When I resided in Colorado, I was free to walk or bike un-bothered, even greeted in a friendly manner quite often.
In Rhode Island, the same activities attracted screams out of car windows apparently in an attempt to startle me for fun.
Now, back in New York, I walk my dog and get insulted, called names and have food products hurled at me. Does that means I have progressively become a horrible person that deserves drive-by "attacks?" My character and looks must have declined exponentially over the past few years. Ha! I have never understood the appeal of insulting strangers for fun. Maybe it's just me, but I prefer giving a friendly hello or smile and nod.
Here are some of the things I have "learned" about myself:
I am a bitch. Who knew someone could just a person's character simply by driving by them?
I need to be honked at excessively. Maybe I look tired and they are trying to keep me alert for the safety of me and my puppy?
I look hungry. Why else would someone hurl a dinner roll at me?
I am less attractive than my dog. Hmm, he really is a good looking dog so I'll chalk this one up as a complement!
I find the humor in some of this, but on a deeper level, I am really disheartened by the decline of respect towards other humans. I also wonder if it is evidence of a regional difference in young people, or if time is rendering youth more obnoxious. Either way, I will continue taking good care of my dog and myself and walking in my neighborhood.
Here is something for the insulters to ponder: Is it really a wise idea to hurl insults at someone carrying a bag of dog poo?