Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

It’s another Bean Day, and the Feed

Casa de El Poeta smells wonderful today as I cook up another batch of beans and rice. If the nutritional information on the packages is accurate this single dish is capable of supporting human life indefinitely, until the person dies from boredom which can be staved off with different applications of the 4 flavor enhancers in the recipe: salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Mrs. the poet can’t stand spicy foods so the amount of cayenne I normally put in is very small until she goes away, then I dump a truckload in the pot. The recipe makes 10 one-cup servings, which means we have leftovers for a while after I make a batch. I tried making smaller batches but they don’t work in this slow cooker. I have to use at least 8 cups of liquid to get the level over the heating elements on the sides of the cooker.

A man commits assault with a deadly weapon against a PA cyclist over some kind of dispute. Police: Man drove vehicle over boy’s bicycle after argument in Carlisle But in spite of the use of a deadly weapon (the motor vehicle) the driver was only charged with simple assault. Given the date of the offense and location I’m going to assume this was shopping-related, so there’s nothing I can help you with on how to avoid this one. And since it was in a parking lot that had to be passed through in order to get to the store infrastructure won’t help matters any, either.

An AZ cyclist was running the red when he was killed. Phoenix police: Bicyclist killed by truck was crossing against light From the narrative the cyclist was riding against the flow of traffic for the side of the street he was riding on while using the sidewalk and may not have been able to see the traffic light. Wrecks like this are why leading experts and I advise against riding on sidewalks, especially when you are riding against the normal flow of traffic. Besides the fact that drivers are not looking for traffic coming from the right at intersections, you can’t easily see the traffic light in most cases when you’re almost in the intersection.

A CO cyclist is injured when a SUV pulled across his path. Bicyclist injured in east Fort Collins crash From the narrative the driver must have just not even stopped at the stop sign and just pulled right to the edge of the intersection leaving the cyclist with no time to avoid the wreck. That makes intersection protocols moot as there would have been no time to employ them. As (nearly) always, get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another victim of the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck by van in Hollywood remains hospitalized SWCC wreck and if the location is accurate terrible sight lines at the stop sign until you’re about halfway into the lane. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A serious wreck with political repercussions in Oz. South Aust judge Anne Bampton crashes into cyclist driving while drunk Fortunately this appears to have been a fairly low-speed wreck with minimal injury to the cyclist, but since there was no information provided about the mode or location of the wreck I can’t tell you what to do to avoid a similar wreck.

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Government ‘will not legislate’ for Mayor of London’s cyclist headphone ban Unless they also institute a ban on car stereos at the same time…

I’m a straight white male, but on my bike I still get harassed about being gay, Mexican, etc… How should bicyclists handle harassment? D.C. area groups teach empowerment tactics.

And I don’t know what to think of this story that actually quotes a driver as assaulting cyclists. Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains and this article that calls the driver out on her bad behavior. NPR covers L.A. Bike Trains, gives voice to sociopath

And those were all the links about bicycles that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus