SIDE BICYCLE

April 9, 2003

as i was saying while i was interrupted by my bossing yesterday. nasagasaan ako ng bisikleta kahapon ng umaga while i was on the way to work from the train station. sa expo station kasi hanggang office is a five minute walk. eto akong mabilis na naglalakad sa sidewalk may narinig na ingay at biglang napatingin sa likod ko. bigla na lang may parating na bisikleta sa harap ko. inilag ko yung mukha ko at tinaas ang aking mga kamay pangsanga. tinamaan ng siko ko ang mukha ng mama. di naman siya tumumba pero siguro masakit pa rin ang panga niya hanggang ngayon. aawayin ko sana kasi meron akong “moral highground”. bawal mag bike sa sidewalk eh. kaya nga “sidewalk” ang tawag doon kasi pang-walking. sana kung “sidebicycle” yon. ang dami ko sanang sasabihin sa mama:

“you nearly killed me, you moron.”
“you’re not allowed to ride a bicycle in the sidewalk, you ipis brain”
“you @$%#@#$@$$^&(%#@$! watch where you’re going!”
“what are you trying to EXIT ha?” (in tagalog: anong gusto mong palabasin?”)
“what are you taking me for? granted?”

filled with righteous anger, gusto ko sanang hamunin ng suntukan. kaya lang naisip ko, ganito nagsisimula ang mga guerra. people claiming to have the moral highground, filled with righteousness and male hormones, trying to pick a fight. what was i trying to exit kung hamunin ko siya ng suntukan. wala. walang magandang kalalabasan. and so, hindi ako naging confrontational asshole (na kadalasan magiging reaction ko). naglakad na lang ako ng mas mabilis papuntang opis.

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