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Obstruction. 9/3/2007

Sorry, I missed last Friday’s Girl Friday. I was really busy the week before, and Friday being a holiday, I elected to stay away from anything remotely resembling a computer. I didn’t even bother answering my phone(s).

I did go riding Sunday though, and it was a good ride, just what I needed to clear my mind. 18 bikes turned up, not bad for a ride that wasn’t announced, or planned. Just a bunch of guys showing up at the usual place, and going for a ride. Some of the riders were new to me, and I had my reservations about a couple of them, especially one who turned up on a streetfighter. He was uncertain about the bike, and wasn’t showing any grace in his bike control skills. I resolved to give him a wide berth, and pointed him out to Grant.

Grant mentioned that he hadn’t ridden in a big group in quite a while, his current riding being 90% solo, with the very occassional jaunt with me. Which is kind of the way we both prefer it, at this point in time, really. There was also something different about this ride, because the bitch seat on Bikebike was occupied. With one of the Girl Fridays.

Please note lack of proper safety gear on my part. Mainly because I had a 0530 roll out. It was a good ride, with Bikebike performing well, although Grant, following behind, had to watch out for sparks coming from the stands grounding out. I think I should stop eating so much pizza and drinking beer. Weather on the ride was good, and the sun come out enough on the return run that tyres, even the hard as rock Kendas on Bikebike, were sticking well.

Girl Friday was a little concerned that she was slowing me down, and that I would have prefered to ride solo, but it wasn’t here nor there. She’s not big enough or heavy enough to make a noticeable difference in the handling or performance of Bikebike, aside from maybe me having to rev it up a little when going uphill. Small engine, but big heart, on Bikebike, and I’m really going to miss her when she goes to her new owner.

After the run, a storm was brewing, and I had to rush back to make a lunch appointment in the towers. The wind was strong enough that Bikebike was making unexpected lane changes as I rode in between the wind shadows of the buildings. I hunkered down over the tank, to put more weight on the front wheel, and rode with a certain degree of caution.

After lunch, along with a stop to get some bedding and a search for furniture, we met up with someone’s friends for tea. After tea, we had to leave, and returned to the big diesel to discover that someone had double parked, and hemmed the diesel, and the car next to it, in. I got in the diesel, and honked. No response. I looked at the car blocking my way out, and the driver had neglected to leave a number on the dashboard, or a location. This began to piss me off.

I considered my options, since time was running out, and I had to be home at a specific time. The idiot had left the park brake on, and the gearbox in “P”. No chance of rolling it out of the way. I thought about using the brute force of the diesel to shunt the car out of the way, but the road was narrow, and even if I pushed the car out, I wouldn’t be able to make the turn. I was fuming at this point, and the driver of the car next to the diesel was also kind of pissed off, and understandably so.

I thought about breaking a window, and letting the park brake down, and the guy in the car next to mine was all bravado about getting out his baseball bat. I looked at him, and realised I’d seen his type many times before. Really brave when he’s got people on his side, but empty bluster and sitting quiet when he’s not sure if he can get away with it. In my case, I really didn’t give a shit. I was now late, and had people waiting for me at home.

And I lost it.

I kicked in the doors of the car blocking my way, and ripped off both the wing mirrors. I threw a rock in the rear window. Then I walked away to get a taxi.


1. Grant S. - 9/3/2007

Excellent ride out - sorry I had to leave you behind eventually, too many sparks ricocheting past my head! ;) And The Flying Banana needed the extra workout.
But at least when I was riding my customary 6 inches behind you, I had a better rear end view than I usually get. :)
(Said with a gentlemanly nod of respect to your Pink Passenger :) )

2. HORNY ANG MOH - 9/3/2007

Woah! U really ripped off both mirrors & …..??? Have a nice day!

3. The Snark - 9/3/2007

Grant : See you in two weekends time, hopefully with a map and GPS co-ordinates. I think something a little faster may have to be arranged, just to keep you on your toes.

Horny AM : Yes, I did, and kicked the doors in. Also threw a rock at the rear window. Right after I stormed off and got into a taxi, my phone rang not even 30 seconds later, informing me that the idiot had moved his car. Someone told me that the driver, a foreigner, came out and started asking who had damaged his car. The other other driver who was blocked by this idiot then said, “if you park your car like that, what do you think is going to happen?” Considering how I felt yesterday evening, I think it was best that I was not on the scene when the idiot driver showed up. I think I need to go for anger management classes.

4. Grant S. - 9/3/2007

@Snark - LOL! Yeah, people are starting to think I follow you because you ride faster than me (’cause you’re a slow rider!) but it’s only because I keep getting lost on my own!!

BTW - my current (renewed) Zoloft regime has stopped me attacking animate and inanimate objects for the time being. I haven’t smacked a wing mirror in…must be a week now ;)

5. Dr. Tan - 9/3/2007

Damn, that road looks sweet.

The drains seem to indicate its in some mountainous region. Where’s this place ey?

6. Steve Williams - 9/3/2007

So much for riding mellowing you out…..

Sorry the fine beginning of the day was torn asunder by a double parker.

At the speeds you must have been riding my little Vespa wouldn’t have belonged in the group even though it is a terribly agressive sticks fighter….;)

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

7. Kee Leong - 9/3/2007

You said your bikebike is up for adoption? What’s your next ride?

8. thesnark - 9/3/2007

Grant : No pharmaceuticals for me at this point in time. Leadeth me not into temptation. Adrenaline will do me fine, Sir.

Dr Tan : It’s sort of up in the mountains, but not where you think it might be. And sorry, I can’t tell you where it is, unless you promise you’re going to ride and not drive. Too many idiot drivers have discovered the road, and we were discussing finding another canyon run someplace else.

Steve : I know, I have a problem with anger management. The problem is I am able to direct that anger in some very dangerous ways. Thank you for your kind thought. As for speed, you might be surprised. On some of the downhill sections, the fastest machine is a 100 c.c. monkey bike (ridden by a madman). Yes, the corners are that tight, so you and your Vespa certainly won’t have any problems keeping up. You are welcome to ride with me anytime, just let me know when.

Kee Leong : Next ride? I’m not allowed to buy any more superbikes, until the dust settles. But let’s just say I am not lacking in choice from what is currently sitting downstairs.

9. Grant S. - 9/4/2007

“‘No pharmaceuticals for me at this point in time. Leadeth me not into temptation.’”
No temptation intended - believe me, I don’t take the fuckers from choice, but my very wise doctor and the good Mrs S. both think it’s better for the world at large that I stay on them. Otherwise…best not dwell on otherwise, or people might think I’m as unhinged as you ;)
I am a calm and relaxed person. Mostly. But I don’t drink coffee anymore ;)

10. chewy - 9/4/2007

Sometimes we need a little bit of a “pill” to help us live in this world.
Sadly, it is overpopulated with idiots. I wish I would have had the guts to do that many a time.

11. kimberlycun - 9/4/2007

some people don’t deserve to own any form of vehicle

12. bikerwannabe - 9/4/2007

Hey, I know that junction!! wish i was there….

Take it easy dude…

13. cmos - 9/4/2007

Good to see you riding again Snark… ;)

14. gfri - 9/4/2007

Grant sweetie, you are such a liar. The Snark’s givi box doesn’t permit you to see a thing. ;)
Schedule another ride and get the box removed. U might get a better view , or just a glimpse of what the Snark knows oh- too-well.

15. Vespa - 9/4/2007

I hate losing it like that - whilst it does feel the best thing to do at the time i always hate myself for it by the time i get home. I hope your feeling a little more chilled - but just wanted to say that I understand how you must have felt.

Great post!

16. O - 9/4/2007

Well, I’m not in disagreement that he knows it ‘oh-too-well’.

17. Grant S. - 9/4/2007

@gfri - Trust me, whatever little view there was, was way preferable to what I normally see. And the jacket was much nicer too ;)

18. KY - 9/5/2007

looks like fun, when can i join? :D

19. gfri - 9/5/2007

When? Umm… when u’re needed. Currently… NOT!!! Thank goodness for that. Phew!

20. Dr. Tan - 9/6/2007

Oi oi I’m not an idiot driver. I prefer to drive moderately fast but just play with the technicalities. Smooth in-out etc etc.

But heh alright. Petrol will kill me probably, since it sounds far away.

21. hurricanemax - 9/7/2007

snark, i *tabik* u lah…such patience & anger management.

the last idiot who blocked me got his civic tincan reversegear pushed outta way by my Trooper…and i left a note on his car with my name & tel. He/she never called (?). Wonder why (sic).

Now, i’d probably do what u did…minus the kickin’&rippin’ the poor car apart :-)

canyon shafting with sparks aflyin’ outta bikebike eh? must be great fun to have extra dual rearshock absorbers eh?