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Ima try this again hopefully with different results

For those of you wondering where yesterday’s blog post went, so do I. I clicked “preview” to make sure the links went where they were supposed to go and the only thing happened was all the text disappeared, but since I back up I figured there were some bugs in the preview function and just went back to the previous save and clicked “publish”. And you see what happened next, the only thing that got published was the category and the tags. That was using the text version of the composing screen, I use that because I can hand code a link faster than I can use the link tool to create one since I make so many links every day. I don’t even have to think about it when I do it I just &lt;a href=”url” target=”_blank”&gt;title&lt;/a&gt; except this time I used the codes for the < and > chars instead of typing the actual symbols to create a link.

 

Anyway I should say again that yesterday’s visit to the Lab Rat Keeper turned out mostly well, I managed to lose all the weight I gained from vacation plus another 3 pounds, from 213 in May down to 210 now, and my BP was 84/51, which was light years from where it was back in 2004-5 when I signed up for this gig. Back then I would get readings of up to 245 systolic and as high as 145 diastolic, which is way too high no matter how you look at it. Back then I was under a lot of stress trying to build my bike business, worried about getting long term employment and health insurance and knowing I was another wreck away from losing my home for medical expenses. Today I’m sitting pretty with Obamacare making sure my total OOP for any wreck is never more than $500, and I don’t have either an annual limit or a lifetime limit on how much can be spent to keep me kicking. I have access to money as a result of the trust transferring to me after my Dad died so that stress is gone too. I won’t lose my home anyway. You can’t know how big a stress that removed when it finally sank in that I won’t have to deal with the mortgage any more.

 

Pretty much all the links I have in this abbreviated post are from a single source and about NYC, but until I know I can make a post and have it still exist after I publish it I’m not going to do a lot of finding links on the web.

 

http://gothamist.com/2014/08/14/cyclist_kills_jogger.php Oh [$DIETY] we still haven’t heard the last about the previous pedestrian killed by a cyclist back in 2009, this one looks like the cyclist had to take an evasive maneuver to avoid another vehicle in the bike lane. And you know how you can tell for certain the cyclist was not at fault? He’s not in jail and did not even get a ticket for NYPD. Given that NYPD will invent laws to write a bicycle ticket for (the famous “not wearing a helment” ticket from a couple years ago ring a bell?) the fact that they didn’t give the kid even a ticket screams “not his fault”.

 

A NYC cyclist left-crosses himself.http://gothamist.com/2014/08/13/cyclist_killed_by_ambulance_driver.php The ambulance was just on a normal transport run with no lights or siren when the cyclist turned in front of it. So intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

 

Update on a hit-and-run wreck in CA. http://bikinginla.com/2014/08/13/riverside-hit-and-run-victim-dies-after-being-taken-off-life-support/

 

Bike lanes are the new sidewalks for NYPD and City Hall bigwigs to park in, got it?http://gothamist.com/2014/08/14/nypd_loves_bike_lane_parking.php#photo-1

 

And the NYPD crackdown in response to the recent bicycle-pedestrian fatal wreck has no sense, whodathunkit?http://gothamist.com/2014/08/13/cyclist_crackdown_cops.php The most recent fatality was a not-at-fault wreck in Central Park. So where has the crackdown been taking place?

 

Our Daily Ted http://bikinginla.com/2014/08/13/morning-links-popular-la-cyclist-seriously-injured-update-on-the-san-diego-crash-that-injured-8-riders/

 

OK let’s see if this posts.

 

BIlled @€1 (for dealing with the added aggravation), Opus

Sunburned and tired, Wreck-Free Sunday

OK I know this is late but I have had a busy day today. I had just enough time to have coffee and get dressed before leaving to work a car wash at my church. Since I have all the flexibility and agility of a stone gargoyle I was part of the advertising team instead of the washing team. This means I was wearing various costumes during the day, including just bike shorts, a long flowing skirt with a flower print, various T-shirts, and unfortunately no hat. That led to getting sunburn on my face, scalp, and the most uncomfortable one, the whites of my eyes. Yep, I sunburned my eyeballs on the outside…

It was an interesting event, that was cut short when police came to take custody of a man having a medical episode. The bad thing is the guy was confused, and disoriented but the police treated it like a crime scene and blocked access to our car wash, effectively shutting us down about an hour early. We still made good money but we could have made more without getting shut down during the peak traffic period of the day. The customers had just started rolling in when this happened and we got shut down and we had to turn people away.

After we got shut down we couldn’t leave until the police did, which took until after our planned shutdown and go home time. Then we had to get fed as we had spent all day at the church, then come back for evening services.

Suffice it to say I hurt, I’m tired, and fortunately I had enough to eat so at least I’m not hungry. I need a shower something fierce because road dust sticks to sunscreen like glue. I have to go to the work meeting if the city council to try to get bike infrastructure rolling (there is a route change that needs to be made to make our infrastructure meet up with neighboring cities’ infrastructure, and there is some infrastructure needed to connect residential areas to retail and jobs). That means I might have to cut short the post or compose the post in 2 stages. So either I leave something out, or I make a late post (again).

PSA, Opus