So. I ride through Fitzroy Gardens every morning, even though it says no bikes. (It’s a Stupid rule so I ignore it) and about a year ago some 50ish year old business man yelled at me, I was wearing headphones so I said “sorry dude can’t hear you” as I rode past him, he yelled more and I turned and shugged my shoulders in a provocative way and and kept riding. The dude raged out and started chasing and screaming at me, it was a pretty funny site. I just rode away giggling. The dude ruined his own day.
Then a couple of months later I was riding through and another dude yelled at me as I was approaching (I ride quite slowly through the park cos it’s real pretty)
And as I went past I just said “why do you care? Relax pal” and that made him angier and he started motioning that he wanted to fight. I just kept riding.
I’ll often get dirty looks and what not so obviously it annoys some people that I slowly meander through the park in the morning.
After that one I thought I’d start experimenting with my approach to these people.
It’s like I had a do over, like groundhog day.
So I tried a couple of of things like if they say some shit I would just kind of agree and say “yeah I know”, as I’m riding past in an agreeable tone, and that kind of thing.
My latest thing is I ride through and force a big earnest, friendly smile as I ride through.
And no shit, it works! People who are giving me dirty looks more often than not will just pull it back, or go back to normal face.
Some people smile back and I haven’t had any yeller’s or finger wavers.
I figured it out! I had do overs! I groundhog day’d it.