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seedsbelize 04-06-20 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 21404066)
Same here. There isn’t a day that goes by that I think.... Today is a good day to generate a clown wig.

Wow! Me too. I thought I was the only one

seedsbelize 04-06-20 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404079)
It's sunny and beautiful out. After a stressful day at work, I went out for a local ride. It was perfect, except for one thing...

While riding through a new planned community, going approx the posted speed limit of 15MPH, I was overtaken/passed and nearly taken out by a van. I did have to move slightly away from the curb to avoid a nasty grate, but there was NO reason for the driver to overtake me since I was going the speed limit anyway, and I would estimate the rear mirror came within 6 inches of hitting me.

I did yell loudly at him afterwards and I did use a bad word, for which I am contrite. However, I am still quite angry and am wondering if I should write a letter to the CEO. It's a big company, prolly the biggest company based in Philadelphia and on the Fortune 50 list of biggest USA companies.

Should I write an angry letter, or just let it go? Cross-post in the Advocacy forum??

Write that letter. Taking a doctor out in these times would be unforgivable.

abshipp 04-06-20 04:25 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404101)
Stephen has a urinary blockage and is in the hospital for two days. $1,800. But he’s worth it.

:hug: Get better Stephen!

Trsnrtr 04-06-20 04:28 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21404039)
Back from the dentist. Crown installed. Kitchen re-stocked again(because I was out anyway). Picked up a couple things at the hdwe store(not uptown)(lucky), to help in finishing the water line project. Uptown closed up at noon, except for farmacies and food( I scored a couple bottles of gel at the farmacy :bday:). And now I hope to self-isolate for at least a couple weeks. We still await the first case in our little town of ten thousand.
38°C

My wife had an emergency visit to the dentist this morning after she lost a filling last night. The dentist put a temporary filling in but said it has to have a crown later after things calm down a little.

Bah Humbug 04-06-20 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404101)
Stephen has a urinary blockage and is in the hospital for two days. $1,800. But he’s worth it.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a7fc15768.jpeg

Poor kitty. But lucky you're taking care of him. Fingers crossed it goes as with my poor Toby, who was fine then for many more happy years.

Jadesfire 04-06-20 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21404124)
:hug: Get better Stephen!

+1. Feel better soon.

indyfabz 04-06-20 04:58 PM

Thanks. Got a voicemail. He’s doing fine but they saw some stuff on the X-ray. Can’t tell if it’s grit or stones. The latter may require surgery. A ($200) ultrasound may be able to tell the difference. They will call again tomorrow.

Velo Vol 04-06-20 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404079)
Should I write an angry letter, or just let it go? Cross-post in the Advocacy forum??

Maybe a couple years ago this Goodwill truck pulled up to the light I was standing at and someone inside started unloading profanities at me for no discernible reason. wut

I tweeted about it, tagging the local branch. Someone replied and I gave them more details. Don't know if the driver ever heard anything, but I felt heard.

That said, I'm not sure directing a letter to the CEO is the best avenue to addressing the driver (maybe a local office?) unless it's 100% venting.

datlas 04-06-20 05:18 PM

Here is a cut/paste of my email. I hope it's strong enough without making me seem like a French shower.
-----

Dear Mr Roberts:

I would like to bring to your attention (or to your designee) an unfortunate situation that occurred today, April 6, 2020.

I was riding my bicycle on Atwater Drive near the intersection of Atwater Drive and Quarry Point Rd in Malvern, Pa at precisely 4:15PM. The posted speed limit is 15MPH, and I was riding at about this speed. One of your “Comcast” repair vans was behind me, and overtook/passed me in a VERY unsafe manner, it came within a few inches of hitting me. That’s despite me going the 15MPH speed limit. So not only did the driver pass me dangerously, but also clearly went well over the posted speed limit in doing so.

I do want to apologize to the driver of the van for my loud and angry response. It was a very scary and emotional moment for me, so I did hurl a loud verbal insult. I raised my voice so I do expect the driver heard me. I am sorry about my language.

Nevertheless, he/she drove in a VERY unsafe and dangerous manner which was very upsetting to me. The state law requires a driver give a 4 foot berth when passing a cyclist.

My hope is that my apology gets passed on to the driver, but also that it stimulates a “teachable moment” not only to your driver as an individual, but also to your entire fleet. We all must share the road as safely as possible. I don’t want the driver to get any type of punishment or reprimand, but a gentle reminder would be appreciated. I am sure the driver saw me as I was wearing a very high-visibility yellow/black jersey and also had a bright rear blinking light.

Regards,

Douglas Atlas
Malvern PA

LAJ 04-06-20 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404203)
Here is a cut/paste of my email. I hope it's strong enough without making me seem like a French shower.
-----

Dear Mr Roberts:

I would like to bring to your attention (or to your designee) an unfortunate situation that occurred today, April 6, 2020.

I was riding my bicycle on Atwater Drive near the intersection of Atwater Drive and Quarry Point Rd in Malvern, Pa at precisely 4:15PM. The posted speed limit is 15MPH, and I was riding at about this speed. One of your “Comcast” repair vans was behind me, and overtook/passed me in a VERY unsafe manner, it came within a few inches of hitting me. That’s despite me going the 15MPH speed limit. So not only did the driver pass me dangerously, but also clearly went well over the posted speed limit in doing so.

I do want to apologize to the driver of the van for my loud and angry response. It was a very scary and emotional moment for me, so I did hurl a loud verbal insult. I raised my voice so I do expect the driver heard me. I am sorry about my language.

Nevertheless, he/she drove in a VERY unsafe and dangerous manner which was very upsetting to me. The state law requires a driver give a 4 foot berth when passing a cyclist.

My hope is that my apology gets passed on to the driver, but also that it stimulates a “teachable moment” not only to your driver as an individual, but also to your entire fleet. We all must share the road as safely as possible. I don’t want the driver to get any type of punishment or reprimand, but a gentle reminder would be appreciated. I am sure the driver saw me as I was wearing a very high-visibility yellow/black jersey and also had a bright rear blinking light.

Regards,

Douglas Atlas
Malvern PA

Not even close to ******y. Very nice.

datlas 04-06-20 05:55 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 21404253)
Not even close to ******y. Very nice.

Thanks. The chance that anything comes of this is low, but at least I got it off my chest.

BTW what I yelled at the driver was "FOUR FEET, *******! FOUR FEET!!"

edit: ass hole
commentary: you can say ass, you can say hole, you can say ass hole....but you can't say *******?

indyfabz 04-06-20 06:03 PM

Anyone else see that the actress who played Mrs. Kintner in “Jaws!” died of the virus? She was 91. “You knew, and still you did nothing. And now my boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.” How topical.

LAJ 04-06-20 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21404124)
:hug: Get better Stephen!

This!

WhyFi 04-06-20 06:07 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404257)
BTW what I yelled at the driver was "FOUR FEET, *******! FOUR FEET!!"

I've had what I have dubbed the "THREE FEET, *******!" conversation with drivers, too.

LesterOfPuppets 04-06-20 06:11 PM

Well, I guess I should send out another round of resumés. Gonna get too hot here any day now. I haven't sent any out lately since I got put on the short list for a County gig in Washington state. They said to be patient because of the Rona it'll be a bit til they get back in to the hiring process.

Totally thankful the current job has the work-from-home option, and they sound like they're open to long term remote workers, so there's a slight chance I could work anywhere as long as I have good internet. Since neither of those are confirmed I'm thinking I should scout out more options.

Velo Vol 04-06-20 06:12 PM

Comcast goes by Xfinity, here.

LesterOfPuppets 04-06-20 06:15 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404101)
Stephen has a urinary blockage and is in the hospital for two days. $1,800. But he’s worth it.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a7fc15768.jpeg


OMG, two day stay. Pobre gato.

Bah Humbug 04-06-20 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404275)
Anyone else see that the actress who played Mrs. Kintner in “Jaws!” died of the virus? She was 91. “You knew, and still you did nothing. And now my boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.” How topical.

Sad. Speaking of topical stuff, while consuming old ("old" - couple years old) media this past week I came across two references to bobbing for apples. Think that's pretty much deader'n disco now?

kissTheApex 04-06-20 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404079)
It's sunny and beautiful out. After a stressful day at work, I went out for a local ride. It was perfect, except for one thing...

While riding through a new planned community, going approx the posted speed limit of 15MPH, I was overtaken/passed and nearly taken out by a van. I did have to move slightly away from the curb to avoid a nasty grate, but there was NO reason for the driver to overtake me since I was going the speed limit anyway, and I would estimate the rear mirror came within 6 inches of hitting me.

I did yell loudly at him afterwards and I did use a bad word, for which I am contrite. However, I am still quite angry and am wondering if I should write a letter to the CEO. It's a big company, prolly the biggest company based in Philadelphia and on the Fortune 50 list of biggest USA companies.

Should I write an angry letter, or just let it go? Cross-post in the Advocacy forum??

That kind of behavior deserves a nastygram. I think you should write it.

EDIT: I saw that you already drafted it.

kissTheApex 04-06-20 06:28 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404101)
Stephen has a urinary blockage and is in the hospital for two days. $1,800. But he’s worth it.

:hug:

MoAlpha 04-06-20 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21404180)
Thanks. Got a voicemail. He’s doing fine but they saw some stuff on the X-ray. Can’t tell if it’s grit or stones. The latter may require surgery. A ($200) ultrasound may be able to tell the difference. They will call again tomorrow.

He's on my long and lengthening list of...beings to hold in the Light these days.

MoAlpha 04-06-20 06:31 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21404203)
Here is a cut/paste of my email. I hope it's strong enough without making me seem like a French shower.
-----

Dear Mr Roberts:

I would like to bring to your attention (or to your designee) an unfortunate situation that occurred today, April 6, 2020.

I was riding my bicycle on Atwater Drive near the intersection of Atwater Drive and Quarry Point Rd in Malvern, Pa at precisely 4:15PM. The posted speed limit is 15MPH, and I was riding at about this speed. One of your “Comcast” repair vans was behind me, and overtook/passed me in a VERY unsafe manner, it came within a few inches of hitting me. That’s despite me going the 15MPH speed limit. So not only did the driver pass me dangerously, but also clearly went well over the posted speed limit in doing so.

I do want to apologize to the driver of the van for my loud and angry response. It was a very scary and emotional moment for me, so I did hurl a loud verbal insult. I raised my voice so I do expect the driver heard me. I am sorry about my language.

Nevertheless, he/she drove in a VERY unsafe and dangerous manner which was very upsetting to me. The state law requires a driver give a 4 foot berth when passing a cyclist.

My hope is that my apology gets passed on to the driver, but also that it stimulates a “teachable moment” not only to your driver as an individual, but also to your entire fleet. We all must share the road as safely as possible. I don’t want the driver to get any type of punishment or reprimand, but a gentle reminder would be appreciated. I am sure the driver saw me as I was wearing a very high-visibility yellow/black jersey and also had a bright rear blinking light.

Regards,

Douglas Atlas
Malvern PA

Perfect. I generally put "MD" on that sort of thing, but maybe that's stupid.

MoAlpha 04-06-20 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21404285)
I've had what I have dubbed the "THREE FEET, *******!" conversation with drivers, too.

I have it often. Reaction is 30% roll up window and ignore, 30% jump ugly, 30% defensive: "I didn't see you and you shouldn't be riding here anyway," and 10% abjectly apologetic.

LesterOfPuppets 04-06-20 06:41 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21404334)
Perfect. I generally put "MD" on that sort of thing, but maybe that's stupid.

I was surprised there was no MD
​or whatever set of letters datlas has. :)

seedsbelize 04-06-20 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21402111)
One more discovery was made today. If I don't kill myself working outside in the first half of the day, I can skip the nap and continue to be productive through the afternoon.
Woo woo
And it sure doesn't feel like Sunday. Feels like Tuesday

datlas Preoccupied much? I left this hanging there for you.....


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