(photo via Google Streetview)
I can be stubborn. I admit it. My wife will confirm it. When I'm on the road, I follow the rules of the road across the board, except for a few cycling-peculiar laws that endanger me on the bike. I don't, for example, ride in the RT lane when I intend to go straight across an intersection, even though my behavior violates Texas law. One rule of the road I follow particularly rigidly is that oncoming traffic has the right of way over turning traffic, and people turning right have right of way over those turning left. Turning in front of oncoming traffic is bad juju.
Some motorists, no doubt conditioned by past experience with the "gutteria" species, like to be nice and they stop and wave to me to turn left. In such case, I nicely wave back that THEY SHOULD go - and I slow down a lot, hoping my clear dawdling helps them get the idea and do what the right of way says they ought to do - GO. This morning, riding north on Katy Road in Keller, preparing to turn left onto Coffeetree, I encountered a stubbornly "nice" oncoming motorist in Position 1 that led me to unclip and put my right foot down with my left arm hung out (trying to continue to do a subtle little Keri "come on" wave all the while). I was prepared to wait all morning if necessary. I was a little ahead of schedule going to work anyway.
Unfortunately, there was another car behind the first one in the #1 position (hence the #2), and then, up behind me comes a northbound pickup that decided to honk at all this kumbaya going on. At this point, the oncoming "nice" motorist FINALLY got the idea and went. I breathed a sigh of relief - but then the #2 motorist BEHIND now decided to play "nice driver." Crimeny. At this point, I concluded I'd made my point and completed the left turn. This had gotten a bit silly and it was clear that following the rules wasn't working well this morning. For all I knew, I'd pick up more "nice" oncoming drivers and would be waiting to make my left all morning. Yeah, at this point, I'd probably have shrugged and done the same thing in the Land Rover.
Don't they teach motorists this stuff in Driver's Ed any more? My daughter with the learner's permit knows better...