I was walking around Lake Calhoun last night after work, as I am wont to do when the weather is nice. There are many annoying things that can happen when you walk around Lake Calhoun, as well as a few delightful things. I've written about many of them before.
Last night, however, there was something I'd never seen -- little kids using remote control trucks on the walking path. And I'm talking little kids; two or three years old. I thought the first one was odd enough. Then I came across another and it seems like perhaps there is a trend in the making.
What in the name of all that is holy would make someone think allowing their kid to operate a remote control vehicle on a crowded path full of walkers, joggers, dogs and strollers is a good idea? Someone is going to get hurt.
In a somewhat related development, last week I saw a girl dribbling a soccer ball down the path. Last night, a tiny boy of maybe two was bouncing one of those big, bouncy balls (you've seen them in the giant cages at Target or whatever) as he toddled down the walking path between and behind three women walking abreast (thanks for sharing the path, skanks). And I saw two boys dribbling a soccer ball across Lyndale at 31st street around 5:30. Yeah, that's safe.
Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people? These morons (the parents/guardians/whoever) make the douchesticks who routinely come to a dead stop in the middle of the path with their stroller and dog for no apparent reason look completely reasonable. Maybe not the douchesticks who stopped for no reason where the path narrows and becomes two-way as it goes over the channel between the lakes. They were special.
I don't want to get hurt while I'm out getting a bit of a workout and enjoying the weather. I'd like it even less if I was forced to stomp the fuck out of your kid's remote control truck because he ran it into my shin. Remember, I don't hate your kids, I hate you because you let your kids run wild and do stupid things.