Run 44:55  5.8 mi (7:45 / mi)
I have the most interesting runs.
I turned onto Pearl Street and heard honk honk honk honk honk.
Then I saw a bicyclist go by, with a car right behind—maybe five feet behind.
I've had this happen before. Threatening, honking, because a cyclist had the nerve to be in the street ahead. There's no room to pass. Doesn't matter. People turn into sociopaths when they drive.
I ran after the car. The car turned left and parked. I caught up. I tried to be nice. "Please, please don't do that. It's not safe. Just slow down and wait."
The woman wanted none of it. "Don't tell me what to do. You use your white privilege. You white bikers and white runners" and other assorted nonsense. Loud enough a bicyclist (not the one honked at) stopped and started taking a video.
She wasn't done. She came up to me and started shoving me. She wanted a response. It wasn't hard enough to do any damage, but, wow, if there's someone taking a video maybe committing battery isn't a great idea? Then she said I should call the police. I said I would, but didn't have a phone. So she gave me hers.
I called 349 3300. She said "call 911." I said it wasn't an emergency, so I wouldn't call 911. So she took her phone back and called 911. And yelled at me without talking to them. And then hung up.
If 911 hears what sounds like a domestic situation and a hang up, you're damn right they're calling back. And probably tracing the phone location. Her phone rang, I said "you should answer it, it's the police."
They were there in a couple of minutes. Two at first, then two more cruisers. A total of six officers. Me and the other witnesses (there was a small crowd by now) on one side, calmly telling our side of the story, and the woman on the other, telling the officers how, yes, she'd honked at the bicyclist who wouldn't get out of her way, and yes, she'd assaulted me.
Like, that's probably not a great idea. They explained that what she did was against the law. She didn't seem to care. She proceeded to yell at no fewer than half a dozen police officers about how she had every right to honk at a cyclist for going too slow. I had hoped that being explained this by the officers would make her realize she was in the wrong. But she was beyond reason.
At the time, I decided not to file an assault and battery complaint. Given the video, I certainly could. I would rather she learn about safe driving, and am asking contacts at CPD to give her a call when she has had a chance to settle down and talk to her about save vehicular operation. If I hear back that she gave them lip, maybe I will file a complaint.
Drivers are the worst.
The rest of the run was fine. Everyone yielded for me at crosswalks, and I felt good running along the river in the spitting rain.