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phillysailor

Member Since 18 Jan 2010
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In Topic: Not good to honk at bicycle riders

26 August 2016 - 11:59 PM

I was biking from Boston to Pinkham Notch, NH with full summer trail crew gear (except I had to buy boots in N Conway) when an 18 wheeler coming past me gave "a little toot" to let me know he was coming. I knew the beast was coming: you can't really hide the jake break or the wheeze/groan of the brakes from a near silent bicyclist on a hilly road. So when he let loose the air horn, I steered from the side of the road just as far into the margin as I could.

 

The truck passed me in the other lane, probably 25 feet from my track through three inches of soft roadside sand, a healthy portion of which now festooned my gears with grit which ground to finer sand with my exertions. I had to strip the chain, the gears and degrease and brush everything that night for hours in order to get the bike ready for day three of the trek. All the while I was cursing the driver who scared the crap out of me for no good reason.

 

When you are the little guy, there is little meaning or use for words like revenge. Staying alive is so much more relevant. This sort of scene feels good for a couple of moments, until you realize that, despite commuting buy bicycle, you are still a jerk.  


In Topic: What have you got to LOSE?

24 August 2016 - 10:14 AM

JBSF: if you portray everyone you disagree with as idiots, it's easy to not respect their opinions.

In Topic: GOP Becomes a Third Party

22 August 2016 - 10:48 PM

I'm good with jobs replacing benefits, but also with companies and 1%ers getting taxed equitably and not being exempted via loopholes.

The "benefit" of the Bush era tax cuts cannot be overestimated. Nor can the methods used to shift our tax base overseas. I'm in Ireland at the moment, and they looove having our corporate headquarters over here: the car rental guy was mooning over it.

Closing these loopholes and ensuring the Warren Buffet rule never seems to resonate well with the GOP. Why not?

In Topic: elevating PC to a new level

22 August 2016 - 10:40 PM

While in Vol FDept, a blackhat named "Sally" was awarded the "Fireman of the Year" honor.

A vote was announced, and with unanimity, we changed the award to "Firefighter of the Year". Sally abstained. She won it again a couple of years later, and her son did as well.

Nobody gives a shit once new terms are usual. Change is sometimes disruptive, but life goes on.

In Topic: What have you got to LOSE?

22 August 2016 - 10:32 PM

Would've happily voted for McCain/Powell in 2000 had it been an option. And think where we'd be without ME revenge stories, foreign policy by Halliburton, and torture. J