06/26/17 – Safe Bicycle Riding


Safe Bicycle Riding

There are a lot of bicycles on the roads and sidewalks, so if you ride a bicycle or drive a car, this is some helpful information.

I like the advice about not riding your bike on a sidewalk faster than the pedestrians.  I don’t know how many times I have experienced some fool coming up 15 to 20 mph behind me, who screams “left”.  I don’t know if he means “my left” or “my other left”.  Most of us can’t tell our “left” from our “right”, without a bit of thought.

Anyway, I received this in the mail recently from Royal Oak’s excellent police department.  Our city is fortunate to have such an outstanding group of officers serving the community.  This is just one more thing they are doing to make Royal Oak, safe for bicycle riders. 


Honor Thy Temple

“To eat is a necessity,

but to eat intelligently is an art.”

Source: François de La Rochefoucauld

What a classy way to say avoid mindless eating.


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

The above is true on a number of levels


Getting Along with Others

Want to know what a person values, watch how they use their time.

Oh, and remember we all get 24 hours each day.



Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In chapter 48 of my book I talk about the importance of travel and especially travel to places you have never been before, so that you look at things somewhat through the eyes of a child (i.e., for the first time)

While recently in Nova Scotia for the first time, both Carol and I were given membership in the Order of the Good Time.


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

In my case, this is so true.

A number of people who know me, have asked me who is ghost writing this blog.  The answer is that there are a lot of people writing this blog each week.  My own role is a very small one.


Off The Floor

by David Dellanave

Guess who is getting ready for the AWPC (Amateur World Powerlifting Congress) world competition this September.


I watched this movie before Johnny Depp joked about killing the President of the USA; otherwise, I would have skipped it. I was alive when President Kennedy was murdered and President Reagan was shot.  I think celebrities have a responsibility to not incite the fools in our population to commit horrible acts.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Critics Consensus: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise’s murky bilge. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)



By The Beatles

LAST WEEK’S POLL –  Right Amount of Wrong

“Moderation in all things” is a famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraging people to avoid extremes.

Just the Right Amount of Wrong

Would Emerson approve of what appears in the Right Amount of Wrong video?

40% – Yes

30% – Never

30% – Maybe

Do you approve of what appears in the Right Amount of Wrong video?

73% – Yes

18% – No

 9% – Maybe

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Jokes About Killing a Sitting USA President

Kathy Griffin and Johnny Depp are two of the latest celebrities to joke about killing the President of the USA.  


Halifax Citadel

I was so impressed with my tour of the Halifax Citadel that I thought I just wanted to share a bit of the experience with any of you that would be interested.  We did see the changing of the guard,  firing of the Noon Cannon, as was well as a rifle firing exhibition, great tour at no charge



Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Captain Picard is a master of diplomacy and debate who resolves seemingly intractable issues between multiple, sometimes implacable parties with a Solomon-like wisdom. Though such resolutions are usually peaceful, Picard is also shown using his remarkable tactical cunning in situations when it is required. Picard has a fondness for detective stories, Shakespearean drama, and archeology. He is frequently shown drinking Earl Grey tea and issuing the order, “Make it so”. (Source: Wikipedia)


This actually works


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18 thoughts on “06/26/17 – Safe Bicycle Riding

  1. I didn’t know Johnny joked about killing Trump. It’s kind of tasteless, in my opinion. He was chosen, so let him be president. (Of course that’s easy for me to say, but if you don’t like Trump as a president, there’s other ways to get rid of him without having to murder him).

    My father would love this week’s music of the week, Bill. He used to be Beatles nut head, haha. Even got send home from school one day for copying their hair style :’)

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    • Thanks very much Samantha for commenting and I have been a fan of Johnny Depp for a long time. I wish he and the other celebrities would simply stick to their craft or at least offer positions other than character assassination or worse yet actual assassinations.

      That Beatles hairstyle was adopted by many 🙂

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  2. Bill, thank you so much for posting the tips on safe cycling! I know people who have been in serious biking accidents. Those that survived were wearing a helmet. The person that did not was strolling on his bike to go to get some coffee and slipped on gravel. No helmet left him with a concussion and he was gone far too soon. Even if you are in a hurry, or feel like you look like a dork, please wear your helmet. You’ll look better than if you end up in a casket because you didn’t use it.

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  3. Hi Wm.! Eek that Rotton Tomatoes quote about the latest Pirates movie makes me glad I didn’t spend my hard-earned money going to see it in the theater 😉 Regarding bicycles, they’re not allowed on sidewalks here at all. I appreciate when the bicyclists ding their bell and say “on your left” but sometimes it scares me!!

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    • Actually, I didn’t think the movie was that bad and it was great to see Goffery Rush back and no matter how lame Capt. Jack is played, I still get a kick out of it. But, I definitely understand what the critics are saying and I thought Capt. Jack just wasn’t up to speed.

      I know what you are saying about bicycles coming up behind you. I really liked the rule of not riding any faster than the pedestrians.

      As always thank you so much for commenting. Your comments are very encouraging and I appreciate it very much.


  4. I liked the piece on the Beatles. Loved Revolution and the other songs. I have a beach body also exactly like you stated. Lol A friend of mine took a spill on her bike because a dog came up and tried to jump on her so she crashed. Luckily didn’t get seriously hurt but it could have been bad. Always enjoy reading your blog, Bill.


  5. Thanks for sharing the Halifax videos. I really need to go there one of these days. I also like the Richard Dean Anderson sites of him being on various talk shows. I never knew he existed until this past January when I was looking at T.V. and saw the “Macgyver” series. I am hooked on him. Hope he comes back in the Fall.

    Love the joke this week. Just need a body and a beach. Get all wet, them roll in the sand and now you have a beach on the body. Ha, Ha ,Ha !


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