Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Stabled Mounts; CTA; 911: I Wonder if He will Run me Over?

Friday night was the University of Illinois—Chicago annual bicycle scavenger hunt. Jonathan, his brother Ben and I were a team. Based on the format last year, I didn’t expect to be competitive (lots of ‘clues’ that were more befuddling than enlightening). We heard a rumor that cargo capacity would be damn helpful, so Ben brought a 6’ fresh air trailer, and I took the Bianchi with his rack and biggest panniers.

We realized that splitting up would be hard to organize because: 1) none of us have cell phones, and 2) none of us have watches. Oops. So we planned to ride as a group for most of the event.

However, when we hit the lake shore path, I volunteered to ride out onto Northerly Island to try to pick up two clues for 80 points. Despite a little unnecessary wandering, I found the points and was heading back to our meeting point at the Fireman’s Memorial, just South of McCormick Place. I knew that I was going to be later than the boys, because of my wandering, so I was pedaling fast in high gear to make up the time.

Northerly Island is dark and empty, an oasis from the city. I spooked up rabbits and other animals as I rode along the trail. Up ahead I saw a large puddle that spanned the width of the path. I poo-poohed the cautious voice in my head that suggested I slow down and/or avoid the puddle and the possible danger lurking in its depths. As I charged forward my bike bucked unexpectedly and I thought we were going in the drink. The Bianchi stayed upright, but my left cleat got jarred out of the pedal and somehow my left leg hit the handlebars – resulting in a bruise about the size of an egg.

When we finally cleared the puddle I looked forward to meeting back up with the boys when I realized that the bike was riding really…….wrong. I heard a hissing noise that confirmed that a tire was flattening. My thumb pressed down to the rim through both the front and rear tires. Grrrrrr……. I was fully aware that the boys were probably waiting for me and that riding on the rims is a bad idea. I didn’t want to waste anymore of their time and rode on the rims for the two(?) miles toward our meeting spot.

My Bianchi sounded like a trotting horse with his tires thu-thumping the pavement. I could feel that each wheel had a significant flat spot from hitting the dangerous bottom of the puddle. Damn – did it take effort to move, too. I was sweating a lot despite the chill air as pushed to the meeting place.

Jonathan was there with his bike and Ben’s trailer. Apparently Ben dropped the trailer off and pedaled to another clue while Jonathan waited for me. We didn’t have the tools to fix the flats (I don’t bring tools on races, because I just assume I’ll take the CTA sag wagon if I flat). I convinced Jonathan to go meet his brother while I took the CTA back home to pick up the Julep. Jonathan declined to take the trailer hitch from my bike, because “it will be too much trouble” and instead hoisted the 6’ trailer onto his shoulder and pedaled south to meet his brother. Crazy boy.

After trotting my bike up and down about 10 flights of stairs to cross over lakeshore drive, I finally got to a bus stop for the Cermak bus….and waited.

I rarely, rarely take CTA anymore – probably a handful of times a year. It is easy to forget the reality of being a single woman in a city while on a bike. I stood at the bus stop and felt the eyes of men linger on me as they slowed their cars to crawl past me. Grrrr…. Then on the first of two buses I needed to take to get home, an old man plopped next to me, struck up a conversation and kept touching my hair. He was an annoyance, and in no way a threat, so I didn’t move to another seat. It intrigues me what old creepy men actually are thinking when they are blatantly, unsuccessfully hitting on women.

Anyway, by the time I got home there wasn’t much time left before the final check-in point. I rummaged through my house and collected about 500 points before hopping on the Julep to West Town Bikes. Unsurprisingly, our team did not win. But Ben and Jonathan seemed happy from their ride.

Now both the Bianchi and the Dork Bike are in desperate need of repair. The Julep is my only working bike now – she must be smug with revenge after being stabled all summer.

The next morning, I had to catch a train up to a friend’s place in a northern suburb. I had left my camera at my office, so I hoped to have enough time to pick it up before going to the station. I planned to ride fast in the non-rush hour traffic.

Just a few blocks from home, going East on Chicago between Damen and Ashland, I heard a vehicle honking, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I was slowing for a red light and realized it was the delivery truck behind me. The driver was obviously yelling and gesturing at me angrily, but I couldn’t understand the words.

At this point I was in the middle of the right hand lane, waiting for the light to turn green. I didn’t plan on ceding the lane to him, because I was going to ride fast enough to keep up with traffic. Besides, in the light Saturday morning traffic, he could easily pass me in the left lane if he was in that much of a hurry – I had no intention of moving to the door zone just because the driver behind me was an impatient asshole.

That plan changed drastically moments after the light turned green and we were moving again. I heard his engine gunning and I looked behind me to see the front of his truck gaining on me. I veered sharply to the right and barely avoided getting run down, as I am sure would have happened had I not moved.

The driver of a cement truck and I shared a shocked look at what almost happened. For about a mile, I paced the offending Hostess Delivery Truck, license plate #90-297. It belched black smoke and drove like an asshole the whole time – peeling out of every intersection and jackrabbitting around to pass vehicles on the right. Part of me was tempted to pass him, but the more sensible part didn’t want to be in front of him again. He finally turned into the Osco Drug at the Milwaukee/Ogden/Chicago intersection.

A few minutes later, when I arrived at my office, I called 911 to report him. I hadn’t checked the exact time that I left my apartment, but I think the total trip took only about 10 minutes. The Julep had to fly to keep up with that asshole driver – despite him trying to run us down, I think he contributed to my fastest door-to-office ride ever. Despite making the 911 call, I had to wait about twenty minutes for my train to leave the station.

I hope the driver actually got in trouble. He was clearly unhinged.

Is there biker blood on your twinkie?

12 Comments:

At 11:42 PM, Blogger Core said...

Tomorrow I begin commuting to my new place of employ on Erie and Franklin, and I'll take Chicago from the Lakefront. As much as I'm looking forward to pedaling to work, I dread any run-ins with the delivery driver or any people of his ilk. Do you have any idea if these reckless idiots are ever made to be answerable for their actions after you make the 911 calls?

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger jojo said...

Welcome to Chicago biking / winter biking!

In case you haven't checked it out yet -- www.bikewinter.org is a great resource. We are putting on the annual Winter Riding Tips and Tricks workshop on November 19 at Mercury Cafe.

Unfortunately, I don't know if calling 911 actually does anything. However this type of purposefully dangerous driver is pretty rare. Most dangerous drivers are just distracted/oblivious/stupid. Some are angry and aggressive (cursing, horn beeping, passing too close). This is the first time I've felt a need to make a 911 call because of a deliberate threat.

If you pay attention most problems can be avoided. I've been commutting downtown every day for over two years and haven't been in any type of crash. (knock on wood).

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger Core said...

Thanks for the welcome! So far, so good. I had almost forgotten what a killer way it is to start a work day by biking to the toil box! Michigan Ave I found to be a bit hairy at times, but I kept my wits about me and all was well. The workshop sounds cool also. If the band's not playing that night then I will certainly be in attendance.

2 hours til I get to ride again... :)

 
At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Randy said...

Just catching up on yer blog.

Sorry to hear about yer twinkie troubles and yer asshole boss.

Hang in there.

 
At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Saddle Sore Sista said...

I've enjoyed reading about the experiences of another female cyclist.

I laughed out loud to some of your posts as I could relate your experiences.

Anyway I look forward to reading more soon.

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hardly ever comment, but I still read. Where are you!? Hope everything's ok and that the winter biking is going well.

 
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At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manifest Destiny dictates a white-man's prophecy - White-man's world, white-man's Apocolypse

Twenty-somethings are conditioned to respond positively to magic::::::they are the extacy generation.
This is not by accident. Expect they will be an important generation ("in charge", etc) when the battle between the Anti-Christ and Second Coming of Christ ocurrs.
This of course will be a 20-year war-revelry cycle distraction theater, and they want these people consumed by the high level of magic that will ocurr.
This generation is The Damned.


Austrian Sigmund Freud is known as the father of psychoanalysis, yet people have (mental) health problems because of their disfavor, illustrating the preditory purpose of this discipline, this individual.
These people.
Of course Hitler was Austrian. Glock, maker of the semi-automatic gun favored by black street gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips, is Austrian.
RedBull Energy drink, Buwdeiser both Austrian.

The Holocaust was foreshadowing, yet another example of the Jews sacrificing to help the disfavored::::
1. 1492 exodus from Spain. Spain became evil - financed Columbus, initiated missionaries, USA (dumping ground of disfavored victimized by god), etc.
2. Spread throughout Europe as clue to Christians worshipping a false god.
3. "Quasi-Holocaust claim" contradicting boss.
4. 5. 6. 7. etc. etc. etc.
The Apocalypse (or an Apocalyptic event) will be initiated by an Austrian. When the national referendum to allow foreign-born individuals to run for president is introduced I recommend you DEFY and vote NO!! In the years prior to this vote the gods will send POWERFUL clues suggesting the IMPORTANCE OF DEFIANCE.

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Italy's boot is a clue showing the god's intent with the Romans AND their active involvement::::The gods micromanaged the Eutruscans into their role as Romans, just as they micromanaged me with Artificial Intelligence.
Oshkosh is a clue just as Lake Michigan and Green Bay are clues. Oshkosh is the ejaculate clue:::Life springs forth from this region.
Expect your traditional Second Coming of Christ to come from the region. Consistant with the possibility of matrilinial lineage it may be the mother's family from the Lake Winnebago area fulfilling some "Manifest Destiny" bullshit theater::::You see Manifest Destiny all around you (corporate)::::Manifest Destiny dictates a white-man's prophecy:::::White-man's world, white-man's Apocolypse. Expect The End to ocurr EXACTLY as it reads in Revelations.

This isn’t about reals and clones. This is about the brains and the brain-less:::The brain-less are people whose families have been OUT FOR GENERATIONS, families lucky enough to avoid this disturbing age and its accompanying abuses. ALL of them got out back when they were peasants, even the royal families and Pharrohs, and the gods used these tools to create this stratigic history here on Earth:::There is no such thing as Earthly-management. Also the gods replace strategic individuals frequently as a managerial tactic.
This is the key which unlocks the god’s puzzle.

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The Simpsons offered many clues to the disfavored, not the least of which ARE the frequent references to "pack/mob mentality". Another is the references to the iPod as death and the electric chair.

ANYTIME you feel "peaked", experience craving or ANY thought disturbance where you want or like something irrationally (ex:::Halloween, Harley Davidson (theme:::Halloween colors), Dale Earnhardt) IT IS THEM TRYING TO HURT YOU!!!!!! "Magic" is used EXCLUSIVELY to hurt the disfavor:::The fuel of disfunction::::::addiction, homosexuality, crack babies.
In times past when gods felt more generous they employed their powers to help the disfavored (geographical clues, Moses's miracles), but as time went on the gods only used their power to HURT the disfavored (1906, boss, disturbing use of "magic").
There are subtle (sub)conscious tactics they can employ with the computer to make you think as if you are cooperating when they really are pushing you into your offense.

People were pushed into having gay experiences because their parents were sell-out whores.
People were pushed into being sell-out whores because their parents sold their blood line down the river in the early 20th century.
People were pushed into selling their blood line down the river because they didn’t pray.
Man hasn’t prayed to god for thousands of years but we have to pay in this manner because we have the unenviable distinction of living in this day and age, this heightened standard justified with the 20th century life of comfort such as indoor plumbing, refidgeration, canned foods.
The gods pushed people into being gay then murdered them with AIDS.

Women are the favored gender:::Those who understand what it means to be a woman are already halfway there.
The purpose of the masculinization of women of the last 40 years was to pave the way (justification) for The End, for it collectively brought mankind's favor down.

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HOW TO PRAY:::1. I'm sorry for what I've done wrong. 2. I don't want to sccumb to temptation and make any more mistakes. 3. I want to fix my problems. 4. Please don't hurt me.

We will ALL be held to the responsibilities entrusted to us, no matter what temptations contradict this.

If you don't do the right thing you're going to do the wrong thing, and the right thing to do is to ACTIVELY fix your problems and pursue the favor of the gods.
The gods imparted wisdom in the Bible to help teach people the right way to live:::Tempation will be used to test you. You have to be willing to tell them "No." If you "think right" you may envoke their mercy.
You will never get off Planet Earth unless you are "thinking right", so you should focus on it.
If you're not working hard to fix your problems, if you don't creatively work to get the hell off Earth then you will be consumed by it, by the reverse positioning-institutions they instilled as temptations::::popular culture, democracy, materialism.

I have put forth indisputable evidence, as you see above with the Jews. The gods will never admit any of it is true, ever. YOU HAVE TO DEFY!!!! They will lie to you up until bitter end::::This tactic will ensure they claim a HUGE percentage of the disfavored, for so many refuse to defy and this will ensure they don't go.

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My best adivce to you all would be understand what I say is true then WITHDRAW, not only from this plethora of detail (for updating the disfavored is one way to distract AND you should never be so arrogant to think you are entitled to understand the god's behavior) but also from this cancerous culture. Pursue the truth that you just learned and work hard to repair your relationship with the gods. Understand how these corrupt institutions (democracy, materialism/greed, education) affect your life and save what clues they will offer you for when you REALLY need them. Be very attentive and gracious, for you are counting on their generosity.
If you are good and decent and respectable you won't want to hear about all this. If you do desire to hear more take it as a clue, for it is a symptom::::They are peaking you euphorically, and this "magic" is used to hurt the disfavored.
Understand how the corrupted INSTITUTIONS affect your life and make the appropriate changes. For example, they use democracy to justify instructing the computer to create a sense of empowerment. If you recognize this you are better able to overcome the damaging effects.
The gods will want to know who I helped and how they are doing. If people begin with my teachings they will be on a list that the gods will PERSONALLY look in on. The numbers of people who pursue the path immediatley after I illustrate it will be very small due to their minimization tactics, and they will be members of an elite group.
Remember::The gods only use their powers to hurt the disfavored, and everything involved in this Situation are all good examples. Please let me remind you the Jews sacrificed, illustrating to people that boss wasn't going to happen, showing the world that all these popular culture elements associated with the Situaiton were the gods employing their powers to prey on the disfavored keping them captivated for over 30 years now.

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1. Corporate sourcing violently punished::::
They suggest the whole "sourcing" era, where it is positioned that their brain-less clones obtained product from China and other Asian countries for the lowest possible price, will be punished violently if the gods elect to employ the "Asian invasion" script::::
One of the reasons it was so important to get out before 1980 (important to get out before the end of each 20-year war-revelry cycle - 1960, 1980, 2000, 2020, etc).

2. Deception of Southern rednecks to blame for Republican control:::::
Republicans, party of preditory disfavored, keep guns available. Easy gun availablility is an "open door" for the gods, a tool used to prey on the disfavored.
Republicans, party of preditory disfavored, gave you the distraction that was the Clinton impeachment theater 1998.
Republican loyalty is why noone cares that rednecks are set up for the slaughter.
Democrats good. Liberalism evil.

Kosher is a favor bestowed upon the Jews. The South eats LOTS of pork and there is an oyster bar on every corner:::::It's like liquor stores in the ghetto.
The gods have quite a sophisticated taste for irony:::::The Jew takes boss by calling in the Quasi-Holocaust claim.

The gods got rid of the retarded woman who lived across the street, prior to the fall of 2006 so their handiwork wouldn't stare them in the face while there was so much attention.
The gods took similar evansive manuvers w/ bi-racial so they could continue using this open door to victimize the disfavored.

American space tourist returned after 13 days in space::::"The first thing he noticed about Earth was the smell."
They don't want people coming back or watching. They WILL do things like this:::The intent is to prevent people from returning (favorite expeiences) or watching proceedings on Earth (following and complaining about their family/the Second Coming of Christ and subsequent Apocalypse, which has been HIGHLY anticipated for centuries).
Many of these families are in trouble, and disregard for their descendants causes them to fall further into disfavor.
This is merely one piece of evidence proving my Situation had to fail:::It would have commanded much attention from the other planets. Now I exposed the Second Coming of Christ in the most undramatic of ways, and since this is end of 20-year war-revelry cycle distraction theater targetting the "bottom of the barrel" these families teetering on the fence won't watch.
Won't complain about their descendants.
And it is win-win for the gods, for they manufactured a scapegoat and now it is all my fault.

Understand not only how things REALLY are, the gods actively manage Earth with their brain-less clones, but also realize their positioning, for it will help you interpret their clues. For example::::"Manifest Destiny dictates a white-man's prophecy - White-man's world, white-man's Apocolypse" is very real and we see it around us every day. It is not isolated here in the United States:::"westernization" has infested the entire world. This is a clue, and how the book of Revelations reads IS what is going to happen.

Bill Clinton wasn't impeached because he lied.
Bill Clinton wasn't impeached because he was orally copulated.
Bill Clinton was impeached because it was 1998.
It was end of 20-year war-revelry cycle distraction theater, of which there are MANY examples::: Brought to you by the party of the preditory disfavored, the Republican party.


Apex of irony in the Situaiton:::Jew calls in Quasi-Holocaust claim and takes boss, re-igniting the flames of anti-Semitism among blacks in the crucial years before the black holocaust.

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The Jews showed you boss wasn't going to happen with the Quasi-Holocaust claim. They will emphisize to the bitter end that there is no pattern of Jewish clues.
Because there is still one clue outstanding, those most important clue:::::World War II's Holocaust.

They will lie to the disfavored until the Apocalypse for it will ensure a supermajority of them die, relying on this relationship until the bitter end, likely positioning this to the disfavored by using me to continue this boss theater.

They used virginity as a hook, much like they did pushing me into the Lisa event, capturing many many women, keeping them engrossed, even after they took my virginity because it had become counter-strategic.

The gods say they are segmenting some gravely disfavored and telling them I will be reincarnated. They tell these people I will still save them, just in a different life, and they should wait for me. Many of the grossly disfavored, people like my family, will obediently comply.



The bell curves represent segments, ie people whom they place into a certain goups based on how the gods position to them:::
1. AIDS in Africa is good, they're going for racism and black people are really #1.
2. AIDS in Africa is bad but they all go so it is just a little short-term sufering for immortality.
There are other lies they tell to the disfavored regarding this topic as well.
Neither is true. But these lies represent different segments the gods place people into. These segments can overlap various categories/levels of disfavor as you see from the graph above. Also expect a smattering of dots, for none of these graphs would be smooth bell curves are you see above (from 50mb Outlook journal).

Transsexual segmentation:::See if this type of segmentation applies to you. They grant trans and many homos a high level of priveledge telepathically (knowledge) so as to give them a false sense of security, very important to compel them to schedule their sex-change operation.

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Drew said...

really enjoyed your blog for months and months - I just realized that you are gone! hope all is well and that you return soon.

Cheers,

 
At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shitty Neighborhood Rallies Against Asshole Developer

CHICAGO—Residents of the Carney Gardens neighborhood on Chicago's South Side are opposing an effort by asshole real-estate developer Royce Messner to build a godawful $45 million strip mall and condominium complex in the crime-ridden shithole they call home.
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Residents march to protect their beloved, execrable squalor.

The Save Carney Neighborhood Foundation, the most organized non-criminal group in this part of town, has filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the scheduled April 2008 groundbreaking. While halting the project would surely prevent a tragic urban-planning nightmare, it would also mean keeping the run-down, economically depressed community exactly as it is.

"Carney is where I was born and raised, and it remains a tight-knit community," said Foundation chairman Althea Hynes at a fundraising block party held Monday on a broken bottle- and condom-strewn stretch of Carney Avenue where the money-grubbing Messner wants to put a soulless indoor food court. "Lots of young kids still play in the empty lots around here."

Messner, 54, a three-time Chicagoland "Builder of the Year" and all-time unbelievable scumbag who made his fortune in the 1990s converting public parks and cheap, blighted properties into high-rise luxury residences, is seeking to "revitalize" Carney Gardens by razing it and replacing it with a damned cookie-cutter mixed commercial-residential development that would benefit no one who lives there now.

Unrepentant prick Messner.

"What people like this can never get through their heads is the fact that progress isn't always painless," the rapacious bastard said, as if he were not talking about driving thousands of poor benighted fucks out of the place that, pestilential hellhole or not, is the only home they've ever been able to afford. "They complained about the expressway over their heads too, but its easy-on, easy-off access makes Carney Gardens a prime area for development. Once we get a few more chain restaurants in that area, the whole economy will turn around."

A hellish 16-block stretch of burned-out buildings and howling poverty, Carney Gardens has never recovered from its economic slide in the late 1960s. However, many of those who live in the human sewer say they can't just allow Messner to squat his bloated fat-cat ass over their neighborhood and dump a big concrete-and-glass yuppie turd onto everything they've ever known.

"There's no way this city can allow some developer to just come in here and ruin our community," said liquor store owner Carlos Jimenez, demonstrating willful ignorance of Chicago history, the conditions immediately outside his door, and even his role in Carney Gardens' downfall.

"Where are all these people supposed to go if they put up that mall here—Gary, Indiana?" said Hynes, as if living in a filthy, dangerous joke of an ass wipe city was some kind of affront to her standards.

Urban planning experts say that any opposition to the colossal asshole faces an uphill battle, as Carney Gardens has been a wart on the ass of Chicago for too long. Despite this, it seems that the determined Save Carney group will not abandon its hope of rejecting the only development proposal their hopeless pit will see in the next two decades.

"Poor communities are at a disadvantage against this type of developer, who speaks the language of City Hall," said Jackson Eisenberg, an architecture professor at Loyola University who has studied the effects of short-sighted, profit-oriented renewal and gentrification on dozens of crap areas. "It's the same dilemma faced by the working-class [losers] in [rotten-ass] urban neighborhoods across America. As a [shrivel-dicked] businessman looking for a lucrative investment, [evil] Messner sees a ripe opportunity here."

Mayor Richard M. Daley has yet to speak publicly about whether he will oppose Messner's human hamster cage, or allow the vile prick to wipe the bleeding hemorrhoid that is Carney Gardens from existence.

 

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