(Clears throat - steps up to the mike)
Listen, I just like to ride my bike OK? I don't ride it because it's green, low cost, rebellious or politically correct. I ride for pleasure, adventure and the visceral / endorphin rush that accompanies every ride. I ride it for it's damn near mechanical perfection.
I've been sensing a little tension amongst the two Prius folk I encounter. One of them is an individual who I see while commuting. We meet at the same traffic light crossing Victory Highway from time to time - and it has gotten a little silly. Often when I approach the light I'll tend towards the left side of the lane for two reasons: To make it clear to oncoming traffic that I'm in the intersection, and to let the motorists behind me who want to turn right pass. On a few mornings - the little blue Prius with the bearded man will approach quietly from behind as the motor doesn't run while slowing and stop pretty close behind. Umm dude. I know your there. I got this mirror thingy. Sometimes - we'll be approaching the light simultaneously and he'll make an attempt to get ahead to claim the alpha position. Of course - that means when he gets to the intersection his car is pretty much in the other lane. Umm dude. Just get in line, I promise - you won't lose any time. When we meet along the road - he tends to drive past without slowing a little closer than the regulars.. Umm dude??? In the end - there's really no harm done.
But I think something else might be going on.
The other Prius guy I know - works with me. For awhile he had been driving a sensible beige colored Toyota Corolla that probably had another 5 years left in her. Not too long ago when gas prices started getting close to half what the rest of the world pays, he came in with a shiny new Prius. It was on *that* day - that he approached and stated "well, ya got me beat" - "no way I can compete with a bike". I just chuckled - because he is right, and because he just showed his cards. It's not fair to lump buying groups together - but I'm thinking Prius folk are trying to win something and they know "bikes have them beat"
Really dude... I wasn't competing.
Beating the Prius at its own game is another of those circumstantial benefits you get from biking. Nowhere near as worthy as the mental and physical health benefits - but damn tasty in it's own way.
Sure hope I don't get flattened by one. Karma's funny like that. Or would it be "Carma"?