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171. Don’t Get Mad—Get Even
“Look out!” Kane heard the shout and turned
to see who was shouting. A second later,
mountain biker whooshed past him. The biker turned
head and shouted “Bikes only, asshole!” and disappeared
view. Kane was walking on a mountain bike
. He had already seen a sign saying Bikers
, but he had figured that the trail in
woods was wide enough for him and for
This was public land. Who were bikers
hog this trail for themselves, he thought. Where
he supposed to take his nature walks—through the
webs and the underbrush? And who did that
think he was, to call Kane a name?
more he thought, the angrier he got. He’d
The next Saturday, he visited the trail
, but this time with a shovel. It was
old GI shovel that he still had from
Army days. It was small but efficient. He
a slight curve in the trail and, just
sunrise, he started digging. He dug a ditch
the way across the bike trail. The ditch
four inches deep and twelve inches wide. He
have liked to hang around and watch the
, but there was no place to conceal himself.
later he could set up one of those
cameras people use for home security, he thought
he walked back to his car. Then he
upload the really good crashes to the Internet.
hour later, a 15-year-old girl hit the ditch.
flew through the air and landed among some
trees. Because she was wearing a helmet, knee
, and elbow pads, all she suffered were bruises,
, and a sprained wrist. Her $700 bike was
damaged. She used her cell phone to call
dad. Despite her soreness, she stood guard on
trail to warn others.
Police investigated the scene
the "accident." An officer said if they caught
dug the ditch, the culprit would be charged
felony vandalism, which might result in a year