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Ed Neely, Dana Point

Really? Bicyclist Brian Larsen is hit by a Gatorade bottle thrown at him by some frick’n jerk in a truck that passes him. Fortunately, he has the wits about him to video the truck on his cell phone. He turns the video over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and now the deputies are threatening to charge Brian with “using words in public that could incite a violent reaction” because, on the tape, he can be heard “yelling a profanity.”

Unbelievable. What would the “average” person do after being hit by a bottle that could have caused a serious accident with major injuries? Maybe Brian should have shouted out a big “Thank You” or maybe draw upon deeply held religious beliefs and trumpeted “I forgive you.”

No, I’m sure most of us would have tossed some profanity toward the idiot who threw a bottle and hit us. I did. While riding my bike along Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, someone riding in a car that passed, hit me with a cup full of ice.

Unfortunately for me, I fell off my bike, didn’t have witnesses nor the speed to be able to pull out a cellphone and video the car. But you can be sure there was a string of hot, angry words launched against the perpetrator. You can be sure that “thank you” and “I forgive you” were not among them.

Good grief. Strike up the band, play the old British tune, “The World Turned Upside Down.”

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