I am a good cyclist. I follow the rules. I signal. I wait my turn. I use the correct lanes and stay as close to the curb as I can. I don’t suddenly decide I’m a pedestrian and hop on the sidewalk or run a light. I don’t dart through traffic.

The thing is, Drivers, that if you want me to behave like a vehicle, you have to treat me like a vehicle. Respect my right of way at roundabouts and four way stops. Do not turn into me at T-intersections if I am going straight. Make room for me when I signal. Do not, under any circumstances, turn outside of me when I’m turning through an intersection, and check that I’m not by the curb when you turn left (or right, in North America). Stop assuming that because I’m small I can fit anywhere; if you turn into me – especially if you are a bus – you WILL crush every bone in my body. And if you don’t want me darting between cars, then don’t make me dart to avoid being hit by you.

Remember: I am infinitely more breakable than you are, and you are infinitely more liable.


It’s assignment-writing time, and therefore my writing juices are flowing and I’m yearning for my blog(s), yearning to procrastinate by writing about food and coffee and blues and anything but articles I read about medieval medicine three years ago.

I don’t write nearly enough. I’ve come to the realisation that I simply cannot maintain my medieval blog during term time. I really love what I do, but after spending 8 hours of my day reading about the middle ages, the last thing I want to do when I come home is write about them.

The problem is, I feel guilty for not maintaining it, and I feel guilty for maintainig Giedd while Things Medieval lies fallow. So I simply stop writing, and do other things. I bake, I discover bits of cities I’ve never known before, but I do not write about these things.

So here is my resolution: Beginning on December 1, I will blog once a week. About anything. On either blog. But once a week something I’ve written will be sent out into the internety void.

As you are my witness.


Can someone explain to me why we’re still touting Ian Millar? His star horse died in the 80s, and he’s been terrible since then. He’s been in 9 olympics but won his first medal in 2008 – but only in the team event.

His past results, off CTV:

Munich 1972 – Finished sixth in team mixed jumping

Montreal 1976 – Finished fifth in team mixed jumping

Los Angeles 1984 – Finished fourth in team mixed jumping

Los Angeles 1984 – Tied for 14th in individual mixed jumping

Seoul 1988 – Finished fourth in team mixed jumping

Seoul 1988 – Finished 15th in individual mixed jumping

Barcelona 1992 – Finished ninth in team mixed jumping

Barcelona 1992 – Placed 54th in the qualifying round in individual mixed jumping

Atlanta 1996 – Finished 16th in team mixed jumping

Atlanta 1996 – Tied for 46th in the qualifying round in individual mixed jumping

Sydney 2000 – Finished ninth in team mixed jumping

Sydney 2000 – Finished 13th in individual mixed jumping

Athens 2004 – Finished 22nd in individual mixed jumping

Beijing 2008 – Won silver in team mixed jumping

Beijing 2008 – Tied for 23rd in individual mixed jumping

The man placed 54th in ’92, 16th in ’96, and 46th in ’96 again. Today, he had 4 faults in the qualifier.

Eric Lamaze, on the other hand:

Won gold in Beijing 2008

Won team silver in Beijing 2008

Won bronze at the 2010 World Championships

First Canadian equestrian athlete to win Olympic gold

And he had a clean ride today. So remind me why Ian Millar is on all the front pages?

Case in point:

Defending champion Eric Lamaze had the strongest performance for Canada as the veteran show jumper had a penalty-free round while riding Derly Chin De Muze.

Ian Millar , 65, posted the 42nd best score of the opening round. He finished with only four penalty points in his record 10th Olympic Games appearance. He rode Star Power on Saturday, which is the eighth different horse he has competed with during his renowned career.

ONLY four points??? Renowned career???? What on earth is in your cool-aid, Canada?

I went to my first London blues dance last week. It was an incredibly intimidating experience, and I only relaxed enough to move properly in the last five songs or so.

The instructor made an interesting observation when he danced with me: apparently ‘close embrace’ posture is different in Europe than in NA. Here, your back is completely straight (they actually said to make sure we were NOT doing a Lindy stance) and connection is more between the follow’s abs and the side of the lead’s waist. This also means that your bodies make a ‘v’ shape (like in Lindy ?), rather than being square onto each other.

There’s a very good chance that the European/NA split was his way of making me feel better about what is actually just terrible positioning on my part, but if that’s /not/ the case, then it’s confusing. I know that Blues varies a LOT from scene to scene and instructor to instructor, but this is a fairly fundamental difference. I also found it really difficult to dance in this new posture and keep things decent, despite the instructors’s insistence that this is less accident-prone. Thoughts, anyone? Was he being nice, or is this a real difference in styles, and if so, what do you think about the two?