Thursday, June 27, 2013

Karma is a bitch!

Just ask the motorcyclist who almost ran over me and my dogs yesterday.

My pups and I were finishing our morning constitutional and were waiting for a break in the typical morning rush hour traffic to cross the busy, two-lane street in front of our house. Nicely enough, a local cop in his patrol car stopped to let us cross. Harley, Tucker, and I hustled across the oncoming traffic lane, then passed in front of the cop car and were about to make it onto the sidewalk when we had to come to a screeching halt because an impatient motorcyclist on his crotch-rocket decided that he didn't need to wait in the line of cars. Nope, he thought it was a good idea to go speeding alongside the stopped vehicles. Places to go, people to see. And apparently run over, too. Have I mentioned there's no shoulder on this road? Luckily he was able to stop in time, but not before scaring the shit out of me and my dogs and pissing me right the fuck off. Tucker even pulled out of his collar and was loose in the street.

After hurling choice invective at the helmeted bonehead, I was focused on getting Tucker leashed and all three of us off of the road. The nice police officer had a different priority, though. After courteously waiting until my dogs and I were safe, he turned on his pretty lights and siren and disabused the motorcyclist of his notion that he could continue on his merry way unscathed. They were still there fifteen minutes later when I was putting the trash by the curb.

That put a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I hope they threw the book at him.

Ah, Karma...sometimes you're on my side.

10 comments:

Ruth said...

awesome!

Buck said...

Heh. So there IS justice in this world!

Sevesteen said...

When I went home from the hospital after my daughter was born, I was very tired, and driving about 5mph under the speed limit on a narrow twisty road. The car behind me got impatient, passed on a curve. That made me nervous, so I braked a bit...then skidded to a stop when a highway patrolman was coming in the opposite direction. No crash, but I remained stopped while the patrolman did a U turn, and I saw them a bit later at the side of the road--for some reason the patrolman looked a bit animated in his discussion with the other driver.

GreyLocke said...

Waaaaay back in the day I stopped a bicyclist for doing the same thing. He almost hit a woman and her kid going from the street up onto the sidewalk to avoid the stopsign. He didn't think traffic laws applied to bicycles. When I wrote him a ticket he got a lawyer to fight it, but I explained the situation to the PA and the judge. Nope he got hit for running the stopsign, driving on the pedestrian right of way and improper operation of a conveyance. I didn't even know we had an ordinance for the last one until the Judge pointed it out, so I served him with that ticket outside of the courtroom right in front of his lawyer.

Old NFO said...

Yep, THAT classifies as a WIN!!! :-)

Christina LMT said...

It still warms the cockles of my heart just to think about it, and it's two days later. :D

Aesop said...

Dulce et decorum est

Brigid said...

Car-ma (well motorcycle version) is always a win. Guy about ran me off the road after an ice storm. The road was a sheet of ice so I was going as fast as I could and not lose control. He ended up speeding past, gave me the finger, spun out right into the ditch. It was a pretty deserted road.

I pulled up, he sheepishly rolled the window down. I said "are you hurt" Are there any kids with you in the back". He said (still embarrassed) "No". I said "do you have a phone". He looked around and said "No )#(@ I left it at home". I held mine up and said "sucks to be you". And drove off.

I did let the locals know he was there and that he'd been driving recklessly when he went off the road. They know me so I'm sure they had a nice chat with him,

Mulligan said...

oil cooled motorcycles can overheat if forced to wait in traffic as they need moving air to keep engine temps down. This resulted in laws (usually warmer climate areas) that allow motorcyclists to use the space between lanes to keep moving if auto traffic is stopped in order to avoid engine seizure. It's less of an issue these days with more and more water cooled (w/ fans) cycles. I dunno how the laws read anymore, but I'm sure running people over, speeding, or avoiding traffic control (stoplights/signs) is still not allowed.

Jay G said...

From the motorcyclist side of things, I hate those guys easily as much if not more than folks in cars...

For PRECISELY this reason.