Archive for May, 2008

The Hitcher

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

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I mark this into evidence as Exhibit No. 4265 why one should always have a camera handy.

Don’t know when this fella landed on me or how long he hitched a ride on my pants leg but I noticed him (and snapped this macro) while stopped at Crescent Heights and Sixth and he didn’t disembark until I’d turned off Crescent Heights at Guthrie to cross La Cienega.

Complaint No. 14714

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Via the LADOT website I filed this complaint after almost being smushed by the impatient and reckless driver of Dash Bus No. 99058, between it and parked cars on Fountain Avenue last evening:

I am a commuter bicyclist and was riding home eastbound on Fountain Avenue yesterday (May 21) evening. Having crossed Highland Avenue at approximately 6:55 p.m. traveling in what’s commonly referred to as the “door zone” alongside the cars parked on the south side of the street I was overtaken and passed by Dash Bus No. 99058.

Demonstrating a total disregard for safety and the law, the bus driver accelerated and passed me less than a foot away from my left shoulder forcing me to stop in order to avoid either being hit directly by the bus or pinned between the bus and the parked cars to my right.

Any precious time saved in this dangerous and entirely illegal and unnecessary manuever was negated by the four-way stop sign a couple blocks further east that we arrived at almost simultaneously. And while keeping pace with the bus all the way to Wilcox, when I looked to the driver for any kind of recognition of her wrongdoing all I got was a defiant attitude and some unheard words in return.

Though clearly the driver is not aware of either the proper and legal way to pass a cyclist nor the potential consequences of her inconsiderate and reckless actions, I trust that the LADOT can comprehend that had I not taken evasive action I could have been severely injured or killed because of her impatience and utter dismissal of my legal right to the road.

Therefore it would be in the best interest of the LADOT to reinforce upon this driver — and all your vehicle operators — a respect for cyclists’ rights to the road.

One Big Family

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Yeah this is the second time I’ve posted about this spider and her recently hatched brood, but sometimes the most wonderous and amazing things bear repeating (click to triplify):

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Making up for a lack of scale, momma spider’s no bigger than a pencil eraser and her surrounding babies are literally a bunch of eight-legged punctuation marks.

This Is Why I Hate: Trucks

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Also called: How Not To Park Your Big-Ass Rig In The Bike Lane You Long-Haul Bastard

Venice Boulevard. Monday Afternoon. Note the red blocks indicating the parking dyslexia of this 18-wheeler’s operator. It’s the other way around, bonehead!

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View the vidclip here.

Double Cheese Burger

Sunday, May 18th, 2008


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Oh. My. Gawd. It was awesome. And yes, I ate the whoooooooole thing.

Flickr set here.

A Charlotte Of Our Own

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Since I first saw her more than a month ago on the molding above the front door, I’ve been keeping an eye on the tiny spider and  her pellet-sized egg sac. This morning I was treated to a double bonus: the babies are emerging and momma snared a meal (click to triplify):

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I Adore It When A Series Of Unrelated Factors Coalesce So Serendipiticiously

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

So last Tuesday I went to the 5th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at Good Samaritan Hospital and among the shwag I accumulated was a 15%-discount coupon for REI. In the ensuing days since my bike was blessed the coupon has been sitting on my desk, having survived several attempts to discard it because I just don’t do a lot of shopping at REI — not only because there isn’t a store near me but also because I’m one of those snarkos who thinks the company’s acronym stands for Really Expensive Indeed.

Well boy howdy am I glad I kept that piece of paper around because yesterday as I was perusing my Sitemeter referals to see who other than The Google was coming to my blog, I found an inbound link from www.jokeisup.com and as it looked wholly unfamiliar of course I clicked on it and found the blog of a cycling dude I believe I met if not on previous Midnight Ridazz or RIDE-Arc rides than last summer during the Hot Knives’ Le Grand Crew ride. Anyway, he had written this post about Bike To Work Day, which discussed the event’s significance and then segued into bike clothing — ultimately concluding with a link pointing readers to my favorite footwear maker — KEEN — who’d apparently decided it was high time to come out with a badass commuter cycling sandal in full SPD-compatible clip glory:

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The catch was the link was to REI.com where the shoes were listed at $115. Immediately I tried to do better on the price via Zappos.com and a couple other online shoe sources where I’ve made previous Keen buys, but the best price I could find was $114.75. Oooooo, a whole quarter! And shiny!!

It was then that I remembered the coupon and in a few minutes spent filling in a few form boxes and entering the discount offer’s code, suddenly the shoes were undie a hundie at $17.25 cheaper and I clicked the submit button in triumph!

So thank you Good Samaritan Hospital for hosting the Blessing of the Bikes. And thank you REI for having a table there at the event from which I took the coupon. And thank me for not repeatedly pitching that coupon away. And thank you Sitemeter for logging the hit from Jokeisup.com. And thank you Doctor J at that blog for coming on that beer ride last summer and meeting me. And thank you for putting my blog on your blogroll. And thank you for whoever clicked that blogroll link and came over to my site. And thank you again Doctor J for being a cyclist and writing about Bike To Work Day and discussing your clothing options and linking to those shoes.

I couldn’t have done it without you!