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Modern Electronics and the Process of Natural Selection I saw a thread on the V-Twin Motorcycle Forum dealing with drivers who do dumb things while driving, such as talking on the phone, texting, rolling doobies and the like.  That is just plain crazy – I thought everyone knew enough not to drive and try to roll a joint.  Sure, it’s dangerous but more importantly you roll a crappy joint and risk spilling your stash everywhere.  Unacceptable!  Oh, and the rest is bad, too… My buddy is a die-hard Crackberry addict.  When I am riding in his car with him I guess it is understood that my job is to inform him when the light turns red (or green) and to make him aware of impending doom.  Does this piss me off?  You bet your ass it does!  I would much rather he just hang up and drive.  How important can a phone call be that you’re willing to turn your 4,000 pound vehicle into an unguided projectile?  When he calls me from his car he is almost always cursing other drivers and leaning on his horn.  I strongly suspect that in his case, the problem is not the other drivers.  The worst offender I have seen to date is – okay, I won’t mention the gender of the individual because to do so would be sexist, politically incorrect and irrelevant – but anyway, she was putting on makeup and talking on the phone while driving with her knee!  WTF? The best advice I ever received when I was learning to ride came from a fellow biker who told me to drive paranoid and always watch your six.  Just the other day an individual decided the lane I was occupying was better and without looking or signaling came over right on top of me.  Since I always have my eyes peeled for biker assassins with their heads up their asses, I spotted the situation immediately and applied brakes.  I would have hit the horn but the horn on an AIH chopper is more of an embarrassment than anything else.  In fact, the kid down the street with a Big Wheel has a better one than I do…  To demonstrate my displeasure, I let the car come over just inches in front of me so that in the offenders rear view mirror a 230 pound crusty looking biker on a chopper slid into view, hopefully causing an instant crapping of the pants along with the knowledge that they just f***** up big time.  Message received and I got an apologetic, embarrassed little wave.  What I really wanted was to pull him over and go all Jackie Chan on his ass. I am a big believer in Darwin who promulgated the process of natural selection where only the strong (or smart) survive and weaker perish.  This concept can be applied to bikers for sure, just search “Motorcycle Crash” on You Tube and watch the mayhem.  Most of what you will see is bikers doing stupid things and paying the price for it.  One of our own, Indian Larry, lost his life while doing a stunt where he was standing up on his bike.  Yes, it was a shame but you would be hard pressed to find a better example of the Process of Natural Selection.  Me?  I have been riding over 20 years and never had an accident (knock on wood).  The closest I have come was while waiting for traffic to clear so I could make a turn.  The next thing I know I hear screeching tires and a van came to a halt just behind me (I didn’t watch my six…).  I freaked out, stalled the bike and almost fell over but at least he didn’t hit me.  So, keep the rubber on the ground, your eyes open and never let down your guard!
July 1, 2012
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Modern Electronics and the Process of Natural Selection I saw a thread on the V-Twin Motorcycle Forum dealing with drivers who do dumb things while driving, such as talking on the phone, texting, rolling doobies and the like.  That is just plain crazy – I thought everyone knew enough not to drive and try to roll a joint.  Sure, it’s dangerous but more importantly you roll a crappy joint and risk spilling your stash everywhere.  Unacceptable!  Oh, and the rest is bad, too… My buddy is a die-hard Crackberry addict.  When I am riding in his car with him I guess it is understood that my job is to inform him when the light turns red (or green) and to make him aware of impending doom.  Does this piss me off?  You bet your ass it does!  I would much rather he just hang up and drive.  How important can a phone call be that you’re willing to turn your 4,000 pound vehicle into an unguided projectile?  When he calls me from his car he is almost always cursing other drivers and leaning on his horn.  I strongly suspect that in his case, the problem is not the other drivers.  The worst offender I have seen to date is – okay, I won’t mention the gender of the individual because to do so would be sexist, politically incorrect and irrelevant – but anyway, she was putting on makeup and talking on the phone while driving with her knee!  WTF? The best advice I ever received when I was learning to ride came from a fellow biker who told me to drive paranoid and always watch your six.  Just the other day an individual decided the lane I was occupying was better and without looking or signaling came over right on top of me.  Since I always have my eyes peeled for biker assassins with their heads up their asses, I spotted the situation immediately and applied brakes.  I would have hit the horn but the horn on an AIH chopper is more of an embarrassment than anything else.  In fact, the kid down the street with a Big Wheel has a better one than I do…  To demonstrate my displeasure, I let the car come over just inches in front of me so that in the offenders rear view mirror a 230 pound crusty looking biker on a chopper slid into view, hopefully causing an instant crapping of the pants along with the knowledge that they just f***** up big time.  Message received and I got an apologetic, embarrassed little wave.  What I really wanted was to pull him over and go all Jackie Chan on his ass. I am a big believer in Darwin who promulgated the process of natural selection where only the strong (or smart) survive and weaker perish.  This concept can be applied to bikers for sure, just search “Motorcycle Crash” on You Tube and watch the mayhem.  Most of what you will see is bikers doing stupid things and paying the price for it.  One of our own, Indian Larry, lost his life while doing a stunt where he was standing up on his bike.  Yes, it was a shame but you would be hard pressed to find a better example of the Process of Natural Selection.  Me?  I have been riding over 20 years and never had an accident (knock on wood).  The closest I have come was while waiting for traffic to clear so I could make a turn.  The next thing I know I hear screeching tires and a van came to a halt just behind me (I didn’t watch my six…).  I freaked out, stalled the bike and almost fell over but at least he didn’t hit me.  So, keep the rubber on the ground, your eyes open and never let down your guard!
July 1, 2012
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