I need to rant for a minute about 2 things that happened to my bike today and I know you will all understand.
Parked in a plaza in Coquitlam, in a parking stall just in front of Sprott-Shaw College where I was teaching today. I was parked diagonally in the stall. Half way through my lesson the receptionist knocked on the door saying that some guy had just backed into my bike! I ran outside and he had picked it up. Sure enough, he had decided to park backwards in the stall occupied by my bike and slammed right into it, knocking it on the right side (exhaust side). I had some choice words for him....how does someone back their car (a mercedes at that) right into a parking stall fully occupied by a motorcycle and not see it! Take the license away from this asshole! ARGH!
I waited for a tow (thanks to Julia for handing out the cards at the Swan that day) b/c some sort of liquid was dripping and when I tried riding around the parking lot it made a "chunking" noise. So while I was waiting I went to get a sandwhich at the place across the way. As I was walking back I noticed a kid (about 2 years old) trying to crawl up on my bike! I was furious cuz the mother was not paying any attention at all. I lit into her (probably more than I should have) but I was soooo furious that anyone would let their kid climb all over my vehicle....would this ever be okay to do for a car? NEVER! Why do people think it's ok for their child to climb on a bike like it's a toy! I was soooo pissed.
Needless to say I'm furious and without a bike for a bit. ICBC was great though...very friendly. However, I think the guy should have to pay for the gas in my car for the next two weeks....cuz it's gonna cost me more to commute as well as the extra time spent not using the HOV lanes! These are the little things that end up costing me....the victim of some asshole who probably paid for his license.
Ok I'm done.