This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Politics of Cycling

Well the election is over and at least on paper we (the cycling community) were bound to be the losers no matter what.  Gone are the days when

 spendthrift liberal freaks
injected billions of dollars for cycling infrastructure into federal highway bills to the dismay of the
                                                                      Escalade crowd.
All those funds have been offered up to be diverted to regular road projects.   Energy independence was a main boner of contention among the 8 yr olds squabbling in the playgrounds of the debates    According to what I could glean from the argument, one guy wants to dig up all the parks while the other wants rich people to buy gas for poor people,using less or driving less was never mentioned.
                                         Common sense is a hardship I guess.
Fortunately, I live in Michigan.  Our very conservative governor has committed to leaving the allotted funds in place for cycling infrastructure maintenance and development.  I've heard of three new projects to be started next year and feel at peace with society. 
      But it's getting cold out, I put the golf clubs away and am getting wax on the skis.    People (1 local bartender) are expressing concern, "Aren't you freezing?" they ask.  As I wipe my sweat soaked hair back, I say "Huh?" or something like that.  We can just enjoy our smug superior lifestyle and watch the rest deteriorate around us buying gas.  Gas?  I bought some,I think, this month.  No, it was October.  I feel pretty energy independent, I don't know what anybody else is doing.

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