So I’m having insane PMS-induced cravings for junk food dinner, and the first thing I pick up at the grocery store are bags of Hallowe’en candy. I now have 4 bags of snack sized candy bars and packets of Maynard’s Swedish Berries, mostly in preparation for tomorrow. However, I’ve had 4 mini KitKat bars already. I fear this won’t be the end.
On my way to the grocery store, I usually head down a somewhat busier, major road. This route takes me over the QEW, and for the past few months there has been construction on that overpass that with the crazy traffic stresses me out when I have to bike through there. I’ve been hoping that with the changes to those roads that they could have added a bike lane or something. Too many times drivers have come too close at faster speeds than I’m comfortable with. And on that particular bridge it freaks me out. Though I don’t believe that bike lanes are necessary in keeping cyclists safe, I do think they help a tremendous deal in keeping cars nicely sectioned off in their own lanes, separated from us.
Today wasn’t any worse. I didn’t get buzzed. However, some lady in the passenger seat of a white sedan had to yell out “STAY ON THE SIDEWALK” as they drove past me. Thanks for the tip, whoever you are. Even if the sidewalk wasn’t under construction, uneven and covered with bits of asphalt and tar, which it totally was, I wouldn’t have taken her advice. So as they drove off, all I could do was visibly and enthusiastically shake my head and wave. No way, bitch! With a smile, of course. I could have given her the finger. I get pissed off at people who choose to deal with cyclists on the road like this, but today I didn’t feel like getting into a fight with a fuckwit motorist on a busy overpass. And besides, I’m awful at comebacks. I’d most likely just have told her “No YOU stay on the sidewalk.”
Anyway, I’m going to get into the Swedish berries now. I wanted to buy a big bag of Jelly body parts (yum, i know), just to add to the whole spirit of Hallowe’en fun, but I checked the ingredients and found gelatin in it. And I’m not kidding myself into believing that the stuff I bought loaded with HFCS, modified milk ingredients and chemicals I’ve never heard of is actually healthy for kids and the planet, but I tend to draw the line when it comes to “protein produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the bones, connective tissues, organs, and some intestines of animals such as the domesticated cattle, and horses“. Yeah, yum.