1. 23:27 21st Jul 2013

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    Back in the saddle

    Today was the first time in quite a while that I’ve ridden my bike any considerable distance for the purpose of doing something. Since I hurt my hands, I haven’t really ridden that much at all. I occasionally rode to work but it wasn’t all that often and it’s really not that far to do so. Today I rode my cargo bike to the grocery store. It’s a couple of miles away and it was tough. I feel like I’m back at day one a few years ago and I’m starting from scratch all over again. It’s sad, but I’d rather be at square one that not playing the game.

    The ride was hard and I know it would have been easier for me to drive, but I knew as I rode that being on the bike is where I need to be and where I belong. I just feel more free and connected to everything. The confines of the car are great. I have A/C, radio, CD, MP3’s, and all the other luxuries that come with a car, but I don’t miss it while I’m on my bike.

    I’m glad I’m back at it and I hope the journey to get where I used to be on the bike is easier than it was last time. If it isn’t, fuck it, I’ll do it anyway.

     
  2. 15:29 26th Jun 2013

    Notes: 1

    BMX Fuck Yeah

    A lot of mornings I see a younger chap commuting on a BMX bike. It’s obviously not a good choice of bike for getting around town in my opinion, but fuck yeah for him for keeping it hardcore.

     
  3. Everyone must be a construction worker

    I see a lot of people walking in the mornings. It’s summer and I guess people want to be outside exercising. Good for them. Why do they feel compelled to wear orange safety vets? Is it so fucking hazardous now to walk while the sun is shining? I don’t want to live in a world where we must wear all this safety gear just to walk around. Why must the safety burden fall solely on the people not in cars?

     
  4. 10:21 19th Jun 2013

    Notes: 9

    Asshole On Board

    Why do people put  ”Baby On Board” placards on their cars? Should I treat you differently because you have a baby in the car? Do they deserve to be safer than everyone? Shouldn’t everyone just fucking drive safely all the time?

    I’m putting a “People On Board” placards on my car and bikes.

     
  5. 15:14 7th Jun 2013

    Notes: 1

    Shitty cars suck too

    Had a really beat up car almost hit me today on my way to the doctor. I bet the front end was all jacked up because they tried to make the same type of maneuver before but it didn’t end well. Luckily today, I was able to avoid the ass clown in their pinata car.

     
  6. I Paid My Gas Taxes

    Had to fill up the car. 15.141 gallons at $3.299 for a grand total of $49.95. It was the fancy gas too. It’s what my car requires. I paid in to the system so now I want my bicycle infrastructure.

     
  7. 20:26 5th Jun 2013

    Notes: 2

    The safety of luxury?

    I haven’t been able to ride much lately. I’m currently on a 1.5 month ban from the bike. It’s a medical thing. Apparently riding your bike too much can be bad for you. I’ve been relegated to the car for my trips and it sucks.

    I have made an interesting observation about luxury cars here in the RGV. They seem to give people a false sense of security when they are behind the wheel. Not only do they somehow think they are safer in the car, because they seem to be pretty reckless while driving, but they also seem to think they are safe from the law. In the span of 15 seconds yesterday at a stop light by UTPA, I saw an Infiniti SUV run a red light and a BMW sedan almost hit a pedestrian who had the right of way to cross the street. It was nuts.

    The Infiniti SUV was stopped at the red light but inched further and further past the white lines until they just ran the light while cars were crossing. I don’t know if they had an emergency, but is it justifiable to cause harm to someone else just because you have an emergency? I don’t think it is.

    The BMW sedan was making a right and cut between two pedestrians at a crosswalk. The pedestrians had the crosswalk signal to cross but the BMW didn’t have 2 seconds to spare. The driver cut between the two and sped away as fast as they could.

    These are the only things I’ve seen, but they are the incidents that are fresh on my mind. I’ve seen plenty of reckless driving though. I venture over to McAllen quite often in the mornings now to go to the doctor and I see plenty of luxury car drivers weaving in and out of traffic while speeding. They end up at the same red lights I do. I don’t know if they feel safer in the car they are driving since it has all the latest safety features, or if tragedy befalls luxury car drivers more than non-luxury car drivers and the luxury car drivers just have to drive faster to get to the tragedy.

    It would be funny if they really do feel safer because of their enhanced safety features. I guess maybe funny isn’t the right word. It would be sad, but not for them, but rather us. The safety features in their car were designed to make the drivers of luxury cars safe from bad drivers who cause accidents, but they are the bad drivers. They are protecting themselves from themselves while leaving us exposed. I guess it’s probably OK though. We probably don’t matter enough to exist. If we did, we’d have a nice car.

    Does their car’s worth put them in a class of citizen that makes them immune to the laws all drivers must adhere to? Do speed limits not apply to them? Does their socioeconomic status put them in a class of citizens with connections that are able to expunge such offenses anyway? I’m not sure. I’m not an RGV 1%’er.

    I’m not saying that everyone who owns one of these nice cars drives like an asshole, but I’m noticing that when I see someone driving like an asshole, 80% of the time it’s a really nice car. It could just be that where I’m driving lately just so happens to be in an area where everyone has done very well for themselves and can afford such things. If that is the case though, someone should notify my neighbors. I had a Mercedes whip around a corner here in my neighborhood the other day at 40mph and almost hit me. I guess my neighborhood is gentrified now. Time to buy a Lexus.

    I guess after all this venting or bitching or whatever you want to call it, all I want to say is, can’t we just drive a little slower and safer? What’s a few minutes of delay? It could mean the difference between someone being alive and dead.

     
  8. 13:50 22nd Apr 2013

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  9. Red lights are merely a suggestion to stop I guess.

     
  10. Here is something I encountered a few days ago. I wish the video was crisper, but it’s not. What you really can’t see is the face on the old lady in that car that honks and peels out a bit. She had an angry look on her face. A look of I hate the world and everyone in it. A look of I hate my life so I’m going to make everyone’s life a living freaking hell. 

    I never learned the honk before going technique in drivers education class, but my guess is that you do that when you really really want to go but someone else has the right of way.

     
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    Quality parenting in the RGV. Here’s a photo I captured from a movie from my GoPro camera on my bike. 3 persons in a car built for 2. My problem is that the child isn’t in a car seat. I couldn’t really tell if anyone was buckled, but my guess is that the passenger was, but the child was not.

    Quality parenting in the RGV. Here’s a photo I captured from a movie from my GoPro camera on my bike. 3 persons in a car built for 2. My problem is that the child isn’t in a car seat. I couldn’t really tell if anyone was buckled, but my guess is that the passenger was, but the child was not.

     
  12. 08:53 27th Feb 2013

    Notes: 1

    Quite the Dream

    I had a dream last night that my car was stolen.

     
  13. 20:44 19th Feb 2013

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    This is a very important tip. If you feel like the road isn’t wide enough to share the lane, take it.

    This is a very important tip. If you feel like the road isn’t wide enough to share the lane, take it.

     
  14. 20:15

    Notes: 1

    A Bicycle Built for Two

    We had a couple of meetings that we had to attend tonight. I wasn’t going to go, but my training ride was cancelled, so Deby and I rolled out on the tandem. We hit up City Hall and UTPA for some meetings.

    We feel that’s important to stay involved and to prove that we’re serious about what we advocate for, we do it, in a major way. We show off all the various ways to get around town. Whether it be biking, walking, or some sort of awesome form of transportation that we haven’t discovered yet.

     
  15. Riding a non-traditional bike

    I have found that riding my long tail cargo bike has caused drivers to react differently to me. For the most part, I get more room on the road. I also get people slowing down to take a look at this beast of a bike. They aren’t sure what they are looking at. Even vehicles on the opposite side of the road slow down to look. I’m not sure this is a positive thing yet. Only time will tell.