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October 10, 2009
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There is only one word of advice that I have to offer people walking at busy intersections : COMMITMENT. The pedestrian rule of thumb when walking busy downtown streets is to be COMMITTED to the path you are on and accept the rule that if you wander from your path of commitment, it is ON YOU to the GIVE RIGHT OF WAY to the people who committed based on your former course of direction. I'm not saying you can't change your mind, I'm saying that you should step out of the way when you do so.   Example : Last night I was hurrying to get to the movies (ZOMBIELAND!!  AWESOME!!), and I was about 7 or 8 metres away from the corner when the street sign flashed "14 seconds" so I had to speed up in order to make the light.  I had only one obstacle which was a fairly large woman carrying an umbrella (which was at my eye level) and she was bogartting my path.  Now, there was another person, a woman, who was standing waiting to walk south (I was running west), and it was this woman who decided at 8 seconds that she was going to walk north for some reason.  So, she SEES me, but I guess she decided that I was going to be the one to stop which she assumed VERY incorrectly as I simply threw an elbow and knocked her so hard she almost did a 180 turn as I thundered past and made it across the street with 2 seconds to spare.  I didn't look back.  I went to the movie and had an awesome time. 
So, I'm on my way home, standing at the intersection and wondering if maybe I had some karma laying in wait, so I took some time on the way home to think about whether or not to pass judgement on myself. I have decided that it was the other bitch's fault.  Beyond the rule of Commitment, there is also COMMON SENSE which would dictate that if you turn to see someone twice your size running towards you that you step OUT of the way and NOT INTO it.  So, here it is folks : KNOW where you are, COMMIT to your path or get the fuck out of the way!!!
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