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December 29, 2006

follow the law

I don't know what my problem has been lately. I had another outburst of Lawful Neutral behavior today, this time at a bad taxi driver. Perhaps 10 days off in The DC is too much, and I should make a point of leaving during that time, at least somewhere outside the beltway. Or perhaps it's time for a career change, and I should join the MWPD? But then I'd be upset and pissed off all the time, exposed to all the wrongs that must be righted. Then again I get upset when typography, media relations and graphic design laws are broken too, so really, would there be much of a difference in my attitude?

Anyhow, I biked down to the National Mall meet Skwurl for a much-needed run to work off some steam and all that meat from my birthday feast of roast beast. After a nice run and gossip session, I ride up to my gym, then to Safeway for some groceries after all that. Along the way I must avoid pedestrians walking on the road, jaywalking when I have right-of-way, walking in the bike lanes, six abreast on the sidewalks, meandering while talking on cell phones, and children who run out into traffic, all of which I must avoid in addition to crazy-ass taxi drivers and out-of-town drivers terrified by the circles.

Going east on T, I stop at the light at the intersection with 15th Street, NW, and I see another crazy-ass taxi driver stopping in the far lane, not pulling over to allow for through traffic. If that wasn't bad enough, when the light for him turns red, thus green for me, he keeps inching forward into the intersection, turning his wheels for an obvious illegal U-turn, or left turn from the far lane into the one-way T Street. I hate it when anyone inches into the pedestrian crossing, but by then he was even into the auto lane, and kind of just ignoring right-of-way through traffic, including me.

I am the Authoritay!I scream out, "WHAT THE FUCK?! WE HAVE LAWS IN THIS TOWN!!!" He rolls down the window, seemingly ignorant about what my problem might be. I repeat again, "WE HAVE LAWS IN THIS TOWN. FOLLOW THE LAW." I think I was using the face I used when I had to do an elementary school teaching practicum, one that withered Girl Scouts and unruly children at a glance. My eyes were probably bugging out, and the taxi passengers looked terrified. From his open window he replied meekly, "ok."

I am the authoritay.

Oh, by the way - 17th Street is officially over. Yesterday I noticed the CyberStop Cafe, a 10-year insitution on the street, was emptied of its contents. Next door is a Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin' Doughnuts store. Many of the locally-owned shops are being replaced. DuPont Circle was over years ago, and now 17th St. has succumbed. 14th Street is where it's at now, gurls.

I think the televised execution of Saddam is a bit barbaric. Didn't we quit public executions a couple of millennia ago? I won't be watching.

Posted by jimbo at December 29, 2006 7:26 PM


His reaction means his alignment is chaotic stupid?

Posted by: quercer at December 29, 2006 11:14 PM

All the Whos down in Who-ville say Jimbo might keep a coronary at bay if he smoked a little more ganja.

The only true laws are those which can't be broken...

Posted by: kameron at December 30, 2006 3:44 AM

I've been off work for the last week too, and I must say that suburban CT probably has just as many traffic scofflaws as DC. The problem is that the town I live in has major sprawl issues (all the farmland that was here when I arrived 12 years ago has been turned into McManisoned subdivisions). At certain times the town's one major north/south artery gets backed up in both directions and people get really impatient. Two days ago I almost got creamed by an oncoming hummer that decided to illegally pass a dump trunk. The jerk was only going another 50 feet to a Dunkin Donuts, where he had to wait in the drive-thru line anyway. Yeesh! Every year there are bicycle/car accidents in my town too, and most of the time it's the car driver's fault.

Keep safe Jimbo!

Posted by: Bob at December 30, 2006 8:06 AM

I REALLY miss the Dupont of the early 90s - very gay ghetto - porn shops, lambda rising, KEMP MILL records in its glory days - run down buildings, cheap t-shirt shops - nothing like today - no chain stores etc - cheesy cheap movie theaters.... today it is so ..... gentrified.

Not to mention that when they put in that damn bar where the circle bar used to be that hung an interlockiing mars/venus symbol by its door I nearly puked and then got quite angry and offended -- they were saying "Safe haven for breeders here."


Posted by: Dan at December 30, 2006 10:08 AM

Jimbo, if we threw Saddam a bungee cord hanging would you tune in? :)

Posted by: wyocwby at December 30, 2006 12:42 PM

hate to be a spoiler for your well-fermented rant, jimbo.... but you also have to realize that things cut both ways.

As a driver, I can't tell you how many times i've nearly run into bicyclists who have run stop signs and red lights, made sudden turns in front of me without signaling beforehand, zoomed down a one-way street in the wrong direction, been completely distracted by their cell phones / ipods, etc. etc. etc.

According to the law, a bicycle is a vehicle like any other on the road, and has to obey all of the rules -- like stopping at red lights.

I think that things have slowly been getting better about installing dedicated bike/bus lanes around the city, as well as the upgraded maintenance on the bike paths through rock creek park. It's a constant give and take between the people with the leg pedals and the gas pedals.... and to characterize it in such a monochromatic manner really does nobody any good.

Posted by: wufpup [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2006 2:26 PM

Regarding Traffic, Pedestrians etc.. its basically the same in any highly congested city. No one pays attention, or no one cares. Taxi Drivers are notorious for driving within their own set of rules and reality.

"Didn't we quit public executions a couple of millennia ago? I won't be watching."

Actually it was about 140 years ago here inteh States. But then again I am all for executions, especially when its done to childmolesters and Rapists.
I regards to Saddam Hussein.. Its my personal opinion they should have given him a inprisonment for life.. not death. Now he is a Martyr for the extremists and anti western folk, in that area.

Posted by: Dax at December 30, 2006 5:29 PM

My personal theory is that things went to a handbasket here back in 1975 when Haile Selassie was overthrown in Ethiopia. Before that, DC cabdrivers tended to be elderly old-school black and Jewish guys - fairly observant of traffic rules. Then, starting in 1975, we got this influx of African immigrant refugees who all became cabdrivers and drove around like this was a 3rd world city without rules and where life is cheap. And it's been downhill ever since...

Posted by: Andy at December 30, 2006 5:48 PM

Where were the "porn shops" of Dupont Circle in the early 1990's?

Posted by: Mikeprov1 at December 30, 2006 7:01 PM

Whoa whoa whoa... Hold-up pup...

Agreed on the driving tip but Cyberstop isn't dead. One of the owners is one of my best friends and I can tell you it ain't true.

They're renovating :-) And I believe they might even have secured a liquor license (though I am not sure so no quoting me on it - they applied and went through the rigamarole - that's all public record) so don't count them out yet.

And while I know it is corporate and bad for my friend's business, Dunkies is ok by me. It's a Massachusetts thing, you might not understand... ;-)

Posted by: TOS at December 30, 2006 9:19 PM

Public executions were only eliminated in 1936. Of course the US is one of the few democracies and the only Western developed democracy, that allows execution and carries them out. I have no truck with such barbarism.

Bicyclists are in a league of their own when it comes to selectively abiding by the law. As a pedestrian, I fear bicyclists far more than cars. I've yet to see a car careen down the sidewalk, oblivious to anyone else and then throw a hissy fit because those who actually belong on the sidewalk get pissed off. At least with a car I can get a license plate number, bicyclists cruise along with impunity for the law. As to the rest, wufpup has it just right.

Posted by: copperred at December 30, 2006 10:07 PM

My own view, if we are going to execute someone, it MUST be televised. When it is all hidden, people form opinions in a vacuum, using a theoretical model of execution.

If the State is going to take a life, they need to ensure that the entire State(meaning the people) know exactly what is going on.

Posted by: Gogmagog at December 31, 2006 5:33 AM

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