I live in a housing area that is fairly quiet and I run at the ungodly hour of 5 am, so traffic is minimal and most of the time the biggest thing I have to worry about is someone backing out of their driveway and the driveway being edged by 9 foot hedges so I can’t see them coming.
And most of the other runners I see in the morning are running the street, not the sidewalk, so maybe I’m just silly… but yesterday it really really started to irritate me…
All houses in our housing area come with a garage (usually 2 car… very frequently it is made into the neighborhood sports bar because people don’t have room to open a public bar in their dining room and the dining room door doesn’t slide into the roof… go figure). They also come with a driveway. The drive way goes ALL THE WAY to the garage door… novel, don’t you think?
Why then, if you have a WHOLE drive way do you park your car the whole way across the sidewalk and leave a good ten or fifteen feet in front of it before you get to your sliding metal bar door?
Like I said, I really don’t mind so much having to go out on the street because it really isn’t that busy a street. But it is the idea that they just don’t care… not about runners, not about little kids who have to walk out on the street when there IS traffic to get to the school that is three blocks away, frankly not about anybody.
This guy irritates me even more. A third of his car is ON THE STREET. What is the point of pulling into the driveway if you are parked on the street anyway. And why don’t you just pull the other three cars that are on the other side of this white one up on the sidewalk too? They are parallel parked along the street… why are they different than this precious white car? Come ON!
I didn’t get pictures of the garbage cans (which are really what set me off on this rant to begin with). Some lazy @$$ put all four of his garbage cans in a square on the side walk. Did you know that if you put your garbage cans 2×2 on the sidewalk it takes up the WHOLE side walk. Because, you know, by lining them up, you would only block HALF the sidewalk and that would be ALMOST as stupid as walking them the extra four feet to the curb. And I’ve seen the people who do this. They aren’t the ninety year old frail people with a walker that I could actually accept, no, they are the posterior people WHO ARE OUT RUNNING WITH ME… The guy who went into that house was about 30 years old, dripping with sweat and looked like he’s been running for years and runs with his race number on his shirt.
HELLO… If you are fit enough to run circles around my dog… take you cans to the curb you lazy idiot and have just a little consideration.
Makes me want to walk up and trip him.
I really want to run through the nicely manicured lawns of these people… stepping on the petunias and pansies that line the nice little driveways. If you can’t leave me anywhere to safely run, the heck with your pretty lawn… I’m going to tramp through it because I can be as big moron as you.
I don’t… I remember Mr McPherson telling us that was rude and not to do it when I was in 4th grade and I just can’t… but I really really really just want to.
Okay… hissy fit over.