Drivers need to watch where the fuck they are going and what they are doing. I don’t know if this is a L.A. thing or is a nationwide phenomenon found in every city across the country and I’m only aware of this because I live in L.A., but drivers need to pay attention to what the fuck they are doing. I bring this up because I was almost hit by a driver the other day while I was walking home from work. And this isn’t the first time either. It happened before, and again, I’m commenting on this situation.
The first time that I wrote about this subject was in “A Pedestrians Right of Way” where I commented upon almost exactly the same thing. What happened this time was that I was walking home from being dropped off at the bus stop and this asshole cut right in front of me while I was crossing the street. I can’t imagine that he didn’t see me, but he just decided not to stop. While I was crossing the street, I had my iPhone out and I was putting something down on the notepad app relating to my second manuscript, though I would look up once in awhile to make sure that I didn’t run into anyone or thing. It could be said that I had my face buried in my phone, but that doesn’t justify the driver’s actions.
And it was when I was typing a note when I became aware of the situation as it was happening. I was in the intersection and something in the corner of my eye caught my attention. What caught my attention was a car that was closer to me then it would normally be if it was just driving along Venice. Noticing it, I turned my head to take a look at what the situation was, and that was then the driver cut me off. When this fuckup cut in front of me, he couldn’t have been more than a foot in front of me. From what I recall, I didn’t break stride, but I wasn’t focusing on my gait at the time when this situation occurred.
After he cut me off, I watched this shit drive off. And about 20 to 25 feet from where I was was a stop sign, where he stopped. He stopped for a stop sign but he didn’t stop for me to safely finish crossing the street. Apparently, an inanimate object has a greater value for this fuck then a fellow human being. And it wasn’t the fear of the law that stopped him either. He just didn’t want to inconvenience himself by acknowledging my presence and slow down his trip back home any more then he had to.
This is my problem with drivers. They don’t care about anything that occurs outside of their little steal cage. Nothing outside of their shitting little world matters. They become disconnected with the rest of the world and anything that intrudes into their fragile little world only pisses them off and deserves whatever happens to it for having the “nerve” to interfere with their world.
But the thing is that I wasn’t pissed off about the situation, though I had a right to be so. He put my immediate wellbeing into danger. And like before, I probably should have called the cops, but I was just apathetic to the entire situation to do so. And in retrospect, I doubt that the cops could have done anything about it. That fuck off wouldn’t have even gotten a stern talking to. Nothing would have been resolved and I probably wouldn’t have been left with a police report. The only thing that would have happened if I called the police was the possibility of me being left pissed off. It just wasn’t worth it.