Heh, heh...I'll use ANY excuse to talk about Firefly!
Thanks to ALL the wonderful folks who came into visit yesterday! Sent the ladies 24" cruiser to a new home. No surprise there! There about as rare as light beer at a NASCAR race! Also saw an even heavier influx of repairs as well! Thank heavens we were able to get through them all the same day! I was equally impressed that everyone came by to pick them up when we called! YAY! We managed to get three newbies out as well, but only took a pic of one! Sorry, the other two didn't last more then fifteen minuets after they were built! But this last remaining one is real sharp looking "like New" dual shock MTB!
Well, lightning stuck twice for Elijah. Another job opportunity dropped in his lap yesterday as a customer came in yesterday asking if I knew any strapping young man who could do some odd jobs around his house. All I had to do was point at Elijah and say yes! A few hours a day and he's got cash in his pocket. Now if I can just get him to stop spending it on junk food.
Speaking of Elijah! Once he finished his morning work, he went out to run a few errands for the shop yesterday. Amongst other things, he had gone to Ace Hardware to send out a letter for the shop, then crossed the street to find a copy place to run off more business fliers. As the Fed Ex store did not do copies he called to tell me and find an alternative. Apparently as he was talking to me he was on his bike. No sooner had he ended the call did he hear the "whoop, whoop!" of a police siren behind him beckoning him to pull over. As he soon discovered, it I apparently now illegal for anyone to talk on a cell phone (or wear headphones) while riding a bike. So, OK....here's where I have a problem. I understand, using a cell phone while doing something like driving or riding is not the best idea but..."IT'S NOT ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA!!!" At least, it's not illegal to talk on a cell phone "while driving a freaking car!?!?!?" As of today's date, the Florida DMV states, using a cell phone in a car is NOT illegal So WHY is it illegal for a cyclist to do so?! I mean, really! What's more dangerous? A 200 pound man in a 4000 pound vehicle driving at 45 miles an hour getting distracted or a 200 pound man on a 40 pound bike traveling at 10 miles an hour?!? Seriously! Florida, you are SO screwed up!!! I just think the police are getting lazy. With more and more people relying on bicycles for transportation they see it as a gold mine! Think about it. How many "high speed" risky chases will an overweight, lazy cop need to endure when overcoming a cyclist? Heck. pass a few more silly, superfluous "cyclist" laws and all a half awake officer needs to do is stake out a heavy cyclist area, wait for a rider to breath wrong, flash his lights and sirens, and issue a ticket! He would barely have to start his car! It's good business sense! Minimum effort, maximum output! So far, for a cyclist, we have to ride with the flow of traffic, so the cars coming up behind us, with the driver weaving to and fro because they are to busy sexting their girlfriend, can run right over us, keep going until they get home, then when caught just say that the cyclist swerved in front of them and it wasn't their fault! And as the cyclist is now road pizza he can't speak up in his own defense! Or the rider may get pulled over because they used a crosswalk that WASN'T a cross walk after school hours, or because they dared to use a crosswalk, with the signal in their favor while a crossing guard signaled them to cross, because the egotistical police officer NOT paying attention takes a right hand turn, almost runs over the rider...then BLAMES THE RIDER!!! Yea. That all seems reasonable to me!!
Does anyone recognize the covertly disguised sarcasm here?
Sorry folks, I'm not all that down on police officers. I know many and most are just trying to do their job, but it really does seem slightly lopsided when it comes to fairness for all forms of transportation.
We have lots to work on, and I need to get to it!
Would love to see you all soon!
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