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Just deserts

July 27, 2010

This is another completely non-design related post but as it relates to cosmic karma I simply could not resist.

I'm a fairly avid bike commuter and try to bike into work at least a couple of times a week when the weather is nice. Last night I was on my way home, biking in heavy traffic on East Washington avenue - a fairly major Madison surface street with a nice fat bike lane. I was passed on my left by a whitish SUV with a rolled down passenger window when there was a blur of motion, a crash and I found myself drenched with a deluge of sticky soda. In my shock I almost face-planted my bike but wobbled and recovered in time to hear the SUV passenger laughing as they sped away.

I can't even begin to describe how infuriated I was. I stood on the pedals with everything I was worth trying to catch up to this fool. I'm not certain what my objective was - probably to get the crap beat out of me, but I at least wanted the satisfaction of shouting a few choice profanities. Traffic was moving pretty slowly and there was a red light in the distance, so for a moment, I thought I'd have the chance, but the driver must have seen me gaining because he pulled into the bike lane himself and sped around the traffic and disappeared.

​Soaked, sticky and shaking I continued to slog along the road, sputtering and muttering to myself and cursing the injustices in the world.

Soaked, sticky and shaking I continued to slog along the road, sputtering and muttering to myself and cursing the injustices in the world. However, just a bit later, I noticed the pulsing of a red and blue police light in the distance. Could it be???

As I rode up to the scene, there indeed was the same car pulled to the side of the road and hemmed in by not one but FOUR police cars. I pulled up into an adjacent parking lot where another car was parked and the police were questioning the driver. She leaned out and shouted - "I saw the whole thing and called the police!" Awesome! My only disappointment was that by the time the police had finished taking my statement my good Samaritan had driven away, and I never had the chance to thank her.

Chalk one up for our fair city and just deserts.

(oh.. and by the way... if you're one of many people who are wondering if this should be "just deserts" or "just desserts"... you can check this out.. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/just_deserts. I'd thank my 7th grade English teacher if I could remember her name. Darn)