We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As the days grow shorter, my annual request that dawn, twilight, and night road walkers wear highly-visible or reflective clothing, or a reflector vest as in photo. Cheap, lightweight. Wearing a light is good too. I suggest both.
I do not want to hit you, but I might get close if you walk on a roadside dressed in dark clothing. That would be a bad thing for you and me. Please do not make yourself invisible. I have come too close to night walkers.
To quote the philosopher Neil Stephenson:
Because if you've put yourself in a position where someone has to see you in order for you to be safe — to see you, and to give a — you've already blown it."""
Move like they're trying to kill you, but haven't managed yet because they're too stupid and too stoned.
William O. B'Livion
If you think you're safe out there, what with these old eyes and slowed reaction times, believe me your not, safe that is.
One of my major gripes, people who walk, bike or run at night in dark clothing. What are they thinking? They are basically invisible to drivers until it is too late. As a runner for 45 years, I know from a lot of experience how dangerous it can be to run in the dark and I'm very careful. In addition to light clothing, I wear one of the military-required reflective belts when I go running at night. (I know a lot of military hate them and I've even had off-duty military point at the belt, mock me and call me a dork, but I'd rather be an alive dork than a dead cool person.) But even the military is stupid-- this fall, I now see the University ROTC doing their early morning PT run in the streets in the dark in BLACK shirts and BLACK shorts, rather than the former light grey shirts. Granted, they have their belts on, but why they would reduce their visibility I have no clue. The Army of One recruiters must think they look more hip and relevant in black.
A few weeks ago one of my Korean language teachers showed up for evening class on his black bicycle, dressed all in black. No lights or reflectors on the bike, either. The next week's class I brought two flashing reflectors and during a break, quietly told him to please put one on his backpack and one on his bike. "선생님, please use these, it is very dangerous to ride a bicycle here and I don't want you to get hurt."
The other night I almost hit a neighbor on her Horse! The comment from uk hits the nail on the head. I was young once, and the young assume everyone can see as well as they do, now I know that is definitely not true. What is scary is that there are certainly people out there driving that can't see well at all. Read a new item about an old guy that killed some little kids waiting for the bus. He said he thought they were trash cans.
My very favourite was the longboarder flying downhill the wrong-way down a one-way street, at night, wearing all black. Somehow I managed to see movement from the unexpected direction and stop before fully crossing his path, but he still had to swerve to avoid me.
The local dollar-tree has reflective snap-wristbands, I've pondered just carrying a dozen in the door pocket of the car and handing them out to nearly-invisible young adults that I encounter when driving at night.
You can buy inexpensive reflective vests at Walmart and Harbor Freight (under $5). I keep one in the car and one in the motor home in the door pocket where I can easily grab it as I get out of the vehicle. I also keep a flashlight right there with the vest.
So he supposedly decided to run over a bunch of trash cans for no reason?
Formerly known as Skeptic
Nobody knows that rule, either. Another one is not walking on the blind side of a curve. It's amazing how clueless modern people are. Especially when they have their smartphone earbuds hooked into their ears and can't hear anything as well.
Nobody knows that rule, either. Another one is not walking on the blind side of a curve. It's amazing how clueless modern people are. Especially when they have their smartphone earphones plugged into their ears and can't hear anything as well.