Monthly Archives: April 2006

April is Ground Awareness Month

After I first started biking I had exactly one minor fall in 18 months. In the past three weeks, I’ve had two fairly serious (multiple places of bleeding and bruising) falls.

This one was more my fault than the last one: I had stopped at what I thought was a four way stop, but it turned out to be a two way stop. Oddly enough, the woman who almost hit me (which caused my sudden braking which caused the fall) had stopped at an area where there was no stop sign.

The two photos are the opposite ends of my trip today.

Quick zinger roundup

  • “George W. — We will be forever in his debt.” (Bumper sticker quoted on Andrew Sullivan’s site)
  • “If he was shot in the head by the front, that is good marksmanship, if he was shot in the head by the back, that is good judgement.” (from the WikiPedia entry on the outlaw and gunfighter John Wesley Hardin)
  • “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months and then taken outside and run over with a car”


    “like how you’d sound if you drank a quart of bourbon, smoked a pack of cigarettes and swallowed a pack of razor blades… Late at night. After not sleeping for three days”

    (people describing the singing voice of Tom Waits)

The open mic night went well

I was quite pleased with my performance and the response. It’s reassuring to hear yourself through the monitors. I did “Raining Here This Morning”, “Red Clay Halo”, “Walkin’ Cane”, and “Blackjack County Chain”. I could have slowed them all down a tad, but on the whole, I’m pretty happy. A good first real open mic night.