I am freaking out here. Three days ago I was playing with my hair, pleased that even at my advanced age my hair is still pretty thick (well, thick as it ever was given that it's always been super fine). Yesterday and today I've been pulling it out in frustration and anger.
SWARM - the first aggravator.
You've probably seen the YouTube video of the motorcycle thing this past Sunday? If not, it's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13DzHnlaiNs. Watch at the beginning. The biker runs in the SUV's lane, right next to him, and is turned toward the driver's window. Then he pulls in front of the SUV and hits the brakes, looking back the whole time, to make sure he gets hit. Yep, as planned, the SUV bumps the bike, and stops. The SUV is then swarmed by bikers. If you listen carefully, you can hear helmets hitting the SUV. (It was later reported that the SUV's tires were slashed at that time.)
The SUV driver tries to get away. You can see him swerving to get around bikers. That big bump was when he drove over a motorbike - and the rider. That rider has two broken legs and a broken back, is now in the hospital in an induced coma, may never walk again.
Note where the SUV gets stopped in traffic further on, and a biker tries to open the door, but the car gets away. Later the SUV gets stopped again. A biker starts hitting the window with a helmet - note it's the same sound we heard back in the beginning. The video ends before the mob breaks the window, opens the door, pulls the (Asian) driver out, and kicks the shit out of him.
The driver's wife and 2-year-old son were in the car with him.
There were more than 200 911 calls reporting these guys, including one from the panicked SUV driver himself, and from other drivers and people along the route.
These assholes had no concern for anyone else on the road. Most of those bikes did not have plates, were not street-legal, and of those riders who were detained or arrested, most of them were not licensed. They paid no attention to niceties like lanes or speed limits or safe distances. Some other assholes expect us to have sympathy for the guy who got run over, and want the SUV driver charged with hit and run. Well, the injured guy's driver's license was taken away from him in the late '90s, he's not allowed to get it back for several more years (gotta wonder about how bad that is) and (I believe) he's never had a motorcycle license, but STILL he's had something like 15-17 traffic citations since losing his license. (How is that guy not in jail?!) So he wasn't even allowed to be there.
So, no, no sympathy. You got exactly what you were asking for, fella. Maybe now you'll stay off the streets.
If you haven't already seen it, please DO watch the video. Imagine what that SUV driver was feeling. Would you have done anything different? Tell me in the comments.
A guy called into the local radio station today, and he was saying that he knows what was going on. He said the mob was taking over the highway for tricks - that's why there was a camera. He said to notice that as they passed on-ramps, there were more bikers sitting on the ramps, who then joined the ride. What they were doing sitting on the ramps was preventing vehicular traffic from entering the road. They very much resent vehicles who don't exit or at least pull over and let them have the road. The SUV driver had the audacity to not get off their road.
And riders wonder why drivers hate them.
And you have to wonder about the arrogance and intelligence of people who would post that video on YouTube, like they're proud of it or something. Complete assholes. Any of you who know me have never heard me say that word, ever. But sometimes, it just fits.
[I am aware that at least three readers of this blog ride. I do hope none of this applies to you.]