Sorry, I've been exhausted, and replied to the list. Gina's gotten a
very nice job in a horrible location and is driving 32 miles each
way, getting up at 4:30am to avoid traffic. The commute leaves her
completely drained, and life is pretty dull. During the weekend she
bicycles most places and livens up a little, but she's barely herself
anymore. Hopes to bail out after a year or about 5 more months.
I've started a small business making formal cut bicycle knickers of
my own design, so people who want to engage in transportational
bicycling will not feel that the only choice is to look like a geek
or a slob. It has been an education as I have no previous experience
in the rag trade. I do have experience in the Internet, and have
actually gone into profit with pre-production orders. I have some
other designs in mind--all oriented towards transportational cycling--
and if it takes off as a business I might be able to devote more time
to carfree activism.
Meanwhile, my mother, who is physically healthy, is impaired enough
in memory that she no longer leaves her property, and has come to
believe that she has no bills because she is retired. I've hired
someone to stay with her three days a week but am running her entire
financial life. I assume you are returning to the US to take care of
your folks, and I know the sort of thing that entails now. Yours
appear to be mentally competent so that helps, but it's still time-
Two friends of mine were recently injured on their bicycles, one by
an intentional hit-and-run that the police refused to pursue despite
the testimony of witnesses in a Jeep who had chased the culprit and
gotten a license number and description; a concerted campaign of
phone calls and letters by LA bike activists got the ball rolling.
Another friend was hit-and-run by another bicyclist, and left with a
broken arm and paltry insurance. Both women. And with the holiday
frenzy upon us LA's already imbecilic drivers become downright
Anyway, feel free to call or write to blow off steam or to ask for
any help I might be able to render at a distance. And be strong.