So, on New Years Eve my wife and I are on a pedestrian crossing at the Metro station, and a fellow in a pickup truck from out of nowhere brakes about a foot from my body. I hadn't seem him coming, was startled, so looked at him rather angrily. He then rolled down his window and yelled at me "What??? You're going to be angry at THAT? I saw you, buddy. Happy new year." I just told him to get lost.
you were in the wrong on that one. you werent paying attention and walked in front of him. you probably scared him half to death too. i'm assuming he had the right of way. you never should've looked at him angrily and when he said something to him, you should've said "my bad" or something to that effect and it would've all been avoided. if you did actually tell him to get lost, i'm surprised he didnt get out of the vehicle.
Then, on New Years Day I'm walking in the hotel lobby and some woman in a chair is watching me. So I tell her congenially with a big smile "have a happy new year!" and she just ignores me and looks down at her newspaper. So I counter with "ok, then don't."
maybe she reads tigerdroppings and recognized you. i would've done the same thing.
The next day my wife and I are walking our dogs and this guy with three beautiful, identical black standard poodles comes walking by. My wife tells him "oh, they are so beautiful!" The guy acts as if she exceeded her right to free speech and ignores her, just walking right on past. So I say "yeah, can't say the same about their master, though." I'm sure he heard me.
yeah this guy is a jerk. i'll give you that one.
Then on a later walk as I have two small dogs on a leash there's a jogger coming toward us on the sidewalk. I move over to the side but just as he reaches us Minnie, for whatever reason, lunges over to his side and her leash impedes his progress (although he had slowed to a walk at that point). Although technically we had as much right to the sidewalk as he did, I tell him "I don't know why she did that I'm really sorry." He just looked at me with an angry look as though he had been critically injured, and started to jog away. I said again "I said I'm sorry!" Without turning around he yelled back in an angry voice "pay attention next time!". So I replied with "yeah, buddy, pay attention to THIS", although I didn't actually make a physical gesture
i agree with you on this one too. i've had similar instances happen with joggers and bicycle riders. the act like its theirs and you need to get out of their way. samething happens on roads.