May 19, 2007
This is one of those petty self-indulgent rants about a minor grievance that a normal person wouldn't even notice. Hooray for the invention of blogs!
So let's say you're out for a walk or a run, enjoying the fresh air or not, making your way down a narrow sidewalk or path.
Two people approach, walking side by side, taking up most of the path or sidewalk.
You see them coming. They see you coming.
You move over as far as you can. You cannot make yourself evaporate, but you try to take up as little space as possible.
The two people continue to chat and walk, side by side. Perhaps they even smile at you.
You get closer. You wonder when they are going to realize they need to walk single file.
You move even further to the edge of the sidewalk/path.
The two people continue to walk two abreast.
You get even closer.
Just before the point of collision, they... decide to finally walk single file?
No, actually, they don't. To avoid smashing into them, you have to veer off into the bushes or out into traffic, as they continue to talk and laugh and act as though you were invisible.
There are other variations of course: two people walking slowly ahead of you hear you coming, turn backwards to see who it is, note you getting closer... yet refuse to move. Or a group of people congregate on the sidewalk, having a conversation, and at least 5 or 6 people see you coming and... nothing. You either crash into them or detour into underbrush or traffic.
What the f*ck is up with that?