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So I was following a friend into the Napa parking lot and as we turned right into the lane directly in front of the store a monster truck with blacked out tint windows was in the first parking spot on the right parked facing out.
I assumed the truck was parked and could not see the driver due to the tint. The driver must have been fixed on my friend because as soon as he went by the guy hit the gas and nearly took me out.
The closest call I’ve had in a long time and 100% unexpected and something I’ve never even thought about.
I’ll file it away and be even more extra cautious in parking lots, which are lawless places in the USA where signs and lanes are mere suggestions.
 

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Did the redneck trucker acknowledge the fact the almost ran you over and express sorrow? Not that helps much if you're dead or injured. Anyway, glad you were lucky/skilled enough not to get hit!

Oh, and blacked out front door windows are illegal where I live...
 

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Pure luck here.
Good thing I wasn’t a foot closer and was smack dab in the middle of the lane.
Hi vis, driving lights, headlight modulator , tight on my friend and still he didn’t see me!
Blacked out front tints are illegal here too but still ubiquitous, people just do whatever they want in the USA, laws are for “suckers” here, that’s the attitude.
This country is turning into a third world sh**hole very quickly in a lot of places. Southwest Florida was a relative haven, sleepy and boring 20 years ago. It’s very quickly turning third world as more and more section eight housing goes in and people spill in escaping the hell holes of Miami and Lauderdale.
Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the most crime ridden place in the USA.
The hate is real here, it’s just normal for Latinos to assume you don’t understand Spanish and openly display their racism and hatred laughing to each other as they think they got one over on you.
They hate “Chinese” people (I’m half Korean) easily the most openly racist people I’ve ever encountered.
I’ve got a Cuban friend, looks Anglo 100% nobody suspects he’s a native Spanish speaker, he experiences this on a daily basis. I despise what is becoming of this country and “rednecks” are the least of my worries. My friends tell me I’m an honorary Redneck (I like to drink and shoot and fight and play country music, not at the same time though) I’ll take that honor!
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/new-city-pbc-other-florida-cities-among-most-dangerous-the/6VncCoyV9oIQ9VaXsOMocL/
 

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I like recognize that a lot of the back lash against the rednecks is reciprocity for the long period of time that they offered to anyone not like them, and still do.
It's Karma, learn from it. Small mindedness is contagious, hopefully open mindedness can be the same.

In parking lots it's not just rednecks in big trucks. A friend in Phoenix had a hapless old lady take her out. Stupid comes in all sorts.
 

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I’ve traveled this country extensively for 35 years now and I’ve found that the “rednecks” reputation for racism to be wildly overblown. I’ve lived and worked and existed amongst country people, farmers, ranchers, coal miners you name it. I played in a country band for A Texas fiddler and have experienced all sorts of roadhouse, country bar dives throughout the west.
My contention is that white people in the USA are the least racist, live and let live people in the world.
I’ve traveled the world, you could never convince me otherwise.
The modern media depiction of the “fly over deplorables” is as much of a caricature as Al Jolsen in blackface.
I’m not saying you can’t find some but in 35 years I can count on one hand the number I’ve run into overwhelmingly eclipsed by the people of good will .
8 years of Obama has set race relations in this country far back and its open season on white people out there.
You can be as openly racist as you want towards white people and most will jump on the bandwagon.
It’s disgusting and unacknowledged and rampant.
Because superficially I don’t appear white, people always feel free or obliged to show they are down by expressing their white hatred around me or worse apologizing for being white. I’m not having any of it.
It’s time to stop the war on white people in the USA and west in general.
This is all going to end badly.
 

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The contention that the driver was a “redneck” because it was a monster truck is a perfect example of the racism I’m talking about.
He wasn’t, and I’ll refrain from commenting on his race as it had nothing to do with it.
Just another idiot.
 

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Pure luck here.
Good thing I wasn’t a foot closer and was smack dab in the middle of the lane.
Hi vis, driving lights, headlight modulator , tight on my friend and still he didn’t see me!
Blacked out front tints are illegal here too but still ubiquitous, people just do whatever they want in the USA, laws are for “suckers” here, that’s the attitude.
This country is turning into a third world sh**hole very quickly in a lot of places. Southwest Florida was a relative haven, sleepy and boring 20 years ago. It’s very quickly turning third world as more and more section eight housing goes in and people spill in escaping the hell holes of Miami and Lauderdale.
Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the most crime ridden place in the USA.
The hate is real here, it’s just normal for Latinos to assume you don’t understand Spanish and openly display their racism and hatred laughing to each other as they think they got one over on you.
They hate “Chinese” people (I’m half Korean) easily the most openly racist people I’ve ever encountered.
I’ve got a Cuban friend, looks Anglo 100% nobody suspects he’s a native Spanish speaker, he experiences this on a daily basis. I despise what is becoming of this country and “rednecks” are the least of my worries. My friends tell me I’m an honorary Redneck (I like to drink and shoot and fight and play country music, not at the same time though) I’ll take that honor!
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/new-city-pbc-other-florida-cities-among-most-dangerous-the/6VncCoyV9oIQ9VaXsOMocL/
Oops, I thought the term redneck was a badge of honor...sorry if I offended anyone!
No offense, It’s just that these issues
are increasingly toxic and ever present
and in a place like Florida you’re just marinated in this crap and it leaves a stench.
You could never offend me but the assumption did touch a nerve.
I’m just so tired of it by now.
When Obama got elected I thought, well at least maybe this will go towards putting race issues to bed here, but no, the guy never missed a chance to deepen the divide at everyone’s expense.
 

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Glad you weren't hit. I'm always leery of any car in a parking lot that's running, especially if it has its backup lights on.
 

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Glad you weren't hit. I'm always leery of any car in a parking lot that's running, especially if it has its backup lights on.
That’s the thing, I had zero indication that this car was anything but parked. Reminded me of being hit by a Chevy Suburban back in the late eighties. The guy ran a red and broadsided me on my bicycle. All I remember is hearing that tranny kick down and that motor sucking air and looking over to see the grill and headlights. I did a Superman across four lane divided road intersection and rolled out before the curb. I remember thinking, “oh I’m going to shred my hands “ as the pavement approached and somehow I got up and my skull was unscathed and my hands had zero road rash(my impact point smooth oily patch)however my bar end jammed into my bladder at some point and I was pissing blood, I felt lucky though, very lucky!
I remember standing there looking at my palms in wonder when the driver ran over hysterical, almost crying.
I had a burley trailer that was permanently attached to my commuter bicycle, it and my bicycle were beneath the Suburban.
The guy thought I had a kid in the trailer and was hysterical
“Your baby! Your baby! Oh my god!”
I had to calm him down.
I’m still not really sure how that landing happened, but a witness said I jumped off the bike just before impact.
I wonder, who has practiced rolling out on a hard floor?
 

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Heh, I hi-sided once on a slippery turn, the bike threw me off and I landed on my feet at a full run. No idea how I pulled that off, sometimes your body just knows what to do.
 
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