Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EPS Is The New Tin Foil

Further to yesterday's post concerning the wrought-iron fence neck impalement [insert smiley face emoticon], it's important to note the that a Hövding head airbag would NOT have been effective in protecting the cyclist, inasmuch as it would have popped like a three-day-old whitehead:
A video posted by abc3d (@abc3d_) on
So there you go.

In other head-related news, I recently heard from a reader who participated in "online training" at work in exchange for a lowering of his health insurance premiums, and naturally the course included the usual helme(n)t propaganda.  Here are some screen shots:


Note that the bit about helme(n)ts comes right after the bit about how it's important to be physically active:


So remember: despite the fact that "physical activity is important for good health," riding a bike without wearing a helme(n)t is the same thing as smoking:



I for one find it comforting that our crippling car dependency and our dysfunctional health care system have created an environment in which corporations now use the carrot of lower health insurance premiums to subject their employees to this kind of anti-cycling propaganda.


("You've proved to me that all this bareheaded cycling is wrong, wrong, and terribly wrong!")

Of course, none of this is to dismiss the dangers we face out there on the roads.  For example, consider all those self-opening car doors for which no human is responsible:
Wow, leave it to the Canadian media to win the passive voice contest by a country kilometer!

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised though, since passivity is a national passion up there:



And in case you're wondering, YES, THE VICTIM WAS WEARING A GODDAMN HELME(N)T, YET SHE DIED ANYWAY:

Keenan, 38, slammed into the door and, despite wearing a helmet, sustained serious head injuries. She died in hospital two days later. 

She should not have died--not because of the helme(n)t, but because we've gone way beyond the point at which governments should require cars to be outfitted with some kind of technology to prevent moronic drivers from heedlessly flinging their goddamn doors open into peoples' paths.

Yet, in the meantime, all we're getting is "connected helmets" and body paint:


Spraypaint yourself all you want, it doesn't matter if nobody's looking in the first place.

Same goes for this thing, by the way:



As illusions of safety go this is David Copperfield-caliber stuff, but it's not gonna to do a goddamn thing about all those doorings and right hooks.

Speaking of misplaced concern, remember the Long Island town of Southold, where they've banned all bike events from June to November?


Some might feel the new restriction might be “too draconian,” said Councilman Bill Ruland, but any time you put large groups in an area on bicycles or in vehicles, “there’s a large chance something can go wrong,” he said.

Absolutely, because everybody knows organized bicycle rides are a huge menace to public health and safety.  That's why "THOUSANDS DIE AT CHARITY RIDE" is such a common newspaper headline all over America.  In fact, you might recall that, according to Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley, cyclists are the community's "number one complaint:"

“I don’t know if our roads can support it anymore,” Flatley said. “The number one complaint we get now is about bicyclists on the roads, riding four or five abreast, not following the rules of the road.”

Well, it was hard not to think about all that when this Southold tragedy was all over the news last weekend:


At least four are dead after a horrific accident today on Route 48 in Cutchogue caused when a limo carrying at least seven passengers made a turn to head west and was struck by the westbound driver of a red pickup, resulting in the T-bone crash, police said. At least three died at the scene, Flatley said, and a fourth person died at Peconic Bay Medical Center. It was still unclear this evening if any others fatalities would be found inside the limousine, he said.

Horrible.

So what does Chief "I don't know if our roads can support it anymore" Flatley have to say about it?

In recent years, Vineyard 48 neighbors have cried out about limo operators, carrying patrons to the winery, driving dangerously on area roads and parking outside their homes.

Of the accident, Flatley said, “It was a dangerous move. This is what we’ve always been afraid of.”  Limos making such turns take up two to three lanes and pose a  danger on area roads, Flatley said, one reason why the town has been cautioning against potential tragedy on Route 48 for years.

Wait a minute!  Limo operators?!?  I thought the number one complaint in town was those damn bicyclists!

Even more incredibly, Flatley is saying that limos "pose a danger on area roads" AFTER ONE WAS RAMMED BY A DRUNK DRIVER!

So what's more dangerous: people hiring limos so they can visit wineries without driving drunk, or drunken drivers?

(Hint: it's a trick question, the answer is cyclists.)

As for this particular drunk driver, after murdering four people he attempted to walk causally away:

Romeo, he said, stayed at the scene of the accident, then, after about 15 minutes, walked 1,000 feet, where he climbed a six foot fence at the transfer station, located on the north side of Route 48, then walked down an embankment.

Police, Spota said, ordered him to stop, “but he continued to walk.” Romeo, Spota said, did eventually stop; police then administered field sobriety tests.

Well, if you ever visit Southold, you can rest easy knowing that bike ban is in place.

(Also, make sure you don't travel there by bike or by limo, lest you elicit the ire of Chief Flatley.)

Lastly, in the interest of keeping today's post morbid, you might as well trade your helme(n)t for a life jacke(n)t because we're all going to drown*:


Hansen’s study does not attempt to predict the precise timing of the feedback loop, only that it is “likely” to occur this century. The implications are mindboggling: In the study’s likely scenario, New York City—and every other coastal city on the planet—may only have a few more decades of habitability left. That dire prediction, in Hansen’s view, requires “emergency cooperation among nations.”

Firstly, New York City isn't even habitable right now, so how much worse can it get?  Secondly, he says the sea level is going to rise ten feet in the next 50 years--but I'm at over 100 feet above sea level, which means I live atop a veritable mountain by New York City standards.

So bring it on, baby!

*Or else no we're not.

120 comments:

Ted K. said...

5. (Paragraph 42) It may be argued that the majority of people don’t want to make their own decisions but want leaders to do their thinking for them. There is an element of truth in this. People like to make their own decisions in small matters, but making decisions on difficult, fundamental questions requires facing up to psychological conflict, and most people hate psychological conflict. Hence they tend to lean on others in making difficult decisions. But it does not follow that they like to have decisions imposed upon them without having any opportunity to influence those decisions. The majority of people are natural followers, not leaders, but they like to have direct personal access to their leaders, they want to be able to influence the leaders and participate to some extent in making even the difficult decisions. At least to that degree they need autonomy.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't sleep?
Podium.

Matt Hassman said...

Pooping on the podium!

Anonymous said...

Almosr podio.

cycle

Marty said...

Podium from down under
Long time reader 1 st time poster.

Snob you rule

lord of the freds

Rob said...

What's with the early posts? Are you on Fred hours?

BamaPhred said...

Them shifts at the Apple factory must be on Summer hours.
And further on Mr Leroy's comment yesterday about riding comfort and heat index, I almost always ride in the evening. The temp is hotter, but that oppressive blanket of morning humidity is gone. Unless of course you start riding at 5am.

Anonymous said...

Things are getting better. After Geraint Thomas crashed head-first into a telephone pole, it was at least three minutes before the first tweet appeared saying "THIS IS WHY EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR A HELMENT"

McFly said...

Hey if I want my mood lifted I will take 50 mg of Zoloft. Or go to Porn Hub.

Synonymous said...

Visiting New York. Where's the gravel?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Synonymous 8:19am,

I run curated gravel tours, email for pricing.

--Wildcat Etc.

Anonymous said...

as a former limo driver.....driving a stretch limo is akin to driving a school bus.apparently,the limo driver was attempting a U-turn.a really dangerous move in my opinion.anyone could've hit him,except it was an apparent drunken driver.sad irony all around.

bad boy of the north said...

didn't ricardo montalban,as khan,in "star trek:wrath of khan",say "gazpacho is dish best served cold"?top twenty.

DB said...

DNAinfo NYC today:
Best summer rides in Queens and Williamsburg cyclist beaten up by skateboarders.
New Yorkers better head for Queens before the sea rises and watch out for skateboarders.

Bryan said...
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Bryan said...

Ted K has been DQed and permanently banned for (being a) dop(e)ing, all comments directly following his get the podium.

Regarding sea level rise...I believe Maynard Keenen already has the answer... learn to swim .

@Synonymous, just go ride in Southold. in fact, large numbers of cyclists should go ride there just because the town seems to be full of douchebags.

Regarding the anti-cycling propaganda, "they" can try to brainwash us all they want, it will not take! I believe in the book version of Clockwork, Alex reverted back to his old ways

Spokey said...

Bryan

as someone who doesn't believe there is a world at 7:00 AM, i need to know.

is the top 10 now at 11?

is the century sprint now at 101?

bad boy of the north said...

meant," gazpacho is A dish best served cold"ratzafratza!

dop said...

Good morning. No word if the driver of the red pickup truck was wearing a helment.

I couldn't ford the gravel trap in Van Cortlandt Park this morning. The usual quagmire on the Putnam Trail has been packed with gravel. Halfway through my 25's became trapped & I lost all forward momentum. I need to either buy a gravel-specific bike or replace the 25's with my old 32's.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Southold can suck it.

I piloted my recumbent 50 miles yesterday. On the biggest hill of my ride I hit a terminal velocity of 45 mph. Did not wear a helment. Survived.

Top said...

Ahh, sun rise big city sarcasm.

no one ever said...

Eat your gazpacho before it gets cold!

Grump said...

Snobby, whatever you do, pass your new home down to your 17 children. In 50 years, you'll have beachfront property. They'll be able to sell it for Billions and Billions.

Spokey said...

i kind of like that helment

but then i'm always a sucker for shiny things. i do have a couple questions.

are the turn signals self canceling? none of my motorcycles ever did (although i hear some fancy pants ones do) and i always felt the fool as i rode down the road and realized a couple miles later i was still signaling.

just how do the break lights werk? i always stop pedaling as i approach a summit (yeah i know but i'm not a racer) to coast over the top and gather speed on the way down. does this mean the stupid lights are going on every time i start coasting?

other than that, if the helment is a decent safety foamy seems like a good price. a little more than a cheap helment would cost any who.

Dave said...

Speaking from Southold, Long Island (elevation 0 feet (0 meters), Chief Flathead said: "Our number one complaint here is groups of cyclists riding with five breasts. Extremely distracting. Yes, the water is up to my waist, but (blub, blub, blub)..."

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

The joints + muscles love the heat !

The people I encounter on the elevator when I first get in the building? Not so much!!




vsk

Anonymous said...

Here's another one worth mentioning - drunk driver kills cyclist yet somehow not to blame!

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/07/21/state-stands-less-serious-dui-count-bike-fatal/30413293/

BamaPhred said...

Southold Police Chief Flatulence, what can I say, sounds like a hick town sheriff in a low budget movie. Did he star in Porky's? Or maybe Macon County Line?

babble on said...

Thanks for covering that dooring story, Snobi Wan... it hurt my heart the first time I heard about it yesterday. If only we could convince our media to take it seriously, and to report more honestly and accurately. But then that's a huge shift, isn't it? That would take a wholesale reversal of attitude, till finally society at large actually holds motorists accountable for the consequences of their actions behind the wheel.

Oh!! OHOHOHOHOHOH! Guess what??! You'll never guess. Turns out masturbation is really quite good for you. Told ya.

'Scuse me. Got some paddling to do. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, but the drunk driver's husband is a police officer so you can't expect her to be charged.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/02/18/a-plague-of-professional-courtesy/

Freddy Murcks said...

I'll turn to the Wall Street Journal for my climate science information just about the same time that I start turning to the Union of Concerned Scientists for my stock tips.

Bryan said...

Ah, Babs paddling the pink canoe...

Spokey - whoever is the "2nd" post (assuming the unabomber is the 1st) can now claim honors, etc etc. Also, the world is a terrible, terrible place before 7 am.

babble on said...

Mr Murks... hear hear. ++

Spokey said...

i understand that. what i need to know is whether that carries through to the other honorifics. Like top 10, 100 comment, etc.

also, what if Ted post hits at number 3. is 4 still a podium position?

look, i like your proposal but we need to clarify the rules. i don't want to hear phil l making it up as we post comments.

janinedm said...

Very timely, as I had another gentleman on my way to work kindly inform me that I needed a helmet to ride my Workcycle. What is so hard about letting others be in New York City of all places!? I mean we witness other people doing shit we wouldn't do all day long, every day, but every Fred and New Jersey-plated fat fuck has the inherent right to give me safety advice. I know and they know that they do not give a quarter of a shit about my health and safety, so I cannot fathom why they can't mind their own business. I can only imagine that it upsets them that I dare take to the streets without being in a state of constant fear. Alertness is insufficient, I have to be scared and I have to put on a helmet that let's everyone know that cycling is dangerous. So sick of it.

Anonymous said...

What does EPS stand for?

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on global warming in 1997 with a stipple drawing of a parka saying 'you won't need to wear this anymore' about the future. So they've got a great track record on climate reporting. I remember because i'm a passive Canadian and it was my first time reading such a scientific tabloid. (working as a bike messenger at the time - in canada we call it 'bike courier')

Anonymous said...

The sentence -- "cyclist dies after bike hits door of parked car that opened suddenly" -- does not use the passive voice.

Anonymous said...

I just skip past the large paragraph comments assuming it's the Ted Kazinsky wannabe reiterating that demented dribble from a decade ago. I prefer the mindless dribble of the rest of you instead.

Freddy Murcks said...

Anon @12:39 - I am afraid I would have to disagree - and 4 out of 5 grammarains would disagree with you too. The sentence uses the passive voice because it obscures the identity of the actor who opened the door. The door did not open itself suddenly. A person, who was not paying attention, opened the door, but the person - i.e., the actor - is nowhere in the sentence. The sentence about the door and the bicyclist is the equivalent of "mistakes were made."

Handle said...

...and so the argument hinges on the door.

Perry Mason said...

An open and shut case.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:39pm,

Driver opens door, killing cyclist=active;

Cyclist dies after door is opened=passive.

--Wildcat Etc.

Aurora said...

There is no second place

Anonymous said...

"Froome refuses to be distracted by Tour de France doping innuendo"

...too busy juicing up.

ken e. said...

without quoting a particular study, sea ice is trending towards disappearance, like humans and their common sense. not you people though, who are the exception to the rule. (not you ted k., jerkface)

Anonymous said...

The "fact" in the online training is contentious on two ways. The Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University, England, begs to differ on the notion that helmets change the level of risk of serious head injury measurably. But even if they do, that doesn't necessarily make cycling without them "unsafe", as opposed to "less safe".

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:39 is quite correct: the sentence in question does not contain a passive construction.

The verb in the main clause ("cyclist dies") is intransitive, and is therefore neither active nor passive. In English, only transitive verbs are capable of being marked for the grammatical attribute 'voice'.

The verb in the subordinate adverb clause, "hits" (subject: "bike"), is also intransitive. The verb in the relative clause embedded within the subordinate clause, "opened", takes the relative pronoun "that" as its subject; "that"'s antecedent is "door"; it is again an intransitive verb, so neither active nor passive. The verb "open" can, of course, be used with a transitive meaning, and thus can be made passive, e.g. 'car door that was opened (e.g. by a fucking idiot driver)', but in the sentence under discussion,as written, it is not transitive; the meaning is 'the car door opened', not 'the car door was opened'.

In fact, from what one might loosely call an 'ethical' point of view this series of constructions is arguably rather worse than would be the case had the author used the passive voice. Had he or she written e.g. 'cyclist dies after bike hits car door that was opened' a reader could readily infer the omitted agentive noun, e.g. 'cyclist dies after bike hits car door that was opened by a fucking idiot driver'. As written, agency here is attributed to the "(car) door" itself -- just something these darn ol' car doors do; not much we can do about it. This is precisely the kind of linguistic crap (removing responsibility) that Snobby rightly complains about, and it is one consequence of over/mis-use of the passive voice; it can also, however, be achieved through other verbal constructions as here.

Now I'll shut the fuck up.

Common Sense said...

"...without quoting a particular study, sea ice is trending towards disappearance..."

Here is a particular study.

bieks said...

I don't care, I'm still going to shell out $700 Canadian dollars for a Hovding and have it disarmed so it strictly acts as a nice beefy collar to protect my neck. Of course, my bottom bracket will have feelings of inadequacy, but what price safety?

ken e. said...

thanks mr.sense, but i live in the rabbit hole. i guess we all do now. the study i saw was by somebody refuting the wsj piece, or some other denialist wonk.

Anonymous said...

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Freddy Murcks said...

Anon @1:53 - I would say that was an overly technical way of saying that the sentence is passive because the construction obscures the existence of a sentient actor. In common parlance, I believe we would still call that passive voice.

I.e., shit happens and we are helpless to prevent it because that's just the way the universe is. Doors open, cyclists die. What are we to do?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 1:53pm,

A blogger was bored after a lengthy comment appeared.

--Wildcat Etc.

Bryan said...

Spokey - you have the gist of it! Doesn't matter if he posts in the the top whatever, the unabomber posts don't count. He has been DQ'd and we can rightly take back all of his wins.

Anonymous said...

It was clearly the door's fault, since the cyclist was wearing a helmet. No charges have been filed against the door.

Yoda said...

Write in the active voice, one should.

Ted K. said...

Yesterday at 9:02 AM Pathetic Old Cyclist commented "I think WCRM is Ted K"

Well, POC you are entitled to your opinion. But he is not.

Spokey said...

thx

i was getting worried that i'd have to cover my bases with comments 9,10,11 and then 99,100,101, then 199,200,201 just to be sure.

i of course have no hope of a real yellow these days of snobbie posting before honest folks are alive in the morn.

PotbellyJoe said...

Some might feel the new restriction might be “too draconian,” said Councilman Bill Ruland, but any time you put large groups in an area on bicycles or in vehicles, “there’s a large chance something can go wrong,” he said.

Can something be mildly Draconian? Or "just Draconian enough?" In order to be considered Draconian, mustn't it already be considered an overreaction?

People who speak English want to know.

Having held a job driving trucks while I was in college, you learn quickly what long wheelbases mean to overall driving. It's a shame this limo driver didn't have that figured out.

Anonymous said...

BSNYC 2:25,

Can't say I blame you. I bore myself; my only excuse it that I teach this crap for a living.

FreddyMurcks 2:25,

I don't disagree; there is a 'passive' quality to these constructions in a semantic sense. But technically/grammatically no -- not the 'passive voice'.

I'll go away now.

P. Bateman said...


an angry snob is a good snob.

you get the polka dot jersey today. good stuff.

how can they ban bikes by the way? i mean, i get maybe the wouldnt issue a permit for a bike race, but how can they ban a bike from a public road?

Anonymous said...

OK, preemptive mea culpa: yes, I typed 'it' instead of 'is' (at 2:47).

Paddling a Canoe said...

Anom@153: So if Babble hits a crack in the road and flies through the air spread eagled, resulting in the t-boning of her canoe, what would the grammatically correct wording be to indicate if her canoe was left in an active or passive condition?

francois villon said...

The bike was active; it hit the door...but it has no voice..

The cyclist was passive...he was killed...now has no voice

where are the snows of yesteryear...and where does the white go when it melts

Sweating in the South said...

Uma blew me.
Active or passive?
I gotta know.

Someone asked about EPS.
earnings per share
Encapsulated post script
Expanded polystyrene

Pick one.

P. Bateman said...

funny how the comments section will veer off in some unexpected direction - usually over some minor tidbit like sand-WHICHes? passive voice...or something else totally unrelated and silly.

remember that one time everyone lost their fucking minds and yelling and fistacuffs ensued and Snob kicked everyone out? what was that about? can't remember.

and by fistacuffs i mean fighting, not the one with 2 guys and one girl.

1904 Cadardi said...

I love this place. With one bookmark I get Bike/Shed/SandwichSnobNYC, advice grammatical, sexual and climatological and the occasional discussion of cycling.

Where do I leave a tip for the wait staff?

Spokey said...


i come here mostly to find out what the fuck leroy's dog is talking about over on twitter.

oh, and of course to keep count of babs broken bones. i have it at 583. anyone else?

BamaPhred said...

Cycling, isn't today a rest day were they get blood transfusions and shot up with the syringe-du-jour?

I would prefer the Tiger protocol, hookers and blow.

BamaPhred said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh, Mr Kotter, Mr Kotter, I just hit the coveted "69" podiodio, do I get extra credit?

The captcha wants me to identify steak, now that's just cruel given the cost of steak these days.

P. Bateman said...

the captcha asked me to identify where on the doll he touched me.

i selected all the tube steaks.

crosspalms said...

Oh, great, now I have to get a grammar bike too.

A passive voice said...

Anonymous 1:53pm,

TLDNR

I Before E said...

Hey crosspalms, can I take your grammar bike out for a spell?

Roille Figners said...

Sure sure, active voice, but what about the dangling/misplaced clause? If I read it correctly, the car was opening suddenly, when a bike -- not necessarily belonging to the cyclist who died afterward for some reason -- hit the door of the opening car.

janinedm - Try one of these. Fits in a water bottle cage. Whap the guy on the head and say "No YOU get a helmet."

Anonymous said...

Not to humblebrag or anything... but I passed that 'online training' course and I'm well on my way to saving small $ in health insurance premiums next year. I plan to go wild on Nashbar.com.

Anonymous said...

Wow and upon reading your post, anon 409, my mail man just delivered me the latest nashbar catalog. God they must be always watching.

Anonymous said...

Incarcerated by the language police for using bad grammar, one prisoner said to another, "So, what was your sentence?"

Comment deleted said...

Paddling, I believe the grammatically-correct phrase in this case is "fuck you."

Anonymous said...

Yoda said ...


Open the door was, dead the girl is. Hmmmm.


Christopher Walken slash (/) Andrew Cuomo said ...

There a girl was. Her bike she was found to be riding ... on the road. At some time a car door was made to be open. Into it, she rode.



vsk





David G said...

That WSJ "resilient sea ice" won't keep NYC above water since sea ice is already floating. Archimedes can explain.

David G said...

P Bateman 2:48pm:

I'm pretty sure they've just banned the organized stuff, not all replacement horses.

P. Bateman said...

@david G- okay, gotcha. that makes more sense. well, not sense really but you know what i mean.

Anonymous said...

At a point in time, for reasons currently unknown to us, the universe appeared.

Nothing passive about that.

dorothy parker said...

backward ran sentences until reeled the mind

Roille Figners said...

Another pre-emptive mea culpa - I typed "helmet" above when it should be healemenette.

How about this for ass-backwards: Cyclist Is Killed By Bike Being Hit By Door Being Opened By Motorist

meltyman said...

Yeeeerrrrs. I get all my science from the WSJ. Sorry, there's been and will be no change in long-term trend of ice mass loss in the Arctic (see: down, down, down...), or the rise in local sea levels on the E. coast. Sea ice doesn't increase sea level anyway (see: Wikipedia). And this just in.

Charlie said...

That bored blogger must have put up with a hole lot of hurt. Impales in comparison to the guy, though.

Anonymous said...

No comments about smug portland falling into the ocean?
http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/dotearth/2015/07/13/a-chilling-update-on-the-ticking-seismic-bomb-off-the-u-s-northwest-coast/

Anonymous said...

TEDK RULZ

McFly said...

WHAT IF GERRAINT THOMAS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HELMENTED WHEN HE GOT DOORED BY THAT POLE YESTERDAY? Or that telegraph as Paul called it.

Anonymous said...

PSA: Don't live below 30 feet above sea level. New Orleans is the exception to this rule.
It's gonna get hairy in these cities folks. In the end though, many will choose to stay with the old house by the sea.

Spokey said...

well

peaches told me she was thinking of moving to the other side of I-5

leroy said...

Unless I'm very much mistaken The Only Living Boy In New York observed "I get all the new I need on the weather report."

It would appear Mr. Simon was way ahead of the curve on global warming.

Of course, I could be very much mistaken.

On the other hand, Mr. Simon did move to Connecticut so he may know something.

Spokey said...

in the spirit

Spokey said...

the new ted k rules

Spokey said...

i hereby

Spokey said...

declare

Spokey said...

a

Spokey said...

century podium

Spokey said...

plus a safety padding

leroy said...

"News." I meant news. Not "new."

My dog responded: "Nothing new under the sun is not news, nu?

And new to the leadout....

JLRB said...

So at least the tragic limo-drunk driver crash is described as the limo being "struck by the westbound driver of a red pickup"

Why isn't it always "actively" placed on the shoulders of the driver - (drunk or not)

JLRB said...

AND a COD occured @3:35 Crosspalms

BamaPhred said...

Welcome to New Amsterdam. I was advised by a hedge fund manager posing as a dog to invest in sea walls, dikes, and windmills. It's the next big thing in coastal amenities.

Chuckie said...

I am an expert in passive voice

PotbellyJoe said...

Anyone remember Gary Gnu? I don't, but my wife (who is older than me and grew up on the East Coast, unlike me who is a Midwesterner with 17 years of East Coast experience) talks about it all of the time.

Anonymous said...

Lanterne Rouge?

Anonymous said...

Leroy I thought you were talking about all the new you needed on the weather report.

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

No GNews is good GNews with Gary Gnu. Make sure you pronounce all the Gs !!

In actual Byke related 'happenings'...

As I approached the Williamsburg Bridge Beautiful People / Hipster High Bridge, there was a big crowd of commuters being blocked from crossing on the bike path at about 7:45pm.

A couple of self styled mini critical massers started rallying to cross on the roadway. "It's not illegal man!" went the shouts of peer pressure. It looked like a good idea when the light was red and the roadway looked empty and inviting. I watched as I want to keep my involvement with law enforcement to a minimum. So off they went about 20 - 30 cyclists on a Cat 6 frenzy toward Williburg. Then the light turned green for car traffic and I don't know what happened mid span.

I went to the Manhattan Bridge. I took pictures but was too beat last night to send them to the curator of this blog. So suffice to say, "YouShuddaBinThere'.

Yay, it's not as hot as Ballz or Deez Nuts any more!

vsk

Anonymous said...

vsk said ...

Wow, is that a record for a time period with no comments?

I wonder if everyone's at Ms. Babble's place . . .

vsk

Roille Figners said...

That's Gary GNU/Linux

babble on said...

We really should have a party, the lot of us. Can you imagine? The one caveat is that Leroy's dog has to spend a spell behind the bar. I've heard that he has a way with a coctail...

James said...

since it was obviously the Limo driver's fault, no criminality is suspected.

Anonymous said...

Back on the regularly scheduled BSNYC posting times.

Must learn to adapt!

dop said...

scranus

Anonymous said...

I wondered WTF "29+" was so I surfed around a little and found this wonderful amalgam of misspellings, mixed metaphors, and solecisms: http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/surly-dirt-wizard-29-tire-review/

It seems the bike industry won't leave anything alone ("old..."), even the misleading names of tire sizes.

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