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One of those mornings today. I airhorned (a couple of very short light taps, not angry honking) pedestrians not watching for traffic 3 times this morning while they were crossing against the light or midblock, and declined to honk in a fourth incident.

Incident number two involved a woman and ~8 year old child stepping into the protected bike lane on Columbus midblock, actually approaching me from about 11 o'clock. So me and my bike were in plain line-of-sight, but the woman just somehow looked through me. I slowed way down, tapped the horn to get attention (at which she startled), and admonished her to please look first. [Left unsaid: before crossing into protected bike space midblock.]

For this, apparently, I am the a**hole, not her. (!) Seriously, her move was very difficult to anticipate, and if I had been two seconds earlier a crash may have been unavoidable.

I mean, I get the psychology, pedestrians think of the space as an extension of the sidewalk, which means pedestrian-style give-and-take would apply to who gets to go where. But it isn't, and it doesn't.
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Dun worry abt it much, keep doing on what u hv been doing. One do what one can do.....
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"Scoreboard, When Animals Attack Edition: Bulls gore Knicks, 109-90. Bruins maul Rangers, 6-3. Panthers gobble Islanders, 5-3. Sharks sink Devils, 4-2."

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Sharing this for fun: when we were on our recent travels in Japan, and came across a large area map for the attraction or neighborhood where we were visiting, I'd snap a picture in case we needed to consult it later.

This wasn't really to scratch a social-media itch, but hey, here's a small collection of those snapshots.
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Clever.
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Laterally stiff and vertically compliant? Yikes! The recent few months of subfreezing temps probably didn't help either.
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+Shimano U.S.A. : these are '09 M076 mountain shoes, purchased from +Jenson USA in April 2010. I am not disgruntled, though if you're feeling generous I'd be happy to stress-test something newer.
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So, we had a bunch of sleet and freezing rain overnight into the morning here in NYC. Rain stopped coming down actively most of the way into my walk down to Columbus Circle, though, so I figured I'd take a crack at Citi Biking the rest of the way.

Pun intended -- the bikes were encased in a 3mm layer of ice. First photo taken after I'd deiced the handlebars, but not yet the twist shifter.

This was actually surprisingly unproblematic. The pedals needed finagling, though; only the side of them that had been facing down when the bike was parked had traction.
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+Heretic Monk Conditions on the roads were in fact perfectly rideable. Traffic through the morning was never heavy, but persistent enough to turn all accumulation into simple dampness, or at worst very light slush.

Protected bikelanes and greenways definitely wouldn't have been clear, but traffic was light enough that mixing in the traffic lanes wasn't a problem.
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The tandem was loaded a bit more heavily than usual for my ride home tonight. (Pictures taken earlier; I got everything home just fine.)

Not readily visible in the picture: three dozen eggs in the grocery bag pannier, and a quart of milk in a glass bottle in the closed-top one. Among other things.
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The tandem was loaded a bit more heavily than usual for my ride home tonight. (Pictures taken earlier; I got everything home just fine.)

Not readily visible in the picture: three dozen eggs in the grocery bag pannier, and a quart of milk in a glass bottle in the closed-top one. Among other things.
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The term of art is stoker, but yes. :-)
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I went here as part of an office outing with colleagues visiting from out of town, knowing that the restaurant had a reputation for being interesting, New York-ey (though not in an actual Chinatown sort of way), and good for groups. Service was fine and the decor is very striking. The food itself -- with the possible exception of Joe Ng's dim sum dishes, though -- does not aim for authentic Chinese flavors. Rather, it takes American/Americanized Chinese Restaurant recipes and executes them in an upscale setting. Generally, execution and ingredients are good, but it's American Chinese food executed reasonably well, and comes across as somewhat subdued overall. When we sat down, a colleague asked me if the restaurant is at all like a P.F. Chang's. I said "no, not really", and I stand by that, but the at the same time the experience isn't totally dissimilar to P.F. Chang's either.
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I grew up in Croton and visit my parents here on a pretty frequent basis. The Black Cow is a quality establishment and something interesting to go to/to do in a town that has a shortage of places to just hang out. Quality of the coffee is generally pretty good (certainly much better than Starbucks, probably not as good as, say, Oren's Daily Roast), atmosphere is good, chances of running into an acquaintance (for townies like me, at least) very good, etc. Full disclosure -- a friend from high school is one of the managers there.
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