I quite enjoyed this article, Joe...and I don't think you even need to be from a big city to be affected by some of these people. Perhaps not the barreler. The place I have noticed most of these people was in college. People walk like retards. The one that bothers me the most is the European...that really drives me crazy, you walk on the right side people...the RIGHT!! However, the 3+ group is also annoying because if you need to pass them, you basically have to turn sideways to squeeze through, and they aren't walking so slow that you just need to walk regular pace to pass...you actually have to speed up to a near run. And you frequently pass them when you are by yourself with no friends...alas, poor you. I also don't like it when people are carrying a ton of bags and shit and you can hardly get by them without brushing something off their arm. They frequently are also walking incredibly slow because they are so loaded down.
I hadn't really thought about people holding lots of junk. I did think of people holding big things that take up more of the sidewalk, like those suitcases with wheels. I am going to try to do two more parts in the next three days, but it's going to be pretty difficult.
Haha yeah the suitcases with wheels are very irritating. Especially if you are behind one and it catches a little pebble in it's wheel and gets stuck. And then the whole rhythm of the street/hallway is ruined. I'm not sure if that's ever happened to me but I can see it in my mind and it is terrible.
I'm guilty of a few of them myself, sometimes on purpose, sometimes because im drunk. Also sometimes because im the most important guy in the world.
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Now that I've actually read the articles, what about the Flood Controllers?
Those are the type that get so fed up with annoying walkers, that they intentionally yell at the top of their lungs some sort of battle cry and shred (not literally SHRED, but you get the idea) through the slow-moving crowd in front of them. They are often followed by people who realize that they can get through the small path that the Flood Controller creates in his wake, and who are lucky enough to be behind him at the time.
They're sort of similar to the Barrellers, but on a much more extreme, lack-of-dignitied, and respectless level.
Flood Controllers is a good term and I hadn't thought of the people who follow in the wake of such a person, which I thank you for pointing out, but this sounds like a very specific situation you are presenting. I frankly have never witnessed such a spectacle. Is there a high population of vikings in your area or something?
There is a group I am planning to have in the last part that will cover something somewhat similar, I suppose.
I stole your phrase "Flood Controllers" and used it to describe a different type of walker. Please let me know if this infuriates you and, if so, I will remove the name and your newfound internet fame altogether.
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