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Monday, March 22, 2010
  What Is It About Congress...

That turns adults into twelve year olds with piss poor manners? I'm just saying, an august (august definition - Noble, venerable, majestic, awe-inspiring, often of the highest social class) body such as Congress, shouldn't have people screaming nasty things out of turn.

Yes, I understand there is a level of frustration, but there's always been debate in politics, and to scream out "You Lie," or "Babykiller" is slanderous and childish (it's the adult version of sticking your tongue out at someone). I went in search of information to find out how rare it is for outbursts in Congress and found this article. which, makes it seem like debate in Congress was more of a contact sport in the old days...

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
  New Address

The new address for this blog is transplant.transplantathlete.com. Please note there is no "www" before the address it is strictly transplant.transplantathlete.com. Thanks.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
  Blogger Behin The Scenes

Google, in it's infinite wisdom has decided to no longer support FTP. They have lots of good reasons not to; the protocol is over 30 years old, which in internet years (like dog years) is over 210. The problem is, like nearly a million other people using blogger, all of my blogs are published using FTP. In order to continue publishing my blogs using blogger, I need to move them to Google servers. The process is complicated and the deadline is May 1. That means, as of May 1, there will be a new address for this and all my other blogs.
 
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  Viva LaHood

In a move long overdue, the Federal Department of Transportation will now consider cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists as equals on the road. Future road projects that utilize Federal funds should try to incorporate bike friendly and pedestrian friendly elements.

According to the article above, 43,000 pedestrians have died over the past ten years in collisions with cars. From some brief research, I've found that roughly 700 cyclists are killed each year in collisions with cars and another 40,000 cyclists are injured by collisions with cars EACH YEAR.

Of those cyclists I've known who have either been killed or injured by motorists, rarely has there been any kind of punishment for the careless motorist. Larry Schwartz - killed in 2003, his killer spent a 1/2 year in jail for leaving the scene of the accident. Dr. Breedlove - killed in 2005, killer was not prosecuted. I'm not sure what happened to the driver who killed Edie during the PACTour in 2001, but he was a recently retired man driving an RV, I doubt there was any prosecution. Of those cyclists I know who've been hit by cars and lived, not one motorist has been charged and some of those were pretty nasty crashes requiring hospitalization. The problem though in most of the nastier crashes was the driver fled the scene and was never found, it's tough to prosecute when you don't know who to go after. I guess that highlights another problem with motorist/cyclist collisions.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
  Your Daily Inspiration

I haven't felt like blogging lately. The truth is I have two really good days a week (Thursday and Saturday and sometimes Sunday) where I try to get as much done around the house as I can. I don't feel very inspirational.

To hear a story of someone truly inspirational go To The Moon & Back a story about local cyclist Dave Berning in Spokes Magazine. I remember meeting Dave a couple times on Chuck and Crista rides. I don't want to give away the surprising bits, but when Lance Armstrong was going through Chemotherapy, he tried to ride his bike once and got about a block down the street before he collapsed on the side of the road.

 
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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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