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Old 04-24-06, 06:56 PM   #1
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i must have had good karma today.

not a mile from the house, i stopped at a red light on a busy street. a truck with its turn signal on comes up next to me, and the driver asks me if i'm going straight through so as not to cut me off. nice of him. when i get downtown, i'm riding between traffic as per the usual, and come to a spot between a taxi and a messenger van. the space is too narrow because of the van's mirror--which the driver promptly reaches out and folds in, so i can run the red. stopping at the local newspaper's office, a nicely dressed lady tells me in a very approving tone: "you look just like your bike". a commuter and i wait for a left turn signal that never comes and grin at each other and cut off a column of traffic.

no close calls. no swerving away from drivers speeding out of parking lanes, no getting cut off, flipped off, yelled at...just pure riding joy, great weather, and compliments and all that good stuff.
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Old 04-24-06, 06:59 PM   #2
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better go out and buy some lotto tix
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ha ha...i'm actually hoping it carries over into tomorrow, because that's when the guy in charge of hiring a local messenger service returns. probably won't...but i have to keep trying if i want anything. you don't get what you never ask for.

edit: and last time i had a day like this, i did buy lotto tickets, for the first and last time of my life. bigass letdown.
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I love it when drivers are curteous, which is almost never.
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ha ha...i'm actually hoping it carries over into tomorrow, because that's when the guy in charge of hiring a local messenger service returns. probably won't...but i have to keep trying if i want anything. you don't get what you never ask for.

edit: and last time i had a day like this, i did buy lotto tickets, for the first and last time of my life. bigass letdown.
hey what messenger company are you talking about? if you don't mind me asking. i am just curious because i was thinking about applying at transerv in a couple of weeks. only because i hear they will hire anyone and i have no experience.
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i know, it's great, isn't it? some drivers are cool...there are times when i've had a suspicion the driver of a car next to or in front of me is letting me draft off of them, or is blocking me from other cars. i love that, too.
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hey what messenger company are you talking about? if you don't mind me asking. i am just curious because i was thinking about applying at transerv in a couple of weeks. only because i hear they will hire anyone and i have no experience.
yeah, that's the one. "hire anyone" i think is the wrong phrasing, just that they aren't looking for people with loads of experience. i mean...if they only have so many jobs, it won't be just as easy to get one as filling out an app. here's what i know: that's the bottom in pdx, you start there, and you don't want to stay there, but you'll learn what you need to know to leave there. easier to get hired than other messenger places, but that isn't necessarily saying much.

also, now's a crappy time of year because the weather's nice, so i'm somewhat resigned to having to work at subway or some **** for the summer, then go back when the weather turns to crap again. but i'm not going to stop trying in the meantime. i'm ****ing done with sitting still at some desk for an 8-hour shift.
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ah well good luck with getting the job. i was always under the impression that it was "easy" to get a job there because they have such a high turnover rate with workers. also that they don't care how many workers they have because although the work is more spread out between the messengers (meaning less pay for each individual) they still get there packages delivered, so what do they care? and i hear ya about the whole fair weather messenger thing. i was going to start this past fall, but some stuff came up to prevent that.

anyway, good luck with the job. maybe we will be co workers in a couple weeks time.
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some one yelled '***' at me today as i rode by.....but i did find a penny in crumb triangle of an intersection....its hard not to have a good day though
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If there is cycling karma, I must have been an ******* driver in my past life. But any day I find time to ride is a good day.
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hah, and to imagine that a couple of loudmouths in the advocacy & safety forum believe (never having visited) that Portland's bike lanes and other dedicated facilities make drivers rude and inconsiderate...
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hah, and to imagine that a couple of loudmouths in the advocacy & safety forum believe (never having visited) that Portland's bike lanes and other dedicated facilities make drivers rude and inconsiderate...
interesting you should say that when today some guy layed on his horn for 3 blocks while behind me until we both turned onto 4th only for him to yell:

"get the **** out of the road!"

pretty funny since i was going as fast as traffic and was only a couple feet behind the bumper of the car in front of me the whole time. also funny when some people waiting for the MAX yelled out exactly this point as we went by. in short, the guy was just a jackass.
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hah, and to imagine that a couple of loudmouths in the advocacy & safety forum believe (never having visited) that Portland's bike lanes and other dedicated facilities make drivers rude and inconsiderate...
Like this thread doesn't make my case? Like finding a pint of stagnant water in August in Death Valley is worth rejoicing, apparently running into a couple of considerate motorists in Portland is so rare and precious it's worth a thread of its own.

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interesting you should say that when today some guy layed on his horn for 3 blocks while behind me until we both turned onto 4th only for him to yell:

"get the **** out of the road!"

pretty funny since i was going as fast as traffic and was only a couple feet behind the bumper of the car in front of me the whole time. also funny when some people waiting for the MAX yelled out exactly this point as we went by. in short, the guy was just a jackass.
OK Portlandians, what's more typical for ya? A day like the one described in the OP? Or more like the one described here by savier_pdx?
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OK Portlandians, what's more typical for ya? A day like the one described in the OP? Or more like the one described here by savier_pdx?
10:1 the guy laying on the horn doesn't actually live in Portland.
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Well, Helmet Head's here. All we need is I-Like-To-Argue and the party can REALLY get started.
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10:1 the guy laying on the horn doesn't actually live in Portland.
+1. too bad so many people from gresham and beaverton and vancouver come here and drive like asses.

as far as portland being bad enough that a day with good drivers is notable...i don't think it's any worse here than anywhere else. as i said, and a couple of other people as well, in another thread...close calls are happenstance for me now. not daily, but not notable. people leaving you alone is the norm. people actually being nice, talking to you at a light to make sure no one gets hurt, etc...i think that's notable anywhere.
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ah well good luck with getting the job. i was always under the impression that it was "easy" to get a job there because they have such a high turnover rate with workers. also that they don't care how many workers they have because although the work is more spread out between the messengers (meaning less pay for each individual) they still get there packages delivered, so what do they care? and i hear ya about the whole fair weather messenger thing. i was going to start this past fall, but some stuff came up to prevent that.

anyway, good luck with the job. maybe we will be co workers in a couple weeks time.
well, maybe you're right. we'll just have to see. if we're coworkers in a bit, you'll see me with the bike in the velospace picture.

skelly...all i can say to your post is...nice.
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OK Portlandians, what's more typical for ya? A day like the one described in the OP? Or more like the one described here by savier_pdx?
more like the OP.
I've lived in four major cities, and never have I experiences such overall friendliness from drivers. not to say there arent **** days and **** drivers who dont think you should be on the road, in the gutter, OR on the sidewalk, but overall I find this:

on the east side on a street with a bike lane [and there are tons of them], 9 out of 10 drivers know exactly where you are.
non-bike lane streets you need to be a bit more alert, but shouldnt you be paying attention anyway?
a couple of key streets to avoid [sandy is suicide] and you're cake.

downtown: take a lane and stop yer crying. traffics only going 8mph anyway. watch for doors.

seriously, its SO easy. there is a reason for portland's bikey rep, and lots of other cities are way flatter, so dont blame geography.
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+1 on downtown. god, riding there is easy as long as you keep your eyes and ears open. doors, swerving cars, etc...but it's really easy for me.
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Like this thread doesn't make my case?
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as previously stated....I've visted Portland a handful of times and it's only made me want to bring a bike and ride.
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as previously stated....I've visted Portland a handful of times and it's only made me want to bring a bike and ride.
No kidding, I was there a few weeks ago and wished I would've brought my bike.
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i would attribute this to the northwest in general. people here are generally laid back. up until a couple months ago i've NEVER ridden a bike in traffic. when i first got on the road i was scared to death someone was gonna try to pass me too close and clip me or win a door prize, but i haven't really had a problem. i feel pretty safe riding around downtown seattle; drivers mostly pay attention to you and since most streets downtown are two lanes, aren't too bugged about just giving you the whole lane or giving you space if traffic is bad.

there's always that handful of *******s, but i'd like to think on the whole this region is pretty bike friendly.
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