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2 for 1 Rant Thursday 
10th-Aug-2006 12:27 pm
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Scottish Gas: feck off.

We aren't using the gas. At all. At All. AT ALL. Clear enough? Stop sending the hate-mail bills. I've been in the house when ybunny's called you on two occasions explaining that. I've called you myself today, because it's not nice to threaten people with the police, warrents, and £250 in penalties for something not being use.

Yes, we will eventually have gas central heating and mayhap a gas cooker. At present, all we have is one pipe, connected to nothing, in the hall closet.

I know that this is at least the third time you've used these scare tactics on us, it makes me want to stay with electric. At least their meter man is friendly.




2.

Aberdeen drivers: feck off.

There's a reason for that wee orange-y red box at traffic lights. Bicycles.

Don't edge forward onto them while the light's red, don't try to nudge the bicycles that are waiting on them when the light's amber, don't try to run over bicycles that might be still in them when the light's green.

I admit, cycling when it is windy and rainy was not perhaps the best idea. However, when I left the house, it was clear and still. I'm putting out maximum effort to keep going forward in a head wind. All you're doing is pressing down your foot. Let's think about who should wait for whom...especially when it will only cost you 30 seconds.

Oh, and thanks for giving me the fingers as I tried to turn into Rose St. and not cycle into three unloading lorries and a granny jaywalking. I'd be madder about you sideswiping me, but you almost hit her in your fit of 'cars own the road'. I'd watch myself if I were you. Old ladies have lethal handbags at times.
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10th-Aug-2006 11:36 am (UTC)
i kept getting mail from a company called xoserve, somewhere down in england, cos they thought I had an unregistered gas meter. I rang them ages ago and explained that yes, there is gas to the property, but no, there is no meter as one hasn't been installed yet. everything was fine for 6 months then it started again.

Re: cycling. Start wearing chainmail gauntlets while cycling, you should be able to panic them a little when you smack their window, or their paintwork. I had someone try to run me into the pavement (high kerbstone) one time in Lancaster. He soon shifted over when I smacked his passenger window hard with my gloved hand. Could also have had something to do with the bikelock curled around my arm and padlock in the palm :)
10th-Aug-2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Bicycle bulllies need to die. That's right, I said it. We have them around here as well, though they think it is their right to bully because we don't usually have marked areas for the bikes on roads.

I used to ride constantly in Chicago, mind you that might have had something to do with being younger, but then I moved to Tennessee and it wasn't safe to ride unless you go to a park or similar.
10th-Aug-2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
I ride in Boston, and have developed a look for cars trying to take my right of way, especially in traffic circles/roundabouts. It's frustrating, though, to see how many bicyclists ignore all traffic laws; makes it harder on everyone.
10th-Aug-2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
I tease ybunny because he's an absolute termagent about keeping the traffic laws while on his bike. I've learned to keep them strictly because he does.

I do make two exceptions: I ride on the pavement/sidewalk on the wide parts of King St. (that's how most of the lorrie make their way through town) to keep from being run over inadvertantly and I will sometimes cheat on the end of the pedestrian's green light to keep out of the way of the cars.

I do know that it's scary to keep to the traffic laws on roundabouts with a bike. I'm always scared I'll get stuck in the inside lane. Eep.

Last time I was in Boston there was roadworks evah-ree-where. Do you have a lot of trouble with punctures?
10th-Aug-2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who's also very strict about traffic laws, and I've picked it up from him, more than I did on my own. On the other hand, armed with that, I don't shy away from as many routes, either :-). And for the most part, I've had good luck with it.

I don't have many punctures*, but I don't use my bike for transportation as much as exercise, and I assiduously avoid bad pavement, since I'm on skinny racing tires, so I feel every bump quite personally.


* You're assimilating; Yanks would say flats :-)
10th-Aug-2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
quite personally (has anyone ever told you that you're hilarious? :D )

Yeah, I'm assimilating, it's rather like living amongst the Borg. :)
10th-Aug-2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
*grin*

At least they're Borg who know how to make tea :-)
10th-Aug-2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
As a cyclist, you don't need to use the inside lane on roundabouts at all. You can stick to the left, but signal right as you cross exits to show you're not leaving the roundabout.

(You probably know this, but I wasn't quite sure from what you wrote.)
10th-Aug-2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
It depends on the roundabout, as I'm sure you know. The biggest one on the way to school has a lane that strips off, pretty much forcing you to go to the inside lane if you want to go to the school instead of Berryden.

But, yeah, on the smaller ones, I just stay to the left. :)

I'm very confusing when I write, so I'm always glad when anyone asks instead of just thinking I'm nuts. :)
10th-Aug-2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
I just hate inconsiderate drivers and these days there are SO many of them, who ignore both cyclists and pedestrians who have as much right to be on the road/pavement as they do. grrrr.
10th-Aug-2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
as far as the bill goes. they know that I have a meter and that it is connected. which means they must send me an estimate every quarter,which means I've got to phone them up and tell them my meter is reading zero. they then send me another bill saying I owe them nothing.
it's a pain ni the bum but untill we acctually start using the gas, i don't think there is anything that can be done about it.
10th-Aug-2006 06:25 pm (UTC) - well..
you just threw this story out of the bathwater
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/4780293.stm

10th-Aug-2006 08:40 pm (UTC) - Re: well..
Oh, I love Aberdeen and I'm definitely happy to be here.

I'd just like to see a little more consideration of cyclists. I think it's a widespread problem, but I can only address Aberdeen since I've never cycled anywhere else in the UK.

Thanks for the link, by the way. :)
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