This Morning’s Left Hook Brought To You By The U.S. Army

This past week or so I’ve been testing out a pair of sunglasses that have a built-in video camera. Pretty low-rent James Bond type stuff. The 320-x240 footage leaves lots to be desired and so does the audio — all the worse to low-quality immortalize a Venice Boulevard incident this morning on my bike commute to work in which a motorist couldn’t be bothered to look around to make sure he could turn left safely, much less actually yield for any cross traffic, which at that moment was basically me: a worthless invisible commie bicyclist.

Fortunately, since I am able to mentally bike about 0.65 seconds into the future, I saw the left-hook just shortly after he commenced it and was able to slow down from 12mph to 11mph and thus avoid t-boning the bastard.

Over the wind against the mic as he fires across my bow you’ll hear me admire his idiocy with “That’s so fuckin’ awesome” before I yell “You super idiot!” after him as he pulls into the adjacent strip mall he was in such a hurry to get to, but after that I opted to be nothing more than exasperatedly civil when he exited the vehicle (and in Army Airborne uniform, no less). He listened to me call out his fail in an oddly mute an unapologetic fashion and then I got the hell on my way urging him to be careful.

PS. Pay no attention to the vid’s date/time stamp. I can’t change it until I plug the Mac-unfriendly glasses-cam into a Windows PC and run some sort of .exe program.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."