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    So...prank headed to a youtube channel near you...

    So...prank headed to a youtube channel near you or mental illness? Sounds like the soldier handled it like a professional.
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    What do you want to use the bike for? If it's...

    What do you want to use the bike for? If it's mainly for riding on roads or paved trails then those tires and front suspension -- as well the overall bike weight, no doubt -- will waste lots of your...
  3. I think it's telling that Milloy is one of the...

    I think it's telling that Milloy is one of the few remaining really senior people at the Post. My interpretation is that it's because he's a natural at the only thing that really matters at that...
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    Twenty years ago my accent and tendency towards...

    Twenty years ago my accent and tendency towards "creative" pronunciations made me the target of some constant teasing from a grad-school professor. I exacerbated the situation considerably by...
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    He always took a lot of care to not interfere...

    He always took a lot of care to not interfere with the riders. Alas you can't say that about many of his imitators or those engaging in this insipid new fad of taking selfies with oncoming riders.
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    I sometimes practice maintaining three bike...

    I sometimes practice maintaining three bike lengths since that's the rule in most triathlons. It's a surprisingly difficult skill to master, especially on the lumpy Custis.
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    I'll violate my vow to myself to avoid these...

    I'll violate my vow to myself to avoid these threads. Everything you say is quite reasonable and I personally think the solution to this will come with market developments more than anything....
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    Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere and I...

    Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere and I missed it. The daily counter is stuck on zero.
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    So what's your read on the "beginner" races that...

    So what's your read on the "beginner" races that I see listed on some events. (Most don't have rookie races though as you noted DCCX does.) They're listed as Cat 4/5. Now you couldn't pay me to race...
  10. We live in a federal system. Local governments...

    We live in a federal system. Local governments don't have the power to require automobiles to use the kind of technology you're suggesting. Even if was legal it sure wouldn't be practical. (The...
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    Yes

    Yes
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    I suspect drivers drive onto trails for more...

    I suspect drivers drive onto trails for more often than cyclists get on highways like 66 and 395.
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    And now another at 3rd & E Sts, NW. Crikey.

    And now another at 3rd & E Sts, NW. Crikey.
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    Multiple Car Bike Collisions Today

    Sheesh. I hope everyone's okay. My tweeter feed shows three cyclists hit today:

    Viers Mill and Reedie Drive
    Darnestown Rd & Glen Mill Rd
    Mass Ave & 34th St NW.
  15. I've interacted professionally with the Secret...

    I've interacted professionally with the Secret Service a LOT over the last ten years. This mostly includes circumstances where they aren't on a security detail, but I also frequently have business in...
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    I'm in that area a lot and bike there often,...

    I'm in that area a lot and bike there often, though I avoid Lee Highway there on a bike other than to cross it. It's not a single lane road, no. In many places in fact it's a divided highway of...
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    Hah! John Barrett Townsend II perhaps.

    Hah! John Barrett Townsend II perhaps.
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    I had the exact opposite reaction. Driving 93 MPH...

    I had the exact opposite reaction. Driving 93 MPH on those roads is something akin to attempted murder in my book. Three days in jail and a year's suspended license would have been more like it.
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    Hey there's always AARP which I'm now [cough]...

    Hey there's always AARP which I'm now [cough] eligible to join. It's funny, for over 20 years now I've done lectures on why people join interest groups and AAA is a big part of it. I always ask who...
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    Does anyone here have experience with Better...

    Does anyone here have experience with Better World?
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    I wonder if part of a solution to what dasgeh...

    I wonder if part of a solution to what dasgeh raises with complex intersection and that jrenaut raises with pedestrians and with the Idaho stop issue generally is far wider spread use of...
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    It's imperfect, sure, and I can name some other...

    It's imperfect, sure, and I can name some other examples where it gets really crazy. But if you know the system you really can get by fine sans map of whatever flavor. My son is about as...
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    Thanks for doing that. I've been bunny hopping...

    Thanks for doing that. I've been bunny hopping that joint for so long I don't even think about it anymore and never thought to report it. But you're right, it could grab someone, especially in dim...
  24. Perhaps bridge to nowhere is the wrong descriptor...

    Perhaps bridge to nowhere is the wrong descriptor as it has developed into something useful. "Ad hoc" bridge perhaps because it was there not put there with the intent of actually doing anything with...
  25. This is an aside but the area has a second bridge...

    This is an aside but the area has a second bridge to nowhere with a funnyish (as in groan worthy) back story. (At least it's the story I've been told by more than one former Fairfax official.) On...
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