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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

Another breathless Feed

Again today we have a Feed deprived of air. I dunno why, just is that way. So without further adieu…

The only new wreck was a kid that ran in front of a bicycle race in TX. Child injured during Bear Downs This is more a matter of poor crowd control at an event than traffic problems, but still, watch out for kids in the street when you ride in areas where such can be found.

Update on the man injured in UT when a closed race course wasn’t closed. Mesa cyclist recovers after nearly fatal accident in August I covered this wreck back when it happened when participants in a bike race were expecting a particularly dangerous part of the course to be closed to all traffic until the race passed found themselves mixed with 2 way traffic at high speeds on a narrow and twisty road. Some of the traffic that wasn’t supposed to even be there got upset that there were bicycles on “their” road and brake-checked the cyclists causing the wrecks. The man that was the subject of this article was the most seriously injured of the victims.

And speaking of brake-checking drivers, much of the Feed today was commentary on TTTWLAMWAMD and his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, 5 other felonies and a misdemeanor. Justice Served? was Bob Mionske’s take on the situation with Roy Exum: Rage Rides A Bicycle the opinion of an E TN newspaper, notice the blame in the headline is assigned to bicycles instead of the people driving the deadly WMDs used as transportation.

And what I hope will be the last thing I have to write about the sleeping deputy hitting 3 cyclists on the other side of the road head on at high speed last year. $800,000 for dad of bicyclist killed in crash Actually there’s one more suit to be settled as the surviving victim seeks damages for medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

An idiot attacks a cyclist for leaving the scene when the victim was removed. Tewkesbury dad attacked cyclist with wrench The cyclist left when the little girl was removed from the scene to a nearby house, the idiot with the tire iron showed up because he thought it had been a hit-and-run and tried to kill the cyclist. The cyclist in this case did leave his contact information and thought the pedestrian victim had been removed to her home, which is not a hit-and-run. Had this been a real hit-and-run the idiot with the tire iron would not have known where to find the cyclist. Logic is just lost on some people. Hopefully the girl’s mother has more native intelligence than her father, leaving some hope for her.

And the story that has been the rage in the UK cycling world for the week, 2nd quarter 2009 KSI stats on cyclists made an alarming jump over the year. Cyclist deaths and injuries increase as more people take to the road and Sharp rise in UK cycling casualties I can’t say anything about the statistics except that KSI is not the same as deaths because it includes cyclists that survive their injuries. From what I understand the KSI was instituted because the rising standards of trauma care has resulted in many more victims surviving their wrecks than had been the case previously, skewing later numbers because timely medical care rather than severity of the wreck had become the determining factor in fatality rates. Now most of the victims of fatal wrecks either died at the scene or during transport, with very few dieing once they get to the hospital. The KSI statistic is people that would have died given mid-1950s state-of-the-art care, more or less.

And that’s all I have today. Reminder, no updates the next 2 Sundays as I will be otherwise engaged.

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