Horns Vs Bells
My car was at the menders this morning (FOURTH time the turbo inter-cooler hose has come off. I would say, BAH!, but it’s all under warranty, so it’s inconvenient rather than costly). While the car was on the operating table, I could either lounge about and drink free cappuccinos…
… or, seeing as I missed out on my run yesterday, I could make use of this otherwise dead time to go running in the wind and sleet for an hour.
Easy choice really.
While I was out, I saw a couple of minor altercations between cars. Both times one driver used his horn to say,
Get out of my way! (You fecking arse !)
to the other driver.
This got me thinking about bike bells. These hardly ever seem to be used so rudely - in general, the meaning seems to be,
Excuse me! I’m about to overtake you, so please don’t step into my path, or jump into my path with surprise! (To pedestrians on shared-use paths)
Hello! Nice ride! (To other cyclists riding in the opposite direction.)
Hey! Lookout, I’m right here! Please don’t kill me through your inattentiveness! (To drivers of four-wheeled vehicles)
Or am I just applying too much of the "Us good, Them bad" to my memories?
- Type: Run
- Date: 01/16/2010
- Time: 15:13:46
- Total Time: 1:04:00.00
- Calories: 974
- Distance: 8 miles
- Average Pace: 8:00/mile