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Yesterday-morning’s dream

I don’t dream that often, or maybe I do, but I don’t remember them. Yesterday morning was different. I was lubing a customer’s chain in a workstand, got about halfway through with it and the 6:55am alarm went off. That’s when I get up for the Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides.

The chain in my dreams wasn't quite this bad
The chain in my dreams wasn’t quite this bad
And I’m thinking, as I emerge from the dream, that I’m not done yet, I have to go back to sleep and finish lubing the chain. Seriously, that’s what I was thinking. I was debating, in an intellectual level, the merits of the choice I had to make.

In the end I decided to get up and ride. As if there was any other choice, yet it seemed like there was some real thought and time involved. It’s like that it all happened in a fraction of a second.

Analysis? One might interpret the dream to mean I have unfinished business to attend to. Whatever, people are going to wonder when I see a bike with a half-rusted chain and start to laugh.

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3 out of 4 DUIs on suspended licenses; the System is NOT working!

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If this doesn’t tell you the system is broken, what will? People are literally dying, not just cyclists, but pedestrians and other motorists, because drunk drivers who are caught & “dealt with” are still out there on the streets, killing people.

This was from Today’s local newspaper, one with a police blotter that, for some cities, names names. I’ve blurred out last names out of misplaced concern for those involved, although frankly, three out of four of these people are not worthy of the benefit of the doubt that our justice system provides. You and I should not be placed at risk because somebody who’s not allowed to drive is out there, driving.

Bringing this close to home, last week local rider Laura Stern was one of 5 cyclists mowed down by a DUI driver with a sordid past. She was pinned under a car for 30 minutes, broke her neck, and amazingly, will be back on a bike in three months.

PerhapsĀ real-time tracking is something that needs to be imposed on all DUI convictions, something where a passing police officer or CHP sees a red light flashing in the presence of such a person, and if that happens to be someone seen driving a car, bang, you pull them over and lock them up. They can be completely sober, driving responsibly, and be subject to immediate incarceration and severe punishment. That might get a few off the streets, and might convince a few more not to try.

We have to do something. We can’t let this continue. We have the power to stop at least some of the carnage. How can we not have the will and find the means to do so?

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