There is what I believe to be a relatively new to the Westcoast and very unpleasant social phenomena going on that I am not at all comfortable with; people who walk towards you and do not move aside or make any effort to go around you who therefore walk right into you.
My Sweetheart and I were at Granville Island today with the girls in our back-pack
carriers (never take a stroller to Granville Island!) and it happened time and again, people would walk right into me!
There is no reason for them not to see me, I am closer to 300 pounds than 200, and I am over six feet tall with a shiny shaved head. You can’t help but notice me especially when I have a 30 pound toddler screaming on my back.
At first I was making every effort to dive out of the way. Side-stepping around all sorts of people, old and young, male and female, every ethnic group was walking into me. Then I thought, what the hell is going on around here? Why am I doing all the diving out of the way of all these ignorant prats? Screw you.
However, rather than just walking into and over someone I came up with a more creative solution. Now when I see someone walking towards me and it becomes obvious they are not going to make any move to accommodate the fact that there are now two people who require passage on the walkway, I make an abrupt stop and a hard turn to the right. And then stand there looking off to the side as if I am deep in thought.
Bam! They are so thrown off their game that they are forced to sidestep around the mountain of a man and child that is suddenly standing there in their way. Works every time.