Thursday, February 28, 2008

alley cat in march

First I would like to say sorry for not writing yesterday. I was out riding around and had work.

So some of you may know that I am planning a race in march. Well the first weekend, is no good because of time restraints. The next weekend is SXSW. The third weekend is Easter. So it has been pushed back to the last weekend of March (Saturday the 29th). I have the manifest printed out and ready along with all the pit stops. I am still working n getting some of the prizes lined up, but in my opinion the race isn't about the prizes. I am also working on having a bike in movie after the award ceremony. This is going to be a fucking rad race and I want a big turn out. The entry fee is going to be 5 bucks, and there will be cash prizes and other prizes that will be just as good as cash. As it gets closer to the week of the race I will remind all of you. Here is one of the flyers for the race.

Now onto other things.Yesterday in bike snob's blog, he wrote about bike messengers and them being an endangered species. I think his blogs are funny and he is saying what he wants, because it is his blog and not anyone else's. What pissed me off was the article that he had a link to. It wasn't the article that upset was some of the comments about it that frustrated me.

This was one of them.

Posted by myopinion_matters at 2/26/08 5:55 a.m.

GOOD RIDDANCE, I've been struck twice by dangerous and inconsiderate messenger jerks while walking on the sidewalk. All the illegal stunts they pull on the streets endanger everyone. Won't miss the bums one bit!

My comment on this is that in Seattle they have the right to be on the sidewalk. If you were not so wrapped up on your cell phone drinking your five dollar starbucks coffee you might have seen them and not stepped into the path in which they were going.

This is another. Same guy, I guess he had to vent twice.

Posted by myopinion_matters at 2/26/08 7:27 a.m.

These messenger thugs should have been regulated out of existence long ago. With the love of regulation and licensing that the State has, they should have required these punks to have a $1 million liability bond before they ever could put a pedal to the road.

This could be said for all the drivers that are to busy eating, talking on the phone, sending text messages, putting on make up, and overall not paying attention.

This is one that I totally agree with.

Posted by Lookitsme at 2/26/08 8:49 a.m.

were some of the rudest, most self-righteous punks I'd ever seen;

Yes, almost as bad as the average red light running, latte swilling, cell phone yakking, self absorbed driver down town...

I mean Jesus fucking Christ. you act like bike messengers ruin your life, when in fact you (drivers) ruin their lives when you run a fucking red light and kill them, because you were not paying attention(this could have easily been a cyclist).

I think this is the best response.

Posted by Peter Whitney at 2/26/08 10:29 a.m.

Yeah, it sucks about the pregnant woman in DC, and sure there are some messengers with attitudes and blah blah blah. But seriously, you can't lump everyone together because of the actions of a few. I went to Whitman middle school where teachers molested students and had kiddie porn, doesn't mean all teachers are bad. I've been bit on the hand by a dog outside of Safeway, doesn't mean all dogs are bad.

Generalizing a group of people because of the actions of a few is very closeminded. And the one person killed by a bike messenger is a poor example.

Enough said.

I get tired of drivers blaming shit on cyclist. I have been hit by cars several times and none of them were my fault. It was the drivers fault and some of them didn't even stop to see if I was ok.

I know that when I do drive a car (very rarly because I don't own one) I pay attention to cyclist on the road and give them more than enough room when I am passing them. I think that every driver should have to ride a bike to work and deal with the same assholes that we cyclist deal with on a daily basis.

I am done venting for today. I will see you guys for MASS tomorrow and the pub crawl on sunday.

til next time



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