Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sidewalk rage

Things are getting tense. Shirley S Wang, WSJ, Feb 15, 2011, writes that you don’t even need a car now to fly to pieces.

Slow walkers—those have to go! One scientist has even created a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map the outrage.

People get “intermittent explosive disorder.”

Facebook has a site called “I Secretly Want to Punch Slow Walking People in the Back of the Head.” It has 15,000 members.

If you have this syndrome, you may shove around people, mutter menacingly, stare, offer “a mean face,” or tailgate on their heels.

They firmly believe slow people should keep right, stay on one side of the escalator, etc. The world apparently should cater to them.

One guy walked into people all the time—he thought he was walking correctly and they weren’t.

Well, who says?

A study in NY showed that smokers walk 2.3% slower than the average. Tourists walk 11% slower. Cellphone talkers are slower.

Maybe older people (me) and slow walkers (tourists) are giving you a great chance to smell the daisies. Try thanking us.

And—be glad you even have sidewalks—I live in gooberville and would love to walk on a crowded sidewalk again in this life and clog it up!

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