Bob Eisenman

getting tired of people stopping me and asking me what I'm riding

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Why stop and converse? Your being trapped into a lop sided conversation. You have places to go and things to do and see while out riding upon your property. 'Excuse me..I'm going somewhere...I can't stop and talk right now....Leave me alone'!

It's your property. It costs a respectable amount of money. It's your risk. If you haven't caused injury, trespassed or endangered the public you have little to gain making small friendly small talk. If there is a legal issue you will know for sure when you become stopped by police , an authority or denied access to services by a transit employee.

The average question asker has zero interest in riding an Electric Unicycle, is attracted to you only by the sight of your riding and benefits from the conversation more than the rider because in fact you've been interrogated for answers he/she can use with downstream listeners and authorities who can ultimately limit your enjoyment based on principles of existing or impending law.

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I just wave to them like parade reguardless of what they say to me or they just looking at me.

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When stop and talk you will be amazed at how many people show you how rude selfish and inconsiderate they are. :furious:The attitudes you will get will reassure you of the wisdom of not stopping in the first place.:D Seriously I ride for my own enjoyment. I dont owe anybody a conversation. That said the people worth talking to will make it apparent. Some people are cool as hell and say intelligent and funny things. Bless those few:innocent1:

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21 minutes ago, Scully said:

Cheer up Bob
If you don't want to stop and chat, don't make eye contact.

He is in the USA.  People here are for the most part not very considerate or bright. When you ignore them there is a high probability that they will say something insulting. It took me a while for this to not make me uncomfortable. People in the usa call you to stop like you owe them a conversation.:crying:

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The topic headline was borrowed from within the forum to address a general complaint felt by some riders and myself.

And then there are the vocal or silent car drivers and occupants you can't compete with as they pass by...

I was riding on the sidewalk awhile ago. The road was separated from the walk by a cars width and a painted white lline. As one car passed it was half way into the shoulder between the walk and the painted line. As the car passed in the 30 mph zone the driver veered back into to car lane.

Going from town to town once a car passenger shouted 'what's the problem... someone cut your legs off?'

Or crossing in a crosswalk while a car moves with hockey player swiftness to pass through the zone first.

I passed a lady once who made big effort to establish a conversation with questions like 'I just have to ask you...' spoken tens of feet away as I travelled down a hill on a sidewalk. Passing by her she said in a smirking hurt voice ..'no?..' meaning I declined to stop and talk.

There is no such entity as community EUC relations.

 

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Yell to them "Why so serious?!" The ultimate universal response to anything in life B)

Besides, except walking, running, swimming or carrying, everything is cheating, even baby transport or a snowboard.

And if they yell "what the hell is that?!" of course my response will be "it's a monoped!"

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49 minutes ago, nomad said:

Yell to them "Why so serious?!" The ultimate universal response to anything in life B)

I think that only works for Gotham City arch-villains...

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@Bob Eisenman You apparently live in a country where people are talkative and easy going. Come and try riding in Brussels, where people are shy and often unfriendly or even impolite and you will see the difference, they won't talk to you as much :D
I should try riding in more country-side parts of Belgium, where people are more relaxed than Brussels, I might face the same problem as you.

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I just usually waive or say hello, few times people went after me to get to know what it was, we had a good conversation. I use euc for work and fun, when im going to work, I dont stop, I just waive.

Think about it, when you saw the wheel for the fist time, that how they feel... WOW 

 

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I was riding out of town recently and stopped at the local mall. As I slowed down to a stop before the doorway two middle aged women looked startled and asked 'what is that ?' I paused a bit, powered down and put the pedals up. After lifting the colorfully self padded Ninebot to go inside I responded 'it's how I get around' to which they responded 'yeah...'.

On another ride, near sunset while on the sidewalk of the next town, which annually annihilates the High School football team at Thanksgiving, a driver quipped 'what's it called?' to which I responded 'FUN' and to which he responded 'don't trip'.

Closer to Halloween, a big deal for the town where I live, I was skirting the fringe of the congested pedestrian attractions at the end of a 30 mile ride (in recharged intervals). I crossed an intersection at the 'walk' light and moved into the ride side of a wide sidewalk to avoid operating in traffic. A twenty-ish woman popped into 'my side of the sidewalk' at the last moment and said 'sidewalk'. I replied 'don't do it' to the woman who was two arms length away. At the last moment she jumped back amongst her friends and our arms brushed slightly in the passing.

Quite often people will watch me glide by and say 'awsome' which suggests something more positive.

Riding to the mall along a revently repaved Street , at night while using a bright flashlight, a homeowner standing on her front porch said frightfully 'what the hell is that !'

Taming an alternate night route to the grocery store, using a no motor vehicles bike path, I continued onto a rarely used Street where a pair of headlights had slowed to a crawl in the middle of the road. Passing the car well off to the side I could read the printed lable and see the color scheme of the local police.

Returning once at night from the grocery store along a rarely used sidewalk leading to the roadway border between two towns I moved along the unlit parking lot of a Jewish funeral home. A dark vehicle looked to occupy a corner of that lot. A local police officer exited the vehicle, walked directly to the sidewalk and standing in the middle of it said 'what do you call that?' After a minutes long conversation with 'Mike' I moved along back to my apartment with a pack full of groceries and a container of somewhat softened ice cream.

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Regarding what to say, I found this short clip during a ride a few weeks back. I probably should have stopped to explain further but I was late for supper.

 

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On 12/3/2016 at 3:16 PM, Bob Eisenman said:

you have little to gain making small friendly small talk

Research suggests that small little talks are quite a relevant factor in what makes people happy. So it seems there is a lot to gain after all...

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On 12/3/2016 at 4:34 PM, tadrossi said:

When stop and talk you will be amazed at how many people show you how rude selfish and inconsiderate they are.

I had overall probably more than a hundred little chats, none of which was even close to be rude and only very few could be judged as somewhat selfish or inconsiderate. The one time an old woman yelled at me, I was the only one to blame, as I had been passing her in an inept (and inconsiderate) move just too closely. So if you feel that people are rude, selfish or inconsiderate, the reason might well be that they have the same feelings about you.

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