Out for an evening tandem ride tonight, time is catching up on us to get ready for the Alpine Classic on Sunday! Even though we’ve entered to do the 85km baby version, I really think a little more practice was called for!
The gawks and stares and comments are hilarious, anyone would think that we’ve got two heads or something…. Some of the motorists look as though they’ll either drool into their own laps or swerve into a tree.
A SMIDSY … my first for the year. Straight through the stop sign in front of me – I guess he didn’t see it either – I hit the brakes, I slide to a stop, he smiles, waves apologetically and calls it out – yes – word for word.
Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You — it ought to be grounds for instant revocation of a motorists license. Yep, I was knocked off the bike this morning. I stupidly thought that the driver of the stationary vehicle waiting to enter Glenferrie Road — the one who turned his head and looked towards me — had actually seen me. From a standing start he drove about 50cm and got me side on; his first words on leaping out of the car and coming to see me lying on the ground, yep, you guessed, “Sorry Mate, I Just Didn’t See You.
A gentle rant. Variations on a theme. Words from the motorist to the cyclist.
Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, I was on the phone, but Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, and I only looked down for a second, and Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, and the road is dangerous mate, but Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, and the light had only just gone red, but Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, and the kids were arguing in the back, but Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, and I was only going a bit over the limit but Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You and you should wear brighter coloured clothes, and Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You, you should ride on the bike path and Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You AND ITS YOUR FAULT.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.