October 16th, 2008

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My encounter with Super Squirrel!

I went for a bike ride on the bike trail this morning before work. The bike trail is next to the river, and there are many, many squirrels. Most of them are grey and thus hard to see in the interplay of tree shadows and the morning light.

I was past the halfway point and heading back, through an area with lots of trees and bushes, when I saw a grey streak out of the corner of my eye. It was a squirrel, on a vector to cross the trail.

It ran alongside for a split second then tried to go across. *Through* my front bike wheel.

There was a *ping* sound as it bounced off the spokes, and then it was catapulted up into the air by my side.

At that point, everything went in slow motion. Me, going 15+ miles per hour, looking at a squirrel hovering three feet off the ground next to me. The squirrel looking at me while reaching for anything it could grab. Me saying "Holy C---".

Then the squirrel hit the ground and scampered off, hopefully none the worse for the experience.

I think word got out to the squirrel network, as the rest of the ride squirrels kept trying to cut in front of the bike. But this time I saw them and slowed down.

Thank goodness the squirrel didn't make it into my wheel. Because it would have died and I would have catapulted over the handlebars when the bike came to a screeching squirrel-caused halt.

So, overall, it was the best ending one could hope for. Woke me up, that's for sure!
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When You Campaign with Hate, then Hate Is Your Campaign

The whole appearance in this election of inflammatory rhetoric and hatemongering among crowds and speakers makes me tremendously sad. Because it has far-ranging and long-lasting consequences.

Here in Sacramento, we've had evidence of those consequences as seen in recent events described in the following Sacramento Bee article:

Material linking Obama to Bin Laden removed from Sacramento GOP Web site. I note that the headline for the article when it was in the paper was "Attack on Obama removed from Net" (the "Bin Laden Link" is the least of the nasty stuff).

The article mentions inflammatory rhetoric used on a political party website, and racist graffiti scrawled on an "OBAMA" sign on a fence facing Fair Oaks Blvd, a main street. The street and fence are near my home, and on the way from my house to the high school. I saw the graffiti Tuesday morning, while driving back from the fitness center. I note that the very large McCain/Palin sign a quarter mile down the road was not vandalized.

And, of course, there's the racist "Monkey Man" who made an appearance at a recent McCain/Palin rally: The Obama Monkey Man.

Here's a nice opinion column about the effects of the fearmongering used on the GOP website mentioned in the above article: Marcos Bretón: Sacramento GOP puts politics of fear on display.

Keith Olbermann goes after the hatemongering as well: Keith Olbermann rips John McCain Sarah Palin Racist Rallies! (link via matociquala.

There's plenty of room to talk issues and opinions in this election, without having to resort to the kind of hateful crap demonstrated above. It just makes me ill.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 09:56 after surviving an attack from SuperSquirrel during my bike ride (more on that later on the LJ), I settle into work meetings. #
  • 12:26 My bike trail encounter with Super Squirrel is on the LJ (jeffsoesbe.livejournal.com) #
  • 12:28 I think McCain learned debate tactics from The Penguin: tinyurl.com/3lnxqs (taken from avocadovpx and krylyr) #
  • 12:29 finished up the lunch sandwich, now it's prep for teaching math contest club #
  • 15:36 back from math contest club, doing work! #
  • 17:14 off to college night at the high school! #
  • 21:03 talking for 3 hours at college night, in a loud, crowded gym, really takes it out of you. #
  • 21:04 @matociquala I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. #
  • 23:20 there's just too much late-night eating going on for me to believe I can dump weight. the soup was good, though. #
  • 23:41 The Al Smith dinner (via DianePatterson) is very funny #
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