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Options July 23, 2013: Super trouble

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Artist Track Album Label Year Approx. start time
Danny Paul Grody  Grass Nap   Options Between Two Worlds  loam    0:00:00 ()
Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom  talk 1   Options Daytime Viewing (rec 1979-80/Unseen Worlds reissue)  Unseen Worlds    0:04:07 ()
Spacecraft  Lumiere de Lune   Options Paradoxe  Wah Wah    0:15:16 ()
Henry Plotnick  field 1   Options Fields  Holy Mountain    0:17:30 ()
Orphan Fairytale  Secret Beaches   Options Secret Beaches 7"  Ultra Eczema    0:22:45 ()
 
Mark McGuire and Charles Berlitz  omlette psychosis   Options Inner Tube  Pacific City Sound Visions    0:33:59 ()
Zomes  Stark Reality   Options Earth Grid      0:41:22 ()
sun  help yourslef   Options Le Petit Bonheur: Staubgold Sampler  Staubgold    0:42:45 ()
Points Gray  Growing Beards   Options Off Shore  Pro-Am    0:46:37 ()
young fathers  i heard   Options tape two  Anticon Records    0:51:32 ()
Dwight Sykes  that's the way love is   Options Songs Volume 1      0:54:56 ()
 
soviets  dancing music   Options ?    1984  1:06:17 ()
sotch  ?       1984  1:09:07 ()
newcleus  computer age   Options   Sunnyview  1984  1:14:18 ()
neuronium  secret audience   Options     1984  1:19:29 ()
 
I Signori Della Galassia  Proxima Centauri   Options Iceman  Medical    1:35:19 ()
Mick Milk  Company Man   Options Half Lives  Anna Logue    1:42:25 ()
saboten  ?   Floor et Satie  Sabot    1:44:10 ()
 
david lynch  star dream girl   Options       1:59:37 ()
double nelson  carnavola   Options Un Sentiment Etrange  Non Destine a La Vente    2:01:46 ()
Matias Aguaya  #4   Options The Visitor  comeme    2:04:48 ()
Haily Mergia & His Classic Instrument  #4   Options Shemonmuanay  Awesome tapes from Africa    2:09:47 ()
 
Dan Melchior  Dirty Lies   Options K-85      2:19:54 ()
the mantles  long enough to leave   Options Long Enough to Leave  Slumberland    2:22:34 ()
Danny and the Nightmares  Mentally Ill   Options Death to Satan  Munster    2:25:52 ()
Saturday Looks Good to Me  Sunglasses   Options One Kiss Ends It All  Polyvinyl    2:28:11 ()
transisters  knee jerk jerk   Options   Arch Hill    2:34:05 ()
soda fraise  Ca Baigne Dans L'Huile   Options Ca Baigne Dans L'Huile 7"  Sing Sing    2:35:31 ()
Ketamines  Come Inside   Options You Can't Serve Two Masters  Southpaw    2:38:40 ()
Vacation Club  Daydream   Options       2:46:49 ()
fuzz  you won't see me   Options Sleigh Ride 7"  in the red    2:47:30 ()
ghost wave  Here She Comes   Options Ages  Arch Hill    2:50:54 ()
 
Jonathan Richman  Affection   Options       2:55:21 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 7/23/13 9:07am pierre:

Bonjour Benjamin Walker !!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:08am Brian in UK:

Salut Benjamin et pierre.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:09am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hullo Sir! Been a few months I guess!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 9:09am Benjamen Walker:

Bonjour!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 9:10am northguineahills:

Morning Benjamin, I swear I was just listening to you.... I'll hear you o'er at the office. Ciao-sers!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:13am duke:

BW!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:14am Sem Chumbo:

Enthralled so far. Good morning to you, and co-listeners!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 9:18am Benjamen Walker:

phew! glad to be here with you all as well
  Tue. 7/23/13 9:19am Zach:

Is Trouble on summer vacation?
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 9:20am Benjamen Walker:

Trouble did abscond to the hills
  Tue. 7/23/13 9:25am TG:

Sweet intro. I'll have to get that record.

Nice to see the return of DJ Walters.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 9:26am Benjamen Walker:

was just kicking myself for not playing these last two in the other order but listen - there are bird!
  Tue. 7/23/13 9:31am common:

wish I could get outta here for a bit! oh well. virtual it is.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:40am Rev. Turnip Druid:

I doth abscond to woofmoo.
  Tue. 7/23/13 9:41am hendrix wolfbat:

first time listener to your show...it seems i can never stray from wfmu...every show captures my soul...love...beautiful
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:49am Roberto:

We had a beard growing contest in my dorm my sophomore year. This should have been our theme music.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 9:58am Mike East:

funny, i'm actually on my way out to shave off my 3 week beard
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:01am KevinfromBayRidge:

Ouch!!! Clear Channel?? Anyhow good Morning from one GrayBeard ( if I had one)
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:03am Mike East:

since u asked, my beard only grew out of neglect...been working 2 weeks straight and havent had time to shave...now its too long for my safety razor so i need to go to my sisters house to borrow her buzzer
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:03am Eric:

was that on a Citi Bike?
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:04am Eric:

Do you have any lights on that bike?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:05am KevinfromBayRidge:

Impressive...but dangerous!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:05am johnforz:

not a hater, but the amount of wrong way riding has certainly increased...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:05am Cecile:

We have green Health Partners bikes in Mpls - for about 3-4 years now. It's amazing how many there are now!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:06am johnforz:

my daily ride home is now more full of flip flop pedaling, oblivious beach cruisers
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:06am Cecile:

We have green Health Partners bikes in Mpls - for about 3-4 years now. It's amazing how many there are now! They have lights 'n' stuff now because we are all fancy now here in the Midwest.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:07am estimo:

hey ben! citibikes need some improvements, it's a bit more fluent in european cities.. leveling of full/empty peak/non-peak hours etc.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:08am Benjamen Walker:

im sure they need some improvements! but I am glad they are here - but sticking to my own bike!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:09am Roberto:

My suggestion for traffic reduction: do what you've already been doing, just more of it -- walking and public transport. Bikes are a pain in mein tuchas.
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:09am Eric:

I ride hard in flip flips. Riding the wrong way isn't so bad as long as you stay our of the way of those who are riding the right way, I don't expect everyone to have to go way out of their way to find a one way ave that goes their way.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:09am estimo:

i was a tourist lately and was great to have them!
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:10am Eric:

Tourists should not be allowed to use Citi Bikes, just like in Barcelona.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:11am Benjamen Walker:

I am a wrong wayer too - but not last night!
in fact I had it wrong I was coming down 9th ave
the right way
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:11am johnforz:

i actually wouldn't care about the wrong way riding so much... save for the oblivious ones that i have to dodge... except they give us all a bad name
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:11am Benjamen Walker:

all these next songs are from 1984
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:14am Cecile:

Tourists use there here without too many problems.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:14am johnforz:

also, the citibank billboards in front of brownstones is kinda a bad look...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:16am Cecile:

yayayayay! wiki wiki wiki
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:21am johnforz:

neuronium!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:28am Irene Trudel:

Hey Benjamen! Nice to hear you doing a music show. Good stuff and pleasant sounds! Glad to hear you're okay after your bicycle mishap.
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:30am serralto:

loving the show!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:30am Cecile:

Benjamen, do you want to talk to me? I lived 1984 pretty damn hard and might have some perspective for you.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:32am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Just got back, and.... yeegad, Neuronium? As in the Spanish synth dude from the early '80s? Haven't heard that material since high-school. Whoa.... Will plunder archives.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:32am Cecile:

also if you check the City Pages archives, my friend Pete Scholtes did a series of essays on "I hate 1984" I wrote something on the Meat Puppets.
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:32am Gordon FM:

what do you folks use towels for? just curious!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:34am efd:

To dry our hands after washing them in the bathroom. We're not savages!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:34am Benjamen Walker:

Gordon hahah
Cecile - email me your articles!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:34am Benjamen Walker:

efd!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:35am Cecile:

sounds good.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:36am efd:

Always a pleasure, Benjamen!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:36am Liz Berg:

Arpeggiate like you mean it, BW!
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:36am Gordon FM:

Wasn't trying to be cheeky. Just thought maybe there was a shower there. That's would be a real perk in my opinion.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:36am Listener 108581 (dc pat):

JEEZE-o-MAN I've been busy. Hi BW, and other folks.
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:37am pierre:

I love "I Signori Della Galassia"
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:41am Benjamen Walker:

I think something might be wrong internally - from my bike accident - what if I like dedicate my life to disco now???
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:43am Berg:

then you might get hit by another car - that'd be a shame ;)
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:43am Cecile:

you got mail.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:44am Listener 108581:

wha-? you got hit?? Sorry.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:44am northguineahills:

Yeah, I faved that I Signori Della Galassia yesterday on Liz's show.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:46am Listener 108581:

9353 would sound good after this.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:49am danjoseph:

I agree (9353)! Hit us with it!!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:50am Carmichael:

Bee Dub! Hey, good to see your board.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:52am Rev. Turnip Druid:

dunno if the station has the new LP yet (9353), but if not, it needs to be.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:53am Listener 108581:

I'll bet you put the toilet paper on the dispenser backwards too..
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:55am Listener 108581:

BW, hope you were wearing a helmet.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:56am Rev. Turnip Druid:

King Missle (dog fly religion)'s "take stuff from work" is an immortal classic in that regard.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:56am rsj:

so my wife broke down and got a stupid iphone..I was psyched to get the WFMU app back, its been a few years since i had an iPhone...
NO LONGER AVAILABLE? can this be true? or was it only because I was using my old account...
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:57am northguineahills:

Dude, get a helmet, it saved my life.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:57am Cecile:

Get one. Head trauma is no joke.
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:57am Eric:

just say no to bicycle helmets, unless you're riding a racing bike like to many weirdos insist on doing here
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:58am rsj:

man, BW is so hard, maybe he does belong in France?
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:58am paul b:

9353? Are we talking about 9353 the old DC band that my friend Derrick put out on his Fountain of Youth Label?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:58am Listener 108581:

if you don't wear a helmet you're basically saying "I fully trust every idiot driver in this city not to hit me. Because I are a gemius."
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 10:58am northguineahills:

My first week at work I used the WFMU app to listen before I got my own security clearance.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:59am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Oliver Sacks account of successful podiatrist who got hit by lightning (on phone I think?) - & - out of nowhere, no previous interest or background - quit & became a concert pianist & composer & divorced his wife...it does happen!...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 10:59am Rev. Turnip Druid:

The very same, paul b. I have it on good authority they're still with us in full force in modern times (rip vance, however)
  Tue. 7/23/13 10:59am Eric:

a helmet doesn't guarantee that you'll not get hit by a car, and wearing one actually increases your chance of neck injury
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:00am Cecile:

paul b, indeed.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:01am Cecile:

paul b, did you used to edit Spinonline?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:01am Listener 108581:

bullshit Eric. It doesn't guarantee you won't get hit by a car but increases your chances of survival when you do. 200 riders in the le Tour can't be wrong.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:03am Cecile:

Paul Williams's family (the founder of Crawdaddy, not the songwriter) says that the memory loss that took him started after a bike accident with no helmet.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:03am aaron in chicago:

I freakin hate wearing a helmet but the prospect of some text-messaging schmo turning me into a vegetable is even worse
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:05am Listener 108581:

exactly my point aaron. I just got a nice Giro, very light and breezy. takes getting use to but I like my head.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:06am Benjamen Walker:

I am a gemius
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:07am Sem Chumbo:

Gotta love helmets, saved me after running into a telephone pole avoiding pedestrians. Broken arm, but not skull.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:08am Andrew Waterloo:

I don't worry about the guy texting as that one person who just happens to be a little distracted, and a little impatient at the wrong time.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:08am Cecile:

hahahahaha, he is singing about 4 Loko.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:09am northguineahills:

I was going close to 30mph going downhill on the Williamsburg bridge back when they had rumble strips on the joins. I would jump over them (they were a good 2" tall at a 45 degree angle), and the very end of the bridge at the Delancey entrance hit one wrong and my front wheel popped off and I did a faceplant. My helmet shattered (like it's supposed to) and I lost a lot of skin off my face and when my teeth hit each other, they shattered. I woke up w/ a cop and a random guy carrying me into an ambulance. I didn't have health care at the time, so I signed a waver so that I wouldn't have to ride in the ambulance after they asked questions and I realized my brain was okay.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:09am Rev. Turnip Druid:

oh christ don't get me started. Lifelong militant cyclist here, and a hater of most other cyclists in DC.... And drivers. And pedestrians. Each for their own unique and precious reasons.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:09am Brian in UK:

Why are there no full face helmets like motorcycles?
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:09am paul b:

@Cecile No that wasn't me. I just dj'ed at WMUC (U. Maryland) in the 1980's where I knew people like Derrick, Tom Lyle (Gi's), Mark Robinson and Bridget from Unrest, Slumberland people like Mike Schulman & Velocity Girl etc and of course Jeff Krulik who made the short "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:10am northguineahills:

Some cyclists sued the city about said rumble strips, and they took them out. Should have got in on that action, as it took me 5 years to pay off the dental and jaw surgery expenses.
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:12am Eric:

Yeah helmets were designed to protect you when you fall off your bike on your head which can happen when riding at high speed, jockeying for position in the Tour de France. You shouldn't ride like that on the streets, but I can agree that it's probably not a terrible idea to wear one if you insist on riding a racing bike in the streets with the seat much higher than that handle bars.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:12am Listener 108581:

Biran: there are, downhill mountain bike helmets are full face now.
ngh: sounds horrible. Sorry.
RTD: Everyone seems to think their just too important to care about anyone else. So everybody sucks...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:13am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

ngh: Gheezus!
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:13am Eric:

don't be one of these idiots that rides at hi speed down the bridges, if you ride like an idiot then yeah you probably need a helmet
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:13am danjoseph:

@paul b - there's only one 9353
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:13am Cecile:

Oh, very cool, Paul. I was in Ann Arbor at the time, and we really envied your scene. And those fanzines like Truly Needy, Metrozine...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:14am Listener 108581:

Eric: you may have a point there. Most people don't get a lot of time to practice racing so they're (I'm) taking their (my) life into their (my) hands. But generally helmets = good.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:14am Carmichael:

It's a good idea, period. You can scramble your brains at low speed, too. I crashed one time while sitting still (feet caught in the traps), and I did a nice head-thunk on the median strip.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:15am Erella:

Hope you feel better Benjamen and the bump that your head sustained proves to be nothing.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:15am northguineahills:

Yeah, I hate most cyclists that don't follow the rules. I follow them b/c it makes your behavior predictable, especially in an urban setting.

My accident was in 2003 where the Manhattan side of the bridge was wide open w/ a huge lane for cyclists and a huge one for pedestrians. Plenty of room to let gravity do it's job on the way down.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:16am Brian in UK:

You are just as likely to hit the front of your noggin as the top. I know from motorcycle experience when I had a champher taken off one side when the left leg was broken. Would be talking like God's own muppet. (Kermit this is) otherwise.

dc pat the point is these are specialised.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:16am northguineahills:

Keep on discoing the pain away, Benjamen!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:17am northguineahills:

ouchers, Brian!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:17am Listener 108581:

I obey the rules so I'm not at fault. But I do go fast on trails.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:18am Listener 108581:

...but all this talk is making me want to go slow..
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:19am Brian in UK:

You can those that have not had an accident generally, they go way too fast.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:19am northguineahills:

Haven't been in accident since except last October, I had been drinking, and was at a near stop waiting for my gf when I hit a pot hole at a weird angle and landed on my face. Just some minor abrasions and bruising.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:19am Listener 108581:

got up to 40+ going down Porter the other day.. THAT's a little crazy.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:21am Jeff:

Towels or no towels - Trouble's faith in your DJing sensibilities was well-placed. You're doing a fine show this AM, kiddo.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:21am Brian in UK:

59 is my top speed on a bicycle being towed by a 500cc Triumph. I was so much younger then I'm older than that now.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:21am Listener 108581:

but I cracked ribs twice from going like 2 mph, chain slip.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:22am Rev. Turnip Druid:

My current theory is that cyclists who ignore traffic laws are directly responsible for training auto drivers to distrust cyclists & drive in a hostile manner towards us. I almost never see cyclists in DC stopped at red lights. This teaches car people to engage in warfare.

It's when I get hostility from other cyclists for stopping & signaling that I endorse infinite violence against everyone. That said, I respect speed-freaks. We're on the road to get somewhere, people.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:23am Brian in UK:

It was a one speed bicycle and that was the one speed it did.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:23am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Rather eye-opening to visit other towns that get the whole cyclist integration thing (boulder), where more people seem to play nice, everyone gets where they're going, with a minimum of broken faces.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:24am Listener 108581:

I'm with RTD. I see 20 somethings flying through stop signs without even looking. No helmets of course. So I take shit for their idiot behavior. On the other hand, lot more people on bikes these days which I like.
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:25am f in macc:

http://www.copenhagenize.com/2008/08/helmets-or-health.html.
interesting european angle on the whole helmet debate.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:25am Listener 108581:

also agree about Boulder. They have it down. DC has a ways to go.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:26am Brian in UK:

Some parts of Continental Europe are more 'geared' up to bicycles. Like Netherlands. It is the thieving bastards I hate. Not only bicycles, someone just stole the courgette flowers from our plants on the allotment. How cheap.
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:26am revroth:

This may be an unpopular opinion or a difficult idea to enforce, but I would really like to see some form of "license plate" for bicycles or bicyclists. I think adding some identifier/accountability would do a lot to minimize irresponsible and rulebreaking cycling. I work in an office of 10 and 2 of us (one of them a man of 80) have been knocked down and had bones broken by cyclists going the wrong way or on the curb, who did not even slow down to help or acknowledge the accident.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...seems to me that Bicycles are kinda sorta stuck between Driving & Pedestrianism in the Traffic situation (even a Pedestrian must know some Rules) - like Pedestrians in a 'bedsit'/dorm CollegeTown: Make up your mind if your going to suspend normal TrafficRules or just dodge people in the middle of the street & hope for the best...I don't drive (believe it or not) so I don't have those Traffic instincts. I was a 20th Century smalltown Rocker kiddo on a bike - now I must think hard about being a 21st Century grown-up & the Rules & some hideous Jock helmet thing (that probably makes huge sense)...best stick to the rural trail & walk or bus everywhere maybe...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:28am Listener 108581:

I think most cities require that you register your bike but...who does?
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:28am northguineahills:

I nearly come to fisticuffs at least once a month w/ cyclists going the wrong way when I'm cycling.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:29am johnforz:

bike license plates are completely unfeasible, and when you consider the statistics of people hurt by bikers, as opposed to say.. cars... it seems like a colossal waste of resources. Plus, are little kids going to have to get a license to learn to ride a bike?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:30am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...bones broken *by* cyclists!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:30am Listener 108581:

I think everybody's at fault. No one even looks at walk signals anymore they just glance around a little step into the street. Cell phone users don't even look. Ha! I actually heard some douche say to her friend "Oh I NEVER look before crossing a street." like she was proud of it or something.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:30am Brian in UK:

Hit that POP button, Benjamen.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:31am Brian in UK:

I never pre-book A&E.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:31am Cecile:

I am a pedestrian and you vehicle drivers all drive me nuts.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:32am Listener 108581:

all pedestrians must eat flaming death :)
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:32am revroth:

Why so unfeasible? And as far as little kids, I'd say if you're riding in a playground or a park or the like, no worries... but if you're going to ride in the street, yeah, I think you need to be identifiable via license/bib/whatevs or risk a ticket. You're on something that can cause significant damage and lets you leave in a hurry. I don't have an anti-bicyclist thing, I'd like to see more bikes and less cars, but that's never going to work and be fair without accountability.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:33am Listener 108581:

oh no. did I just do a sideways smiley face?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:33am Carmichael:

We have a mandatory bike helmet law for the under-18 set. You'd be amazed at the enraged parents who think helmets demean the psyche of little Timmy. Sometimes you have to save people from themselves.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:34am Rev. Turnip Druid:

to be fair, there's a unique style of dumbness for all travelers in DC, esp. Georgia Avenue between Petworth & Walter Reed. Pedestrians crossing in the middle of the block & staring down cars, daring them to KILL... and the drivers who seem universally content to top out at 15mph on that same strip...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:34am Brian in UK:

I'm just going to climb aboard my 26 litre Napier Bentley aero engined motor and head off up the road. Outta my way suckers.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:34am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Driving of course becomes Routine & Automatic
- but Driving is a Game of Attention.
- Our brains did not evolve for big metal bodies moving 60 miles an hour...
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:35am Listener 108581:

..that's why everyone needs to just cool..the ..fuck..out.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:35am johnforz:

Cyclist/Pedestrian Accidents in NYC

Other patterns emerge when the statistics from various years are compared. The most striking change over the past decade has been the decrease in collisions between bicyclists and pedestrians (see Table 17). The number of reported collisions climbed from around 400 in the early 1980s, steadily up to a high of 707 in 1985, and then dropped even more steadily to just 298 in 1992 — the lowest number ever recorded. (Annual fatalities, ranging from 0 to 3, seem to follow no particular pattern.) The decline is more impressive still when the increase in the volume of cycling is taken into account.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:36am johnforz:

doesn't really seam to be that big of a problem. i've been run into by a skateboarder, should he register is skateboard?
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:38am Brian in UK:

Where has the time gone. Nice one, Benjamen.
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:39am Eric:

Even people who aren't practicing racing use these retro 10 speed racing bikes because they're supposed to be cool, it's a lot harder to keep an eye on what's in front of you when your torso is nearly horizontal.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:39am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I've always been impressed by the control of skaters - still more about the person than any other vehicle, even a bike, I suppose. But not so many of them (skates), of course.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:41am paul b:

As a bike commuter and everyday bike rider I love the look on driver's faces when the cell phone drops from their hand as they blow thru a yield or stop sign suddenly see you and they realize they're about to kill another human being - except I've learned to spot this lot after ending up on the hood of one and have stopped my bike
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:42am northguineahills:

I have a hybrid street/offroad cycle. That leaves my torso at a 45 degree angle.
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:42am jan:

Great to hear BW in DJ mode.
Congrats on the nuptials!
  Tue. 7/23/13 11:42am PJ:

Congrat, Benjamen, on the impending nuptials!
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:43am johnforz:

hahaha
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:43am northguineahills:

Super Benjamen!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:43am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Then again, I love spotting the occasional dude on a bike balancing a cigarette & cell phone. Those are the precious moments that make life charming....
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:44am Listener 108581:

15 lb. racing bike, I can see just fine.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:45am Rev. Turnip Druid:

i dig, Listener 108581 -- My Bianchi racer is about 25 years old and still moves like liquid hyper stink. Love it.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:45am Carmichael:

I saw a lady driving down the freeway while flossing her teeth in the OUTSIDE MIRROR! I wanted to rear end her just out of principle.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:45am Cecile:

I think people using cell phones while operating vehicles get me the maddest.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:46am johnforz:

road-head on the other hand...
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:46am Benjamen Walker:

once saw a pregnant lady on bike texting!!!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:47am Carmichael:

I have a 1981 Fuji 12-speed. Just did a major servicing on it, and it still hisses down the road with very little input needed.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:47am ottovonbqe:

I like the people who hear / read about a cyclist getting killed / almost killed and always jump in with their comment about how dangerous cyclists are. It's a particular form of delusional thought with its own savour.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:48am johnforz:

i once saw a blind guy driving a car while reading
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:51am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Rawk!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:52am Carmichael:

I was sitting at an intersection in 5:00 traffic a month ago, just zoning out and waiting for the light. Suddenly there's someone right in my driver's window, staring at me: a cop on a bicycle. He drove on between cars, and tapped on the window of the car in front of me. After a minute, he pounded on it to get the driver's attention (who was texting). He motioned the car to the curb, where 2 other cops were busy writing citations for others. I was secretly full of glee.
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:52am Listener 108581:

me too Cecile, hate phones anyway.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:53am ottovonbqe:

Carmichael - what city was that? I know it wasn't NYC.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:53am MenfussMike:

what was the song before this "here she comes"
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:53am johnforz:

it's turning to gothamist in here! like that Fuzz 45...
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:54am MenfussMike:

is it missing from the list?
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:54am johnforz:

that was Fuzz, a Ty Segall band
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:54am northguineahills:

Thanks Benjamen! It was fun!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:55am Carmichael:

@otto: I live in Sacramento, CA. Lots of bicycle cops downtown who just seem to show up out of nowhere.
Avatar Tue. 7/23/13 11:55am MenfussMike:

ok, thanx. getting confused
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:55am Sem Chumbo:

Thanks a lot, and bon voyage!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:55am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

MfM: It doesn't want to be seen. (It *was* fuzz wasn't it??)
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:56am Carmichael:

Thanks, BW!
Avatar    Tue. 7/23/13 11:57am Listener 108581:

bye FMU people. hanx BW.
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