Trek Women
June 26, 2009

Bike encounter with the DEAF

Apparently DEAF people can be JERK people too.

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I was riding my bike home from work today, and I got into the left hand turn lane.   As I coasted toward the RED light ahead, I heard a car behind me honking like crazy....beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeep!  As I usually do when I am riding my bike, I ignored it and did not look back at the fussy car.  To my surprise, the car comes swerving around me, and almost hits me, all while a lady is waving her crazy arm out the passenger window for me to get over. They stopped right in front of me, and I had to slam on my brakes so I would not rear end them with my front tire. 

I wasn't too upset at this point, but they did make me a little mad.  The light was red, and if I had been a little bolder, I would have pulled up next to them to let them know the laws of the road. I didn't though...I just stood there and stared at the back of their car, giving them the stink eye.  

As I was staring, I realized two things: 1. They were deaf.  2. They were talking about me!  Now I don't know sign language, but I can certainly read body language.  And, I am pretty sure when you take your pointer finger and make small circles around your ear, that means "crazy" or "stupid". It made me more mad that they would talk about me like that...especially since they were the one's who cut me off and apparently don't know all of the rules of the road. 

After the light turned green, they caught another red light, so I had an opportunity to pass them.  I wanted really bad to use the one-finger sign language that I DO know...but I didn't.  Instead, I just smiled at them as I rode past. 

Now that I think about it...it is kind of funny that I ignored their honking...I hope they think their horn is broken.  

Comments

1. I don't ever want to receive your stink eye. It sounds terrific (as in "causes terror" not "really awesome").

2. did you think about cycling next to them and kicking off their side-view mirror?

Posted by: Reuben | Jun 26, 2009 4:40:39 PM

The last line of the story was simply awesome.

Posted by: Kevin Hines | Aug 23, 2009 5:38:10 PM

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