I used to know
A new party is in the White House though
But in the category of music listeners there are a number of variants. Those who are reasonably responsible who use just one earbud so they can hear other trail users, those who don’t give a shit about other users and use 2 earbuds ensuring that they are a danger to other users, and the totally self-centered who play their music through a Bluetooth speaker that basically says ‘I don’t care about your outdoor experience, I’m going to impose my crappy music on you’.
Both of these last 2 suck, but for different reasons. With the 2-earbud rider at least they only piss me off when they do something stupid like turn in front of me as I’m passing them because they couldn’t here me call ‘On your left’. Fortunately, this has only happened a few times and hasn’t been disastrous yet because I expect it to happen when the rider doesn’t acknowledge me.
The Bluetooth rider is more clueless. He (and it has been a ‘he’ 100% of the time) thinks everyone wants to hear his music. Or maybe – ‘chicks dig it’. All I can promise is that for every 100 trail users he encounters, 100 won’t like his music. Either they don’t want to hear music (or phone calls, or motors, or any of the things they are escaping from) when they are on the trail. Or they just think, ‘your music sucks’. I can’t choose NOT to hear your music – you can choose to turn it off.
So – just turn it off – don’t be a wanker.
I moved here from California just over a year ago and was surprised to find that Utah drivers are worse than California drivers. They are more aggressive, less careful and more dangerous to other road users. The ONLY good thing is that it’s very rare to see someone get flipped off – I’m guessing that is mostly due to the old adage of ‘An armed society is a polite society’.
If you are new to the Beehive State here are some rules that will help you fit in:
You know – one that’s not too fast and not too slow. Too slow and drivers yell that I’m blocking their way. Too fast and they tell me I ‘came out of nowhere’
Doesn’t happen every week. Of course
I went to Vipassana meditation the other night. Across the courtyard I could hear an AA group doing their thing while we were doing ours. They were boisterous with lots of clapping while we were quiet and contemplative. One room was full of people who liked to party and one room was full people who needed to party. Sure sounded like they were having more fun.