Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Yeah, I'm up early this morning, that is because I was in bed when 2009 rolled over. I was still awake though as my neighborhood sounded like Berlin in 1945 (been playing alot of CoD). I think I live a little too close to the reservation. It's too easy for the kids to get ahold of the big stuff. No worries about fires like there is in July... You could toss a flare on my cedar shingle roof and it wouldn't catch.

As I use this blog as much for letting y'all know what is going on in Mike's head, I use it equally as a diary, so I can keep track of the stuff for myself. it is a time capsule of my life, a goofy documentation. Occasionally I'll either click on a month in the blog archive on the right side and randomly pick a month to see what is going on. It's fun.

But, once a gain, I digress. (I'm good at that) As Gold Five said during the attack on the Death Star, "Stay on target".

So, other than wishing everyone a HNY, the purpose of this post is to document the first thought I had as I woke up this morning. My first thought of the year!

Let the suspense build....

Wait for it...

Parking. You heard me correctly, the first thing I thought about in 2009 was parking. Or more specifically, people parking their cars on the sidewalk. It irritates me.

Sidewalks are for people, roads are for cars. Half the people in my neighborhood park their cars half on the sidewalk, and a few park it all the way on. You can either walk buy the thing single file, or not at all. ...Without walking through their yard or the road. I walk through the yard everytime.

People think, they need to get their cars out of the road so two cars can pass. BULLS!!!! It's a neighborhood, not an major thoroughfare. The only people driving down the street either live there or are going to someones house. If you live on a road that was intended for traffic, it will be wide enough that two cars can pass with cars parked on both sides (without encroaching on the sidewalk). Cars parked on the road in a neighborhood will slow down traffic, a good thing, especially with kids around.

Even better, in a neighborhood like mine, it will discourage people from cutting through to avoid the traffic light that can be backed up during commute time. These
people that do this aren't known for their patience, and usually whip through at a good clip. It is only a matter of time before a kid chases a ball and gets hit.

I blame this on the guy that came up with the sloped curb. I'd be willing to bet that it was made not so people could park on the sidewalk, but so the contractor building the thing didn't have to make a lowered section at every driveway. When I am king of the world, I will have all sloped curbs ripped out and replaced with square.

The best part of square curbs other than keeping cars off the sidewalk? Curb slides. If you have never done a curb slide on a bike, you haven't lived. To do a curb slide, you ride parallel to the curb with some decent speed, pop your front tire onto the top of the curb keeping your back on the street. Ride it as far as you can, don't put a foot down. It makes a fantastical sound and you will giggle like a five year old.

Anyhoo, I wish you all the best in 2009! Thank you for reading this drivel, remember to come back for more!


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