Sunday, March 04, 2007

Faster than a runaway bus

I must be, as I just missed being run over by one...

The humidity has been worse than ever this week. I guess it makes getting up early easier, knowing it's better to sweat in running gear than work clothes at day's dawning.
I've managed to get out for a few decent runs:
Wed 9k 6am Clean Streets
Fri 8k 6am Clean Streets; weights
Sat 15k home to Westmead
Sun 9k home to Quakers Hill; weights

No sprints or cycling last week; just permitting the knee to recover. I'll probably head down to Rouse Hill park for some sprints this week though, and try a bike ride next week.

The run to Westmead saw me head south on Windsor Rd bikepath, link up with the new TWay Busway at M7 intersection, and stop just short of Westmead hospital. It was a good run, as I ran illegally along the buslane for much of the way. No real danger, as it doesn't open until next weekend.
My only problem occurred when I stepped from the pedestrian path at Constitution Hill station onto the Buslane, only to be nearly wiped out by a bus with "Driver In Training" as its destination. Make that one nearly Runner In Pieces.
I immediately saw the irony of the situation: ran for 8k on the buslane, no vehicles in sight. Decide to use the pedestrian lane, whoosh!

Make that double irony: potential headlines

"bus in training exercise wrongfoots runner"
" bus fleet of foot"
" jogger hails speedy service"

At the time, I believe I turned to the standard labels of abuse generally employed by persons of my generation, reserved (though not exclusively) for such occasions.
At least Mrs BB and YD got to hear about it at journey's end. And were politely shocked.

We'll probably try out the service next Saturday, when the gala opening entices gullible punters to try before buying. We'll see if they can get from Rouse Hill to Parramatta in 35 min once the dust settles.

They advertise it as being friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. My analysis says not when you get to Constitution Hill, it ain't. There must be some weird deviation from there around the backroads to end up on Cumberland Highway and then turn right back onto the bike path. Either that, or they feel exiting onto Old Windsor Rd with three lanes of speeding traffic and no way to cross over to the right is downright "friendly". Perhaps their lingistic consultant spent much field time in Beirut, Baghdad or Bogota...

So Honest John feels protective of his unofficial epithet!

He wants Australians to understand how thoroughly untrustworthy his opponent really is. As a Man Of Ethics, he feels Ian Campbell Has Done The Right Thing.

I am rarely surprised by his actions. As a successful politician, he has managed to combine good luck (lack of perceived genuine opposition leaders) with pandering to the LCD. When you can control public debate and limit it to mortgage rates, immigration and the Australian flag, the election's in the bag.

Sadly for HJ, this time he's floundering. I cannot recall a time in his 10 years of office when any member of his Government has taken the slightest responsibility for anything that has gone wrong within their portfolio, let alone fall on their sword voluntarily. So now Ian's gone so HJ can pressure Kevin over his "relationship" with Brian Burke. Good luck, HJ.

As Kevin said today: if HJ wants a test of the Public's belief in the honesty of the PM and OL, then please call an election...

Things are heating up. We're in for a good year, and maybe even a modern society starting in 2008...

Dum vita est spes est

"Exit, stage left"


  • At 10:38 am, Blogger Tesso said…

    Runner Gets Bus-ted!

  • At 9:37 pm, Blogger Don Juan said…

    Like your work on the political commentary.
    HJ and Costello have bankrupted the trust account so they'll be spending your CSA payments on the re-election campaign.

    Defies belief how Debnam can be less popular than Iemma, except for Drivers in Training and budgie smugglers.


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