Aug 15, 2011

Beware and be careful.

Tweeted by Aaron Pilling (@adpilling): Watchout for crazy old guy in late 90s dark green suburban. Hoosier vet plate 128. Tried running me off road, pulled gun. Filing report.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

holy shit, where was this at?
If he pointed the gun that could be a felony, and is definitely a felony if he doesn't have a concealed carry permit.

Carl said...

Aaron, can you tell us where this happened? That's some scary s**t, I'll gladly detour around an area where "crazy old ARMED man" hangs out.

-Carl

Anonymous said...

I think his twitter is actually @adpilling1

Pilling said...

Thanks for the questions. My little altercation occurred on Moores Pike, by the College mall Movie theater while I was heading home on Sat around 5:30pm. Heading up the hill past the stop light, the green suburban, which was two cars back, was incessantly honking the horn. He passed way too close, practically running me off the road. With the passenger side window rolled down, crazy old dude screamed some mindless profanities... typical, so I thought! I deservedly responded by giving him the finger as he passed. He then proceeded to stop on the road, parallel with the flow of traffic. As I came up on his driver side to pass, he had the driver side window rolled down. Screaming and with his long barrel revolver pointed at me, he screamed some more profanities. Now in front of him, I sought shelter in the Arbors parking lot and waited for him to leave the scene, which he did.

I filled a police report on Sunday. Not sure what's next. But let my lesson resonate to all cyclists. We deal with road rage on a daily basis and I've always had an intolerant attitude when it comes to these types of altercations. My suggestion is to pick your battles wisely on the road. While it's important to make your road presence known to motorists, be mindful of the rare fully retarded crazies! In a battle with "crazy", crazy will almost always win. It could have been much, much worse.

Will I think twice about waving my finger the next time I encounter a belligerent driver? Absolutely! Will this type of situation happen again? Definitely! But I will be more careful about the road rage battles I choose to fight. In the end, the signs of a true lunatic were written all over this incident... The beat up vehicle, the relentless honking, the irate screaming. When presented with these signs again, I will respond with diplomacy and a smile and will invite the guy over to my house for a beer. If the perp still acts crazy, then a pipe wrench to the noodle might instill him with some sanity.

Be careful out there. Ride free with confidence and intelligence. But watch out for the genetically inadequate nutjobs.

Pilling

Geraint Parry said...

This may be the most well written post ever posted on this blog. Want a job writing for BVN?

Scary shit!

Lyle said...

I think the OL would be a much more appropriate spot for a beer.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to start carrying my gun on rides. Way a gun at me and you're as good as dead! Glad everything turned out alright Pil and that you're alright. If you need me to come back to town to take care of business you've got my number. I've got pipe wrenches too

-Hank

Anonymous said...

"I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people."

Anonymous said...

who's car are we takin'!?

Anonymous said...

Hank, I hate to say it, but I can pretty much guarantee you that the old bastard in the suburban who has the loose screws and solid brass balls to pull out his Peacemaker revolver in broad daylight cuz some disrespectful lycra-clad punk is slowing down his commute to the fishin' hole----this man would get the drop on you every time. He'd have his cylinder empty before you even got your hands to your back pockets let alone got one in the chamber.

This guy is prolly at home right now reloading his own shells and targeting off 100 rds. a day---just waiting for some cyclist to give 'em any reason to set the world on fire.

So if you're gonna ride dirty on the bike and flex your steel ya better also rock the kevlar under your jersey and hope the old dude goes for your heart and not your brain.

-RJ

Erik Hamilton said...

that's not me RJ btw. there are two other RJ cyclists in Bloomington... or posers

RJ said...

and by me RJ I mean Ren-Jay...

Anonymous said...

TWO others!?? who is the other RJ besides Richard Joseph Stuart and Ren-Jay Shei?

Tell me he does not also have an S last name or I will absolutley flip my shit.

Anonymous said...

RJ Half

Anonymous said...

time for some vigilante justice! get out the torches and pitchforks!

Anonymous said...

RenJay Ive been shooting guns and hunting since I was about four. Just because you did a stint in the armed forces doesn't mean shit. I consider you a good buddy but I assure you that you don't have the slightest clue about my shooting abilities
Hank

RJ said...

i love how these morons are posting as hank and i when clearly we both post under our google accounts.

Hank said...

Agreed RJ but it's funny to read and keeps me entertained.

Anonymous said...

Also, keep an eye out for a beige or silver Silverado with an extended cab and driver whose armes are covered in tattoos. My friend was heading out to the lake on 446 and this guy ran him of the road too, but got out and threatened to kill him. Luckily another driver saw everything and stopped before it got too serious.

Anonymous said...

Aaron, have the police done anything? Or is this yet another case of "if we don't witness it, it didn't happen"?