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Old 03-13-14, 08:03 AM   #1026
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The same can be said for computer programmers. I was the systems analyst, the liaison between programmers and the client, and sometimes I just had to stare at the programmer with kind of a Clint Eastwood squint, speechless, with dropped jaw, in disbelief at what I was hearing.

To be fair, sometimes the clients elicited the same reaction.
Yep, totally the same idea. I've had to do that a lot over the years as a user interface designer. Translating between clients and creatives and the back end guys who all speak completely different languages. I figure it's very much the same thing, and my biggest concern when there is a conflict is "why" - what happened, how do we fix it.

I'll also sometimes have to pull parts and push bikes around.

I'd been looking and interviewing for creative project manager positions. It's funny to me that I'm ending up with that job in a totally different industry.
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I was driving two nights ago at dusk, on a 4 lane road that we have actually discussed in this thread before: Onondaga Lake Parkway, where tractor trailers and buses wedge themselves under a low bridge. There was a cyclist headed the opposite direction, well illuminated with blinky front light and blinky rear. I was impressed with how bright they were. Immediately after I passed him, he went to cross over the road, to salmon his way into the village. I know this because I was watching in the review mirror.

My interesting observation: As it was dusk, once he was no longer parallel to the road (crossing at an angle), both of his blinkies disappeared. As he crossed four lanes of traffic, he was invisible, and then reappeared on the side he was now salmoning. I have always believed my blinkies made me highly visible all the time. They disappear easily at an angle.

My only reason for saying it is that it is something that I didn't realize, and wanted to share, for safety and such.

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That's the problem with LEDs. They throw a pretty narrow cone of light.
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I figure that my lights aren't visible from the side.
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What are the odds that the hubs I ordered from BDop yesterday get here before the shifters I ordered from Total Cycling 3 weeks ago?
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. . . . and where will they get the water to put it out?

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I was driving two nights ago at dusk, on a 4 lane road that we have actually discussed in this thread before: Onondaga Lake Parkway, where tractor trailers and buses wedge themselves under a low bridge. There was a cyclist headed the opposite direction, well illuminated with blinky front light and blinky rear. I was impressed with how bright they were. Immediately after I passed him, he went to cross over the road, to salmon his way into the village. I know this because I was watching in the review mirror.

My interesting observation: As it was dusk, once he was no longer parallel to the road (crossing at an angle), both of his blinkies disappeared. As he crossed four lanes of traffic, he was invisible, and then reappeared on the side he was now salmoning. I have always believed my blinkies made me highly visible all the time. They disappear easily at an angle.

My only reason for saying it is that it is something that I didn't realize, and wanted to share, for safety and such.

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...these actually work pretty well, but it's stupid to attach them to your bike.

I just take two, put the battery packs in a pocket, and wrap them around my upper body.
I'll probably end up strangling myself some day, but I could figure out a better attachment system.
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There's a problem with that article. It should read cans of water.
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There's a problem with that article. It should read cans of water.


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What are the odds that the hubs I ordered from BDop yesterday get here before the shifters I ordered from Total Cycling 3 weeks ago?
They probably knew you didn't have wheels yet - who needs shifters when you got no wheels?
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Old 03-13-14, 11:15 AM   #1037
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I don't have any lights. I don't trust these sumbeeches during daylight, I certainly am not going to trust them at night.
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There's a problem with that article. It should read cans of water.
I'm always tickled when I see a Corona Light . . . . I mean, how could they possibly have made it lighter?
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I'm always tickled when I see a Corona Light . . . . I mean, how could they possibly have made it lighter?
Stuff is nasty. Was just down in Mexico so tried some for kicks. Really did taste like water.
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Stuff is nasty. Was just down in Mexico so tried some for kicks. Really did taste like water.
....but unlike the water, it's safe for drinking by tourists. Mostly......if you don't ralph.
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....but unlike the water, it's safe for drinking by tourists. Mostly......if you don't ralph.
Very true. Often it was just as cheap, if not cheaper, to get a Corona instead of a bottle of water at a restaurant.

And my wife did get AWFUL food poisoning the last night. Just terrible, took a week to recover. Must have been some poorly washed food at a restaurant.
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I was driving two nights ago at dusk, on a 4 lane road that we have actually discussed in this thread before: Onondaga Lake Parkway, where tractor trailers and buses wedge themselves under a low bridge. There was a cyclist headed the opposite direction, well illuminated with blinky front light and blinky rear. I was impressed with how bright they were. Immediately after I passed him, he went to cross over the road, to salmon his way into the village. I know this because I was watching in the review mirror.

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My only reason for saying it is that it is something that I didn't realize, and wanted to share, for safety and such.

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I gots me one of those for Saturnalia, thanks.
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Most excellent. Of all my gear, that's the one tha folks ask me about at while waiting at stoplights the most. I wear one on my left leg and left arm, and they can be seen from a long way off.
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Most excellent. Of all my gear, that's the one tha folks ask me about at while waiting at stoplights the most. I wear one on my left leg and left arm, and they can be seen from a long way off.
I might have to get me a couple of those in case I'm out past sundown some day.

I had a flat once and had trouble getting the tire back on so I was out later than usual trying to get home. Frightening.
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Thread got interesting. Flo came to play.
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I might have to get me a couple of those in case I'm out past sundown some day.

I had a flat once and had trouble getting the tire back on so I was out later than usual trying to get home. Frightening.
Get a light that is bright enough to let you change a tube in the dark.
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hrm. those would have been excellent when i was running where there weren't any sidewalks in the early evenings.
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Yeah but I don't really care to be out after dark at all, if I can help it.
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