Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesdays are for Mayhem.

Yesterday I had to go to Brooklyn.  (I'm moonlighting in an artisanal mayo boutique.  If you've bought a $25 five ounce jar of our sriracha aioli lately, those little savory chunks are my boogers.)  No, I did not ride my bike.  It's like a 20 mile trip each way, and when it's 20 degrees American the day after a snowstorm I take the train and leave the bike commuting heroics to this guy:


("Wuss.")

Around these parts, we've got the New York City Subway, and we've got the Metro-North Railroad.  Yesterday I opted for the latter, and I admired one of my favorite views in the city while I waited for my train:


I should note that I don't use one of those "selfie sticks" when I engage in smartphone photography, but I do set up a tripod and hide under a blanket like they did in the old days:


(Eventualgram.)

This has resulted in my running afoul of the MTA's "If You See Something, Say Something" policy on more than one occasion.

I find the confluence of the Harlem and Hudson rivers particularly compelling in winter, and the frigid bleakness always makes me think of poor Henry Hudson marooned by mutineers in Hudson Bay and left to his fate.

By the way, crazy that the bay they left him in was called Hudson, right?  I mean what are the odds!?!


(You're an idiot.)

I'm waiting for those Elizabethan collars to make a fashion comeback.  We've been seeing a few in the artisanal mayo shop so it's only a matter of time.

Waiting on the platform in the cold like a freezing piece of sushi I also attempted some more artsy photographs, and not surprisingly the results were mind-numbingly boring.  For example, here for some reason I was taken by the parallel lines which are the essence of rail travel and a metaphor for urban lives lived side-by-side yet in total isolation or something:


Not sure why I thought that would make a good photograph.  The train was pulling into the station so I hoped the wheels would be blurry, but the smartphone focussed it for me in its infinite wisdom and fucked it all up.

And here I was attempting a study in perspective where the tracks disappear around the bend and begin to follow the Hudson River (or finish following the Hudson River if you're heading south):


This, by the way, is the spot where a Metro-North train traveling at over 80mph overcooked the turn and fatally derailed back in 2013, so naturally I thought about that while taking the picture.

Before long my train arrived, so I folded up my tripod, boarded, forgot all about derailments, and went about my day.  Then, yesterday evening on another Metro-North line, this happened:


A crowded Metro-North Railroad train passing through Westchester County at the height of the evening rush on Tuesday slammed into a sport-utility vehicle on the tracks at a crossing, creating a fiery crash and explosion that killed seven people, injured a dozen and forced the evacuation of hundreds. It was the deadliest crash in the railroad’s history.

This is awful, and it's especially tragic when you consider that the driver of the SUV may have been trying to beat the train across the tracks:

According to preliminary information, the gates at the crossing came down on top of the S.U.V., which had stopped on the tracks, Mr. Donovan said. The driver got out of the vehicle to look at the rear of the car, then got back in and drove forward. Then the vehicle was struck, he said.

Mr. Astorino said that the crash appeared to be the S.U.V. driver’s fault, not the conductor’s.

Expect lots of questions and introspection in coming days about whether Metro-North is safe enough, and none whatsoever about why the death toll associated with private automobile travel is socially acceptable and not considered a public health crisis.

This may be the Metro-North's deadliest crash ever, but as far as driving goes it's a typical Tuesday evening.

As for why the busiest commuter railroad in the United States still has grade crossings, this is because rail infrastructure development probably peaked around World War II, after which we said "fuck it" and told everybody to buy cars and fend for themselves.  Not only are we stalled when it comes to rail travel, but we're actually regressing to the 19th century, and here in New York City our mayor wants us all to travel by boat now:



On Tuesday, more than a year after winning that contest — and four months after discontinuing the Rockaway ferry, because of what officials said were high costs and a relatively small ridership — Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at his ferry moment. In his State of the City address, Mr. de Blasio announced plans for a “new citywide ferry service,” to begin in 2017, with routes that would serve, among other areas, Astoria, the Lower East Side and, once again, the Rockaways.

“We’re the ultimate coastal city. But somehow we haven’t had a true ferry system in decades,” he said, getting perhaps the day’s most robust applause when discussing the subject. “We need to right this wrong.”

No we don't.  Boats suck.  Firstly, how are people who don't live particularly close to the water (which is almost everybody) supposed to get to the ferry landings in the first place?  On those painfully slow buses which are constantly delayed by selfish double-parking assholes?  Secondly, who the fuck wants to be out in this?


Then again, we don't ever have storms in New York City, so I don't see a problem with increased reliance on seafaring.


(Get your docksiders. your dramamine, and your MetroCard, it's 21st century New York City!)

If New Yorkers wanted to travel by ferry then the third-largest borough by land area wouldn't have a population of under half a million.

Speaking of crashing, you've almost certainly heard about Lance Armstrong's post-crash "switcheroo" by now:



“I asked Hansen if Armstrong asked her to take the blame for the accident once they got home,” Magnuson wrote. “She replied, ‘No, that was a joint decision, and, um, you know we’ve had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and honestly, I’ve got teenagers, I just wanted to protect my family because I thought, ‘Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it’s not going to show up in the papers, but Lance Armstrong hit some cars, it’s going to be a national story.’”

Hansen, responding to another Magnuson inquiry, said Armstrong was not drunk when he drove home from the St. Regis.

There's a long history in cycling of throwing the old lady under the bus.  It's a time-honored tradition.  Remember when Raimondas Rumšas let his wife sit in jail for months after she tried to bring him a trunkful of drugs?



On the day of Rumšas' third place finish in the 2002 Tour de France, police discovered corticoids, erythropoietin, testosterone, growth hormones and anabolic steroids in the car of his wife, Edita Rumšienė. She was jailed for several months before being released, despite her claim that the drugs were for her mother-in-law.

The top Tour riders of yesteryear also love to drive into stuff, though Armstrong's arch rival Jan Ullrich's got him beat in that department:



“Driving under the influence of alcohol is inexcusable. It’s a huge mistake, and I deeply regret it,” Ullrich, who lives in Switzerland, wrote on his website.

“I’m sorry. Thank God that nobody died,” the retired star, who last year admitted to doping, was quoted as telling Swiss tabloid Blick.

“I was under stress, I was coming from an appointment and I wanted to get home as soon as possible,” added Ullrich, who lives in Switzerland.

This is all true.  "An Appointment" is the name of a bar near Ullrich's home in Switzerland, and the reason he was in such a rush is because he never misses an episode of "Stromberg:"


("You will guffaw heartily," says the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.)

Also, remember when he crashed his Porsche into a bike rack?

Say what you will about Ullrich, but that guy knows how to machen die Partei:


Both Armstrong and Ullich could use a lesson in self-restraint from the alarmingly placid Miguel Indurain:


(Indurain visits his wax facsimile at Madame Tussauds.)

The most outrageous thing Indurain has done during his retirement is use spicy mustard on his sandwich that one time.


("Never again," swore Big Mig, his tastebuds alive with flavor.)

And yes, the rumors are true--Michael Richards will in fact play Indurain in the Lance Armstrong biopic:


I'm looking forward to that one.

Finally, are you looking to tame the li'l scofflaw in your life?  Why not train them with this remote control traffic light?
Once he masters that, Dad can move on to trackstanding.

116 comments:

Vernal Magina said...

Yippee!

Anonymous said...

first

Anonymous said...

well, second and third

Grump said...

Those Elizabethan collars would be great for eating pizza (or anything else like that). Anything that drips off your chin would fall on it like a bib.

Anonymous said...

Top Ten, just missed podi. guess I need Peds, like Lance

JB said...

It's a photo extravaganza!!!

Jlrb said...

Top that

groanhammer said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezqvF2TzjSc

RANTWICK said...

Top Ten? Wow.

Anonymous said...

vsk said . . .

Toppus Tennis there aboutus !

vsk

Bryan said...

I think I reversed puberty today on my ride in. Here in America's scranus (that's the south, you see), it was around 30 when I started out, balaclava and all. I need to start insulating a certain area a little better on those cold starts.
George Costanza agrees. But I did get some looks from some of the ladies at work who were around the door area when I pulled up looking bundled up for some almost yankee-like conditions.

Could have come in 3rd today, but I won once, and that is enough racing for me. Just knowing I can do it is good enough. Now I like to take my time and read, laugh, and be entertained.

P. Bateman said...

dang! i was really hoping to GET SOME top 10 today.

i'm so KY jealous of you fast sprinters.

and yes i stole that joke from the interview because i think its funny. what do you propose to do about it?

i thought so.

my life has been a waste.

Literati de Bike Snob said...

I coulda been a top-ten-der, but I chose to read.

mikeweb said...

And that has to be my favorite MNRR station name: Spuyten Duyvil.

dnk said...

Lance Armstrong's girlfriend pleads guilty to all of my felony charges.

So there. Glad to have gotten that out off of my plate.

vice_chancellor_smartypants said...

Expect lots of questions and introspection in coming days about whether Metro-North is safe enough, and none whatsoever about why the death toll associated with private automobile travel is socially acceptable and not considered a public health crisis.

Oh, but it's so much worse than that.

Serious questions like, "Why do trains go so fast? It's not safe for cars." and "Those barriers don't work right. They allow determined drivers through." will be discussed and digested into a huge accident report no one will read.

The mindset drivers have is one tiny step below royalty. Maybe that's why cars are so beloved and drivers will do anything to keep the status quo?

Anonymous said...

bike couriers getting hit by low oil prices:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/bike-couriers-suffer-as-oil-slump-slows-corporate-calgary-1.2944456?cmp=rss

Mel G said...

Top 20 on the Aztec pyramid of a podium.

BamaPhred said...

No Mas No Mas. Grade crossing accidents are always sad, and this is what I think about when you say high speed rail service in Murica. Between the morons running the trains and the morons croossing the tracks, sleeping on the tracks, stealing the tracks, cattle, deer etcetera it would just be carnage.

Metro North Customer Service said...

P Bateman 1153: "what do you propose to do about it?" Do you feel lucky, well do you?

PotbellyJoe said...

I think the most damning (and least astounding) bit of news in the whole SUV strikes train disaster is that she got out of her car to see the damage and THEN decided to try to move it from the path of the train. Which means the reality of what happened is she thought someone hit her and was 100% clueless to the train until she got out of her car and saw the gates. Then she got in her car to get it off of the tracks.

For anyone who rides/drives/breathes in the NYC area, this isn't surprising that a woman, in an SUV, in NYC metro area traffic would be clueless to her surroundings and then have no idea what to do to correct for her predicament.

If the investigation is honest, they will find that the driver was distracted and inattentive, but the solution will be to lower train speeds and add extra horns to warn of the train's approach.

After the next train-car accident Trains will have to wear fluorescent orange vests.

the Jimboner said...

putz! I mean it!

Anonymous said...

Bama Phred,

That is why, and I believe Snobbie referenced it, an enlightened society does not have vehicles crossing railroad track. A good train infrastructure would eliminate the carnage caused automobiles. As far as the ungulates are concerned, it's ever deer for itself. However, now that I think about it, some western states have created over and under pass to keep migrating deer and elk off the roads.

Silver he's our man, if he can't do it... said...

Anna Hanson "you know we’ve had our family name smeared" Haven't LOL for so long in ages. She should run for a seat in the NYS assembly, she'd fit right in.

The Best Government Money Can Buy said...

Train - car crash. Flocks of pols fly to the scene faster than a speeding bullet and stand around pontificating non stop with things like "there should be a study" or we should "form a commission" (with high per diems). Silver, Bruno, arrested for something, not a peep.

Anonymous said...

Nice one today Wildcat, you really lived up to your reputation as Riverdale's most popular bike blogger.

Anonymous said...

travel by boat in nyc will be a great improvement for many living close to the water. ever tried to go from red hook to manhattan? or queens?

nyc used to have boats running from brooklyn to manhattan every 5 min. in 1910.

more public transportation means less cars.

so i am not sure why you are against it.

taking a boat rather than a bus or subway just improves the quality of you life and it is well worth the $4 ride.

what i am interested to know is how the ferry will be priced once the extension are in place. I think the red hook ferry is $10 or something. I just don't want the ferry to be tailored to tourist. And it needs to run 24 hrs.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:54pm,

Yes, I lived in Red Hook for a few years.

A neighborhood like that can benefit from a ferry, but it's hardly representative of most of the city. This plan is a mass transit cop-out.

By the way, between bikes and buses and subway and feet it wasn't a big deal to get from Red Hook to Manhattan or Queens. Has better transit than most of San Francisco.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Anonymous said...

Ferries aren't the reason people don't live on Staten Island. It's because it sucks to live on Staten Island.

Anonymous said...

I have seen two different Elliptigogos this week. I blame this blog.

dop said...

less ironic...more carbonic

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 1:05pm,

Chicken or the egg?

--Wildcat Landlubber Machine

CommieCanuck said...

I think we should totally believe Lance was not drunk. Totally.
Frank and Betsy just made it up.

and PB&J...not a single person on that train was wearing a healment. I'm sure NYPD will investigate with their usual zeal. Eventually.

RB59 said...

I like how Lance getting his girlfriend to lie for him isn't even worthy of comment. You can tell when Lance is lying, his lips move.

Anonymous said...

"But somehow we haven’t had a true ferry system in decades"

dnk said...

Come to Staten Island for the ferry service. Stay for the plentiful cheap heroin.

Anonymous said...

BikeSnobNYC said...
Anonymous 12:54pm,

Ferry transit is just for people that need to go where the ferry goes. You pay more for the pleasure of a boat ride. Did you ever take it?

Ferry=huber?, subway=car service, taxi=bus.

Going from red hook to manhattan takes over 1 hour. going from astoria to green point takes forever, going from dumbo to williamsburg takes forever. etc etc.

Ferry will connect areas by the water that are not well connected now.

SF can not be compared to NY. It is much smaller and typology of travel is very different. Also SF does not need super fast public trans because life is much much slower than ny. And a taxi takes you anywhere in 10 min.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Sorry Snobbie, MNRR is the 2nd busiest commuter RR, behind everyone's favorite, the LIRR. The LIRR has gone to great lengths to prevent car and train accidents. The entire Babble On branch ( where is Babs, anyway??) is elevated. Now people have to climb up to the platform without their cars and throw themselves in front of the train.

As for Lance, I believed him last time he said he wasn't drugging, why shouldn't I believe him now??

DB said...

I'm thinking Crosspalms must be on vacation and Babs is in the hospital.
Or is it just hospital? I think we went over this once.
Well done today, Snob. I like your travelogues of the greater New York City region.
Was your trip to Brooklyn yesterday to Pratt to see the bra made from the 3D printer?

balls™ said...

On a trip to Sydney, we rode the ferries everywhere. As a tourist they were great. It was hard to tell if "real" people used the though.

Not to defend Lance, but if Indurain was clean, I'll give Lance my 2nd ball. The dope and the dopes changed, but the doping was always there.

CommieCanuck said...

Ferries are for woosies...if you want to get to Staten Island, buy a really fat bike.

CommieCanuck said...

I think Babs bought one of those Vancouver micro-condos (100sqft for $100K).
If you eat a meal in them, you cannot get out until you fully digest.
You know you're in one when the elevator is more spacious.

CommieCanuck said...

On a trip to Sydney, we rode the ferries everywhere.

snicker.

Comment deleted said...

I'm not sure I buy the artisanal-booger excuse. I still think Snob has some money out on the street in Brooklyn, and needs to go back weekly to enforce a little timely-payment discipline.

Al said...

London's more or less got rid of at-grade rail crossings inside the city limits, though one commuter line with a metric fuck ton of services still has crossing about ten miles out of the centre. Further out in the UK we've still got level crossings on 125mph express lines, which on occasion has the inevitable tragic consequences with fucktard drivers

Meanwhile the floppy haired fuckwit in charge in London might be doing something right for cycling, against the wishes of the taxi drivers and an arsehole that drives from a super-posh part of London to his shiny massive erection every morning.

1904 Cadardi said...

Any train geeks out there remember "Operation Lifesaver" back in the 70's?

The big push was basically, the train is bigger than you and will seriously fuck you up if you park on the tracks. Which, if you've ever seen a train in person, would seem obvious. Clearly Darwinism isn't working fast enough to spare the riders on that commuter train from another stupid motorist.

Also, I live in a square state. What is this passenger rail you speak of? It sounds interesting.

Spokey said...

i get caught every once in awhile and sit there and wait for 15-20 min for a freight to go by. yeah i know it's nothing like you in flyover get but it's still annoying to wait for all those cars to go by knowing it's just to supply snobs 18 offspring with caviar crackers and such.

but this wuss stays way back and always looks for the escape route should a derailment occur. i can't imagine how little of your brain is left to actually stop on the tracks. sounds like that might have been the case here because of some traffic problem on some other road. car or my bieksickle (that could have had drum breaks) i'm going fast enough to coast way out of the way should my chain break or motor fall out of the car.

CommieCanuck said...

Those Elizabethan collars are great if you have an eye infection and you don't want to keep scratching it.
2015 is the year of the Elizasexual, out with lumbersexuals.

LIZY COLR

dop said...

CC-

On our trip to Sydney, we took the ferry to Manly Beach.

It was a Manly Ferry.

sir_lord_smartypants said...

A good train infrastructure would eliminate the carnage caused automobiles.

No. It would move lots of things with great efficiency.

But, we're in a car-centric region, so of course everything must be made to benefit automobile users first.

Old-timer said...

Lance, back on Oprah?

Oprah: “So Lance, were YOU driving when your car bashed the parked vehicles?”
Lance: “Uh, yeah. I was driving.”
Oprah: “Lance, had you been drinking alcohol?”
Lance: “Sure. Everyone at the party was drinking alcohol!”
Oprah: “Lance,if you could re-live that night, would you do the same things again?”
Lance: “Well, yeah. It was a party. Everyone was drinking. Everyone was driving.”
Oprah: “And your initial lie about who was driving?”
Lance: “Trolls! A witch hunt! I never tested positive! They, EVERYONE will be hearing from my attorneys!”

(Reaching for the remote channel changer…)

BikeSnobNYC said...

Pathetic Old Cyclist,

I thought MN overtook LIRR in terms of ridership recently...maybe LIRR overtook it again?

LIRR has a lot of grade crossings, and close to the city line at that. The Far Rockaway branch is all at grade after Valley Stream...

--Wildcat Rock Machine

commie said...

It was a Manly Ferry.

The Duke de Richelieu said...

"I'm moonlighting in an artisanal mayo boutique. If you've bought a $25 five ounce jar of our sriracha aioli lately, those little savory chunks are my boogers."

Thats flat out terrible. The pop-up mayo boutique at Brooklyn Flea is selling a six once jar for only $20.00.

The Bud Man said...

Bet Lance was drinking Michelob Ultra. Lance was going to be in a Michelob Ultra Super Bowl Ad, but the geniuses at Bud decided to air an ad slamming craft ales instead in order to appeal to their base in Texas.

Roll Over, Play Dead said...

I wonder if Leroy's Dog ever has to wear one of those collars to keep from scratching himself.

Casey Jones said...

They have uber hi-speed rail in Europe, the Far East, etc. And you never hear about accidents like this happening. How do they do it?

dop said...

There are three lines on the MNR.

The Hudson Line (along America's River) is well-separated from traffic, without any grade crossings. You'd have to be going 80+ on a tight turn to have any problems..

The Harlem Line has a lot of those ugly old one-lane tunnels through berms under the track. Above Pleasantville it runs along highways with good separation.

I can't comment on the action with the New haven Line.

Engineer no. 9 said...

Casey - they have better whistles. Live with it.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Casey Jones,

80 people died on a high-speed train in Spain in 2013. Train driver was on the phone.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

babble on said...

So I checked with the great Wiki, God of online information, and it turns out that 1.2 million people died by car last year, down from 1.3 million a year or two ago.

Anonymous said...

I guess car crashes are only REALLY newsworthy (and worthy of a ticket, fine, and/or jail time) if the car at fault is driven by a cyclist.

dop said...

Kaiser Jan In Lederhosen...something you don't see every day.

captcha= cumnm

sounds like someone licking their lips

film at 11 said...

spanish high-speed train crash

P. Bateman said...

and in china

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl9zFHTVmPg

and in legoland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Qo4a_3IeQ

dop said...

It's crashes like that which led DeBlasio to ban high-speed railroads from central park

Cipo's Penis Double said...

Is the Lancemeisters blood still flammable?

Bennet Surf said...

I'm doing research for my book 'David Byrne, Man for the Ages & Master of the Curated Fixie Universe.'Is it true that David Byrne is the mon who put the ANAL in artisANAL?

Anonymous said...

More public transit on the water means more room and less fuss for the bozos who will continue to drive in the city.

It's a way to cleanse the streets of unwanted commuters and their buses, bikes, and feet.

And if one or a few of those ferries capsizes, like we hear about now and then, there's a few less folks to worry about.

Anonymous said...

Note in the train wrecks noted above, more than half the people on board SURVIVED.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Snobbie,

MNRR moved 81.8 mil, LIRR 83.4. That's alot of miserable people!

Welcome back, Babs.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Pathetic Old Cyclist,

I stand corrected!

They used to (and I'm sure still do) hold Torah study groups on the Far Rockaway train.

--LIRR

J. Olsen said...

BSNYC,

One of the people who lost their life as a result of the Metro-North SUV kamakazie attack was a 'Curator' ...

get on it

BamaPhred said...

I will echo previous commenter, what is this talk of Mass Transit? A large surveying device?
I'm not holding my breath for the Memphis to Birmingham to Atlanta mag-lev high speed bullet train.

Dave said...

Hey! MY mother-in-law took all those same drugs! She was a nice old lady. And she won Mr. Olympia a couple of years running. With her around you never needed your car jack.

Anonymous said...

There's no need to build high speed rail in the south, y'all got plenty of time to kill anyway.

BamaPhred said...

And with Commentor Dave's mother in law around, you didn't worry about car-jacking either. Forgot your jock strap? She had a spare!
Sorry Dave the Debbil made me do it, I'm sure she is a lovely citizen of the senior variety.

BamaPhred said...

Data traffic expands to fill available network resources.
Vehicular Traffic expands to fill available lanes.
No matter where you live or how many roads you build it's always the same.
There is so much animus towards any mass transit here it is positively mind numbing. If it was free, robust, and ubiquitous, it would be only marginally utilized. If at all.
Long Live The Landwhale! Thar, She Blows!

BamaPhred said...

Personally, the fiery train accident happening in Valhalla weirds me out even more. At least that's were NBC snooze had it headlined. And the plane crash clip, that's not helping.
I need a distraction.

dop said...

I just learned that a neighbor lost her brother in the train crash. About 20 of us were over at her house Sunday, eating dip & watching the game. Gone too soon, killed by a jerk

CeCe Peniston Envy said...

Mamajuana Cafe
At Dyckman and Seaman
Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Ulrich is such a sefish drunk (can't handle stress my ass strong) they even named a tavern after him. http://ulrichstavern.com/

babble on said...

So... I was blogulating on Sunday about how many people die by car (millions!!!) when I went to meet someone by bicycle and wound up... yes, you guessed it. Sigh. No wonder the number one son has decided to earn those medical letters after his name.

They did let me out, but I am moving very slowly these days. Not racing for a while. :(

babble on said...

ps - thank you, mr old cyclist. :)

Stuart said...

In 2002, Jan Ullrich said: "I am only happy that no-one was injured,"

In 2014, Ullrich said, "Thank God no one was killed."

What will he say next time?

McFly said...

After my preliminary assessment the findings of the train crash are as follows:

FAULT: Motorist

CATEGORY: Darwinian

babble on said...

Huh. Good news story of the day:

The game Monopoly is celebrating its 80th birthday in France, so in some of the boxes they are replacing some of the Monopoly money with real money. So several boxes will have three hundred or so euros in them, but one box will be replaced bill for bill with real money. What's that, twenty thousand euros? Forty? But the real bills are bigger, so the jackpot box will have a definite bulge to it.

Roger Bushell said...

Real money in Monopoly games? It has been done before.

dop said...

Babble-

Was that you staring at the bulge in my jackpot box?

babble on said...

A convalescing Crash Test Dummy requires her guilty pleasures...

dop said...

Many people just binge watch house of cards. Feel better

BamaPhred said...

Bieks and the beikcycling thereof. Anyone tried WD40Bike products? Ima gonna try the chain lubes and multipurpose. I don't recommend it as a scranus emollient.

babble on said...

That was a great show! I love all of the Shakespearean references... but been there, done that.

I watched a little Sherlock, but they didn't say that I couldn't go to work, and we are mid launch, so as soon as I was released, I floated into the office, drugged to the gills.

babble on said...

ps - thank you. :) xo xo

Anonymous said...

dum de dum

Spokey said...

sprinters

Spokey said...

start

Spokey said...

your

Spokey said...

engines

Spokey said...

century

Spokey said...

sorry to hear that babs

any bikes left? hope the electra is ok (i guess and you too)

Angry Beaver in Miramichi said...

Babs, Not agin (as they say in the South). Get better and get back to riding, with an occasional guilty pleasure thrown in. P.S. "Mid launch" I didn't know Canada put people into space.

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

Pre Podio !

vsk

Anonymous said...

In Europia, person v train is a popular form of suicide, guns being much less freely available.

babble on said...

Thanks, gents. And lol! That was my question, too, Mr Spokey. The electra was locked up safely at home, and I haven't ridden it yet to be sure, but it appears that Ti Baby is ok, too.

Mr Beaver - I KNOW, right??! What the fuck? And yet by all accounts, I seem to be pretty adept at biek handling skillz. I just don't get it. Though the doc says that these damned mutarded Ehlers Danlos genes cause moments of clumsiness.

BamaPhred said...

I'm glad the Babs is still kicking also. Just overlapped a patch on another patch to fix a new leak. Too lazy to get another one.

dop said...

just take 2 seconds to do some work & I missed the sprint...congrats spokey

Spokey said...

thx dop

but it's your own fault. it's common knowledge that work should be only performed in one second intervals max before a much needed rest. the mid-west goobers here must remember the hawthorne study.

BamaPhred said...

The Hawthorne Effect. Applies to Snobs children at the Apple factory.

bad boy of the north said...

Mend well,babble on.

DB said...

Is this a Snob holiday?

BamaPhred said...

Snob is pretending he is Godot.

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you know how long it takes to feed 18 urchins when you're working one second at a time?

Spokey said...

but it's up you slugs

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