A colleague told me she saw me on my bike the other night and yelled my name from her car and I “ignored” her. Well…ignore is only partially correct. For the most part, when someone yells out their car window when I’m on my bike in traffic, all I hear is wind in my ears, the car motor, other car motors, various ambient outdoor noises and a burst of untelligible sound somewhat identifiable as a human voice that can best be described as sounding like “mmmwwWWAAAAaaaa”. Other cyclists– am I right? Maybe you would spell it differently, but the point remains that i can’t understand what’s being said, nor can I confirm the random noise is being directed at me. It may be aimed at me, I realize, but knowing how some motorists don’t care for having cyclists on the road, I figure the odds are it’s not something I care to hear any way. Plus, when riding in traffic, there are lots of other, far better ways to focus my attention. So, I guess that’s the “ignoring” part. Having said that, though, if I know you and you’re trying to wave hello, just know that deep down inside, I’m saying hello back and wishing you a wonderful day.