I almost killed a night time runner at 10:30PM

by Rich DeMatteo on September 26, 2010 · 14 comments

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I know why people die.  It’s because they are stupid.  Now let me tell you a story.

For a number of reasons, one being to watch Dexter, I went home to my parents house today.  When the show ended at 10PM, I left to go back to my place.  There was a lot on my mind when I was driving on the highway back, nothing all that important, but I wasn’t exactly alert enough to swerve out of the way if a deer jumped in front of my car.  So anyway, I finally made my way to the exit and came up to the traffic light, where I sat waiting to make a left hand turn.  When it flashed green, I made my turn and not 3 seconds later I nearly demolished a running man in short shorts.

Immediately I had three questions.

  1. Why would anyone run outside on a busy street at 10:30PM?
  2. Why would anyone ever run against traffic?
  3. Why was he showing so much of his upper thigh?

I’ll never understand why he wasn’t at least on the side walk, or why he chose such awful night time running attire.  I think the dude had on a combo of dark green and blue, both didn’t do much to give away his presence on the road.  Seriously, if you go running on my streets, I want you to wear something that even Heller Keller would notice.  When I see you running, I want to literally say out loud, “What in god’s name is that bullshit”?  Be a frigging UFO, because I don’t need the drama that follows killing you with my car, you stupid piece of shit.

So what happened?

I swerved out of the way, beeped my horn, and made that weird hands in the air/shoulder shrug gesture that all upset drivers make (which I’m pretty sure he never saw).  I hope I messed up his breathing and ruined his run, because the experience scared the shit out of me.  Stupid asshole.

I’d love to make this about recruiting, or careers, or HR, but that’s just not going to happen.  This is just a rant.

However, I do promise to have a few goodies this week, all of which will be a bit more insightful than tonight’s post.

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14 comments
Paul Smith
Paul Smith

I'm glad that you let loose and didn't make it about HR or recruiting. Your rant made me laugh.

Megan
Megan

Running against traffic is a known rule...you run against and you bike with so as much as you can be upset at this runner he/she was on the correct side.

@JeffreyPia
@JeffreyPia

Well if I had to walk/jog in the road, I'd also do it against traffic because if someone is going to hit me I want to see them coming as opposed to being taken out from behind! But that said, there was a sidewalk that the guy wasn't using, plus he had on non-reflective attire for a night-time jog. Must be a Darwin award nominee.

Recruiting Animal
Recruiting Animal

You are going to meet lots of idiots on a job hunt or recruiting assignment. In fact, some times you will be the idiot. Any moral you draw from your driving story applies everywhere.

Recruiting Animal
Recruiting Animal

Yesterday I was in the middle of an intersection waiting to make a left turn. The light turned orange. Anyone could see that it was about to turn red. I was going to move into my turn when an oncoming car sped up to shoot across the street just as the red light was about to come on. I would have liked to move my car into the intersection so he would have crashed into me and got into trouble. But I didn't. In fact, I would probably have been responsible. Which leads to the lesson: give idiots lots of leeway.

Andrew
Andrew

Just remember, Rich, it's called the AVERAGE IQ - not the most common IQ - for a reason. Or, to quote a wise man, "Stupid is as stupid does."

AJ Kulatunga
AJ Kulatunga

Mate! Glad your okay. Quick COTJ spin on the story could be how most of us run around in our own little world thinking everything is okay with our careers and not get noticed until we almost get hit by a recruiter who wants us to change! Just a thought... Dream, Build, Inspire, Lead! AJ~

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Paul - I felt good about the rant as well! :o)

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Megan - Well, thanks for clearing up 1 of my 3 questions. I still don't understand why he was running at 10:30 in pitch dark with nothing to give away his presence on the road. Also, you didn't explain why his upper thigh was showing. Thank you though, for explaining why he was running against traffic!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jeffrey - Point taken! He should have used the side walk!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Many times I've looked back at a previous situation, or even a current situation and knew I was wrong or the idiot. It's not a very good feeling, but when that happens you just hope you make a better decision next time. Thanks again!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

I believe that in most situations, it takes two idiots to cause a car crash, or a life crash. Often times, someone is so moronic that it doesn't matter what others do, but more times than not, if one person thinks logically then they can avoid a disaster. I'm glad you decided to give him/her room. Seems like the smarter and safer decision. Thanks, Animal.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Andrew - Oi vey.... that's all i can say

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey AJ - I mean, I always say that my readers are smarter than I am, so I'd love everyones take on how to spin this into a related topic for the site. I JUST wanted to rant! Thanks!