Friday, June 23, 2006

Frustration, Friday Cycling, and the Ten Commandments

Adding music links to BillyBlog has become exceptionally tedious, and for this I apologize. I have been hovering for months over a post about the band Wolfmother, from Australia, and #24 on my top 25 Album list. In this age of mp3 blogs, it seems woefully inadequate to discuss music without providing samples to hear. It can be done, obviously, as some of the music blogs listed on the right are testament to, but it is a frustrating task for me. Patience, please.

I refused to believe the weather reports that predicted rain in NYC this morning and prepped last night for a ride to work. I'm glad I did, as it was muggy but beautiful this morning on the trek from Bay Ridge into Midtown. I almost got doored near City Hall, just after coming off the bridge, but managed to brake and swerve rather skillfully, if I may say so, to avoid disaster. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of being "doored," here's an illustration:

The difference this morning for me was that there was a line of cars in traffic, so I didn't have the luxury of swerving as freely as this guy probably did. I also had less notice. But no harm, just a few extra squirts of adrenaline.

Several years ago, while riding in the Tour de Bronx (yes, that's what they call it), I was riding with a group and the person to my right wasn't paying attention and he rode smack into the back of a parked car at about 15 m.p.h. His bike flew out from under him and hit me, but I managed to continue without incident.

I'll end this rather eclectic post with a video from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert is pure genius, even moreso when illustrating hypocrisy, displayed this time by U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA):

Have a great weekend!

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