Fri, 12 Nov 2010

First roadie commute, two road-ragers in one day // at 18:00

Bah, Friday, who needs it.

Family circumstances altered, toddler sleep requires a no show at Goat. Normal commute home, hopefully avoiding the wind and rain.

  • First ride home on the new road bike.
  • First ride on a road bike for about a year.
  • First ride in look cleats for about five years.

East Oakleigh: approaching little roundabout down a gentle hill, there's a Falcon coming down the street from my right but he's way back and I'll be across the roundabout before he's even got there. Surprise, should have remembered the mentality of falcadore drivers around here - he plants the foot — must get to roundabout before bicycle — swerves and sways onto the roundabout then brakes hard and smokes to a halt directly in front of me as I brake and stop, foot down, spot on the white line at the edge of the roundabout. Local falcadore driver waves both hands up in the air in a big “what the F#@#$” at me and then tears off spinning the wheels down the road.

East Oakleigh/Oakleigh: half a kilometre later. I turn left into Huntingdale road, pull out to the centre and sit there indicating right to turn into Edward street, a couple of cars pass head on going north up Huntingdale, a white falcadore wagon pulls up at Edward street to turn right into Huntingdale rd. Gap in traffic, off I start, falcadore pilot plants the foot and takes off straight towards me. A loud “OI!!!!” from me as I sprint out of the way, down comes his window and the screaming starts “F*@#$@#$ING DICKHEAD, GEROFFDAFUGGINROAD” as off he goes round the corner. “WATCH IT!” I yell to the retreating car. He stops in the middle of Huntingdale road, screams out a parting “F*#@$@ING C*NT @#$@#$....” and tears off, spinning the wheels. At least he tore off, for a moment I thought our local road-rager was going to come back and have a go at me.

FFS, can someone just shoot them.

At least I beat the rain home by about 45 seconds!

To add to the annoyance, yesterday I received from BV yet another cutesy sweet but totally unhelpful piece

Harassment and road rage - What you can do

http://www.bv.com.au/change-the-world/10199/

With all the usual crap about taking details and filling out forms and contacting the police. All good in theory, but without photos, witnesses, a rock-solid description of both car and driver the police will do NOTHING, and anytime idiots like this attack you on the road you're usually too damn busy just keeping out of their way and not being killed to take a photo, memorise the details and write a bloody description of the car and driver. Maybe the police should just ride around plain clothes on bikes a bit more….

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Thu, 11 Nov 2010

A letter, to me? // at 18:00

Today I received a real honest-to-goodness paper letter, a letter in an envelope, a letter posted from faraway France. “How odd,” I thought, who would write to me from France?

Aha, it would be "ESQ. Philip ROSSLARE" of "ROSSLARE CHAMBERS LLP," or so I discovered as I opened the letter and saw the opening lines:

Dear Tritschler

Firstly I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.

…and so on and so forth for a page worth of Nigerian fee-forward scam. I guess there are still enough idiots around who fall for it to make it worthwhile mailing letters to random people half-way round the world.

Seriously, an Irish sounding company out of a supposed Belgian office and email addresses in Spain? At least try and get the little details more consistent and believable next time guys! I do feel sorry for the law firm that really is at Vlaamse Kunstlaan 3 in Antwerp, seems that the scammers are trying to muddy the water by including that address for their office.

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