Monthly Archives: April 2012

Always A Plus

A 120-mile motorcycle excursion proved most enjoyable yesterday, especially considering the rarity of such an event for me these days.  Suffice to say, in this first third of 2012 the miles have added up far more quickly on my bicycle than my motorcycle– 1250 versus 700 respectively– and not by accident.

No miles of any kind accumulate all that quickly within San Francisco itself, inviting the satisfaction of any beyond-the-city journey.  Still, while the motorcycle has become my almost-daily city commuting tool, the bicycle continues to enable my longstanding pleasures of strength, endurance and distance.  Gone is my time, so it appears, of an 11,000-mile motorcycling year.  At the same time, still to return is a year of bicycling 6,000 miles.  While anticipating this accomplishment, at least I’m reminded of the pleasures of a motor once in a while.

Motorcycling has its place no doubt, and fortunately I’ve not had to choose one over the other.  However, as I’ve said more than once over my past 2.5 years of owning a motorcycle:  I’m a bicyclist first, and I always will be.  Of course my preference also burns more calories, which is always a plus!


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On His Way…

As speculation became anticipation over the course of several months– if not years– the big day is now just weeks away.  Ole J.R. is on his way!

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Dallas, Famous People, Media


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A Sight to Remember

Washingtonians were treated to an impressive sight this past Tuesday, one that might not be seen again anytime soon.  The photos deserve a good look, as we bow to this truly unparalleled transportation marvel.

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Current Events, History, News, Transportation


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Don’t Freak Out.

“Raising a national fuss because a few public employees chose sex over reading good books in their off-hours is an American pastime.”

“(They) may have violated their employers’ rules, but they hadn’t broken any laws.”

“Maybe… we could just learn to shrug our shoulders.”

I was thinking of writing something on the topic.  Then I quickly discovered the words had already been extracted from my mind and written for me.  How convenient.  Thoughtful even.

Essentially it’s all summed up for you above, unless of course you simply must now read the entire well-worded thing.  Very well then, go right ahead.  Just don’t “freak out.”

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in And That's My Opinion, News


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Later Than Sooner

We knew it would happen sooner or later; it just happened to come a little later than sooner.  Whether or not Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race really pleases Jesus, at least now– as I discussed here not too long ago– the Republican nomination might proceed more logically.  At the same time, we can always count on another fitting “text from Hillary” to sum up the situation with a humorous one-liner!

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Famous People, Humor, News, Politics


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Keeping The Momentum Going

It’s time to bring Idaho to California.  While certainly not the first to say it, I’m joining the chorus.

The issue at hand:  Bicycles and stop signs.  In California, the law dictates that cyclists must always come to a complete stop.  (Yeah, right.)  The debate has been around for a long time, and it always seems to get pushed once again to the forefront when someone gets hurt or killed.

It’s important for cyclists to yield to cars and pedestrians, to stop when necessary, and to not kill ourselves or anyone else.  Stopping at every uncrowded intersection, however, is simply not conducive to the physics of cycling, especially the kind of high-speed road sprinting that my fellow racers and I enjoy.  Recreational and commuter bicyclists might stop more easily, but they too shouldn’t have to always do so just because it’s “the law.”  And as I look carefully for cars and pedestrians in my path that would cue my need to stop, I’m tired of having to also look around for cops before rolling through an otherwise-deserted intersection.

This brings us to Idaho.  The law there permits bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield and roll through it under certain circumstances, meaning… when it’s harmless to do so!  This is hardly a novel concept; in fact it’s exactly what I and so many other cyclists already do everyday, in all those instances when simple practicality trumps the letter of the law.

It would just be nice if we didn’t have to risk being stopped and ticketed for safe judgment, common sense, and keeping the momentum going!



Posted by on April 6, 2012 in And That's My Opinion, Cycling, News


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About Those Fools…

Unlike other years, in finding myself wondering this time around what the day really means, I decided to read up on it.  Fortunately for me, as April 1 now draws to a close, I seem to have emerged unscathed.  It looks like the same might not be said however for Mitt Romney!

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Famous People, History, Humor, News, Politics


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