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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
It's been pointed out that my earlier response of "Cycling" as something that relaxes me seems a bit odd, so after some careful research this afternoon I'd like to clarify my thinking while on the bike.

Certainly it's not always relaxing in a traditional sense, but can be that, can be exhilarating and can just be a bit odd. Some of you might know (and pax_draconis will no doubt point and laugh) that I have a strange desire to be in some kind of serious accident. Not in a getting hurt sense - but to be on a train or plane when it crashes for example. I want to walk away, but at the same time there's an adrenaline hit there somewhere. Anyway, back to the point - when I'm cycling on the road I am quite aware of both other hazards and how other road users are selfish c*nts on the whole. So while I weave my way through traffic, refusing to ride in the gutter, I find myself imagining what it would be like to be hit by some of the other vehicles. And what creative expletives I would have for the other party involved.

I never said I made sense. Maybe I shouldn't have ever read Crash.

Maybe I should just go to Alton Towers. They seem to have this new really silly ride that accellarates to seventy-billon miles an hour in three seconds, and is called Rita.


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purplewizard From: purplewizard Date: June 7th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crashes look good (so to speak) oin movies but I suspect that's not the case in RL (TM).
Indeed of the several people I know who have been in serious car crashes (but weren't badly hurt) all appear to have had some level of mental scars from it :-(
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 7th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not claiming it anything other than misfiring synapses in my brain that cause it.
blackvelvetmag From: blackvelvetmag Date: June 7th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, you should ride to a gig with me. lol. Or teach me how to ride confidently. There's no way I could weave through traffic.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 7th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure! I'm slightly less stable with 5kg+ of camera strapped to my back, but managed it the other day for 10 miles.

Throw me some ideas and we can sort something out!
kissmeforlonger From: kissmeforlonger Date: June 7th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not that wierd to have a fascination with trauma is it?

I like walking (not, I repeat not, Walking). When I'm stressed I go for a walk and it gives my body something to do with the adrenaline while my mind wanders to its hearts content and then calms down. And maybe comes up with a few new ideas too.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 7th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not a Rambler then?
kissmeforlonger From: kissmeforlonger Date: June 8th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Ironic really since I grew up in Cumbria but after you've spent umpteen years walking places because the public transport is shite it doesn't seem like such an entertaining hobby. My brother went completely the opposite way, still lives there and is in the Mountain Rescue.
From: feanelwa Date: June 7th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
As in 'lovely Rita, meter maid'? Hee hee.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 7th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does seem like an odd name... Rita, Queen of Speed.
From: feanelwa Date: June 7th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
And parking tickets.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: June 8th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Weaving through traffic doesn't strike you as the least bit selfish (not to mention dangerous etc)?

Bikes should be taken off the road. So should pedestrian crossings - we had bridges and underpasses when I was little. Parking on busy roads should also be banned, nice double yellow lines down each side. And bus lanes should be scrapped. There, I've solved congestion.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 8th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
See we're bound to disagree there - I think we should have more scope for bikes (plus other sustainable transport) plus buses (and other public transport) and less pandering to the individual motor car.

But as you probably expect - we're going to disagree on this one...
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: June 8th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem is that the car is here to stay and you will not be able to turn the clock back. It's too late to provide decent public transport - and if you subscribe to environmentalism, biking can't possibly be a healthy alternative. The majority of cyclists are a menace who believe they are exempt from the rules of the road - mind you, as I have been complaining recently, so do most drivers!

The economy is supported by commuters, who find it cleaner, more comfortable, more convenient, more private and cheaper to go by car, not to mention the countless businesses which depend upon it. The way to ease congestion is not to try and curb car use, that will never work. The way to ease congestion is to invest in free-flowing traffic. See Stockport as an example of just how wrong the Lib Dems in particular are getting it.
barrettyman From: barrettyman Date: June 9th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes I know exactly how you feel. I used to think about the creative expletives I would use if involved in a crash. That said when it happened it was my fault and I didn't get to use them.
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