Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hits 'n' Misses List, Redux

Last Sunday a turkey buzzard lingered a bit too long on his carrion buffet before lift off. I was surprised to feel the solid whump to my left knee, as buzzards seem reluctant to give up a primo seat at the Roadkill Cafe until the last possible moment (I've even ducked a few times, albeit needlessly) but somehow manage to get out of the way. Perhaps this one failed flight school, or had bad vision. Stopped a while later for fuel, I picked a few feathers out of my cooling fins, but found no blood on either my pants or motorcycle. If nothing else, the 50 MPH impact probably left Beaky mighty sore the next morning.

I've blogged my list of things I've hit or nearly missed/things that have hit or nearly missed me a couple of times, so I figure it's time for an update. New stuff is in red. Please leave a Comment with anything particularly interesting you've hit or missed.

  • 1 each (amazingly only one) squirrel; he must've been real old 'n' slow
  • bat (mammalian, not baseball) to my left hand on I-95
  • 2 nails, 1 of which was in my motorcycle dealer's parking lot (2 resulting punctured tires)
  • a brake caliper slider pin that some kid down the street lost during a curb-side brake job; guess whose rear tire found it? (flat tires are a theme on this list, no?)
  • drywall screw left by contractors at work (gather 'round and watch Doug plug a tire in the parking lot, in the rain!)
  •  turkey buzzard
"Missed by That Much"
  • many deer (including a few dead ones)
  • large turtles, 2
  • 2 or 3 snakes
  • thousands of squirrels
  • a few dozen chipmunks
  • a few 'possums
  • a few dogs
  • very, very few cats (they don't chase motorcycles like dogs)
  • dozens of college students with cell phones walking into the street
  • 1 young bovine on the loose
  • 5-6 ill-placed orange warning cones
  • a construction barrel blowing around in the wind
  • a large empty plastic kiddie-pool blown by the wind
  • various trash cans and bags of garbage blowing around in the wind
  • 1 water-cooler that flew out of the back of a tradesman's truck
  • the odd piece of lumber
  • dozens of beer bottles
  • lotsa squashed-flat waxed cups (ice has more traction BTW) and soda cans
  • a few Amish buggies
  • a roof from a collapsed small barn (!)
  • fox, 2
  • SUV and Civic that decided to argue with each other right in front of me (see below)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year I almost hit a turkey. Today I missed a goose and her trailing goslings!

June 22, 2012 at 1:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Yowza! A turkey could hurt, and Mother G. owes you big time for quick reactions.

June 25, 2012 at 8:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger red said...

I missed what looked like a 3ft wide drywall knife with a 5ft handle, the SUV riding my tail didn't.

June 25, 2012 at 12:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Ha! Justice for a tailgating cager.

June 25, 2012 at 2:34:00 PM EDT  

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