When I’m riding my bike and someone saunters into the bike lane or a driver has taken it up, I sing out “Veloweg!” I feel lcheerful, knowing that I’ve been a friendly reminder to people about keeping the bike lane for bikes.
So why is it that I feel so offended by my fellow citizen’s reminders of how to be a good neighbor?
-I have a dog.
While walking my doctor past a hedge, she naturally was drawn to sniff bellow it and catch scent of all the animals that have been there before her.
A woman in her bathrobe flew to her balcony and shouted something at me.
"Was?" I asked
"La ihn niit da pizzele!" (don’t let the dog pee there."
I smiled and said “she’s just sniffing.” In answer I got a glare and a finger wag. I was offended, but thought of nothing to say.
Two days later I took my poor sleepy puppy for her last wee and a couple walking slowly down the other side of the road stopped to glare at me. They then started crossing the street toward me and the man looked at me as if I’d called him something rude. I was just standing by my dog, who was sniffing every centimeter around a tree. “Will er auf miis Auto pizzele?” “Does that dog want to pee on my car?”
"Have you ever seen any dog pee on a car?" I asked. "If she wanted to, do you think that this short little Basset would be able to pee on your car?"
Passive aggressiveness continued from both of us, with edges in both of our voices. It was obnoxious.
So does that mean that I need to get better about canine criticism or that I need to shut my trap about defending the bicycle lane?