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MB1, Hummah, Gregory Taylor & other DC area riders...(14 posts)

MB1, Hummah, Gregory Taylor & other DC area riders...Spinchick
Oct 23, 2002 7:18 AM
I'm sure you're not all sitting around at home afraid to ride because of some crack pot sniper. However, I would guess it's got to be a bit stressful as well. I hope, for your and everyone's sake, that nutcase is caught soon.

Be safe out there!

You aren't the only onepmf1
Oct 23, 2002 7:26 AM
I figure my chances of getting run over on the beltway are about as high as getting shot by this a-hole so I have not changed how I behave. Some folks are really terrified though. My wife refuses to gas up her car (I offer to do it). A friend's wife now gets her groceries delivered.

I really feel for people with kids since this guy has announced "your children are not safe".
Last weekend we noticed how empty the roads and trails were.MB1
Oct 23, 2002 8:24 AM
It was rather nice riding.

OTOH I would prefer the normal crowded craziness over the fear/tension/stress the area is going through now. The police are out in force in the District ready to shut the roads down on a moments notice.

I can't imagine how the friends and famlies of the victims must feel-my heart goes out to them.

Basically it sucks-let's ride.
That's sad.Spinchick
Oct 23, 2002 9:01 AM
Terrorism in it's worst form - unknown enemy, unknown motive.

Be safe.
Thanks for the positive thoughts.....Gregory Taylor
Oct 23, 2002 9:06 AM
Nope, I'm not sitting at home. Same ol' morning commute on the fixie. Did a ripper of a ride with the guys on Sunday. I'm getting my miles in.

While we Washingtonians are not the most stoic men and women that ever trod free soil, it is understandable that things are a little tense right now. Threats against our children are not something that you can lighly dismiss, even when you know that statistically there is a better chance of them getting hurt in an automobile accident on the Beltway.
Thanks. No disagreement here ...Humma Hah
Oct 23, 2002 9:34 AM
I've let that be part of my excuse not to ride for two and a half weeks so far. My commute home, at night, bike all covered with bright and/or flashing lights and with me generally striving to look conspicuous, passes by a brightly lit service station near trees and other hiding places, with easy access to an interstate highway, and a couple of miles from one of the shooting incidents. Kinda hard to enjoy riding under that circumstance.

I was already feeling very cruddy and run-down due to a tooth problem (I'm probably fighting off an infection). I did not need much excuse to lay off commuting for that first week. This week its more a logistical problem, needing to have a vehicle to move stuff.

I was supposed to get the offending tooth removed yesterday. Appointment cancelled: dentist could not get to work because the #@*^! sniper shot somebody and they closed all the roads between his home and office so he could not get to work.
re: MB1, Hummah, Gregory Taylor & other DC area riders...Fredrico
Oct 23, 2002 9:45 AM
I appreciate your thoughts, Spinchick. This guy is now playing games with the police, threatening the most vulnerable, our kids, seeking ransom. Sooner or later he will step on his toes and get caught (on national TV, before an audience of millions!)

As threatening as he is emotionally, as a life threatening statistic, he's even less significant than the recent malaria outbreak in Northern Virginia or the West Nile virus. Meanwhile, we have no choice but to keep on living. If we stop, this devil has us under his power.
I find that perception is reality in this case...Djudd
Oct 23, 2002 11:10 AM
to watch people ducking while pumping gas and certain gas stations empty proves this. I try hard not to let this whole deal affect me to much but it is impossible. The sniper goes out of his way not have a pattern and instill as much fear as possible. However, I have a Sunday morning ride planned and I will go. (The sniper has kept me at work at the newspaper for 17 days straight with apparently more to come)
Funny thing is, if I ever SAW the bastard ...Humma Hah
Oct 23, 2002 11:50 AM
... I'd track him down. If I'd been on that bus, I'd have looked for him in the woods, and if I'd seen him, I'd have followed him as long as I COULD see him. And if I ever got my hands on him, it would NOT be a pretty sight!

But he sure has messed with the carefree joy I normally feel in cycling. Its only the feeling of being ultra-conspicuous after dark, in one particular spot, that's bothering me about riding. That one spot, the gas station, just feels like its got a bullseye painted on it.

If I could get this #%^%$ tooth fixed, I'd probably ride in spite of him. I might do something like killing my lights, and not put on the reflective windbreaker until past that gas station on the way home. I rode today, at the airport, using another guy's bike to test one of those "$30,000 cyclocomputers" I mentioned last week.
Funny thing is, if I ever SAW the bastard ...amflyer
Oct 23, 2002 1:39 PM
What's the prob with the tooth, Humma?
Broken lower wisdom tooth I've been ignoring ...Humma Hah
Oct 23, 2002 3:31 PM
... but it says it does not wanna be ignored any longer. I finally saw my dentist to get a referral to the oral surgeon when the durned thing started waking me up in the middle of the night, throbbing. At present, I suspect my IQ is down about 20 points just based on how tired I am.
Nothing worse than a sore toothpmf1
Oct 24, 2002 5:12 AM
I recall a painful weekend before getting an emergency root canal the following Monday. I was seriously considering pulling the damn thing out with some pliers Sunday night.

That first shot of novacaine was bliss.
I'm honestly looking forward to surgury ...Humma Hah
Oct 24, 2002 6:29 AM
... I'm tired of taking this much Advil. Ain't natural.

It looks like the rest of the riding problem has maybe been taken care of. Hurrah!

And my wife says I CAN do a short ride with MB1 this weekend. If I can manage to stay on the bike, I'll do it, just to celebrate!
I'm honestly looking forward to surgury ...pmf1
Oct 24, 2002 7:42 AM
What does MB1 consider to be a short ride?

Sunday looks to be a nice day. I've got bronchitus for the second time this year, so I'll be off the bike.