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Apr 20 Why are there cars? commented on Study Finds Tampa Police Gave 80 Percent of Bike Tickets to Blacks.
Pretty crazy. I'm an upper middle class white who rides every day, breaks all kinds of rules, and has never gotten a ticket in all my years. I know that the plural of anecdote is not data, but I don't even fear the police, I don't even think of them, even when I see them, when I'm on my bicycle.
Apr 10 Why are there cars? commented on Conversations with My Mom about Gay Conversion Therapy.
This is lovely. It's also so universal. Thank you for writing this.
Apr 9 Why are there cars? commented on Five Things I Learned at Sakura-Con.
Ah, The Stranger editorial staff is becoming middle aged. How precious......
Mar 17 Why are there cars? commented on Are There Bands You Once Loved but You Can't Listen to Now?.
U2. Tom Waits. Dead Kennedys.
Mar 17 Why are there cars? commented on Are There Bands You Once Loved But You Can't Listen to Now?.
Any Blues music. Used to love it, Used to play it. Now every blues song sounds closer to the next than "Blurred Lines/Gotta Give It Up" do. Can't stand the blues!
Mar 12 Why are there cars? commented on Why the "Blurred Lines" Decision Is Ultimately Good for Music: A Dissenting View.
Copyright prosecution has also killed quotation as an artistic device in classical and jazz. Not just in popular styles.
Mar 5 Why are there cars? commented on Check Out This Commercial From 1975.
Sexy, sexy baby......... Two words that..............
Feb 27 Why are there cars? commented on Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One.
Super duper enjoyed this. As a writer of music, I was inspired.
Feb 2 Why are there cars? commented on I, Anonymous.
I'm totally loving this back and forth with the real people! I even made popcorn.

Incidentally, the cyclist is correct.

Oh yes, and Washington IS a "Stand Your Ground" State. If a driver gets out of their car and brandishes a weapon, that is assault. The same cannot be said for someone pounding on a car since the car itself is a form of protection. Revving your engine at someone is also against the law.

Also, ever since and SPD officer told me that the bicycle lane was not a bicycle lane, I don't worry about staying it. If drivers want to drive in it or use it as a loading zone, I just use the car lane and sometimes take a little while to move back, if the bike lane somehow become clear. Also, if any car strafes me, I just block all the rest of them. Payback is a mother but it teaches the followers not to take the same chance through sketchy traffic situations.

That said, I have a lot fewer conflicts with drivers when I just take the lane and don't try to give up right of way in the name of politesse. We're all just traffic. Let's get along, yo.


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