To support squids or not to support squids.
To support squids or not to support squids that is the question.....
I met up with a ya-hoo (aka: wanna be a wankster but I can only afford to be a wank; saving up to add the -ster lata homie, ya feel me) on a katana 600 last night. I hate the ghetto wanna be's expecially up here in Maine, come on your a hick never been further south than NH and you think your straight out of brooklin, please)
What a interesting character, he was chasing me around Portland for about 10-15min before I stopped to see what was up. Typical squid no helmet or gloves he did have a nice pair of ray bans, but it was 11pm at night so I am sue the visibility was limited from them. I am assumeiing that between the shades and bling (gold cross that I though may have been to scale of the origional) he had more invested into his "personal assecories" than his bike and a years worth of insurance.
I was quite interested in his riding tallent or lack there of.....doing freequent "humping of the bike" to bounce the front up and pull several 4-5 inch wheelies for a tremendous distance (if you were wheelieing a FLHTC) maybe 5-6 feet. He was quite impressed with his own abilities. He started to figure out about 15-20 min later that I was not participating in his squidly behavior and decided to "blow me away" so he took off through the tail end of a yellow light... At the same time I saw flashing lights to my right approaching the intersection, sure enough is was one of Portland's finest, responding to a call.
In all of about .4 seconds I experienced several feelings at once, first happy that he would get caught acting like a dumbass, then sick to my stomach thinking of what he would look like after he is side swiped by a Portland cop driving a SUV with a brush guard on the front at 40mph. In a flash it was over the, squid locked up both breaks and started to slide with his rear end kicking out to his right. The Officer must have seen him comming because he swearved to the right and matted the SUV! Just as the SUV when by the dope on the Katana highsided over the right and launched himself a good 15-20 feet. The bike slid past him and into a curb on the opposite side of the street.
Here I am shaking my head, stopped at the light. Wondering, damn.... is that PO going to come back to see if he is okay? Sure enough in the moments of counting my lucky stars for not allowning him to provoke my squidly behavior in the downtown area. I helped him pick up the bike and he decided to lay down on the sidewalk. Another cop car showed up (5-10 min later) asked if he was okay, and what happened. No call for an ambulance or any type of medical exam. That's great just let a dude like that riday away with a concussion.....After telling the story to the officer I asked... "Why didn't the other officer stop?" He riplied that the other officer was a domestic disturbance call and would not stop because he need to respond to a potential life threatoning situation.... WTF? I asked how did he know that he wasn't hurt or killed in this accident? No answer.... After checking both of our info out.. Lic, reg, ins, inspection's the Officer asks: So, do you want me to fill out an accident report? The squidly man said, yes I do! Officer: Are you sure I don't think it was over $500 damage to your bike so it will probley just make your insurance go up. Again the squid says yes. The Officer said well then I guess I need to write you up for not stopping for an emergency vehicle and no inspection sticker then huh...
When I realized he wouldn't dignify himself to a responce to any of my questions, I thought just shut my mouth and get out of there before he starts being really nice and hands me a nice ticket too (even though all my info was in order and I did nothing wrong). I left my number with the unfortunate rider and told him I would be more than happy to participate in any type of legal proceedings against the city if he needed me. He had a friend drive a truck over to get the bike I recommended that he also take him to the hospital, to document the accident and get checked out.
I normally say the squid gets what he deserves in a situation like this but the complete lack of respect and responsibility displayed by Portland's finest has me worked up. What if it were me and the cop car just kept driving to go to a "life threatoning call" and I am laying in the road unconcious or unable to move, waiting for another car to run me over. Not impressed one bit! In this case I think I should support this guy even if I think he is a ghetto thuggin wanna be squid.