rider in the rain

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by barb, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. barb

    barb Guest

    I don't know about you guys, but this morning, it was totally icky on
    the road! Soft drizzle for hours, just enough to make the road wet. Not
    enough to actually rinse the oil off the street.

    Wiggly, waggly, wompie! Thought I was gonna die on the way to the
    grocery store! Not because the road was slick, but because everybody was
    in some big hurry to get their kids to school on time. Cut off twice.
    Merged into once. I should write a book on how not to die when you're
    out of coffee and absolutely have to go out in these conditions!

    What the hell is wrong with cagers, anyways? We had 90 accidents in just
    a few hours, according to the CHP. If I didn't have such a nimble,
    reliable bike, I'da been one of 'em!

    Sheesh. SHEESH, I say! I only had to ride a mile to the store, and
    people are trying to kill me. Stupidity rules on the road when it rains.
    I swear to dog, if I weren't as experienced a rider, I'd be roadburger
    today...but I got the coffee (costa rican peaberry) and I don't have to
    go anywhere until tomorrow when I have to report for jury duty. They
    don't like people with leather jackets and helmets. Bet I don't get
    selected for a jury! (note to self: remove knife from sleeve pocket
    before entering courthouse)
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    barb, Oct 18, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Looked out the window and turned over and went back to sleep. By 2 pm,
    the roads were fine. I thought twice about taking the 8 out to
    Talmadge, but did it anyway. The craziest thing I encountered were two
    consecutive vehicles in the right lane with their trouble lights
    flashing. 65 hp gets you into the #3 lane pretty smoothly, however.

    Even I've lived here long enough to know that San Diego drivers do not
    know how to deal with a first rain. If the store is only a mile away,
    I'd let MTS deal with it, or walk, or (what I did in the event) wait.

    Good luck with jury duty.

    Rich, Urban Biker
     
    Rich, Oct 18, 2007
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  3. barb

    barb Guest

    You mean...TAKE THE BUS???

    Dude. Only losers and crazy people take the bus these days. I'd rather
    hitch a ride with a jacked car full of Crips.

    I had a weird dream this morning. I dreamed I went to some mall in
    Mission Valley to drop off my parrot before reporting to jury duty.
    Almost got mugged, couldn't find my bike, lost my helmet, ran into a
    friend who took me to a bar, talked to some guys preparing a huge Mako
    and a Thresher shark to make fiberglass molds, got stoned with some
    fishermen, couldn't find the bar or my friend, helmet magically
    returned, and two girls gave me a whole bunch of stolen stuff which I
    wanted to turn in at the bar, which was a cop bar.

    Then I woke up and realized, "Whew! Still not late for jury duty this
    morning!"

    :)

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    barb, Oct 18, 2007
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    ~ Guest

    That happens the first time it rains. Wait for the cars to scrub the
    detergent off the road. You'll see soap bubbles running down the
    gutters. When the bubbles stop, it's safer to ride.

    I wonder if the oil companies still put so much caustic into oil to
    suspend the dirt particles as they did in the 1970's?

    I took a long tour up to Washington one summer and didn't notice how
    the roads gradually got cleaner and cleaner. But, when I returned to
    SoCal, I noticed how filthy and greasy the road were. I wondered how I
    could even ride on that gunk.
     
    ~, Oct 18, 2007
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  5. barb

    barb Guest

    Carefully...very carefully!

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    barb, Oct 19, 2007
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  6. barb

    barb Guest

    Yikes...
    Did y'all read about that sudden dust storm in Lancaster the other day?
    Crashie crashie!

    If it ain't rainin' rocks or clogging the roads with idiot cagers
    sliding around the freeways, it's dust and sand obliterating visibility
    and people following too closely at a high rate of speed.

    What's next? Locusts? Rains of blood? Evil angels carrying off people
    driving while text messaging? Meteorites? Space ships hiding behind
    comets? (oop, been done)

    Court let out today at rush hour downtown. Cars thick as locusts. Thank
    goodness for the suicide lane, or I'd still be sitting there behind some
    stupid double metro bus.

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    barb, Oct 19, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Oops. I guess you can take the boy out of San Francisco....

    Took the bus today, to attend a lecture at SDSU. The closest to crazies
    was a woman with 3 young children who was really doing her best to teach
    them how to behave in public. If I had some chloroform, I'd have
    offered to help. ;-}
     
    Rich, Oct 19, 2007
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  8. barb

    Rich Guest

    It looks more dangerous than it is -- last time a plane landed where it
    shouldn't have was 30 years ago. I was on one flight where we touched
    down and immediately took off and circled round, but that's as close to
    danger as I've been.

    The real danger is the noise -- just when yo think you need to make a
    sudden move to avoid a big rig or a loud motorcycle, you find that it's
    just an airbus.

    The downtown location of the airport is a plus, so far as I'm concerned,
    and when the voters were given a choice last fall, they overwhelmingly
    agreed. I do have a special interest however: the flight path prevents
    the erection of high rises between me and the Bay, preserving my water
    view.

    Rich, Urban Biker
     
    Rich, Oct 19, 2007
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  9. barb

    barb Guest

    Well, Mr. P.

    Nobody has EVER planned for the future here. City Govt keeps going on
    grabbing for the immediate dime without a thought for the future. In
    short, all potential airport sites have been slathered in condos,
    there's nothing left. The city persists in wasting money on
    "commissions" to study the problem, wasting millions on these things
    whose only conclusion is that Miramar Marine Air Base should share their
    facilities with a civilian airport. That ain't gonna happen.

    The Train Museum, eh? You must know my pal Hal, who volunteers there and
    makes many of the cool little buildings and stuff for the displays.
    I like the shark in the pool. There are many little jokes if you look
    closely.

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    barb, Oct 19, 2007
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  10. barb

    barb Guest

    Quite so. BUT, the reason they won't extend the trolley to the airport
    where it would actually be useful is, the developers are still drooling
    over the potential land grab someday. Won't happen, of course, but still.
    Who wants to go to Old Town any more?

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    barb, Oct 19, 2007
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    barb Guest

    Oh, my! Katie bar the doors, and grab the M16s!

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    barb, Oct 19, 2007
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  12. barb

    Rich Guest

    Thanks. I'll do that. Have you an e-mail address I should use, or just
    post a message here?
     
    Rich, Oct 19, 2007
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  13. barb

    barb Guest

    How fun. I visit that museum a few times a year, and get Hal to show me
    the good stuff, but I haven't seen the guy on the pot in El Centro.
    :)

    does the name Ritz ring a bell?

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    barb, Oct 20, 2007
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    barb Guest

    barb, Oct 20, 2007
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    ~ Guest

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    barb Guest

    Sigh. 'Fraid mine were filthy, pestiferous and savage...

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    barb, Oct 20, 2007
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  17. barb

    ~ Guest

    This goes beyond intimacy. Robert Carr was Queen James I's "gentleman
    of the bed chamber", AKA "boy toy".

    And his cousin, Robert Kerr was Charles I's "gentleman of the
    bedchamber". I suppose it could have been worse. He could have been
    the king's "gentleman of the toilet" and wiped his arse for him.
    Everyone has ancestors, but if one must boast of ones ancestry, why
    call attention to uncloseted catamites?
     
    ~, Oct 20, 2007
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  18. barb

    ~ Guest

    You wrote: "My mom's maiden name was Kerr, which means I was a distant
    cousin of Princess Diana."

    Dropping names isn't "calling attention" to your own self-importance?
    So, Monica Lewinski giving Slick Willy a BJ in the White House didn't
    raise your eyebrow?

    Knowing that your ancestors acquired their lands and titles as the
    Stuarts' personal pillow biters doesn't embarass you?

    One has to wonder whether the Queen James translation of the Bible has
    any moral authority, given the sexual appetites of the queen who
    commissioned it and his defenses of his behavior,which embarrassed
    parliament.

    and, (C) nobody was
    "My mom's maiden name was Kerr, which means I was a distant cousin of
    Princess Diana."

    So was I. Winston Churchill, Lucille Ball, John Wayne and George
    Washington were my distant cousins, as is Al Gore and Barbara Bush. Go
    back six generations and I am probably Kevin Bacon's cousin.
     
    ~, Oct 20, 2007
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  19. barb

    Rich Guest

    Hardly. What raised my eyebrows was that Bill's public denial
    (something any gentleman owes his wife in the circumstances) was taken
    as either believable or actionable.

    Considering all the ways that our collective ancestors accumulated
    fortunes, this one strikes me as relatively benign. Would you feel
    better about having money that derives from slavery, or driving other
    species to extinction?

    Probably the cleanest money in the world today is the Nobel Prize.
    Would you have the laureates feel ashamed that their riches derive from
    weapons of mass destruction?

    James VI was one of the early crusaders against tobacco addiction. If
    you think that's a good thing, does this historical connection taint the
    cause in your mind?
    That Dick Cheney and Barack Obama have a common ancestor expresses
    pretty well the limitations of heredity.

    Rich, Urban Biker
     
    Rich, Oct 20, 2007
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  20. barb

    ~ Guest

    Maybe the same guy who calls people he's never met "crackers" and
    ridicules people who've been dead for 600 years?
    south and the filthy, pestiferous, savage Highlanders to their north.
     
    ~, Oct 21, 2007
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