Monthly Archives: June 2011

someone told me the elevation change is disastrous for me: I'm not totally out of shape, my run this morning was just an altitude issue. # Oh Man, super rude fortune cookie: # Powered by Twitter Tools

In Reno for conf and burning candle at both ends. So tired, so busy, kinda stressed. This view is best part of today. # Powered by Twitter Tools

Internet, I did it. I had to disassemble and redo it 2x and it took 2.5 hrs, but: I totally took it all apart! And it works now! Yay! # Here are the leftovers: shattered touch screen, and 3 leftover … Continue reading

wish me luck, internets! I'm about to take my iphone entirely apart so I can replace the very horribly smashed front glass. #YIKES # if you'd like to follow along, please pretend like I am as precise and nimble as … Continue reading

Playing bridge and tunnel commuter today for a long meeting at Cooper union. # Powered by Twitter Tools

the worst thing about motorcycling past an exploded deer on the highway isn't the gore, but the coppery smell of blood. #ohwereyoueating # Powered by Twitter Tools

today: finish work to-dos, support @mikegrundy w. last min. bike maintenance, repair iphone screen, ride to troy ny + avoiding hail storms. # Hail storm! # historic thunderstorms in grundy county appropriate as @mikegrundy and I wait out hail … Continue reading

I'm at the mcycle shop waiting on repairs and an amazing guy brought in his electric bike and let us all ride it!!! # srsly, @hearstcorp? @popmech /cars/racing are *"men's* enthusiasms?!" make it stop, @pmjim! signed: lady enthusiast … Continue reading

y'all, why haven't I thought of eating sardine sandwiches before? these look so delicious! and # Powered by Twitter Tools

our AMAZING temporary cat totally snagged a MOUSE, in our HOUSE. he gets all the leafy greens he wants from the CSA! high five, temp-kitteh! # Powered by Twitter Tools

clearly I'm nuts: I'm getting Temporary Cat gardening supplies so he can grow his own grass to nom on. # Powered by Twitter Tools

Vehicles who have tried to “off” me.

This isn’t something I like to talk about, because, well, I don’t want my parents to freak out about my very dangerous motorcycling habit, or my sweetheart to worry when I’m a few minutes later than he expects on my commute home. But after a lovely two years of scott-free motorcycling, so far this season at least THREE vehicles have tried to off me. (I say at least because these are just the ones I noticed! there could have been more-subtle vehicles out there!)

  • 4/19/11. A lady in some kind of fancy cross-over SUV during the morning commute who tried to merge directly into me as I rode in the left-most lane of the I-87/I-287 merge on my way to work. My response: lean on the horn until the apparatus swiveled around the handlebars. Hers: TOTAL chagrin and remorse. WAKE UP.
  • 6/2/11. Someone (gender undetermined) in a small older-model sedan who tried to merge into me as I rode in the left lane of the fly-over ramp between NJ Rt 17 and I-87.  My response: horn, but it’s still kind of loose so not effective. Theirs: not sure, it was dark out.
  • 6/6/11. A huge jerk of a dude ON THE PHONE in an older minivan who tried to merge into me as I rode in the left-most lane of NJ Rt-17. ON THE PHONE.  ON THE PHONE!!! My response: evasive maneuvers and, for the first time EVER, a sincere flipping of the bird. His response: to give me a 4-car length lead.  (For the record this is the first time I have genuinely wondered if kicking a drivers side mirror would cause me to be flung from the motorcycle.)

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There is an interesting trend – note the vicinity in which I have had these problems – they’re all within 3 miles of each other. Granted, these are tricky roads and I do try to ride aggressively and pay attention to my position in my lane to avoid being squashed (and to give me a little room to run away and evasively maneuver) but there also may be a heightened level of jerkitude and hurry-up-ed-ness in this general area as well that makes people less likely to drive safely.

So I thought maybe I’d better keep track of it. with GRAPHS. Because I’m a huge nerd.

(If I were a better nerd I could figure out how to make google documents plot with two y-axes.)

Hopefully this will mean I never again need to worry about being offed – just like I never documented any more fish sandwiches or sardines once I set up those categories. Hopefully!

hilariously, @mikegrundy just pointed out that all of my internet friends are either motorcyclists or crafters. #DichotomiesIHazYou # oh and also, it turns out that my knitting friend ALSO had a run in with the tree dude who ripped us … Continue reading

But I don't WANT to be the grownup right now and get over my hurt feelings! #arghKids # On my way to cut off all my hair! #beforepic # Afters! SUCH a huge change and I love it! … Continue reading

TOTALLY backing them. hey! @craftivista look! RT @cameronp best kickstarter video ever. (h/t) @paulabuzzard in reply to cameronp # the morning started so productively: why do I suddenly have only 15 min. to shower primp dress and dash? # … Continue reading

I dropped poor sparky iphone on a curb today and experienced an incredibly epic shattering of screen. sadface! # nice fellow at ATT tells me I can wait a month and pay $550 for a new iphone, or pay … Continue reading