Tuesday, September 08, 2009


One of my favorite things is the awkward run in. It is when the walking trajectory of two people match up, they notice it, try to advert the collision, and wind up doing a spastic dance to go around.

I've done it many times and have seen it happen to other people many times. In school me and a friend enjoyed this so much we tried to manufacture them with varying results.

Last week I saw one of the best run ins you could find. An F-5 run in. The rating system is like tornadoes, F-1 being weak and F-5 being incredible. Shion, I submit this run in into the run in hall of fame.

Here's is how it went down:

I was stopped in traffic on the bridge. There was bicycle guy.
And walking guy.
Bicycle guy was coming up to walking guy.
Walking guy noticed bicycle guy and tried to get out of the way.

It turned into a spastic dance.

I saw this next part in slow motion.

The contact was long and awkward. Bicycle guy's face was almost swallowed by walking guys back. Walking guy was so stunned by the run in he couldn't move.
I couldn't hear walking guy but I read his lips and his lips said "sorry".


shiontakeuchi said...

!!! Hahaha oh my goodness! Luckily bicycle guy was wearing a helmet. Did I ever tell you about the awkward run-in variation in stairwells? Adds a vertical element...

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

wait a minute... so, bicycle guy was angry and walking guy was apologetic?!!! was it a bike path or a sidewalk? i am outraged by bicycle guy's self righteous expression.

Erik Benson said...

I was also surprised by bicycle guys reaction. It was a standard sidewalk and yet he was upset by the guy walking on it.

Daron said...

hahahahaa, this actually made me laugh out loud. I don't think I would ever hang out with bicycle guy, he seems totally lame

tek! said...

hahaha that 2nd spastic panels is great! good observation aswell.

Christian Robinson said...

This is great Erik! I've seen this happen as well, my best friend Yvonne was hit from behind by a little girl on bicycle. Yvonne tried several times to avoid those training wheels, but still got hit : )

Caveat Productions said...

So funny! I was laughing out loud.

I'm not surprised the bicycle guy was a self righteous jerk. Ironic that they make such a big fuss about cars not looking out for them, and yet they'll mow down any pedestrian.

Luigi said...

funniest thing I've seen all month.

thank you!

Bill Robinson said...

Hilarious. Love when this happens to other people.

jennifer m. lee said...

this reminds me of eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

biking is awkward in general... i've had awkward encounters but i was never angry.. plus people in portland will just smile at you haha

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