Random thing you loathe right now.

bobbywatson wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

Had a weird dream that made me feel like a worthless piece of scheisse. I think my brain is trying to tell me something.

Stop watching German media before bed?

That possibility is less depressing than the one I had in mind.

Time to play Wolfenstein, again? No one who posts here could possibly be a worthless piece of schiesse, so it's clearly not that.

Mixolyde wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

Had a weird dream that made me feel like a worthless piece of scheisse. I think my brain is trying to tell me something.

Stop watching German media before bed?

That possibility is less depressing than the one I had in mind.

Time to play Wolfenstein, again? No one who posts here could possibly be a worthless piece of schiesse, so it's clearly not that.

Thanks for that

Being a republican in the U.K for the last 10 days but especially today…

bbk1980 wrote:

Being a republican in the U.K for the last 10 days but especially today…

I think you can be a republican but enjoy a bit of pomp and circumstance. And no matter what you think about them personally, a figurehead and largely ceremonial Monarchy is infinitely better than the alternative. Can you imagine Boris Johnson as President of the United Kingdom?

No. No thank you.

The US has more of a functional aristocracy than the UK at this point. Be grateful yours is benevolent, because ours is not, for the most part. Having the Royal Family hold all those estates - just 1.4% of the land in England directly controlled - as mostly parks and wild land, and productive estates, with lots of historical preservation, mostly open to the public, funding charities and so forth, is a service-oriented lifestyle that is far better than the unfettered greed of our rich bastards. No politicians in the US can hold a candle to the public lifestyle of the Royals. With the exception of criminals like Andrew, I can excuse the party people behavior of many of them, since it's a pretty daunting future when you are young.

North Carolina liquor laws. I freakin hate the ABC system.

It's really dumb.

My aggravation is exacerbated by the fact that I previously lived in a state with very few restrictions on liquor. I could get strange stuff from speciality shops or any regular thing at a grocery store.

Here it’s like they barely want to even sell it to you.

Today I googled ABC systems in the US that does indeed suck.

bbk1980 wrote:

Today I googled ABC systems in the US that does indeed suck.

Growing up in New Hampshire, it didn't seem like a big deal. Beer & Wine you could buy practically anywhere (Strohs 30 packs often went on blue light special sales in K-Mart), hard liquor you had to go to one of the copious state liquor stores. Although, I suppose at the time high-alcohol content beer wasn't yet a thing, so there wasn't any confusion as to where to get it (State Liquor stores).

I've had two similar accidents on my month old electric scooter in the past five days.

I pull up to a light with a line of 3-4 cars in the bike lane. The third car gets impatient and from a stop, swerves into the bike lane to go around the car(s) in front of them.

The first time this happened, the car saw me and stopped. I was able to brake hard, and step off to the side without hitting anything or falling.

Yesterday, the car didn't stop and I couldn't brake hard enough. So I hit it, at probably no more than 5 mph with my shoulder. The car stops to see what hit them and continues on after I stumble, step off the scooter but am able to maintain balance.

I am freaked out with how scary that was and how I was praying to not fall under the car to either get seriously hurt or ruin my new scooter. So I honestly didn't want to deal with reporting the accident (hit and run essentially)

So, there are a few option that I am going to follow:
Avoid that street or that block of that street
Use the route that I use in the morning with no issues
Use the side walk on that block of that road
Walk my scooter or slow down even further on that block
Stop off to the side and wait for all the cars to go after the light turns green

The good news is that my scooter is much more stable than I thought it was. It actually helped me keep my balance after I stepped off it. As a last ditch resort, I could probably let go of it if my life were in danger...

Motorist and scooters/bikes shouldn't share the same pavement. We have a lot of Lime and Uber scooters around where I work and some of the people on them have death wishes. I about hit one a couple weeks ago who was in the street and decided to run a red light.

Get a helmet cam (front and back views). Try to get the license plate and have them charged with hit and run, in the future.

Lime and Uber scooters are an additional issue. These are not vehicles that should be used with zero training. They are "dangerous" that ramps up the faster you go without experience.

Now the training isn't some big ordeal. Just taking 10 minutes in an empty parking lot will do. But how to stand, how to brake/accelerate, throttle usage and what are the numerous threats just on the ground are required. Anything less and you will fall and/or fall.

Learning the throttle is what will prevent self caused crashes. Most of them are pretty much go or no go because they have so much play. If I am at the highest speed setting that goes 19 mph, you can't go any other speed without pumping the throttle and coasting.

Rocks, puddles, manhole covers, RR tracks, cracks, glass, dead leaves, bark and branches are all obstacles that will cause tire slip falls. It is best to coast through them as straight as possible.

And then there is pedestrians, bicycles, and cars, ugh! (bicycles are the worst BTW)

I can't imagine riding one of those without a helmet.

I do wear a helmet. The sad part is 90% of the other riders I see do not

Friend/temporary roommate just left today after spending 3 months here and now my apartment feels big and empty and I just want to cry my eyes out.

People who don't use their turn signal when approaching a turn, until they're literally in the process of spinning the steering wheel.

Please signal early - especially if you see me on the road that you plan to turn onto, so I can potentially get off that road and give you more room to make your turn!

Seriously. This is a real danger for pedestrians and bikes and scooters.

Also, people who think they are driving a big rig and need to swing out to the right when turning left, or vice versa. And people who think entering a traffic circle means coming to a dead stop first, even if it's empty.

merphle wrote:

People who don't use their turn signal when approaching a turn, until they're literally in the process of spinning the steering wheel.

Please signal early - especially if you see me on the road that you plan to turn onto, so I can potentially get off that road and give you more room to make your turn!

I don't quite do this, but turning onto the road I live on I'm fairly late with the turn signal, but I have a reason. There's two turns off the major street not that far apart - one is pretty busy, the other, which I live on, not so much. When taking a right if I turn on my blinker before the first turn, more than once somebody at the first intersection has assumed I'm turning there and cut out in front of me. So, I delay turning on the turn signal until immediately after (or maybe just barely before) the first turn, it's probably around 100 feet before my turn. People behind me already hate me though because I'm doing 25 in a 30 where the preferred speed is closer to 40 so screw them.

No, see, that makes sense. Anyone can figure out that context just by looking. It's the folks who flick on the signal as they start a regular turn, often after they have slowed for no apparent reason, that are annoying.

Clumber wrote:
merphle wrote:

People who don't use their turn signal when approaching a turn, until they're literally in the process of spinning the steering wheel.

Please signal early - especially if you see me on the road that you plan to turn onto, so I can potentially get off that road and give you more room to make your turn!

I don't quite do this, but turning onto the road I live on I'm fairly late with the turn signal, but I have a reason. There's two turns off the major street not that far apart - one is pretty busy, the other, which I live on, not so much. When taking a right if I turn on my blinker before the first turn, more than once somebody at the first intersection has assumed I'm turning there and cut out in front of me. So, I delay turning on the turn signal until immediately after (or maybe just barely before) the first turn, it's probably around 100 feet before my turn. People behind me already hate me though because I'm doing 25 in a 30 where the preferred speed is closer to 40 so screw them.

Yeah, I have no problem with that - that's a safety issue and it makes sense to delay, to avoid the confusion. There's a convenience store on the corner of my street, which has a parking lot entrance/exit on perpendicular main street. If there's anybody in that parking lot exit waiting to turn onto the main street, I'll intentionally delay my turn signal for my street. If there's nobody waiting, though, I'll put my signal on once I begin slowing down to make my turn, as per my usual.

No one can drive in Florida. I forgot how much I hate it. 3 lane interstates don't help with traffic. They just let idiots drive in the middle lane under the speed limit. So then you have people passing right and left and trying to merge at times, it's insane.

Even in the 90's, it was a combination of giant snowbird RVs, out-of-staters who all have different expectations for rules of the road, military folks with tricked out rides and heavy feet, locals, and retired folks who greatly over-rate their ability to handle a car in traffic. Depends on where you are but you'll get some mix of that anywhere. (I was in the Panhandle. At least back then the highways were relatively lightly used, with a rush half-an-hour twice a day near cities.)

Dreaming about sleep. A sure sign you are not going to wake up rested.

A kid brought a gun to my daughter's middle school today. They found it on him immediately, no one was hurt. Police are involved and everyone is fine but I am absolutely sick to my stomach and can't focus now.

Holy sh*t Sally, I'm sorry! At least no one was hurt though

Yeah, that goes way beyond "loathe". Glad to hear everyone's ok.

For everyone's sake, I hope it was intended to be a totally innocent "show and tell" kind of thing, and the kid wasn't actually trying to hurt anyone. Not that there's any excuse for that, either. Whoever owns that gun needs to be taken to task for failure to properly secure it.

I work in higher ed and my wife is a high school teacher in a red hell state and that is one of both of our major fears. There have been incidents with knives and gang related violence at her school, but no guns and nobody seriously injured (on school grounds at least). There are on average two mass shooting per day, but you know it is more important to protect the kids from learning pole dancing in kindergarten and from having drag shows in home room instead of doing something about gun violence in this country.

Politics.