Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Verve of some people

I was cruising the blogroll tonight and found a nice article on The Minus Car Project from the great state of South Dakota. Kerry Hacecky (Kerry.Hacecky@usd.edu), assistant Editor of VolanteOnline.com ("The Official Voice of the University of South Dakota since 1887") wrote a lovely article about sharing the planet with her fellow human beings. Here's an excerpt:

I may be wrong, but I don't think I'm the only one who wants to run over the fellow on the bike riding in front of my car down Clark Street. See that sidewalk to your right buddy? Yeah, that's where you belong.

On my way to class the other day I got stuck behind one biker peddling away, hand signals and all. It got ugly. That biker who was too fast to bike on the sidewalk rolls right through the stop sign. It was then that I had had it. Buddy, if you're going to ride in the street (which you shouldn't) you have to stop at that sign too. Red means stop. Wait, maybe you didn't take driver's ed either.

Next time I see one of those guys go through a stop sign, I'm going to follow them and run them over. I'll even give them a hand signal. You know which one I mean.

The Complete "story" can be found here.

Wow. I have so many things to say. But the one that comes to mind immediately is that she might want to consider not relying on spell check quite so much. While spell check accepts peddling as a perfectly valid word, it makes no sense in this context. Peddling is to sell wares, as in something a travelling salesman would do. I believe the word she was looking for is pedaling. An assistant editor should know better. Or perhaps I'm wrong. The cyclist may have been peddling wares as they were pedaling down the street. It is South Dakota, after all.

Date: April 18
Mileage: 25
Ride type: Commute
April mileage: 265
Year to date mileage: 969


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stupid said...

It's funny that they don't allow comments to the article. I was ready to e-mail her with some of my thoughts on the subject, but thought that there was no way she would understand and would probably take the e-mail message as a personal attack.

On the other hand, I hope someone explains the error of her thinking. It would best be from a friend or family member of hers, so that there is a personal connection.

The thing is... she may be joking, but in that joke is some insight as to how she thinks, and it give others validation to what they may be simerily(sp) thinking.

Oh... and I don't know what car seats have to do with anything you've written. heh-heh.


annie said...

Tee hee. I'm glad I'm not the only one that saw that and got annoyed. I may be a nerd, but at least I have company.... ;-)

the old bag said...


I'm embarrassed. Thought about blasting something back about withdrawing my alumni $$$ pledge, but since I didn't pledge anything....

filtersweep said...

The article was so poorly written that why even bother. I couldn't tell if it was a lame attempt at parody or not- so poor that she probably has enough instant karma as it is.

Pete said...

I did send her an e-mail the same night I posted this. Her response was that this was a parody/humor piece. But she was very gracious about the feedback, so that gives her points in my book.