The Jump Off
For the fifth time in as many weeks, I have had a driver directly in front of me who was travelling in the opposite lane cut me off with inches to spare.
Li'l Kim had a song about 10 years ago called 'Jump Off' that was big on Hot 99 in NYC, and now I am calling this move by the good citizens of Virginia by the same moniker.
To actually make a "jump off" you need to cut the wheel and cross a lane of traffic, without looking ahead of you at what may be coming. It seems that folks in Northern VA are very adept at doing this, then looking at me quizzickly when I use appropriate sign language (ahem - I do go to Church, so my favorite gesture is THE BIG THUMBS DOWN - you should try it - unlike the traditional middle finger salute, people have absolutely no idea how to react to THE BIG THUMBS DOWN and I do believe it leaves them chastened.)
Anyway, I am now going to start firing a flare gun in the air when I see oncoming traffic to announce that I am also on the road. Yet another unforseen expense associated with safe operation of a motorcycle in today's America - oh well.
Be wary of the Jump Off. Let's be careful out there....
That's the style!