I’ve had my fair share of close calls from motorists skimming the hairs on my arm or unexpectedly jamming their breaks to avoid rolling me over the hood of their cars. Between beer bottles, apple cores, McDonalds Chicken McNugget containers and the unoriginal slurs, I have had plenty of things hurled at me from the passenger side window.The most terrifying experience occurred on a backcountry dirt road where I was chased by what appeared to be an intoxicated driver and forced off my bike. Two brutish men jumped from the car and immediately began berating me. I escaped unscathed. I was one of the lucky ones.And that’s when I decided to change my own attitude towards motorists.Until this incident, I was the guy who needed to be on a leash following a close call with a vehicle. Like a shark smelling blood in shallow waters, I was immediately angry, screaming, throwing water bottles, and making damn sure that whale of a Suburban knew I would break off his mirror if I saw him at the next light. But I am not a shark. I am a blue gill …at best.This strategy does not work. It’s simple. I’m a buck 40 soaking wet. A ’95 Honda Civic, one of the smaller cars on the road, comes in at 2500 pounds. You don’t have to be a physics major to understand that the momentum equation doesn’t work in a cyclist’s favor. So what can we do?I wave. Yes… I wave. I wave at everyone.The adversarial bike-verses-car mentality doesn’t work. In order to coexist on the road, motorists and cyclist must understand one another first. In developing a mutual respect, one party must make the first move. That’s my goal with this simple gesture—a preemptive wave to cut tension before it boils over.Sometimes you can “feel” a car coming, and you know they aren’t expecting you. Perhaps you hear the roar of a tractor trailer or a Penske moving truck rolling at light speed like a star destroyer. I know I need first to be seen, then stay to the right and give my hand a quick wave. The wave says, “I hope I’m not in your way. Thanks in advance for acknowledging my presence and giving me a few feet.”I’m not always right either. Sometimes, I don’t hear that Prius behind me, or I have gone to the yellow line to avoid some man-eating potholes. Get that hand up there again. This time I’m saying, “My bad! I’m sorry about that, please don’t hold it against me (or my similarly dressed friends.)”I wave at kids on the sidewalk – one day they too will be drivers. I wave at farmers on tractors and soccer moms coming the other way, just to say hello. The postman gets another wave, and fellow cyclists, they get one too. And now, instead of chasing down and screaming at the car that nearly puts me in a ditch, I still wave. (Ok, maybe I swear to myself once they are out of sight.) It’s a lot of waving, but hey I’m a cyclist and the upper body could use some more exercise.It is my hope, and my goal, that something as simple as a wave will help more cyclists to recognize and respect the drivers around them, and that motorists see cyclists not as a burden, but as another life, another father, another mother, a son, a daughter… another person worth waving back to.
*Any WHS Student who would like to go to the state basketball game on Wednesday, there will be a bus available for $5.00 per student. You will be responsible to take enough money to pay the $7.00 admission fee into the game and if you want, concession food money. The bus will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. The WHS boyâ€™s basketball game will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your $5.00 into the counselorâ€™s office by tomorrow at the end of the day.*There will be a CoffeyvilleÂ Community College representative in the Ag Shop onÂ March 23Â during 2 and 3rd periods. Students interested in pursuing an Ag degree will need to get their agendas signed by their teacher in order to attend.*SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or beforeÂ March 12Â to Mrs. Yates.*Itâ€™s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!*Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13th. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies.*Seniors: Donâ€™t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.College visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24thÂ – Emporia State UniversityToday is:National Barbie DayNational Meatball DayÂ National Get Over it DayNational Napping Day.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, March 9, 2015:Mondayâ€¢ Band and Choir Concert 6:30 p.m.â€¢ Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30 to 7 p.m.Tuesdayâ€¢ Parent/ Teacher Conf. 4:10-7:30 p.m.â€¢ Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30-7 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢STATE- Boys Basketball at 3 p.m. in SalinaThursdayâ€¢Parent/Teacher Conf. 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.FridayNo SchoolCheer Try-Outs 10 a.m.Lunch menu:Monday: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle.Tuesday: Crispito/red sauce, lettuce and tomato, golden corn, chilled peaches, cheesy peaches.Todayâ€™s Newsâ€¢The powerlifting team traveled to Clay CenterÂ this SaturdayÂ for the state powerlifting meet, here are the results.Dietra Sober- fourth overall in the women’s 105 class.Baylee DeJarnett- second overall, bench and clean in the women’s 156 class.Â Together Dietra and Baylee scored enough team points to place fifth as a women’s team out of 15 teams.Jon Ryberg -third overall and bench in the men’s 140 class.Â Jayden King -third overall in men’s heavyweight class.Â WHS has a new state champion roaming the hallways. Jayden King placed first in squat, making him the best heavyweight squatter in 4A!Also in attendance were Remington Gilkey, Candi Easterly, Joey Lewallen, Jared Oathout, and Matthew Mason.Congratulations powerlifters on a great season! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 283 weeks ago How much did he squat and what is the heavyweight weight class specs? I assume there is a weight range like wrestling. Just curious!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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