I have friends who seem to have much more exciting commutes than I ever do. Nearly every one of their rides seems filled with drama. Mine are usually boring and I like it that way. Sure I have the occasional person pass me on the right where there is no lane. Of course, I have the unannounced U turn from time to time. And, what moto-commuter doesn't have those pesky left turn in front of you-ers. But, close calls are very very rare. That said, I did have some excitement on my ride to work this morning, but just a little. Truthfully, I can't even call today's near encounter of the unwanted kind a close call. I had noticed the truck behind me in my mirrors and had it marked as a potential problem. When we reached a stoplight he pulled up next to me in the right turn only lane. I was going to go straight. I kind of suspected he wanted to zip around me when the light changed, but when the light changed he didn't move. I thought to myself, "Maybe I was wrong about him." Ah, but I wasn't. I suspect he wasn't paying attention when the light changed, or maybe he was texting. When he did realize the light had changed he gunned his pick-up truck and did the maneuver I had expected from him, but since he got a late start and there were cars parked in his made up lane he had to cut in more quickly than he'd anticipated. If I hadn't been paying attention and braked he'd have nailed me. As it was, it wasn't all that close. I wouldn't even have mentioned the episode if the driver hadn't been wearing a Santa suit. Yes, I got cut off by Santa. Oh well, 'tis the season.
Today was pretty warm but it was dreary.
|When I went for my lunchtime walk it was misting. It was that kind of mist that leaves little droplets on one's glasses, but you have to be out in for quite a while to get wet.|
|The Arch could hardly be seen.|
After work the mist had stopped but the clouds were hanging low.
|The ride home was back to being boring and uneventful. No Santa.|
- 47F/8C with a light mist for the ride to work.
- 48F/9C and dark but not moist for the ride home.