by an Anonymous Occupier of the World
Boulder pedestrians sometimes believe they are the center of the world, and when they almost get hit by a car for walking into the middle of Broadway they have no problem turning around to flip off the car that almost killed them. If ignorance is bliss, then, is bliss death? Because being arrogant or ignorant enough to walk in front of a car with your hand out telling them to stop is a suicide mission that will end up with the driver, who is probably going the speed limit, ending up in jail. (P.S. assisted suicide is still illegal, especially when the person who kills you is unaware of your plans.)
Boulder, of all places, supports pedestrians and the city has crosswalks everywhere. Every time I drive through Pearl Street I worry that I’m going to hit someone, even if I’m going the speed limit of 20mph. The pedestrians hide behind cars, then randomly decide:“Hey, why don’t I just walk out from behind this car into the street and put my hand out to tell the car to stop while I’m texting with my other hand?” Plus, if they get closer than the 5-10 feet I’m giving them to stop before hitting me I’ll just flip them off. Also, why walk the hundred feet to the crosswalk when I could cross in front of a car right here to save a couple calories?”. The worst part is most of the time these people are texting on their phone oblivious to the rest of the world around them.
To be a somewhat less obnoxious idiot takes coming to the realization that you’re not the king of the world, and cars are —shockingly—bigger than you. There are bad drivers, bad cyclists, and bad pedestrians, but it all comes down to this: Don’t be an ignorant, oblivious person.