At about 10:30 tonight, I was soaked through and shivering, and starting on my way home along Laurier. It hadn't been the most brilliant evening: I'd been caught in the pouring rain, with a barrage of back-to-back commitments to get to, and I had a thrown-out, painful back and very wet feet, so I was not in a mood to take any bullshit when I saw, up ahead through the dark and drizzle, the SUV parked in the bike lane with its running lights on.
I pulled right up behind it. The guy in the car was just sitting there. I planted my feet.
"Excuse me!" I shouted, as loud as I could.
And you guys.
No listen, really.
He put on his four-ways.
For real. Like "hey, it's cool, I got flashing lights that say I can be here."
I almost laughed. "Four-ways don't cut it!" I shouted.
And his four-ways went off. He revved his engine once, almost half-heartedly, like he thought "yeah, man, this'll freak her out," but without a whole lot of conviction.
I folded my arms.
He tapped his reverse lights, again without any real intent behind it.
I cocked an eyebrow.
And then he yanked the wheel sideways, lurched forward and out into the traffic lane, and sat there dumbly, while I rode past him and on over Elgin to the canal path.