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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-02-06 01:42 [#02624923]
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what's the sidewalk protocol where you are?

i remember once, going to see paul revere's trail with a
friend of mine who was super into assassin's creed, right
before the one based on that era came out. the pathways are
narrow, to the point where people going opposite directions
have to shuffle into single file somehow. larger groups can
have some issues condensing coherently

but i noticed the asian tourists would resolutely just step
off the path onto the grass. i remember being split between
appreciating it as a clever solution and finding it
incredibly irritating because it's just so... deferential?
that to my american tastes, it reads like a sort of sarcasm,
almost. as if they're saying, "well i'll just let the big
important man get out of the way" and eff you too. don't get
the hell out of my way you jerk

my nature is to think way too hard about this shit,
to be haunted by an awkward moment for weeks or months
afterwards, but then i've a policy and it's solved and no
problem.

and covid blew that up. and i'll stow the rest, but i'm
really still trying to figure some peoples' behavior out

so, polls, thad wanted polls? what's the sidewalk protocol
like where you live? how did covid change it? how has it
un/rechanged since covid has eased off? are people being
weird or is it like it never happened? etc

thx.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-02-06 02:03 [#02624924]
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oh, i'll go first, and i'll try to keep it readable

that 2020 everyone wearing masks outside; people so
irritating i quit walking for a year, essentially. danced at
home.

gradual, gradual unclenching of anii since. sort of like the
inverse of catching the waiter's eye at a restaurant, i find
myself avoiding giving eye until within a certain range of
someone, to avoid the, "are you going to move?" or "do you
want me to move?" because it's right irritating, that
exchange.

there are these amphetamine moms jogging with strollers and
they want you to get the fuck out of their way.
they've gotten used to parting the waters of other
pedestrians like moses during the pandemic and now they
don't want to give the perk up. my reaction is to do nothing
in particular. i neither impede nor clear out

then there are these churchy moms who, instead, are actually
going nuts trying to decide what the other person would
prefer. and the asian man who always just deferentially
stands on whoever's lawn he's at.

these are the outliers, though. most normal people -- myself
included -- have a sort of PTSD, i feel. that they don't
really give a shit about sidewalk whatever but people were
freaking nuts about it two years ago and so
everyone's still rather squirrelish with each other. seeing
others being squirrelish further reinforces the tendency

my reaction is to do nothing in particular. i'm just going
with my pre-covid policies.

then obviously, city sidewalks are way different. but i also
figure this is deeply, incredibly culturally specific. i'm
curious what it's like in england; germany. has even mild
canada felt the tension?


 

offline RussellDust on 2023-02-06 12:26 [#02624936]
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There is no protocol here. Generally people are well
behaved, I have no complaints.


 


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