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Old 04-06-07, 07:26 PM   #1
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It's amazing the stuff you notice when you commute by bike.

For instance, I was riding to work this week and passed the scene of a traffic accident, a fatality as it turned out. As I rode by I took in certain bits of information that nobody else got to see because Police were routing the cagers in another direction. Anyway, I saw a motorcycle wedged under the front of a van and later in the day on my ride home I gave a cursory glance at the same area after the carnage was cleared away and saw some bits of bodywork from the guy's bike piled in the center divider. I rode past there the next day and noticed someone left flowers and had picked up the tiny remains of the bike that weren't cleared by whomever removed the motorcycle. There were all kinds of marks that looked like spray paint left on the pavement by the investigators and I could tell where the bike came to rest as there was a pool of oily fluid there. There was a similar pool of dried fluid a couple feet to the right of where the bike gasped it's last breath...kind of morbid to ride by that area and notice these things.

It's just something that society tries to insulate the masses from. I have to feel for the people who clean that up though. I couldn't do it.

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Old 04-06-07, 09:20 PM   #2
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I usually just notice the smell of the flowering fruit trees and stuff...
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Old 04-06-07, 09:25 PM   #3
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Saw a scene like that during the 1988 Race Across America in Nevada. Motor bike down and a sheet covered body as our rider went by. A male racer was near the body talking to the police. The cyclist was an MD who worked to save the motorcyclists' life and remained to sign the Death Warrent.
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There's a house on my normal commute with some fake ducks. These ducks get their positions changed on the lawn at least every other day, even in winter, by the kindly old couple who lives there. I honestly think I may be the only one in existence who is aware of this. It really horrifies me.
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Old 04-06-07, 09:57 PM   #5
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I usually just notice the smell of the flowering fruit trees and stuff...
I notice things like that too. Many mornings I'll set out and smell that thick morning ocean air and see the beauty in the mountains off on the horizon but this week kind of made me think about how precious life is. Most people never see some of these details of life while the world is rushing by outside. Yeah, it was depressing and disturbing but at the same time it makes you appreciate other things that much more. How many motorists would have noticed a couple tiny purple flowers placed in the median and would have known the meaning of it? It just made me slow down and reflect.

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Looks like I'd better slow down some on the bike, all I've been watching is the traffic in front of me, the mirror, and for motorists in parked cars wanting to "door" me. Most of the amazing things I do see are by looking out the window at my workplace.
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Yeah, I notice lots of flowers, plants and trees and things people put in their yards. it's fun how much you see when you are not in a car.
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Looks like I'd better slow down some on the bike, all I've been watching is the traffic in front of me, the mirror, and for motorists in parked cars wanting to "door" me. Most of the amazing things I do see are by looking out the window at my workplace.
I average about 15mph on my commute and it's pretty hilly...best I've done is just over 17mph on that commute. According to the computer in my car I average 23mph in my daily driving. I don't see nearly as much though in the car.

I look out the window at work and I see a parking lot (yes, I have a window at my desk at work).

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yeah, its definatly a diferent view of teh world from the bike. I pass a group of fellas nearly every day on my trip. they sid against a wall at an access to the MUP and frequently have a few cans of nat-lite about them. as I pass I say hi, they always reply with something nearly intelligable and cherry...would never see or know these things from the car. I also see coyotes, birds, coeds (is this term outdated and rude?) and squirrels. I even ran over a squirrel last week, the little 'tard just danced in the trail for like 5 seconds, and bolted under me as I went past........thudthud......I saw his tail as he scurried under some brush. what was he thinking??? (squirrel thoughts = what is that? whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat oah$hitowowowowow whatwhatwhatwhat.........and so on)
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How was the commute today?
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I saw a stolen car. They thought I was the police and dtiched the car right in the middle of the road.

After turning down 25street a minor road.
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Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? whatcha gonna do when wheel comes for you?
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I remember when I first started bicycle commuting ten years ago I was working second shift. We were real busy at work, working overtime and didn't get off work sometimes until well after midnight.

Riding home after a long day I was going through an area well known for prostitution and I saw this new Cadillac idling in a parking lot with this women bent over the door talking to the driver. The driver was some silver-haired executive type. I was getting curious and thinking to myself "what the heck" and turned my bike to face them with my bike headlight shining on them. He must have thought I was a bike cop because he peeled right out of there without even waiting for his "friend" to get out of the way, almost knocking her over!
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First time anyone ever slowed down to the speed limit, after speeding (insane speed) by me.
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There's a house on my normal commute with some fake ducks. These ducks get their positions changed on the lawn at least every other day, even in winter, by the kindly old couple who lives there. I honestly think I may be the only one in existence who is aware of this. It really horrifies me.
Maybe ever now and then you should move some of the ducks for them..
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There's a house on my normal commute with some fake ducks. These ducks get their positions changed on the lawn at least every other day, even in winter, by the kindly old couple who lives there. I honestly think I may be the only one in existence who is aware of this. It really horrifies me.
OMG! is that funny/sad.

What if you brought in a new duck and added it to the mix.
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There's a house on my normal commute with some fake ducks. These ducks get their positions changed on the lawn at least every other day, even in winter, by the kindly old couple who lives there. I honestly think I may be the only one in existence who is aware of this. It really horrifies me.
HA! I ride by one house that I swear moves their fake geese around.

/maybe it's just me though.
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