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I have to quit reading Speak Out

Monday, January 28th, 2008

This one doesn’t even pertain directly to me, but it’s just so amazingly stupid:

Courteous walking

WALKERS HAVE the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, but not over drivers. I looked it up. You still have to use caution when you’re crossing. Drivers still have the first right-of-way to the road, even in a crosswalk. I drive through Southeast Missouri State University’s campus often throughout every day because of my job. I’m amazed at the behavior of the kids crossing the street. If you want to talk about the rights of walkers, what about the behavior of the walkers and their interference with the rights of drivers? They stop in the street to talk or wait for someone else. As a common courtesy, I always let students cross. I’ve stopped for them and waved them across. Maybe once a week do I have anybody acknowledge me. College students can whine about their rights to cross the street, but there’s also a certain amount of responsibility on their part to be courteous pedestrians.

You “looked it up,” eh? Not in the Missouri Revised Statutes, section 300.375, “Pedestrian’s right of way in crosswalks,” I’m guessing.

My reply made Speak Out!

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

I emailed in a response to Speak Out Jerk‘s comment from this week, and my reply made it into Friday’s paper. I know, Speak Out is no place for irony. Couldn’t resist, sorry.

Cold weather cycling part dos

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

This morning it was 15 degrees when I left the house. I decided that 20 wasn’t that bad, so why not give 15 a shot? I was pretty comfortable. Of course, Speak Out Jerk probably wasn’t comfortable with having me there — the same guy called again about what a danger I am.

Considering I’ve changed my route so that I’m only on W road for about 2 miles now, this guy must just have the worst luck in the world. I’m thinking that I should just write another letter and ask him to put this sign on his car:


Then when I see him in my mirror, I can just pull over and stand on the shoulder to let him go by. I don’t want him to go to any trouble to accommodate me.

Meanwhile, last night was the first rehearsal for Choral Union. Turnout was light, but it looks like interesting music. We’re doing Dove’s “Koethener Messe” (in Latin) and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives.”  The music hasn’t come in yet for the Dove piece, but we rehearsed the Beethoven, which has some interestingly weird chords, etc. Should be fun.Â