Is it just me? What's the deal with pedestrians and bicyclists lately, just hopping out in front of cars, not even glancing up to see if the motorist will bother to jam on their brakes and literally save them from becoming road-kill? Yes, I understand that non-motorists have the right of way on the motorways, as weird as that sounds. It keeps ignorant people alive to pop out more ignorant offspring - like Mr. Pez. Honestly? I'm a serial jaywalker and blatant scofflaw on my bicycle too. But I'm also mindful of what's coming down the road at me, and I step it up and clear the lane when I see a car coming, lest someone find me invisible, their brakes fail, or they just decide to hate me for breaking the rules. Here's what I'm not getting. When cars have to swerve around these oblivious rocket surgeons, or make a sudden stop at a busy green light, how can they ignore a horn blaring 10 feet away and continue to roll along as if they're alone in a peaceful meadow? I would never advocate seeing someone get maimed or killed under a car. But I noticed a crummy old pickup this morning (with no ABS) doing the speed limit. He narrowlyed missed running over a 10 mph bicyclist who cut him off hard near the Hawthorne Bridge. Dude, if that POS truck had accidentally run you over, you'd have deserved it. So you got yelled at? Big deal! Flip that finger at me sometime. I'll track you down, snap it off and leave with it. Back to my topic. Did I miss some secret memo about 2 years back that makes people go out of their way to tempt and bait cars (and motorcycles) like this? Drugs/booze? Hopeless economy? iPods? Floaters in the gene pool? Help me guys, what is it?