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Posted on March 18 at 7:32 a.m.
As one who rides (solo) almost every day of the year in Santa Barbara, I just want to say thank you to alllll the considerate drivers on our roads.
I've pedaled in many many spots around the world, and the Santa Barbara drivers are by far the best toward cyclists, so huge thanks.
And to all the riders, pleaseeeeee don't ruin this relationship by blasting through red lights and stop signs. While you expect a driver to safely pass you, please return the respect to them by stopping then you are supposed to stop. Especially fixies. Every time you blast through red lights on State St etc, you put a ding in what it perhaps the best car/bike relationship in the country.
As for the packs and a driver stuck behind, while frustrating, it does only take perhaps a minute or two of your 100± years of life, whereas getting angry and passing when its too close/dangerous could take an entire life from someone, so please be patient, it's no different than getting stuck waiting for a train or red light, but feels different because you have someone to blame.
Other than that, huge thanks to every driver who has passed me giving me plenty of room on the road after waiting until it was safe. My five and a half year old boy expects me to return home after a ride, and you make it possible. Thank you. - AB in SB on Laguna St
On Bike Riders and Car Drivers Could Communicate Better
Posted on June 26 at 11:44 a.m.
Bali sees 11 inches of rain a month. San Joaquin Valley sees less than 5 to 15 inches a year. Who is the Einstein that decided this was a good place to grow rice?- AB in SB
On City Customers Not Saving Water During Drought
Posted on April 6 at 9:19 a.m.
In poor countries, people riot for human rights. In rich countries, people riot for self-entitlement. - AB in SB
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
Posted on October 31 at 7:09 p.m.
You can debate all you want between bananas and coal plants etc, but the truth is out there, and it's not hard to find.
This article spells it out from a well-seasoned sailor who made the journey from Oz to Hawaii via the Fukushima fallout....
On Radioactive Fallout from Fukushima
Posted on October 31 at 7:07 p.m.
Posted on February 25 at 11:47 a.m.
Sad to see such a pretty town made so ugly again and again. Been living in SouthEastAsia past couple years, and violence like this is almost 0. So nice it was to cruise around without a worry. -AB in SB
On Stabbing on West Arrellaga
Posted on March 26 at 9:16 a.m.
I live in Bali, and this island is completely destroyed from plastics. The ocean is spewing bags on to the sand, completely covering beaches all over Bali. The rivers, you can see the high water line, as it's an endless string of red and black and clear plastic bags caught in the tree limbs. Irrigation canals, full and bubbling over in plastics. And the air, burning plastic everywhere, creating Dioxin, 50,000 times more toxic than the #2 most toxic airborne chemical. Plastic shouldn't be banned in SB. It should be banned worldwide. But, f it. As it's too late. The oceans are already stuffed to the gills, and the developing worlds are tossing like mad, so whatever SB does won't make a difference. - AB in Bali and Santa Barbara
On The plastic bag ban now being crafted by the City of Santa Barbara
Posted on November 18 at 7:01 a.m.
Why do people who will never ever meet (see above, and just about every comment section of any major paper) get in fights? -AB in SB and Bali
On One Killed, One Injured in Lower Eastside Fire
Posted on October 10 at 5:31 p.m.
$140/4 hours..if you dance every minute of the night, it's 58 cents a minute. Better be a damn good dancer. -AB in SB
On Motown Downtown
Posted on October 10 at 6:56 a.m.
Harley, great articles. As one who is not so interested in economics but a core sociologist, you put a sociological spin on the economics that makes the whole thing super enjoyable and educational.
In these moments of change you describe, is it sort of like abandoning the timing of running races. You still have winners and losers, one runner strong than another in a specific race, but no perspective to runners in other races or in the evolution of the event. Today's runners may well be way slower (read weaker currency) than yesterday's, you'll never know. - AB in Santa Barbara and Bali
On The End of the Gold Standard