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Friday (finally) June 11 Naked Bikers tomorrow

Ahh Friday. And a warm, real summer weather weekend coming up! This morning’s ride is a big Nissan SUV and I’m in the front seat with a lovely lady. Waits till we’re buckled in, makes sure radio and temperature are all to our liking and then off we go. We talk about the weather, my recent trip to New York (and the high humidity there that nearly did me in) and plane rides. I had a very uncomfortable flight on Continental. She is over 6 feet tall and said her cross country plane trips are “torture” with the limited seat space. Of course I ask her about the upcoming toll. She has been a regular casual carpool driver, but thinks it may be time to change her commute plans. She has been taking an evening karate (black belt!) course in San Francisco and when that ends in another month, she may switch to BART.

We agree that this may be the beginning of the end of the casual carpool system.

She said she’ll give it a try for a month and see how it works out. Whatever riders want to pay or not pay, she’s okay with that, and she would never refuse a ride to anyone because of the money. A good lady.

We have a laugh when we see a Toyota pick up go by with the decal “AMERICAN BY BIRTH – RAIDERS FAN BY CHOICE”. The rear bumper also sports a US AIR FORCE sticker. How’s that for a classic example of American Prime?

Something I’ve missed the last few years is the WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE (http://www.sfbikeride.org/), taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 12 in San Francisco. This is the 7th Annual such event in San Francisco. For six years in a row they have “protested against our dependence on fossil fuel by riding our bikes across San Francisco – Naked!” “Can you think of a better way to get people to pay attention?”, they ask. Check them out. They meet at noon at the Justin Herman Plaza and bike to Golden Gate Park and back.

A nice Friday light ride and we’re in the City in 40 minutes.

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