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PSA

Posted on 2007.12.17 at 21:48
Mood: crappypain
to those of you out there who drive four-wheeled vehicles-

please watch out for those of us riding on two wheels.

and if you happen to make a mistake, like failing to yield right-of-way to someone on a motorcycle or scooter because you didn't see them, and as a result have them lock their brakes up and slide sideways into your pickup's rear bumper-

it'd be a nice thing if you stopped to check and see if you've killed or maimed anyone, rather than just taking off.

because the law says you're supposed to do that; but then you shouldn't need the legal impetus, as it's what any human should do out of common decency.

thanks.

(i'm okay, but my left knee and shoulder are full of pretty colors right now.)

Comments:


A Quark of A Different Spin.
adameros at 2007-12-18 06:11 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! Do you have any riding gear?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
just the required helmet. i didn't think i would need anything else, but meh- a bruised kneecap/shoulder, it could have been worse.
Lynn
alceria at 2007-12-19 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know you were riding again. I'm glad you are okay.....how is the bike?


I have to admit, I originally was really lax on my riding gear, especially living in florida, where people ride scooters in flip flops and shorts. My boyfriend has really been on my ass to upgrade my gear though, and I'm thankful. My accident was a wake-up call. I was wearing a shitty 90 buck helmet, no gloves, birkenstocks....it could have been really bad if I dropped the bike on me.

I have since gotten a $300 Nolan full face flip-up helmet (this thing fucking rocks, and through Andy's work I got it on close-out for like $100), good quality cold-weather riding gloves and a slightly better (but not a real motorcycle) jacket. Come spring, I am going to most likely pick up this corazzo hoody jacket.

I have to admit, wearing all the extra gear is a drag, and I hate wearing gloves, but it's the smart thing to do. It also has made my riding season longer, having the right stuff. I don't know if I'll go as far as Andy and get heavy pants and ride when it's 35 degrees out, but at least now I can ride somewhat comfortably even when its in the low 50's.

I need to get some better boots for next season, with a heel, because otherwise I can't really flat foot it at stops, and some summer weight gloves. I was just thinking the other day that acquiring all this gear feels like playing WoW. I'm upgrading my armor all the time now. hehe.
betternewthings at 2007-12-18 08:27 (UTC) (Link)
ok what squidmobile do you have now?
Colonel Angus
scosol at 2007-12-18 09:41 (UTC) (Link)
yeah-

and wtf you riding for anyway?

much like heroin, the pleasure will be given but ultimately the price will be paid-
betternewthings at 2007-12-18 18:54 (UTC) (Link)
Bah. The trophies were worth the scars.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-18 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
just a scooter, like your old honda (except four-stroke). i don't even know if that qualifies as "squidmobile".

as to why, my uncle lent it to me till my next car gets here. beats having no transport at all...
Lynn
alceria at 2007-12-19 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
Yay scooter! I assumed you had some baddass motorcycle.
audra
drkstar927 at 2007-12-18 08:36 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you're (mostly) okay. Be careful out there -- especially now that it's all rainy and winterly...

I was talking to a guy in full protective gear the other day while in line at costco (strange, I know)...and he was saying that he sometimes marvels at the fact that he's still alive. That's the general sentiment i hear from all guys who ride, which is probably why I don't understand its appeal...but I'm sure my lack of testosterone has something to do with it too. ;)

I dunno, I think you should've stuck to riding the ACME Rocket. (It's entirely possible you won't remember this reference, but it was a joke when we all went swimming at that reservoir during that FnF campout in like 2000 or something...Ah, the good old days!)

Either way, take care!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 01:56 (UTC) (Link)
yes, i do remember :)

Either way, take care!

thanks. you too.
Kristi
quotamour at 2007-12-18 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
Ow! I'm glad you're okay, but ow.

I hope you feel better soon.

Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 01:55 (UTC) (Link)
thanks. i'm sure i will, i'm just kinda limpy right now.
dang
phuknut at 2007-12-18 19:34 (UTC) (Link)
that sucks :( gotta be careful out there...

i hit my knee on someone's bumper the other day too :(
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 02:05 (UTC) (Link)
yeah. i've wanted a derbi gpr50 for a few years now, especially with gas prices the way they are... definitely having second thoughts about it, at least if i'm living in a rural area where two-wheeler awareness is low.
redstickman
redstickman at 2007-12-18 19:40 (UTC) (Link)
fuck. i'm sorry dude. glad you're ok...
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 02:07 (UTC) (Link)
thanks man.
innocentch1ld
innocentchild at 2007-12-18 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
Uh yeah man I feel you. I got hit by a fucking SUBURBAN on my *bike* which still has my shoulder messed up.

Glad you're OK.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 02:08 (UTC) (Link)
heh, funny, this truck was a gmc as well.
swallowing shadows to give birth to myself
eamajyn at 2007-12-19 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
bastards.

wish i had some mojo medicine to make you feel better.

sorry you're hurting. glad you're okay.
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