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#18996 of 21734 Re: . [snakeweasel]
Jul 22, 2012 (10:18 am)
9 times out of 10 it is a young woman doing that. I would never allow it in my car. Indeed, it would be messy in a crash - not to mention that I simply don't want feet on the dash of my car.
I remember years ago my sister tried to pull that trick while I was driving. I hit the brakes, she yelled, I said "brakes felt a little soft, thought I would test them". She got the point, never did it again.
Jul 23, 2012 (4:03 pm)
Didn't see anything bad today (because I didn't drive), but have been reading a book on motorcycling theory. The author goes on at some length about the poor lane discipline of American drivers compared to elsewhere in the first world (author is American, too). Found it amusing.
Yesterday I was out on a mountain bike for the first time in a long while. It wasn't relaxing whenever more than one car was around. People either don't see you, or freeze up and stop.
#18998 of 21734 Re: red light cameras [snakeweasel]
Jul 25, 2012 (12:00 am)
Oh I wish I had a nickle for every time some idiot made a right turn on red without coming to a complete stop that I had to slam on the brakes or swerve to avoid.
The problem there is the failure to yield, not the California Stop on Right Turns. The California stop isn't designed to let you cut off traffic, only to make a right turn when there is no other traffic in the way.
Speaking of which, there are some cars out there capable of making a 90 degree right turn at speeds faster than 5-10 mph, and safely.
#18999 of 21734 Re: red light cameras [andres3]
Jul 25, 2012 (8:20 am)
In this area, it seems a significant number of cars can't take a gradual 90 degree turn at more than 5-10 mph - usually driven like the operator (can't call it a driver) thinks it will tip over.
Jul 25, 2012 (11:23 am)
Are you reading Proficient Motorcycling?
#19001 of 21734 Re: . [roadburner]
Jul 25, 2012 (1:57 pm)
Yep I have that and the second volume, and another book by the same author. He's very easy to read.
I haven't been on 2 wheels more than a mountain bike in many years. I am going to take some MSF classes in the upcoming weeks. I want to get into it even though part of me is telling me to keep away due to expense and risk. A co-worker is egging me on as he rides a lot.
#19002 of 21734 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 25, 2012 (2:07 pm)
I want to get into it even though part of me is telling me to keep away due to expense and risk.
Eh, why not? You're a single guy in your 30's; if it is something you want to do, now is a good time to do it. It seems to me like you're approaching it in the right way, so that "part of you" should be satisfied. It's funny to think that twenty years ago, there likely wouldn't have been any peep from that part at all.
There's risk in everything that is worth doing.
#19003 of 21734 Re: . [xwesx]
Jul 25, 2012 (3:44 pm)
That's kind of how I am looking at it. I'm not getting any younger. I think I am mature enough to not act like a squid...but at the same time, the bikes I like are both expensive and fast. I'm planning on taking a few classes before deciding if I want to finally join the hobby. If I do...in about 6 weeks, I'll have a post to make on the compulsive buyers thread.
20 years ago, I was still looking forward to getting my license. About the peep...I'll just say I'm not telling my mother or my siblings about this
#19004 of 21734 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 25, 2012 (11:18 pm)
I'll just say I'm not telling my mother or my siblings about this
Hahahahaha; good call... better to wait until after the decision is made. Maybe show up to the family reunion on it or something.
I would really like to get one, but my other half has words about that. Maybe when I finish my house and have a garage in which to keep it. Then again, I don't think that a garage will change her mind about it.
#19005 of 21734 Re: . [xwesx]
Jul 26, 2012 (7:53 am)
I don't want to look foolish if I chicken out...and I don't want to hear the whining. Once the purchase is made, no looking back...I'll commit myself to it. I'll admit I am already browsing craigslist.
Speaking of bad drivers, yesterday's evening drive was the easiest I remember in weeks - nothing sticks out. Did get to yell at a few dawdling phone yappers while I was on foot, though. This morning was a breeze, too. Maybe the dopes are on vacation.