Where Valley Ranch Parkway East meets the service road to Interstate 635, there is a fork in the road. One branch merges with the service road and the other cuts across the Service Road and joins Valley View Lane, after going under the Interstate. I was headed towards the interstate.
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While this woman did not seem extremely dangerous, unlike some of the other "gifted creatures" I have had the pleasure of meeting on the road, I couldn't figure out what it is that she wanted from me. Did she simply want to pick a fight with someone? Did she want to prove that she was stronger, faster and mightier, than a 40 pound bicycle and the driver of the bicycle? Was she simply trying to make a point? Was my answer not precise enough to shut her up?
After the incident, many thoughts went through my mind. Perhaps, the most important was that the entire ordeal made me wonder if I should have a rehearsed answer for these "bullies", instead of trying to talk logic and sense, extemporaneously, while under duress.
I want to commit to some answer like the following to my memory and I want to use it as the standard response, whenever I run into these situations again:
"I am using the roadway in a lawful manner. I am not impeding traffic. I am simply going as fast as my vehicle permits."
Apparently, there is no shortage of yahoos around Valley Ranch Parkway, during the morning and the evening rush-hour plus or minus an hour window: 7AM-10PM, 4PM-7PM.
What would you do? What would your answer be? Would you even bother answering these refined, superior humans?