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I finally ran into someone!

I've been told a couple of times that Londoners don't bother to get out of the way. They simply pretend not to see you and then plow into you. I hadn't experienced that yet. Had a couple of close calls. Even danced with a fellow yesterday or this afternoon—can't remember—who was at least trying to get out of my way.

But this evening, after the opera, this fellow was closing down on me from the side. I didn't even notice him until he was practically right on top of me. He could have swerved or slowed down, but no—and there was nothing I could do to avoid the collision.

Alas, there was no bone-crunching boom. My "nice" instincts kicked in and I did not lower my shoulder. Indeed, I sucked in my gut and curved me back to try to arrest my momentum, and so we really only grazed each other in a sort of half embrace. Then he had the nerve to act all inconvenienced. Well, then, next time I won't try so hard! I know full well who'd win that battle nine times out of ten!


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Apr. 28th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
That was my one big annoyance in London. I'm used the US where people (generally) walk in a manner vaguely representative of traffic flow (stay to the right), but over there it was every gal for herself. I learned to bob and weave really well.
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