Anyway, they're giving me $10,000 in travel expenses, so in the end it actually worked out pretty well and I'm looking forward to the trip--though hopefully I don't get hit by a meteor like that one that blew up over Siberia:
Could be, but they shouldn't rule out the possibility it was simply a Russian driver:
Frighteningly, many of these drivers immigrate to Brooklyn, which explains about two-thirds of the collisions you read about on Streetsblog.
Speaking of cars, if you enjoy product review feuds as much as I do (that's pretty much the only reason I accepted that Budnitz), you may be amused by the recent skirmish between Tesla Motors and a New York Times reviewer:
Basically the New York Times guy tried to take a Telsa electric car on a road trip and got stranded when the car ran out of juice. He says it was because the Tesla sucks and their technicians gave him bad advice, whereas the Tesla guy says he's full of crap and that the reviewer drove the car around in circles to sabotage the test. Either way, I found it entertaining reading, and perhaps Tesla should start shipping their cars with folding bikes in the trunk. (In an electric car future, folding bikes will be the new jumper cables in that everyone will have them in their trunk but almost nobody will know how to use them.)
Lastly, commenter "CommieCanuk" sent me this interview from mainstream American television:
The sorts of people who comment in Cyclingnews forums will no doubt be compelled to point out inaccuracies, but if you're not among the terminally retentive (which is very unlikely if you're a cycling fan) you should find it humorous.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right that's fantastic, and if you're wrong you'll see a flying recumbent.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and watch out for meteors.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
(Zabriskie attempts to accentuate his individuality by wearing lip hair.)
1) "Do you want to stand out in the peloton? Accentuate your individuality? Enhance the shape of your muscles?" If so, be sure to:
--Get a tattoo
--Wear a muscle skinsuit
2) Sea slugs have disposable _______:
--Heroes of hiphoprisy
3) Watch out Portland! Brooklyn's getting a:
--"Sewage Treatment Plant of Awesomeness"
("It's very important that people look at me.")
4) In Portland, this week apparently marks the start of:
--Mini Bike Winter
--Cargo Bike Month
--Unicycle Appreciation Week
--Supersmug Bigmuff Pedalpalooza Bikestock Velofest 2013
(Those shorts don't help either.)
5) Going fixed and brakeless cancels out the inherent dorkiness of riding a folding bike.
(Put an INTEGRATED on it.)
6) Holy crap! It's:
--All of the above!!! I'll take six!!!!!
7) Reverse steering is the new brakelessness.
***Special No Bonus Question-Themed Bonus Beratement!***
There's no bonus question because sometimes life doesn't give you bonuses. You know, back in my day there was no "Kindling," and a fathering magazine just meant when daddy beat you with a rolled-up copy of "Newsweek." Granted that never happened to me, though I did once get a pretty nasty paper cut from a copy of "BMX Plus!" But that's not the point. The point is there's no bonus question. However, feel free to watch a Dutch person ride to the dentist: