Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Feels good to be riding again!!

Last week I had my Powershell class followed by a busy weekend and then Monday and Tuesday I had to drive to Excelsior Springs after work to play drums at my church's Elementary Summer Camp (This was my daughter's second year as a camper... and my 6th year I think playing with the band there).

Anyway... this morning I was finally able to get back on the bike and trek in to work. I had a 12 mph average and it was a fantastic morning to ride. Going home will be on the warm side though (and the return trip has more uphills than the morning ride) but it's all good. I'm saving $4 of gas every day I ride plus getting my lazy butt into shape.

I also finally got a little bike tire pressure gauge to ensure I am not over or under-inflated (both can cause flats).

Speaking of biking... a friend of mine from church recently was, well sort of attacked by some jackhole driver who had cyclist road rage for some reason. He ran him off the road and rode over his bike and then came back for more a few minutes later. What the hell gets into peoples' heads to make them behave like that??? It really makes me want to get a conceal and carry permit, but perhaps a good tazer would be just as effective and probably more satisfying. So you ran me off the road and then destroyed my bike without any cause... well I am not angry enough to kill you but I would love to see you stagger and fall in agony as 50,000 volts tear through your central nervous system and temporarily paralyze you... thus giving me time to laugh in your face as I call the police (or if necessary throw your car keys into the trees and make a timely getaway).

He ended up with a broken thumb. He said he got the tags, but it was a temporary tag and the car was likely stolen anyway. Well it makes the ride more interesting I suppose...


The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Crikey...some people have a few screws loose.

And to quell the righteous cyclist indignation swelling within you, the scenario you lay out would not be a justification for use of a, in Texas, laws are a bit looser about the use of lethal force and protection of property might qualify. In Missouri, there is a fine line between justifiable homicide and the nastier sort of homicide, and it generally entails an unavoidable fear for your life. If you have an avenue of escape, that must be used. Obviously an injured sense of pride and outrage at such injustice make terrible, terrible companions to a firearm.

Tasers, yes, would be much more fun, but I'm honestly not sure how the law would delineate lawful self-defense and assault, regardless of provocation. And it would of course be useless on a man within a vehicle. Nor would you really want to send thousands of volts into a man behind the gas pedal of a 2000lb motor vehicle.

The best course of action that I can tell would be to carry a very quick to deploy and powered on camera of some kind, either digital or mechanical, and report any such incidents of harassment to the police immediately with as much photographic evidence as possible. Escalating the situation by responding to bellicose threats or abuse would NOT be recommendable.

Percussivity said...

Yeah I doubt I could ever generate enough anger at someone to shoot them... with the one exception that they were trying to harm a family member. I hadn't considered how the taser approach could be turned around on you as an assault charge. I must say though I do enjoy watching the cop videos of idiots getting tased because they have no concept of authority.

Rom 13:3-4 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword [taser, baton] in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Yes, I'll agree that punks getting tasered on COPS is some of the best TV out there. That, and the immortal "don't tase me, bro!"