not me)

Should I apologize to Laurelhurst neighborhood residents for honking near their homes? No.

Much of E. Burnside from 28th to 50th Avenue or so is four lanes, but with street parking in one or two of those lanes depending on the time of day. Today's a weekend/non-rush hour day, so two of those lanes have parking. And the idiot* in the right lane seemed a) about to pass me on the right and/or b) unconcerned about the occasional completely stopped car in his way. Finally he did pass me on the right, and ducked around one of the parked ones, and I honked. I did controlled honking, short bursts of noise, though a part of me wanted to do a classic New York-style leaning-in HONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNK but it's Sunday. I then watched him stay right when staying in the left lane really would've been the better option, and watched him weave, then thought OK, I don't want to stay behind him so I turned onto a side street and got over to S.E. 39th/Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. another way. Detaching myself from annoyance. It's a good skill.

Before the impressively dumb driving, I took care of and saw better stuff: I got to Fred Meyer and raided the bin where cardboard boxes are left, either for recycling or for people to use for packing, which is, of course, another form of recycling. I then sat on a sidewalk watching the Belmont Goats, who are a few weeks away from moving to Lents (which still won't be far, by Portland standards, from where I'll be living), because I liked having a calm moment with calm goats. Then I had comfort breakfast -- because breakfast should be comforting -- at Beulahland. There's already more to my day than bad driving...




* I know, I have no empirical proof the driver was an idiot, but I'm cranky about him and I don't have to be fair in my own blog.
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