Thursday, August 23, 2007

Honking is for haters.

Unlike the often melodious human voice, car horns don't have a great tonal range. They can't communicate subtlety or nuance, mood or expression. In fact, there is really only one thing that car horns can do, and that is scare the bejeezus out of the person in front of you.

When people seated securely in great crushing steel machines honk at people perched precariously atop spindly little spiderwheel machines, it's just terrifying to the latter, regardless of the intent of the former.

So this weekend, when you see me, please, don't honk. Slow down instead. Maybe even consider coming to a full stop. Offer me a juice box. But leave the honking to the haters. And the geese.

Thank you. This Public Safety Announcement brought to you by PETB, People for the Ethical Treatment of Bicyclists.


Full Explosive Joy said...

ciao Ivan,
nicholas sent me your blog the other day and i've been following along and a bit envious...remembering my days and days riding across mexico...yes, so lovely to just think...think large thoughts all the way through...unwind and then do some more...i so know the feeling and miss it terribly often...i know we haven't spoken in years but i wanted to say "hi" and wish you safe mexico, stuart had 3 broken spokes and we had them fixed by sheer luck before hauling ass down a 43km could've been bad...becareful down hill don't go to fast!
happy trails

August 23, 2007 4:42 PM  

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