Dec 24, 2015
commented on Words that Need to Die in 2016
I would like to add my own personal hated word to this list: Solutions. This word has become very trendy in corporate America to state what business offer. For example, a construction company might offer "building solutions", it is especially popular among companies that underwrite on NPR. What I don't like is that language is supposed to convey information, thoughts, ideas and in general meaning. The use of this word of late is to intentionally be ambiguous. A company providing "transportation solutions" could be building cars, or maybe busses, or roads or nothing. They could be a design firm. I just hate the intentional fuzziness.
Jun 12, 2015
commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Cyclist Gives Road Etiquette Lesson to Driver, Gets Raged on In Return
I have a couple of thoughts regarding this incident. First, just for the record I am both a cyclist and a driver, so all sides can hate me. When you are in a car and you are trying to turn right you have to look about 270 degrees all at once, including into the largest blind spot in any car/truck, the right rear quarter. It's easy not to see a bicycle especially if you've slowed down and he or she is passing you on the right. Also about me, I'm old and I remember the whole PSA campaign in the 60's & early 70's to be defensive drivers and to "look out for the other guy". I don't know whatever happened to that notion. Whatever your thoughts are about the moral right of bicycles vs. cars and who get the street, there is just no way to get around the fact it is way easier for a cyclist to see/hear a car than it is for a driver to see the cyclist. When I'm on my bike there are three things I watch for, cars blowing through uncontrolled intersections, doors flying open and cars turning right. A couple of other points, I sometimes don't wear a helmet and I think everyone should ride like they're not wearing one. Lastly, I would never come up to the window of a car to lecture a driver, way too many nuts in this world.