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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Maybe a discussion to be had over in The Great Outdoors in the bicycle thread
    I disagree. The bicycle thread would be an echo chamber of agreement. Here with a more diverse reader group whose general interests include road safety, is a better place to have this discussion. Like the internet everywhere, one can not expect to use this forum to change opinions.

    Having been summarily dismissed as a millennial delicate snowflake (at the tender age of 65!) I find this posting in ScienceDirect to be uniquely relevant.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...593?via%3Dihub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_M View Post
    I find this posting in ScienceDirect to be uniquely relevant.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...593?via%3Dihub
    Ah, I see it is part of Elsevier, the Dutch group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_M View Post
    I disagree. The bicycle thread would be an echo chamber of agreement. Here with a more diverse reader group whose general interests include road safety, is a better place to have this discussion. Like the internet everywhere, one can not expect to use this forum to change opinions.
    I guess my point was the OP was talking about annoying things we deal with as we age, some we were probably doing when we were younger. As threads do, it took a turn on the cycling issue. Folks here never shy away from reading threads that aren't necessarily in their wheelhouse and commenting

    The issues the rest of road users like bicycles and even our common interest in motorcycles deal with seemed to be a different topic.

    And reading the article had me thinking about that in the past...often times some of the foes of cycling never gave it a shot from my interactions and discussions and dismissed it as a childrens activity I should have outgrown way before my 62nd birthday. I will listen to them, but usually just smile and move on. My doctor,wife,and I know the value with health and mental benefits.
    I get that while riding motorcycles as well when an even older person side eyes me at a stop and makes a snide comment.
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    Exacting revenge for being inconvenienced is sometimes called road rage . . .
    My road philosophy, be it in my truck or on my bike, is two-fold: (1) Ignore something that won't matter 15 minutes from now and will most likely be forgotten by tomorrow. In order words, don't sweat the little things. And (2) my father told me never to look for trouble because trouble will find you often enough in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    My road philosophy, be it in my truck or on my bike, is two-fold: (1) Ignore something that won't matter 15 minutes from now and will most likely be forgotten by tomorrow. In order words, don't sweat the little things. And (2) my father told me never to look for trouble because trouble will find you often enough in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Your father was an optimist.
    I don't always live by those rules. Like most things in life: Words are easy. Actions are hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    My road philosophy, be it in my truck or on my bike, is two-fold: (1) Ignore something that won't matter 15 minutes from now and will most likely be forgotten by tomorrow. In order words, don't sweat the little things. And (2) my father told me never to look for trouble because trouble will find you often enough in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
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    That's the biggest LIKE I've ever received. Thank you.

    But maybe undeserved. The advice my father gave was spot-on I think, but I've failed to remember it on several occasions over the years. Furthermore, I can remember times where he forgot it also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post

    But maybe undeserved. The advice my father gave was spot-on I think, but I've failed to remember it on several occasions over the years.
    But it's a good thing if you remember it most of the time.

    Back in 1974 me and my friend (current wife) are on I-80 in my 61 Chevy with a straight 6 when a semi gets too close to my rear.
    I flip him off and take off. Turns out a semi has a similar top speed as a 6 cyl Chevy
    Without getting excited or mad Debbie looks over and tells me flipping off a much larger vehicle is not a smart thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    But it's a good thing if you remember it most of the time.

    Back in 1974 me and my friend (current wife) are on I-80 in my 61 Chevy with a straight 6 when a semi gets too close to my rear.
    I flip him off and take off. Turns out a semi has a similar top speed as a 6 cyl Chevy
    Without getting excited or mad Debbie looks over and tells me flipping off a much larger vehicle is not a smart thing to do.
    That's the problem. You just never know who you're dealing with out on the road. It could be a nice easy-going guy who wasn't paying attention or it could be a psychopathic murderer on the run. You just don't know.

    I also look at it this way . . . Maybe someday the a-hole that's driving like an a$$hat will meet up with his alter-ego on the road and they will both eliminate each other. Not likely, but I can hope.
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    My observation has been a “reaction” is most frequently seen as the first thing that happened.......when it’s the second. My time machine is on the fritz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    My observation has been a “reaction” is most frequently seen as the first thing that happened.......when it’s the second. My time machine is on the fritz.
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    A good reason not to react. It's the "Two wrongs don't make a right" saying.

    Wow, bumper sticker philosophy at its best. And I'm the biggest contributor . . .
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