I Always Approach The T-Bone of Vendome Into London Because Of Idiots Like This

Most of the northbound motorist morons I meet at this intersection (map) — and trust me on this there is a legion of ’em — are limit-line challenged. They’ll either barely slow down upon arrival at the stop sign, or they’ll California roll on through with their left turns, leaving me two options. Either I can tuck in behind them to get from London south onto Vendome, or if they capital “J” Jerk to an impatient stop shocked by the sudden inexplicable appearance of me and my bike I can pass across their grilles and headlights to then turn left sharply and slowly after I clear them.

Since it’s almost always better to be behind a forward moving car piloted by a doofus rather than in front of it and because I’m a total genius, I usually opt for the tuck maneuver.

Then there are the brainfarts like the driver caught on cam this morning. As you’ll see below he overshoots the limit line. But then to my surprise he redeems himself by coming to an almost-stop upon seeing me approach. I’m so impressed with his moment of conscientiousness and consideration that I abort my tuck move and decide to go around him the proper way. Silly me, because the moment I make that decision the bastard inexplicably crawls out in front of me as if I was just a meaningless victim of his short-term memory issues, which I was.

Wait. Short-term memory what?

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."