Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lucky? Not lucky

Sometimes people can be so unlucky. Some people attract unluckiness in a serious way, but in this case, no harm was done except to someone's pride.

Kingsway is a major Melbourne Road leading from the city to Queens Road and St Kilda Road. I was travelling at a pace but below the speed limit and 100 metres from the lane that gives access to our garage. A car swung from a right hand lane into my extreme left hand lane and hit the brakes. I gave him a very severe parp parp. Or as an Indian friend says, I gave him a good horning.  I noticed a bloke running along the footpath. Clearly the driver had seen his friend and was going to stop and pick him up at a very inappropriate place to stop, but after me parp parping him, he took off like a scalded cat and swung his car into the lane where our garage is, with me right behind him. Just from what I saw, I think he was an Indian overseas student and perhaps he thought this angry Anglo Australia was the type to murder foreigners.

I wasn't actually angry, just slightly annoyed at having to brake hard and a little bemused. In an effort to get rid of me and to pick up his friend, he swung into a garage driveway. Can you guess whose garage driveway? I thought, oh, a neighbour, a resident of our building, as I pulled in behind him, me having already pressed the remote button to open the gate. He did not proceed into the garage and just sat there, with nowhere to go except forward because I was right behind him.

Eventually I reversed a bit to allow him to reverse. Do not stop on a major road to pick up a friend, and certainly not like he did. Do not mess with Andrew when he has had add ten minutes to his daily work travel, including home for lunch, that makes 40 minutes, all because of works associated with the stupid Grand Prix car race, Metro Tunnel, Yarra Trams, utilities work, all leading to there being only one road in and one road out from our garage, instead of many.

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  1. Lucky that there were no crunching sounds involved with those manoevres. Lucky for both of you.
    A friend when hearing the scream of brakes without those ominous crunches always says 'missed...'. I am never sure whether he is sad or glad.

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    1. EC, yes, no crunching. Squealing tyres are disappearing as there are more and more cars with ABS brakes, so your friend will miss the sound.

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  2. Never heard the term.."giving a good horning" but also we American drives on right side...Must seem backward to you...Driving on the left seem backwards.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, it one of those curious Indian ways of saying things. Via tv and movies, we are quite used to you driving on the wrong side.

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  3. OMG ... the Grand Prix !!! Now THAT needs a good Horning!!! LOL

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    1. Lady J, a revised non government figure of $90 million in subsidies is suggested. What a waste.

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  4. Can you imagine how he felt when he realised he couldn't get away from you? Bricking it, comes to mind.

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    1. Marie, poor lad was just so unlucky. Yes, I expect he may have been quite concerned.

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  5. My car has a horn that sounds like a clown car, rather unfortunately. It does not really work as a warning device.

    Some nutcase in the neighbourhood has a horn that sounds like a train, which drove everyone mad for a while because they kept wondering how they were hearing a train when there are no tracks anywhere near here.

    I think I should invest in a new horn that might scare the living daylights out of people, as it is when I use it nobody notices. :/ But it won't sound like a train. Maybe a large truck horn might work.

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    1. Snoskred, our older car has one of those horrible horns. If you are going to spend money, better to have a pop out laser so you can zap the offender.

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    2. Snoskred; may I suggest a horn that shouts 'GET OUT OF MY BLOODY WAY'. I've wanted one for years!

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    3. The horn I seem to need would shout "WHICH SIDE OF THE ROAD ARE WE MEANT TO DRIVE ON?" or perhaps "LANE DEPARTURE ALERT" :)

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    4. Cro, that would be ok but maybe makes you as a driver seem too aggressive.

      Snoskred, yes, aren't people now such lane wanderers. You know why. They are busy with their phones.

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  6. Perhaps this is how they do it in India and he hasn't been here long enough to know he shouldn't do that here.

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    1. River, undoubtedly, but not the done thing here. Pedestrians from some Asian countries have problems on our roads as they expect cars to be very forgiving to the things they should not do.

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  7. You were both lucky no one was behind you. How odd he drove into your garage, i had to smile to myself :)

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    1. Margaret, I can understand why he swung into our garage entrance. It the second one, but big and obvious.

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  8. It's funny story in the end - or at least it will be in a year's time!
    It reminds me of a time when an African man was in my retail shop making a nuisance of himself. I picked up the phone pretending to phone the police expecting that to make him leave but no. He he said "I will wait until the police come because you will tell them that I ran away!"
    What to do? At that moment a policeman just happened by pure coincidence to be strolling past the shop front. The wild African man ran out and button-holed him with a stream of crazy vocals. The cop looked at be and shrugged, totally bewildered.
    Seems funny now......
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    1. Bazza, it does sound funny. Making a nuisance of himself could be all sorts of things, but perhaps just rowdy. Sounds like he is skilled performer when collared by a bobby.

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  9. I don't know why the most peaceful men suddenly become an aggressive terrorist only not to loose a second or because he is in his right. The graveyard is not far anyway ....

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    1. Gattina, that is the way we do it in Australia. We are very aggressive drivers.

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  10. Not sure about Melbourne, but I noticed in Sydney people hoot all the time, something you hardly ever hear in Perth.
    Silly man driving into your garage entrance!

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    1. Sami, plenty of hooting here, constantly. Partly it is because of traffic congestion where people sit stationary for so long, they lose concentration on traffic lights etc.

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  11. I can't remember the last time I heard someone give a good horning here in Perth.. on the road that is 😀😀

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    1. Grace, your traffic is more gentle there. Even in Sydney I feel the traffic is more gentle than here.

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  12. Good grief. That could have been a serious accident. He deserved a honk.

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    1. Sandra, yes, it was a silly thing to do.

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  13. I happy not to drive to much stress.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, when I retire I will be happy to drive much much less.

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  14. That's a funny story and I imagine the guy was embarrassed or scared, thinking you were going to do some anglo road rage thing to him.

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    1. Strayer, to use bad English, well that'll learn him.

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