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Epic temper tantrum

Dear Editor:

On a recent beautiful Colorado morning, I had just returned home from the gym and, as I pulled into my driveway, I witnessed the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in years: A woman who was pulling up on her road bike started hooting and hollering at the nearby construction workers that they had to move their car immediately, as she was running late for work. I understand how that goes – I oftentimes have things that can impede the punctuality of day-to-day life, but let me fill you in on the little imbecilec gems that make this story so absurd:

1. It was 11:15 a.m. Late for work? Sure.

2. She yelled “some people have to work around here” to about eight people swinging hammers, pouring concrete, you know, actual hard work. There weren’t any workers immediately responding to her screeching, so she stomped around the construction site for another five minutes yelling at the top of her lungs for anyone that would listen to her.

3. She was illegally parked in a fire lane. Yes, you read that correctly – a fire lane. The truck blocking her brand-new Mercedes was unloading a 300-pound refrigerator.

4. It took her about 45 minutes to change from her road bike gear to her “work attire” (yoga pants and a hair tie).

5. On her way out she made one last comment in the tune of “don’t park there again, that’s my personal spot” (no, she wasn’t driving a fire truck).

Now, to be honest, I was a little embarrassed for this woman; she actually thinks it’s OK to treat people that way. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to go through life like that? She probably asks herself on a daily basis, “Why are people so incredibly rude to me?”

Anyway, I think it’s only fair to do my part as a good Samaritan and forward some helpful advice. I’m not going to yammer on about how you should be nice to people and whatnot. Actually, my advice you may not have thought of (could be too late?): When you are unfortunate enough to live right next to a construction site keep in mind this one little pearl of wisdom, there are nails and screws everywhere! Those suckers end up in tires all the time!

Keep up the good work, construction workers, that really doesn’t look easy.

John Gates


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