Someone out there has validated that I'm not alone in my fatigue of stupidity. Thank you!
Intellectuals, Liberals, people who generally pay attention. Didn't you learn anything in junior/ high school. Sports people and the wide-eyed mouth breathers that adore them are the most important people in the world. Your petty concerns about governance, fairness, and promotion of the good for everyone isn't important. What's important is the qualifying teams for playoffs, and making sure that the quarterback "really feels that it was tight, and real, you know what I'm sayin', and I jus' wanna thank Jesus for this last season, and wanna keep it tight, and real." So don't despair. The sports program at your children's school WILL be fully funded. The chemistry club, Trig' Olympics, and any other 'faggot' programs that you, or I enjoyed in our youth, will not be funded. So buck up, and remember; 'Sports people are the most important people in the world.' ...That doesn't include you, me, or any other 'faggot' that they'd like to strap to some fencing and leave for dead.
The 'former' owner of the dog likely didn't learn anything from this beyond his dog being absent. Many people don't take responsibility for themselves, and animals often are an extension of that. I'm not making this statement from any kind of ivory tower other than experience, and observation. That the dog's owner began screaming at you is demonstration of his mentality. By the way, little dogs DO have a problem with bicycles, (skateboards, push razors), but not because they 'think' they're evil, but likely because they're seen as an aggressive, fast moving animal to be chased. This in mind, my little dog is either held on leash, but mostly answers to my voice command. I know that if you do not take the time to train your dog, you shorten its lifespan. Your experience is an example as to how. I'm sorry you had to witness the dog's death, and truly sad that the dog was 'brought up' in such a chaotic environment that time, repetition, and expected behaviours weren't instilled in the dog. The owner failed his friend, then blamed you and others for it.
The sidewalks are for pedestrians. The cyclist should be on the street. Nothing is enforced downtown, but it is the only area where one can be ticketed for riding on the sidewalk. If riding on the sidewalk, one would think that with the time saved by riding a bike, that slowing down, going around, stopping, and generally being considerate of others would be the trade off for the savings. Wearing headphones, walking on the sideWALKs, and generally minding ones business is STILL a right everyone can enjoy...one of the few left. Pedestrians, and horses have the right-of-way in Oregon. Motorized, or on a bicycle, the pedestrian has right-of-way. How they walk is subjective to their frame, possibility of living with disability. Riding on the sidewalk has the same prohibitions as riding on the street. It's not all about you, (cyclist). Riding a bike in the city is a personal hazard one would be oblivious not to realize. This isn't eastern Oregon where people in cars are not only going to allow you right of way, but in foul weather stop and ask if they can save you some time, and give you a ride. Portland is a town that's bursting at the seams. Cyclists receive abuse because of this, but not all of it is undeserved. Put on your big-girl thong. You're tough. Be considerate.
This is just one example of why many people don't join organizations, clubs, participate in religious organizations any longer. University has become a way of extending adolescence into ones 30's, even 40's. In my personal experience, I've been subjected to "not gay enough", "too gay", "not Jewish enough", "ok, ok, we get it- you're Jewish." People have become their children, (providing they've reproduced). It's tiring, disappointing, and just not worth it! The synagogue clearly doesn't need my money, nor participation, and anyone I cleaned up vomit for in their final stages of AIDS is dead, and their cohorts spend their time turning the disease into some sort of religion. Tie this to the subject at hand; I've lived with, and had a lifelong friendship with someone 330+ lbs. I got sick of watching him sit a large pizza on his gut, with a 2 litre bottle of 'Barq's Diet', adjust his insulin, then bemoan how society needs to catch up and begin to accept plus-sized people. We're also supposed to 'get over' the skin-rot in the folds, the smell, the morbidity of it, and have at it with someone with advanced cellulitis. I'm with the writer on this one; 'Fuck all them all and the 'Rascal' they rode in on.'
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