If you have the misfortune to be on the distribution list of a friend or relative who indiscriminately forwards every funny or alarming email someone forwards to him, you have probably received one of those compilations of “idiot sightings.” They’re often shamelessly cribbed from the “True Tales of Induhviduals” in back issues of Scott Adams’ “Dilbert Newsletter,” and they usually end with a caution such as this:
They walk among us…
If any proof of this were needed, today while I was out walking, I was passed by a large black SUV. A head was hanging out an open window. It was not a dog’s head.
It was a child’s head. It was a very small child’s head—a baby’s head, in fact. It was hanging out the driver’s window. The very small child (baby) had to have been standing in the driver’s lap, unrestrained.
This is one of those situations where you wonder which person to belt first, the kid or the adult.
I’m voting for the adult. Some people do not realize that even a very short hit of the breaks could catapult someone forward. Some time ago I was cycling from work when a driver seemed to be heading for me, he was on my side of the road when he should have been on the other side. Luckily for me he noticed me, at the last possible moment, and pulled over. As he passed by I noticed that he was holding his cell phone in his hands. I had nowhere to go, cars where parked on my side so I made a narrow escape.