Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Man vs. Machine: A Pre-Halloween Debacle

Riding our bicycles into town the other day, Weinstein insisted on weaving in and out of vehicles, a practice that I am generally opposed to. He may have been slightly under the influence of an unnamed substance during this particular ride, but the long and short of it was, that I screamed out "I don't think we can fit" just as he rode between a mini-bus and a small coup, resulting in his handlebar smashing into the rear-view mirror of the coup, completely breaking it off. I was in awe, and could not stop laughing, despite the gravity of the situation, because this is the first time I've ever heard of a motor-vehicle/bicycle accident in which the vehicle sustained damage and the bicycle and its rider were left unscathed.

Weinstein followed protocol and asked the driver to move to the side of the road, and after her husband phoned the car dealership it was determined that he would pay her 75 pounds to fix the mirror...

1. American mirrors are generally not made of plastic except on Kia's.
2. I will no longer weave between traffic or even take the chance of coming within inches of a rear-view mirror.

Many Norwich cyclists where these crazy reflector vests, and now I see why. It's dangerous out there, and even though the vests are just about the dorkiest creation ever, they probably save lives, and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. Thanks Jack Nicholson.

PS - I was pulled over on my bicycle outside my home last Tuesday for not having proper lights on my bicycle by two Norwich police officers walking the beats. I informed them that I would purchase and install proper lights at once so as not to face the 30 pound fine if I am caught in this situation again.

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