Another Bean Day, and another Feed

Even though Mrs, the Poet is not cleaning the church today she will be out and about doing things that need to be done so I’m making the beans again today. Yay, cooking! Actually if the “cooking” was any easier it would just about make itself so I’m not complaining, and this is the only way to get one of my favorite foods. I couldn’t get it before precisely because it takes so long to cook if it’s done right, which is perfect for me in this situation, where I work from the house and can stay with the slow cooker to tend the beans until they are nearly done, then season and add rice that also takes nigh onto forever to cook. I mean seriously the brown rice takes right at 2 hours to reach edible consistency after the beans reach a state that will allow adding the rice. Total cooking time is right at 6 hours with brown rice, just under 5 hours with white rice. For some reason (I’m sure Alton Brown could tell me) the beans seem to stop cooking when I add the brown rice, as I pull a bowl for the picky housemate that doesn’t like rice cooked with the beans and those beans don’t seem any different in “doneness” compared to the ones that have sat in the pot an extra 2 hours with the brown rice. Like I said, I’m not sure what is going on with this particular part of the process, I just know that it works. The rice gets cooked, the beans don’t get over-cooked, and I have a tasty meal.

I had my first bowl of the rice porridge for breakfast today, and wow. I backed off everything from the Vegan Rice “Pudding” recipe, less sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla, but a touch more salt, and a cup more water for the cooking, then into a covered dish for refrigerator storage until time to eat then microwave a bowl. The stuff sets like concrete in the fridge but returns to a smooth consistency after reaching eating temperature. In fact I think that’s what I’m going to look for when I nuke it in the future, when it gets soft and squishy it’s warm and ready to eat. The taste is less overwhelming than the pudding version, a little more of the nuttiness of the brown rice comes through, and again is something I could eat regularly for a fairly long time, which is good because nobody else will and a post makes about 8 servings for a normal American, 12 servings for people in the rest of the world, or 4 servings for a daily bike rider… And that’s 500 words about food with this being a bike blog, something’s a bit off here. Well I have seen pages and pages about alternative fuels for performance in Hot Rod Magazine, and food is fuel for the cyclist. I’m just writing about alternative fuels for people that ride bikes?

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, a driver treats a cyclist like something stuck to the bottom of his shoe. Driver Dragged Cyclist Under SUV, Killing Him, Before Fleeing Scene: Miami-Dade Police The driver hit the cyclist from behind, then swerved from side to side to dislodge the cyclist from under the vehicle before fleeing the scene. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent, particularly in the department of driver licensing which should have caught the sociopathic tendencies of this driver before allowing him access to a weapon of mass destruction. The driver should be prosecuted for murder if he gets caught, but given who’s on the case I doubt he will get caught. This is the real Miami PD, not CSI: Miami.

A cyclist is injured in MD. Cyclist seriously injured in accident This seems to be a popular route for cyclists as it is mostly residential, and the Google Street View even has what appears to be a cyclist on the road. 8280 WB&A Road, Severn MD There was nothing given about the wreck for either party’s lane position or direction of travel. Actually the fact that there was another vehicle is just barely mentioned, that he was hit and that’s the last of the other vehicle in the article.

Update on the blind driver that hit a cyclist in CA. Authorities identify Bay Area cyclist killed in Clearlake Oaks Still focusing on the lack of reflective clothing rather than the fact the driver apparently could not see out the windshield to avoid the cyclist…

Another low-information article, this one from the Great White North. Cyclist injured in collision with SUV Serious enough injuries, but no information about location, direction of travel or anything I can use to give cogent advice on how to prevent this other than “Infrastructure!”.

A far-West Canuckistan cyclist is hit from behind by a minivan. Cyclist struck by van at Bay and Blanshard streets in Victoria dies Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. That trailer was just flattened when the van ran it over, which caused the cyclist to lose control over the bike and caused him to sustain head injuries too severe even for the helmet he was wearing to protect him. And then they just let the person in control of the deadly weapon drive off with the weapon vehicle. I’m sorry, but there is just too much of this going on, where people driving motor vehicles get to blame the victims with no other evidence that the victim did anything wrong and LEO take that at face value and let the driver go without consequences from the legal system.

An odd wreck in Enn Zed. Young cyclist dies in hospital The cyclist crossed the centerline and hit the motor vehicle head on and then the motor vehicle went off the side of the road and hit a power pole, really? That would be the ultimate in SWSS wrecks to have the cyclist cross the centerline… To decide on the veracity of the driver’s report I would need to know which side of the street she hit the power pole on, if it was the left side for her direction of travel that would tend to back up her claim as that would have been the reflexive avoidance maneuver for a person driving on the left side of the road. More Cyclist critically injured in crash and Cyclist hit by car in Christchurch also Cyclist hit and killed by car named

Lifestyle from Enn Zed. Wheels raised in tribute

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

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