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The annual Yule fight has begun, on Wreck-Free Sunday

One of the byproducts of the over-commercialization of Christmas has been the pushback of the acceptable decoration dates for both the first and last “acceptable” decorations going up. And as the “last” date moves closer to September the intensity of the annual fight over putting up the Yule decorations in Casa de El Poeta also increases, because my date hasn’t changed from what it has always been (12/20). I have been accused of many things because of this with “Grinch” being one of the kinder things. I’m sorry, but I’m firmly of the opinion that the “specialness” of a holiday gets less so as the dates of the holiday get moved further apart, and for me “Yule” starts 12/21 and ends 1/1 the next year. So, the decorations go up 12/20 and come down 1/2 AFAIAC. If that makes me a Grinch, then I’m a Grinch. Grinch, grinch, grinch, I’m being all grinchy. I still haven’t gotten the hang of being green and covered with fur like Oscar the Grouch, but I am embracing my grinchyness. When does Festivus begin?…

I really should be promoting my new hat some more. Not just because I really like it but because I have come to the realization that the magicks I placed on the first hat need to be stopped. I publicly declared the first hat as a double bird flipped at the guy that hit me and a “return to sender” of his intentions, and within a few months of making this public, the guy was dead by his own hand. Thing is I didn’t know that, so I subconsciously kept the spell going until the hat wore out completely, then bought another one that was almost identical and kept it until it wore out declaring it as “the replacement” for the first hat, which literally transferred the spell to it. So I have this spell working like mad with no target left alive, which is not good. So, very soon I will do a public ceremony where I burn the old hats and declare that spell at an end, and declare a new spell for the public good. The new spell will target the powers-that-be to generate some real (Dutch CROW manual) bicycle infrastructure for the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell.

New hat.New Hat

Old hat.Old Hat

There is a debate (of sorts) on the use of HiViz by cyclists. What do you think? Encouraging high-vis gear I think this is one step removed from victim blaming, but what do you think?

Today is one of those days that I have a concept running around in my head, but no words to attach to that concept. This is one of the facets of aphasia, the worst of them. Most of the time I just have a word or two that I have to track down inside my head and eventually I do that and finish the sentence and then the rest of the blog post. This time I lost the whole shooting match, a whole paragraph or more. And if you don’t think that’s frustrating, then you have never written for a living…

So, to save what is left of my dignity and sanity, I will cut it off right here rather than continue to beat my head against the biggest writer’s block in the world.

PSA, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Happy Veteran’s Day to my fellow Vets, and the Feed

I spent today the same way I spend just about every day I don’t spend at home, on the bus for several hours to spend a few minutes getting something done. I left home about 1145 to go to the storage center to pay the rent on the storage unit, then got on the first bus of the day to go meet my wife at the school she works to go with her to a doctor’s appointment we had made consecutive so we could get it all done at once and me pay for it. I returned to Casa de El Poeta at 1945. Time spent riding on a bus or train or waiting on a bus or train 6:50, time actually doing something :50, time eating that caused us to not catch the next train :20. Number of meals eaten while on the road: 2 for me and 1 for Mrs. the Poet. Number of trains not caught 1 for an extra 10 minutes of waiting that would have been canceled out anyway by waiting on the bus we caught anyway even after we stopped to eat. The biggest problem with this was the time spent standing around waiting for the next bus, which was literally over half the total transit time. The DART system does not mesh well with transfers sometimes taking almost an hour depending on the desired direction at the transfer point. The frequency of the bus routes during mid-day travel makes what would be a 1 hour bike trip a 3 hour bus ride after transfers and routing out of the way. Our doctor’s appointment was a block off Walnut Hill Lane, but to get there we had to take a bus from the school to Walnut Hill Station, then a train about 7 miles south and more than halfway to downtown Dallas to catch a bus that meandered back to Walnut Hill Lane and to Walnut Hill/Denton Rd station after waiting a few minutes to catch the bus. Time to go most of the way downtown on the train and back on the bus was just under an hour, but even taking the faster train ride to the Walnut Hill/Denton Rd Station would have netted only waiting for the same bus we would have been riding from the other train station nearly downtown. The problem is frequency of connecting routes and the circuitous routing required to get from one side of town to the other. Unless you get lucky and your starting point and all destinations lie on the same bus or train route most of your transit time is going to be eaten up by transfers and out-of-the-way routing.

Now had I not needed to pay the storage unit rent I could have saved some time and left at 1245 instead of 1145, so the walk and catching the other buses only added an hour to my day, or I should say subtracted about :45 from Doing Something Else.

Up first isn’t a wreck but 2 lots of links asking the same question, one that I keep asking over and over again in this blog. Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? and No, it’s never Ok First one from the well-respected NYT, the second from some guy in Oz in response. And this from BikeSnobNYC Shafted Again. And the Economist in the UK The American right-of-way and Treehugger says Is it OK to kill cyclists? You would think so, from the number of drivers who get charged for it.

Cyclists in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike want that changed. Cyclist group pushes for change after deadly hit and run If hit-and-run was treated like the real crime it is, then there might be fewer of them.

Cyclists in CO are working to the same ends as FL cyclists. Fort Collins Looks To Reduce Hit & Run Bike Accidents

A drunk driver runs down one cyclist of a pair, leading to the driver’s arrest. 12-year-old Wagoner boy killed by suspected drunk driver and 12-year-old boy riding bike killed in Wagoner Seriously, the only thing keeping WoaB from being on an archipelago in the Gulf of Mexico is how much OK sucks. Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck in this case, maybe infrastructure could prevent a similar wreck. Like placing breathalyzer interlocks on ignition switches to keep drunks from becoming drunk drivers, thereby preventing drunk drivers from becoming killers. Chain the driver to the steering wheel of his vehicle as it gets fed to a car shredder.

A CA cyclist gets squished by a multi-ton weapon of mass destruction and all cyclists are blamed for it (go back and read the first paragraph of links again). Bike safety emphasized by Chico police after recent accidents

A cyclist is hit while riding wearing clothes in the Great White North. Cyclist hit by pickup truck in Woodstock Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. The narrative makes me angry for blaming the cyclist for wearing clothing and arriving on the scene before the pickup truck. Was the truck not equipped with headlights?

Another wreck in the GWN. Cyclist injured after collision with police car The cyclist “lost control”? Well it is already winter up there so there may have been a temperature-related loss of traction incident. Or the cyclist got buzzed by the police vehicle and the driver was looking for a way to deflect blame. Hit from behind wreck so protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A UK driver is blamed for hitting a cyclist from behind. Lorry driver in court accused of killing cyclist on A19 near Hartlepool Go back to that first paragraph of links again…

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises – but are stickers and lenses enough?

And those were all the bicycle-related links that gave me fits after I finally got home this evening.

Billed @€0.02, Opus