Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Wait, *Another* Outside Column? Well I'll Be!

Well, when it rains it rains heavily, because I've got another column up on Outside's website already!



It's weird because whenever a new one pops up I usually see it on Twitter, find myself wondering, "Wait, did I write that?," and then after a paragraph or two I'm like, "Oh yeah, I guess I did."

There's a fine line between being prolific and projectile-vomiting prose, and I crossed that line long ago.

Of course that's not to say I don't stand behind the quality of my columns, because I totally do--though the illustrations are obviously the best part, and I basically just write really long captions for them.

Hey, beats working!

22 comments:

Fourhourerection said...

Podium?

Watch and Camera Guy said...

Podium?

pbateman bought a delorean but only for the hidden product said...

Snob - seriously, thanks for at least attempting to fight the good fight against the more ingrained psychology of the bikes v cars debate. you sir, are not wasting an ounce of that SUNY degree.

also, nothing wrong with a life vest. you never know when you might need it ...whether today, or ....in the future

https://goo.gl/images/UKsRC7

leroy said...

My dog and I have a difference of opinion concerning podiums.

Rob Rocha said...

I was hoping that you were going to compare the consequences of breaking the in a car versus a bike. It is very rare for a cyclist to break the law and kill someone other than themselves.
When I commute early in the morning there are few cars and lots of red lights. On my bike I will roll through the lights if it is safe to do so because it will save me a lot of time and momentum. If I was walking I would do the same, but in a car I wouldn't.

pc said...

Can't wait for the Facebook comments on this one!

Olle Nilsson said...

And it's like winning the New Yorker caption contest every single frickin' time. You're living the dream Wildcat.

HDEB said...

Motor vehicles weigh more than bicycles.

BamaPhred said...

I don’t always use hand signals, but when I do, I only need one finger.

Anonymous said...

Today's prose was a bit more projectile-vomited than yesterday's, but it gets the job done.

Grump said...

95% of drivers exceed the speed limit, 95% of the time they are driving, while bike riders break the law 1% of the time they are riding.

Anonymous said...

Perfectly timed - I had just come across a truly astounding piece of what-aboutism and felt compelled to share it with you. I'll just leave this here: http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20181001/after-driver-kills-80-year-old-some-cambridge-seniors-say-cyclists-bigger-worry

Die free said...

Keep it up snobby!

Anonymous said...

You can file all of them under the label of giving a shite about your fellow road-user. I fall into 3 categories; bike, motorbike, car/van.

Be observant and courteous and things may improve.

hey nonny mouse

P.S. people riding or driving with earphones in is my pet bugbear. Did it once in a hired van with a non-functioning radio and lasted 5 minutes; it's astonishing how much it blocks out the world.

Haywood Jablome said...

Back in the 80'sand 90's, I delivered pork,and eggs, ( not in the same trailer) to the NYC. Mostly hunts point, Key foods in Brooklyn,and some eggs to chinatown by 13and a half St.
The coppers yelled at me for stopping at red lights, "do you want to get killed?" I guess truckloads of meat we're worth killing for back then. I never had a problem cruising in my 18wheeler thru red lights at 3am. I did see guys getting their trailers broken into. I stay near Detroit now, so you're safe.

pbateman is not trying to run Sora over her pal said...

my business partner is a lot like a biker that stops at every stop sign or red light fully and completely even when he's going right on an empty road in a ghost town in the middle of the god damn desert.

the hatred directed at sensible forward momentum really grinds my 105/sugino gears. and i have a lot of gears since i run 11 speed.

business partners are like the f'ing Sora of businessy things.

huskerdont said...

Anon:

In the category of road user, I would also include pedestrians. Almost all of us have to walk across a road every now and then.

PROPAGANDADA said...

Ruts

Dr. Adonia E. Lugo

^ They cited Tan Tenovo on page 117 of the book!

Momentum Mag

yes! Magazine

Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center – Region 3 University Transportation Center

Anonymous said...

Not your best work snob, but hey it increases the value of your good bloviating

Anonymous said...

Snobby wrote:

"There's a fine line between being prolific and projectile-vomiting prose, and I crossed that line long ago."

The next line is "explosive-diarrhea expositions".

What happens when you cross that line?

Beck the Biker said...

There's a terminal, collective, fiddle while the world burns addiction to motordom in this country, Tan. Automobility is so entrenched in US patterns of urban development, nothing less than the electromagnetic pulse from of an array of thermonuclear bombs is going to significantly change mobility patterns in America. This car craze isn't going anywhere. 10 percent rideshare, maybe, in a few cities, while hundreds of millions of Americans will continue to live outside of the realm of feasible use of a bicycle as daily transport. We're driving this place right off a cliff, the rest of the world wants to jump on the bus, and it's okay with, well, just about everybody. I've lived in small towns of 20,000, where bike riding was a big focus for the community, and everybody still drives. Everywhere. Makes me sick, and despite the rallying, the 'bike friendliness', the families with kids living in paradise small town usa, 98% of the people drive. Land use patterns and rentier capitalism are going to continue to conspire against substantial gains in ridership in the USA. You can't use reason, humor, or pointed shaming to convince people to get on their bikes. Paying 'mericans to ride might work.

huskerdont said...

Beck, they pay me $120 a month to ride to work (vs. having to pay $160/month to park), but I'd do it for free. Even here though, in downtown DC at a place where you'd think it would be better, I'd estimate only 40 people use the benefit out of at least 1,000. Most people seem to think I'm crazy to ride in in all types of weather. (They may not be wrong.)