Daily Archives: October 14, 2013

Garfield was psychotic about Mondays, and the Feed

For those wondering about the headline, you are probably unfamiliar with American newspaper comics and I really can’t help you in this space. Google “Garfield I hate Mondays” with the quotes and come back, I’ll wait… Has the cultural illiterate left yet? 😛 😉 Anyway, as Garfield was a cat and did not work he had no reason to hate any particular day of the week over any other day of the week, hence the psychotic diagnosis. As I wrote in my last post I had a bad weekend, they can’t all be zircons.

Up first when you ride on a highway through a national wildlife refuge in TX during the shutdown, you get a ticket for trespassing. Cyclist gets citation for riding in national park I see this as a potential entrapment charge, no sign and people in civilian clothes telling him the road was closed.

Moving to NYC we get a wreck that drives me crazy even though it isn’t a person on a bike. 2-Year-Old Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver In Queens killed walking in a crosswalk with his mother…

From PA, if someone can’t see something as big as a small car in the road in front of them (with a slow-moving vehicle triangle on it), what chance does a cyclist have? Lancaster County Amish family of 4 treated, released after crash All I have to say is I’m glad I don’t share the road with that driver.

Similar news from AZ. Steller: In Tucson, lives of walkers, cyclists are cheap

An OH wreck where they can’t figure out which way the cyclist was riding… Bicyclist seriously injured in crash and Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Crash I think the reason they can’t tell which way the cyclist was riding is related to the reason they towed the weapon vehicle away from the wreck, the crash was too violent to leave much evidence intact on the bike. I’m going to go with a hit-from-behind wreck as it is most consistent with the limited information I have until they pull up video of the cyclist riding salmon. So protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Still in OH. Police Look for Driver in Cyclist Hit-Skip As a victim of a deliberate assault by a driver, this does not sound like a “loss of control” wreck to me, more like “bicycle rider, 100 points!” Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid if that was even physically possible, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A PA cyclist literally crashed a Columbus Day Parade. Columbus Day parade marcher injured

They haven’t found the driver in this hit-and-run update from AZ. Motorist who dragged AZ bicyclist 108 feet still missing

I’m absolutely positive “bad decisions” are the reason why so many people have been killed in ID by people driving in motor vehicles. A string of ‘bad decisions’ behind run of pedestrians and bicyclists accidents in Boise Except they weren’t “accidents” and the common thread is someone driving a motor vehicle.

A CA wreck involving a cyclist and a deputy hitting head on. Officials: Investigation into fatal crash involving deputy expected to last several months Several months, long enough for the report to fall off the front pages and into the deep round file.

Still looking for the driver in this hit-and-run from Enn Zed. Police renew appeal for help in cyclist’s death Wreck was 4 years ago.

A little good Infrastructure! news from CA. Mike Gatto’s Hit-and-Run Legislation goes to Governor Brown in the Wake of Recent Tragedies This is a bill that benefits every road user, not just us on two wheels. Anyone on the road can be hit-and-run…

Another link to that quarter-million dollar payout for bad infrastructure in Tacoma. Tacoma ordered to pay $242,000 to cyclist I think what won the case for the cyclist was the cones directing traffic around the road defect had been removed so the cyclist though the defect they were directing people around had been repaired. And sovereign immunity does not apply for things government is supposed to be doing… (hmm, suing Congress for not doing their jobs?)

Sometimes you have to tell the cops about the laws, some don’t get the memo. Gina’s Story and “The 3 Foot Law” This is MD infrastructure, but it could be anywhere with a passing law.

Last link, since a big part of the problem with bike shoes is the cleat makes the heel lower than the toes making high-heeled bike shoes would be a no-brainer. Bringing Sexy Back to Biking: High Heeled Cycling Shoes

And those are all the links that gave me fits…

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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Friday night could have gone better, and the Feed

Friday night was Pagan Fellowship at my church, mostly a gabfest with beer and wine. Some people see this as a low-pressure dating situation and several people bring their dates to the event as a way of quickly introducing themselves in a non-threatening environment (when was the last time someone knocked on your door asking if you had heard the news about the goddess?) that is easy to leave. Friday we had a couple of people bring their dates to the event including one lesbian couple on their first date. I’m not going to name any names, but the date did not go as planned for the person from the church. She was hoping for the possibility of sex, but that was ruled out early in the date. Then she got barfing drunk which made her embarrassed and convinced that her date would now hate her. That did not seem to be the case, but the truth and her perceptions are not congruent in this situation. In formulaic terms Truth =/= Drunk Logic. As far as my alcohol consumption went, I stopped at 3 beers in about 5 hours of activity (I was thirsty). I did not get to the “unable to walk a straight line” condition which happens early for me because of my nerve damage in my leg and brain damage. Some day I need to get tested to see what BAC% I need to reach the “staggering drunk” condition as I am not far from staggering around when I’m sober. And [*Deity] knows that on bad days my speech is halting and slurred even without alcohol, so having a bad day and adding a little alcohol to that would probably get me tossed into the drunk tank pronto.

And the reason this post is going up on Sunday instead of Saturday is I got up late and only got the links filtered before I had to leave for my D&D game at 1330, which them ran until 0045 the next morning as we closed out our last adventure doing a little PI work for a local guild leader and incidentally passing the word to the local monarch that treachery was afoot and there were those plotting against His Majesty and trying to take over the kingdom/principality. We barely made expenses and made it away in good health losing and gaining a member of the party in the process. So we went on a monster/treasure hunt and cleared more in the first month than we did in the entire 6 months we spent skulking about in the city of “Fukawi” as in “where the…”. During the entire adventure I only got to use my magic to climb walls and look into windows and courtyards and over roofs. I never got the chance to shoot at anything/body. And when your character uses the flow of wild magical energy as their power source, not actually doing anything magical is like watching hours of porn (sexual or violent) and then not doing anything with the energy, it makes you a little crazy and wanting to DO SOMETHING with all that energy.

Also, today I went shopping for stuff I needed for the upcoming camping trip, D-cell rechargeable and some knee pads, and something I’ll need to use for the Patron Auction next Sunday, an anvil as part of Hephaestus’ altar. Carrying the anvil home on the bus was fun, carrying it to church will be even more fun.

Up first is more on that Mormon missionary killed in CA. Teenage Mormon missionary from Charlotte dies in Calif. bicycle accident The wreck is believed to be an intersection wreck with the cyclist turning right and violating the right of way of he weapon vehicle which sounds suspiciously like a SWSS wreck. Anyway as it was in an intersection, use the intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another wreck in CA that was most definitely not the cyclist’s fault. Teen Cyclist Suffers Moderate Injuries in Another Pacifica Bike Collision The driver ran the stop sign on this one, which made it kind of hard for the cyclist to avoid when the driver pulls out in front of you with no time to react. Infrastructure won’t help much either because the driver could have prevented the wreck with the built infrastructure by obeying the stop sign and not proceeding until the intersection was clear.

A RI hit-and-run. Hit and run driver kills a man riding his bike Hit-from-behind so use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right so that there’s no way for a driver to leave a cyclist dying in the middle of the road.

Another cyclist is killed in a bike lane in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for longer than I have been doing this blog in any of its incarnations. FHP: Man on bicycle killed in hit-and-run I’m sure that is anyone actually bothers to look for this driver that his defense is going to point out the cyclist was riding salmon which says nothing about the fact that the cyclist was hit while riding in the bike lane, not in the middle of the street. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid (as well as riding with traffic), and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A wreck in NOLA that I have almost no idea how to prevent. Violet man shot twice, killed Friday night while riding bicycle I have to mention it just out of respect for the victim, but I have not a clue how to keep people from shooting people on bicycles. It really boils down to how do you keep people from hitting cyclists deliberately except it is already illegal to shoot people to death.

Another cyclist in the Great White North “wins” the door prize. Driver Sought After Cyclist Injured The driver basically threw the door into the passing cyclist, coming a fraction of an inch from killing or paralyzing her. More Cyclist suffers broken neck bones after crashing into car door, police seek witnesses

A young cyclist apparently runs a red light in the Great White North. Whitecourt teen killed in collision near the Valley Centre Mall and Whitecourt RCMP investigating after 14 year old cyclist killed collision I’m not really following this wreck as the narrative seems a little wonky to me. If I’m reading these two links right, the kid ran a red light and then lost control of the bike and slid under the monster pickup truck. At any rate, it was an intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A UK wreck story, with sentencing. Carnforth driver fined and given penalty points after Nether Kellet cyclist collision UK media laws prohibit releasing anything that could be considered evidence in a criminal case prior to it being made public record at a trial. This results in great frustration for cyclists trying to create better infrastructure and laws because many bicycle wrecks are no more than “a cyclist was in collision with…” and nothing about what happened so people don’t know how to prevent similar situations from turning into wrecks. This wreck was a Christopher Thompson special, a “swoop and squat” maneuver on a pair of cyclists that included a buzz job during the swoop and before the squat. If only the sentence was similar as well.

Hit-from-behind wreck in Oz. Cyclist killed in Yan Yean Not much I can say, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

More from EnnZed on the deadly driver that passed unsafely and hit several cyclists, killing one and injuring several more. Fatal crash driver failed to wear contact lenses also Driver who killed cyclist jailed for 12 months While I’m somewhat glad for a jail sentence, it wasn’t enough for killing a human being, and he only got a 2½ year driving ban instead of lifetime.

Infrastructure! news from IL. Oak Park drafting law to require helmets for bike riders under 17 IL doesn’t even have a helmet law for motorcycle riders. And I have never heard that head injuries cause fatal bike wrecks, so apparently people are getting injured and then having the wrecks.

Infrastructure news from WA. City of Tacoma ordered to pay injured bicyclist $242,000 The cyclist had been over the route several times before when the road defect was coned off and when riding in the dark and not finding the cones naturally believed the road defect had been repaired when it hadn’t. I don’t know why the damages were so high in this wreck.

And this final link from a lawyer after a rash of car on bicycle wrecks in MI. Bicycle Attorney Jason Waechter Asks Drivers to Watch for Cyclists on the Road

And those were all the links that gave me fits yesterday.

Billed @€0.02, Opus