>> Thursday, November 22, 2012 – keep calm carry on
Another day, another morning run with the pram.
It was a happy day, feeling great. Sun shining, no clouds and the locals with their canine kids we passed on the trail behind my house, were full of smiles and general pleasantries.
Maybe it wasn't such a bad place to live after all. Perhaps I've been harsh..just a tad. My response to the 'do you like where you live?' question is generally met with a built up frustrated rant of how my suburb is soulless, has zero community spirit, has not enough accessible infrastructure and is full of bogans and hoons. There are constant tyre skid marks on our street and I am woken in the middle of the night most weekends, by the sounds of motorbikes burning rubber along the trail I run along every day.
Plus you can't get a decent coffee anywhere. Anywhere.
Anyway..back to it.
Upon arriving home I realised the little master was still asleep. Not keen to risk waking him, I backed out of our door way and continued walking the pram up our street (much to Buddy dog's disgust and pleas from behind our fence of 'take meeee with youuuu, wooooof!').
Then I saw him.
I had just crossed a road and in his hotted up blue Astra (Astra? Yes..I laughed too) he flew around the roundabout past me, fumes streaming from the exhaust then cornered the street that I had just walked over.
I turned back to shake my head and out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of the car spinning down the street.
Oh my Astra, he has lost control.
I started running back towards the street. Little master still dozing away. I had already started mentally playing out images of me shaking my finger at him and his smashed up car shouting 'that's what happens when you hoooon!!' tusk tusk!
But the car was nowhere to be seen. Maybe he hadn't lost it. But he was flying and I swear I saw that car spinning.
I slowed down my pace and power walked down the street which was actually a court. I found his car at the end of the court parked. But he was gone. Damn it. I didn't know why I was so drawn to finding him. But there I was, rocking my pram, hovering between his car and his front yard. Feeling defeated, I went to walk away.
Then he appeared.
Then I shat my pants and questioned what the hell I was doing.
I don't know this person, he could be anyone. Yet with council workers spraying weeds only a few meters away I felt like I had a security buffer.
He was young, probably mid 20's, fit looking and had a friendly face.
He took one look at me and realised why I was there. He knew very well who I was.
Then the following occurred.
Hoon who drives a hotted up Astra: Smiles, 'G'day, how ya doing?'AP: Damnit, I'm a sucker for a friendly smile and he seems not bogan like at all. 'Hi there, I'm alright thanks. Was that you before? In that blue car? Did you come around that corner?'
Friendly hoon who drives a hotted up Astra: 'Yeah, just before, yeah down this street?'
AP: 'Yes, in that car did you fly around that corner and the roundabout? I had just walked over that road..'
Coy looking hoon who drives a hotted up Astra: 'But I saw ya..'AP: 'Yeah I know you saw me and that's great but you were going so fast.'
Repetitive hoon who drives a hotted up Astra: 'But I saw ya..'
AP: 'Please, please just slow down. I ran back because I thought you had lost control. One day you could hurt someone..or you could hurt yourself.'
Then..wait for it...wait, it's a douzy. I said this:
'And...and, well..you seem like a lovely young man and it's just not worth it.'
Hazzah! Lovely young man? What? Apparently overnight I turned 80. Happy Birthday to me!
The lovely young man who drove too quick in a hotted up blue Astra, had his head down. He looked up and then I realised he had blushed. He replied with 'yeah, ok..thanks, sorry.'
He jumped in the white van with his mate and they left. I wondered home with the little master still asleep.
I did it. I told off a hoon and made him blush.
However I don't think I'll be making a habit of approaching guys hooning in high powered cars..or Astra's for that matter.
Ha. Astra. What was he thinking? It's a girls car ya goose!
I will probably continue to shake my head and mutter obscenities under my breath upon hearing those screeching tyres, but fingers crossed there will be one less skid mark on our street this weekend.