Archive for November 2011

War On Cars? Don't Sweat Emissions or Congestion

Take a breath and count to three.  Or in this case, somewhere around 170,000…  I think I’ve calmed down enough to comment now. The interwebs are buzzing about John Mc Carron’s op-ed piece; Chicago’s War on Cars.  Some cyclists and motorists are engaged in the usual and predictable battles over who belongs on the road. ... Read more »

Thankful I Won't Have To Buy A New Bed For Another 10 Years

Sleep, glorious sleep.  Oh how I have missed thee! What a relief to slide out of bed in the morning without an aching back.  How refreshing to discover that I’ve changed sleeping positions throughout the night without waking and spending precious minutes repositioning myself in the least uncomfortable form I can contort myself into.  It’s... Read more »

Fall Fitness: Getting To The Core

Fall Fitness: Getting To The Core
What does it really take to go from “fit” to “buff”? If you watch weekend infomercials, somewhere in the neighborhood of three easy payments of $39.95 and as little as ten minutes per day.  Just pick up the phone and call – NOW! Despite the passive-aggressive sales pitch, I’m pretty sure those buff models were... Read more »
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Internet Under Attack: Fugitive Slave Act With A Posse

Hard to believe, but both houses seem to be in unanimous agreement about one issue – stopping piracy on the Internet. With the exception of Jack Sparrow and Captain Morgan, most of us don’t care for pirates or piracy.  We don’t believe that anything legally belonging to someone else should be taken without compensation. That’s... Read more »

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside
Yesterday may very well have been the last sunny day over 60 degrees until April.  That’s a depressing thought… I must admit, I am somewhat of a fair weather cyclist.  I won’t offer any excuse other than laziness and let’s just leave it at that. Unfortunately, my pursuit of fitness doesn’t end when my beloved... Read more »

How Can I Get My Personhood?

Today, citizens of the state of Mississippi – the state dead last in nearly every measurable category – are going to vote on whether a fertilized egg should have the same legal rights as a person. This concept of personhood is getting a little carried away. First, the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United Decision has given... Read more »
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Cycling Scofflaws; Epidemic or Exaggeration?

Cycling Scofflaws; Epidemic or Exaggeration?
Just when I thought cycling was cooling off with the weather, it seems to be heating up in Chicago’s City Council. Apparently, Alderman Mell is concerned with “rule breaking” cyclists and is wondering if a mandatory license might get these scofflaws to straighten up.  The article that referenced this issue in the Huffington Post seems... Read more »