Thursday Thirteen: True Story


1. 3 PM.

2. Time for my daily bike ride.

3. I’m coming down the street toward a stop sign.

4. Car coming the other way. We both slow. He stops. I don’t have to. Yet. Don’t want to, really.

5. I’m wearing a light blue jersey. Black shorts.

6. My bike’s red. Pink handlebar tape.

7. Nothing metal about me.

8. The guy in the white car sticks a hand out his window.

9. “Uh-oh,” I think. “Here it comes.”

10. Because every bicyclist has tales of encountering assholes.

(not that we’re all perfect, ourselves.)

11. He leans toward his open window as he drives past.

12. Yells, “Slayer!”

13. The only thing I can think is, “Dude, if you only knew!”

Does my voice here remind anyone of a certain Roadie Poet? Wild.



  1. Adelle Laudan

    September 2, 2009 9:48 pm

    One of those moments you scratch your head for days about. Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog .. =-.

  2. Journeywoman

    September 2, 2009 10:17 pm

    LOL! I love it!
    .-= Journeywoman´s last blog ..Thirteen about the house =-.

  3. bunnygirl

    September 2, 2009 10:34 pm

    LOL! The world is always a strange place, but sometimes in a pretty cool and surreal sort of way.
    .-= bunnygirl´s last blog ..Audrey’s Adventures Downtown =-.

  4. Ann

    September 2, 2009 11:36 pm

    Whew. I was afraid you were going to explain the stitches, or something like that. Yes, life is strange… and people are even stranger. 🙂
    P.S. I sent you a package, finally, you should get it tomorrow or so. See I have been thinking of you, it was getting you, package, and post office into the same brain cell.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Weekend Update =-.

  5. life's journey

    September 3, 2009 12:10 am

    Hmm it makes me smile. Happy T13. mine is ready.
    .-= life’s journey´s last blog ..Young Money Magazine =-.

  6. Alice Audrey

    September 3, 2009 12:34 am

    It certainly does.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..13 Recent Purchases =-.

  7. Thomma Lyn

    September 3, 2009 12:41 am

    LOL @ “dude, if you only knew!” 😀 And yup, I’m reminded of Roadie Poet!
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Bumblebee and Butterfly (and Writing Update) =-.

  8. Hazel

    September 3, 2009 6:10 am

    encountering assholes led me to thinking of Road Rage
    .-= Hazel´s last blog ..No Unauthorized Dust Allowed to Collect =-.

  9. Hootin' Anni

    September 3, 2009 6:25 am

    Hmmmmmm, I had visions of you wrecking you bike and full of scratches and scrapes and maybe even some asphalt embedded under your skin.

    My 13 this week is all about Labor in a funny way. Hope you can stop by to visit with me. Happy Thursday. [PS…you’ll need to scroll down below my Thursday Thunks to find my list of 13]
    .-= Hootin’ Anni´s last blog .. =-.

  10. Chrissie

    September 3, 2009 6:47 am

    I never expected that ending 🙂
    (Slayer is a heavy metal band that in the 80’s my boyfriend used to listen to and I hated)

  11. she

    September 3, 2009 9:02 am

    i just spent 4 days in nyc – i heard many a random comment like that! lol.

    happy tt!
    .-= she´s last blog ..Thursday 13 #53: 13 of My Favorite Posts =-.

  12. AD

    September 3, 2009 12:14 pm

    🙂 something in my head predicted that end

    Click here for my Thursday Thirteen

  13. mantiz

    September 3, 2009 12:22 pm

    Slayer! 😉
    .-= mantiz´s last blog ..Hopeless Self-justification… =-.

  14. Kimberly Kaye

    September 3, 2009 1:32 pm

    Sometimes you just wish you could figure out the workings of someone’s mind.
    .-= Kimberly Kaye´s last blog ..I Am… =-.

  15. Sophia Parkwood

    September 3, 2009 1:32 pm

    Oh my! Thanks for the laugh. Some people never cease to amaze me. Happy Thursday!
    .-= Sophia Parkwood´s last blog ..Thirteen Places I Want to Visit. =-.

  16. Celticlibrarian

    September 3, 2009 1:54 pm

    Roadie Poet FTW!

    (I can see RP rolling his eyes at the guy and thinking, “Seriously, dude?”)
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 More Characters/ 13 More Shows =-.

  17. Heather

    September 3, 2009 4:49 pm

    Nice to read a funny bicycling story for a change. There have been too many incidents here lately, and I still cringe just thinking about one hit they showed on local news, captured by a bus cam. Maybe if more people (both cyclists and drivers) saw that they would understand how important it is to slow down and obey traffic laws.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen 123: Quotes from WILD MIND =-.

  18. Happily Retired Gal

    September 3, 2009 6:11 pm

    Love your poetic story … very picturesque ;–)
    Thanks for dropping by HRG earlier. I’m sorry your sister had to evacuate due to smoke from the wildfires. This time around (with no off-shore winds blowing) the smoke isn’t right around us … but looking inland we see it hanging over the mountains and at night we see a ridge of fire along the mountain tops. Sad and scary … especially for those immediately affected. Sounds like they’ll be burning for a few more weeks. Hopefully the winds won’t kick up. We could sure use RAIN.
    Hugs and blessings,
    .-= Happily Retired Gal´s last blog ..T-13 Haiku Sky Watch Friday =-.

  19. BeadedTail

    September 3, 2009 6:19 pm

    Not at all what I expected but I loved the suspense and the ending!
    .-= BeadedTail´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday! =-.

  20. Devilish Southern Belle

    September 3, 2009 6:45 pm

    What an awesome true story! I’d love to ‘meet’/come across cool, strange people like that. But I don’t ever grab anyone’s attention.

  21. Petula

    September 3, 2009 7:13 pm

    Okay, I know I’ve been a little brain dead lately so I’m just going to pretend like I know what’s going on. Slayer? Something Poet? OMG, I need a serious life-long nap!
    .-= Petula´s last blog ..Low back exercises =-.

  22. Carmi

    September 3, 2009 10:49 pm

    I love how you built the tension to the moment of surprise. Sounds you had a much better experience than I did: a couple of weeks back, a passing motorist beaned me with a full packet of ketchup. No reason other than he wanted to be a d—head.

    So I called the cops and they paid him a visit. Ah, the joys of cycling!
    .-= Carmi´s last blog ..Aged =-.

  23. Gattina

    September 4, 2009 1:55 am

    I learned a new word ! I first had to look into my dictionary to know what “slayer” meant before I could laugh, lol !

    PS Your local Newspaper title also earns an award !

  24. Julia Smith

    September 4, 2009 12:58 pm

    I love how the story flowed. It had tons of tension at the beginning. All the details made me worry that a crash was imminent.
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – 122 – 13 Reasons to Read Wicked Little Game by Christine Wells =-.

  25. Bob-kat

    September 6, 2009 7:56 am

    If he meant that to bea put down that asshole so missed the mark! Now, if he had called you something like Paris Hilton I would have recommended kicking his car door in, LoL!
    .-= Bob-kat´s last blog ..Feeling doggy =-.

  26. susan

    September 6, 2009 8:08 am

    Bob-Kat, I think he was sharing his excitement, that’s all. At least, that’s how I took it.
    .-= susan´s last blog ..Trevor fiction: Keys (The Early Days) =-.

  27. Brenda ND

    September 9, 2009 10:24 pm

    Interesting encounter. You never really do know what others are thinking. Happy TT!
    .-= Brenda ND´s last blog ..School’s In: 13 Quotes about Education =-.

  28. Darla

    September 10, 2009 9:04 am

    *whew* I was so afraid it was going to be something terrible. Pretty funny. Maybe he’s like Shallow Hal, and can see your inner rocker? 🙂
    .-= Darla´s last blog ..TT #132 =-.

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