While perusing a copy of Lynne Truss’ new book “Talk to the Hand,” I got to thinking about one of her – and my – pet peeves: NY sidewalk rules of etiquette, or the lack thereof.
1. It drives me crazy when people walk four abreast on the sidewalk. Since these people are generally tourists, I always do my best to crash through them whenever possible. I like confirming New York’s reputation of housing the rudest, most vile individuals on the planet. Especially for people from Atlanta, who talk too loudly and wear fanny packs.
2. I’m generally amazed at people who zigzag all over town. Me, I walk a straight path between distances. If I’m about two feet from the curb, I generally stay about two feet from the curb during my whole journey on foot. People who ramble from one side of the sidewalk to the other slay me. Why? It’s not like they’re window shopping while walking to the bus stop, or trying to avert errant dog poo. What’s up with that?
3. Perhaps the thing that annoys me to distraction is people who walk on the left hand side of the sidewalk. I really want to know, why, when this is a country in which people drive on the right hand side of the road, that one would walk on the opposite side? Is there some unwritten rule I don’t know about?
Any die-hard left-side walkers out there? Please send in your thoughts – I’m curious. Perhaps if you enlighten me with the logic behind why you walk where you walk, I’ll give up shoving left-side walkers out of my way for the new year.