Friday, February 1, 2008

Just because you go to Harvard doesn't mean you're smart

Yesterday I flew to NJ for a new business presentation; it went well, and we should hear something next week, but I don't want to say anything else lest I jinx our team who worked REALLY hard on it. Anyway, I had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to shower and be ready to pick up a colleague and head to Logan by 5:30 for our 7 a.m. flight; needless to say, I was exhausted!

We flew back to Boston in the afternoon, and as I was driving home on Mass Ave (which runs through Harvard) I almost hit a guy on a bike! I had the right-of-way and he pulled out on a red light. There was a van next to me so I didn't see the guy until near impact! So what does the guy on the bike do? He stops directly in front of my car and braces himself for impact (think arms up protecting his face and head turned in the opposite direction.) GOD ALMIGHTY!!!

Luckily my car still has awesome brakes (although probably not anymore) and I didn't even tap this guy. So as soon as he realizes he wasn't hit, he gets back on his bike and rides off, no apology no finger to me, nothing. Too shocked, I didn't yell at him or give him the finger either, but I was so angry and upset that he couldn't follow the simple rules of red light-stop, green light-go.

It just goes to show that not everyone who attends Harvard is smart.


Martha Elaine Belden said...

hahaha... and that guys unsmartness almost cost him his life.

wow. glad you didn't hit him though... that would have been a bitch of an insurance bill.

PR Moonlighter said...

yes, we were both very lucky. I don't know how I would have handled hitting someone!

Martha Elaine Belden said...

oh, i can't imagine. i watched 21 Grams last night. holy crap... i pray i never have an experience like that (hitting someone with my car, i mean)