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summerrain 07.05.2010 14:55

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 804996)
They all obviously just don't like the look of me then!

psst...flashing a boob always helps :D

HTD 07.05.2010 14:59

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by Tonyasam (Post 804989)
I think the Swiss just love to criticize. Everything is so tidy and perfect here, everyone is obedient, people are just bored. And have a massive current of subcutaneous passive aggressive frustration because THEY have done everything right all their lives so they are bloody well gonna make sure YOU play by the rules too - and don't have any fun while you're at it! I'm actually a pretty good driver (if I do say so myself :o... can parallel park a rig with a 30ft trailer) but hubs scraped up the front of the car, which we cleverly repaired with duct tape and that garners me a lot of head-shaking attention from imperious Swiss men. Even pedestrians!

In return I lick the glass and make obscene gestures :D

well you know how it is - if you can stoop as low as to repair your bumper with duct tape then the step to selling girls/drugs isn't that far.

Tonyasam 07.05.2010 15:08

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by HTD (Post 805010)
well you know how it is - if you can stoop as low as to repair your bumper with duct tape then the step to selling girls/drugs isn't that far.

Busted!!! I was just pondering how to make some more $$ over here :pimp:

Duct tape is like the Force - it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

Tonyasam 07.05.2010 15:14

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 804999)
psst...flashing a boob always helps :D

Hey, maybe with conscious and consistent flashing we could turn this into something positive? Like in India, wagging one's head means "Hello" here shaking one's head could mean "Please show me your boobs?"

MusicChick 07.05.2010 15:25

Re: people shaking their heads
 
I think, there is always the bewildered and genuinely surprised shake "I can't belive you just did this" that one cannot control and the pretentious and ostentatious shake "I am so above you and everyone has to know". Theatrics. Like the world gives a rat's as* about attitudes some people want to dish out..

West Ham Nick 07.05.2010 21:56

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804483)
I gave priority to a tram that didn't have priority, and the tram driver was so disappointed and head shaking!

Don't wish to sound rude, but you gave priority to a tram that didn't
have priority and you are surprised he/she shook his/her head!!!
Was there a driver behind you when you stopped, who also knew
you had priority and expected you to continue?

Traffic rules/priority etc are there for a reason, if everyone abides
by the rules/priority etc then everyone knows exactly what to do
and what will happen. If you decide to change the rules yourself
when you fancy it you put others in danger.
I'm a biker and I've been knocked off seven times by people who
decided to do what they wanted/bad driving or a mixture of both.
I'm sorry to sound harsh but if you have a problem driving then
don't, buy a bus pass.

psychodelicate 07.05.2010 22:17

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by West Ham Nick (Post 805603)
Don't wish to sound rude, but you gave priority to a tram that didn't
have priority and you are surprised he/she shook his/her head!!!
Was there a driver behind you when you stopped, who also knew
you had priority and expected you to continue?

Traffic rules/priority etc are there for a reason, if everyone abides
by the rules/priority etc then everyone knows exactly what to do
and what will happen. If you decide to change the rules yourself
when you fancy it you put others in danger.
I'm a biker and I've been knocked off seven times by people who
decided to do what they wanted/bad driving or a mixture of both.
I'm sorry to sound harsh but if you have a problem driving then
don't, buy a bus pass.


Ok, seriously: what's the rule? I thought trams here in Basel always have priority...
Then I was coming from a side street, the tram was on the main road.
(for Baslers: I was in Spiegelgasse trying to go in Blumenrain).
I really didn't understand the point.
(I was not on the tram-line...).

the_clangers 07.05.2010 22:51

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by flavio (Post 804647)
I wonder if in India they would do the same but with the typical wiggly effect.

No, they would honk intermittently and drive around you, even if it looked like there was no room. :rolleyes:

Really, this is how they drive in India. ;)

The only country in the world that I have visited and not driven.

West Ham Nick 07.05.2010 23:11

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 805622)
Ok, seriously: what's the rule? I thought trams here in Basel always have priority...
Then I was coming from a side street, the tram was on the main road.
(for Baslers: I was in Spiegelgasse trying to go in Blumenrain).
I really didn't understand the point.
(I was not on the tram-line...).

To be honest I don't know as I don't drive or ride here since
leaving London, point is the rules of the highways/roads etc are
there so everyone knows where they stand and what should be
done, so if you know you have priority over the Tram, then so
does the Tram driver who will expect you to take your priority,
as every other road user will also do.
So if you decide to give him priority against the highway/road
rules, only you know that, so every other road user has no idea
of what is going to happen, normally it's an accident.

I'm not sure if English is your mother tounge, and maybe you
have mis-understood me, but if you don't understand why the
rules of the road need to be adhered to, then I strongly
suggest you don't drive, primarily for your own saftey, and
secondly for other road users and pedestrians.
ATB, Nick.

psychodelicate 07.05.2010 23:47

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by West Ham Nick (Post 805662)
I'm not sure if English is your mother tounge, and maybe you
have mis-understood me, but if you don't understand why the
rules of the road need to be adhered to, then I strongly
suggest you don't drive, primarily for your own saftey, and
secondly for other road users and pedestrians.
ATB, Nick.

Thank you Nick. I didn't misunderstand you (in spite of my English), I perfectly understand why the rules of the road need to be adhered to :msnnerd:

West Ham Nick 08.05.2010 00:22

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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 805684)
Thank you Nick. I didn't misunderstand you (in spite of my English), I perfectly understand why the rules of the road need to be adhered to :msnnerd:

Good stuff then!! :msngrin:

So do you now see why the Tram driver shook his/her head
at you?

Not that I'm in a position to tell you what to do, but if you
always follow the rules of the roads and make yourself aware
of other road users and pedestrians around you, maybe the
head shaking at you may stop.
But get someone to teach you to park LOL!!!!

Good luck and ATB, Nick.
:msnnerd:

adrianlondon 08.05.2010 01:51

Re: people shaking their heads
 
I bet you wish people here just shook their head at you ;)

Phil_MCR 08.05.2010 02:12

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by economisto (Post 804518)
My especially agressive driving is reserved for the people who squeel to pull out inches in front of me at break-neck speed and them immediately slow to a crawl.

i hate this! i don't know why the swiss love to do this, but the same also happens on foot. they sprint to get ahead of you and then proceed to walk at their usual snails pace.

Oldhand 08.05.2010 02:17

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Jeeze I'm that busy with getting about my business I don't have the time to see who shakes their head at me or not. Are you all paranoid, watching the people who are watching? Chill peeps.

West Ham Nick 08.05.2010 02:44

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Originally Posted by adrianlondon (Post 805750)
I bet you wish people here just shook their head at you ;)

Maybe 'cos it's twenty to three in the morning and I've been up for
over 40 hours watching the UK election, please don't take offence
Adrian, but if your post was directed at me could you explain a bit
as I don't get it...
:msncrazy:

ATB, Nick. ;)

psychodelicate 08.05.2010 11:36

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by Oldhand (Post 805767)
Jeeze I'm that busy with getting about my business I don't have the time to see who shakes their head at me or not. Are you all paranoid, watching the people who are watching? Chill peeps.

The fact is that I am a writer: watching other people's behaviour is my occupational disease.
I am a very cool writer, by the way (just trying to HTFU :p)

gata 08.05.2010 11:45

Re: people shaking their heads
 
Well the main road rule can be summarised as:

Dont crash, dont make anybody else crash

adrianlondon 08.05.2010 13:31

Re: people shaking their heads
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by West Ham Nick (Post 805769)
Maybe 'cos it's twenty to three in the morning and I've been up for
over 40 hours watching the UK election, please don't take offence
Adrian, but if your post was directed at me could you explain a bit
as I don't get it...
:msncrazy:

ATB, Nick. ;)

Hope you enjoyed the election. I didn't watch any of it and just waited for "Hung Parliament" to be announced. My comment wasn't directed at you, but to the OP who must now see a simple shake of the head as much better than having to post here defending their crap driving ;)

Joseph 08.05.2010 14:07

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804424)
I know, I cannot drive, I cannot park my car, and in general when I'm driving I am very clumsy. I easily panic, too.
But is it necessary to shake heads and look at me with such contempt everytime I do something wrong? Even people not directly involved in my awkward manoeuvres feel the need to show their disappointment by looking at me and shaking their heads.
Is it happening only to me or this "shaking the head" habit is typically Swiss?
I find it so unpleasant!

Edit:

I am a good enough driver, never had a car accident in 20 years of driving. I often drive with my child on board, so I am very prudent, never drive faster than 50 or (maximum) 60 km/hour.
My weak side is parking: I am a perfectionist and I know I am not so good in parking, so I prefer trying longer than leaving the car parked so-and-so.
Today I woke up silly and thought to post a silly thread. But if I want to be serious, politically correct and even tearful, I'll tell you I had a very dear person who died because of a road pirate. Those are a different story, you know.
But let me tell you that when a person is in trouble with parking a car, there's no use shaking heads or insulting. (Actually there's NEVER use being so ostentatiously impatient with people in trouble, but this is up to your sensibility).
Forget this post please, it wasn't meant to be taken so seriously.

Have you, by any chance, got an enormous car to protect your precious progeny when it is in transit?

Phil_MCR 08.05.2010 15:04

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by gata (Post 805929)
Well the main road rule can be summarised as:

Dont crash, dont make anybody else crash

my rule is much simpler, i'm allowed to crash - just don't hurt yourself or anyone in your car. i'm allowed to hurt others outside the car, because if they are following my rules, then they should also not allow themselves to be hurt ;)


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