Sidewalk Stories

I have this thing about people walking the wrong way on the sidewalk. At a school with 50,000 students, this is not unusual, but I've probably encountered more people on the sidewalk since I moved here in August than the entire time I lived in Pittsburgh. It's crazy. AND PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHERE TO WALK!! Sometimes I subconciously move out of the way which then pisses me off-- YOU'RE the one walking on the wrong side!! Other times I hold my ground and make them move. One girl was on the phone and I stopped when she was coming toward me and she walked into the grass. I felt victorious but then immediately bad. I don't have to have bad manners just because you do.

I'm SO tempted to be like everyone else and just chalk something on the sidewalks. But mine would be a diagram with arrows that said "Walk this way." And I would write it all over campus for the sidewalk impaired. There would be articles in the newspapers about me. "Who's the walk this way person?" And people making false claims about the identity. It'd be great.

You know the oddity overloads? Turns out I've been infected. It's true. Someone chalked a giant maze the shape of a snail's shell on the sidewalk and I was super tempted to walk through it at snail's pace but I was already about to be late to my lab. Bah! Lololol!


Rashan Jamal said...

LOL @ you being the sidewalk bully! Make them get out your way, and then say "Excuse Me, Sorry!" I always wonder about people on the wrong side of the sidewalk. Are you from Europe or something?

I'm getting you some chalk next time I see you. We'll mark up the sidewalks one night. I hope the maze is still there. I would totally do it.

Sha Boogie said...

I can't wait to read your blog when you actually chalk the sidewalk with a proper walking diagram, LOL!

Adei von K said...

you know I have chalk for days!!! I think you should do it!! People don't drive on the wrong side of the road so why should the walk on the wrong side of the path!?

Not so Anonymous said...

Ok...don't beat me up or anything, but I did not know there was a right or wrong side of the sidewalk. Now, when I was in a DC, I would typically walk with the herds going my way, but other than that, I just walk as I please.

I totally think you and rashan should draw diagrams all over that campus...the sidewalk impaired, like me, would be grateful.lol

the joy said...

I didn't know there was a side of the sidewalk. Although if a crowd of people are walking in a direction I hate for someone to try to go through it. There are worse thngs to do on a sidewalk I think.

Southerner in Suomi said...

I wouldn't say that's rude (this was a problem at LSU), so much as you are teaching them the correct way to walk.

And we never had diagrams. Just stupid messages.

Jameil said...

rj... i'm just saying! what's excuse me sorry from? idk where they're from!? the maze is already gone. :( we can make a new one when we're doing our diagrams!!

sha... lol! next trip here for Rashan it's ON!!

adei... sidewalk chalk? gimme!! EXACTLY!! walk on the same side of the sidewalk as you would drive on the road.

aretha... MESS!! same as you would drive on the road!! blog flogging commences!! we are SO drawing it up!

joy... you and aretha!! sigh.

v... i'm gonna do it, too. there are lots of msgs as well.

CNEL said...

I had a flashback to either a convo or something I watched, when someone said a man should never talk to his daughter about her weight.

And instantly I got it,just how impactful parents words are, and how it impacts self-esteem.

Jameil said...

yay!! if i can help people one at a time, i rock!! lol.