Ever had a bad month? My friend Dan has had a bad month, for example:
6 blocks from her house, I was pulled off my bike at the intersection of Shattuck and Alcatraz by a crowd of youths. They kicked me in the face a few times in the middle of the intersection, while cars on all sides honked because we were in their way. When I got up I was almost cartoonishly furious. I hit two of them pretty solidly and they all backed off, melting back into the crowd hanging out by the laundromat. I screamed for them to fight like men, challenging any two of them to face me in the intersection.