February 2016 Archives

Everyone is pissed off about the "protected" bike lanes on Washington. I will go on record that I liked the idea at first. Then I actually listened to the complaints from residents and business owners. My opinion changed for one simple reason:

People. Are. Idiots.

Please, let me explain. Living here for 22 years and watching people walk and drive around this town has led me to a simple conclusion. We, as a society, are selfish. We don't give a rats ass about other people, except ourselves. Pedestrains jaywalk and do not pay attention to their surroundings. Car drivers blow through stop signs, double park, and ignore crosswalks. I'm telling you that the day I die is getting hit by a car at Newark and Willow, I have had three near misses in the last 6 months, and what can I do - call the cops saying "Help! I was NEARLY hit by a car!", they would snort and hang up the phone.

People are selfish - and if you add protected bike lanes to a highly congested roadway and a highly congested sidewalk what will happen are people who will cross the street, ignore the bike lane and get hit by a bike rider. Or, you will get someone turning off Washington Street, not pay attention, and mow down someone in the protected bike lane.

We can say "It works in the Netherlands!" all we want. We can point to studies and articles and journals and trot out Nobel Award winning scientists - it doesn't matter. Most of the people crying out about this are like me, we are Hoboken residents who have been here long enough and have a doctorate in Stupidity by just watching how people act in this town.

I agree we need protected bike lanes to let people traverse north-south in Hoboken on a bike. Some of the people said, "Hey you already have the waterfront for that?"

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

No one is going to ride to the fucking waterfront to go North or South in Hoboken unless you live on the Waterfront or Hudson Street. No one likes going "the long way" to get somewhere - and if you live on 1st and Adams, you won't ride all the way up to the waterfront, then go north, then turn back west to get to your destination.

No, the simple solution is a central road that also has enough room for a protected bike lane. Now, my solution is simple, you need to make Clinton and Willow street with protected bike lanes. Why?

1. They are centrally located, nearly in the middle of Hoboken.
2. They are wider than "normal streets".
3. There is less traffic when compared to Washington Street.

Take a look at these pictures. The first one is Clinton Street, which has an unprotected bike lane:
clintonstreet.jpg

This is Park Avenue, which clearly is too narrow:
parkavenue.jpg

What i'm not 100% sure is if we add protected bike lanes to Willow/Clinton will that cause any issues with the NJ transit buses. Certainly needs to be checked out before doing so. But, lets assume they won't have an issue.

This would be a perfect location for the protected bike lanes. If you wanted to get to Washington street you can use these corridors to get North/South and then turn up whatever street to get to Washington. For example, if i'm downtown and wanted to get to Cafe Elysian, I would take Clinton uptown to 9th, ride 9th to Washington and then take the sidewalk (yes, you can ride on sidewalks in Hoboken, as long as if you aren't riding faster than pedestrians).

Everyone wins.

Now if only someone would bring back the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Choo! Choo! All Aboard The Paleo Train!

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I wrote last month about my yearly migration back into a grain/dairy/sugar-free world of Paleo. Combined with Crossfit, I have found it is a great way to shed some "winter weight" that creeps up on me, and I feel fantastic. Often I did this by doing a "Paleo Challenge" with my fellow Crossfitters which was 30-days of strict Paleo, no cheat meals, and then after that would switch to maybe a 80/20 Paleo diet, where i'd let in about 3-4 'cheats' a week on meals, like allowing for bread or something.

Since I started my switch this year on January 4th, today marks my 5th week completed, and i'm into my 6th week. I decided this year i'm going to go the distance, and try to stick to Paleo until March 9th, effectively going 65 days on Paleo, no no cheat meals, and only allowing for alcohol on my birthday which is this Friday. To be honest, my paleo switch has been mostly seamless. Having a smoothie for breakfast, using Kettlebell Kitchen for lunch and planning my dinners.

The key, as I said before, is "planning". I use FreshDirect or shop at Sobsey's in Hoboken for meals 3-4 days ahead of time. I try some new meals and I also try "old favorites" that I know how to make. When I first started paleo, there were so many BAD meals that I tried, and failed, to make, but I also learned some other easier meals that have become old favorites now.

My favorite cookbook/website is Nom Nom Paleo. Also many of my dishes I found just typing in "paleo" after it on google. "Pot Roast Paleo", for example.

As of right now, I feel great. I lost about 10 pounds, and then seemed to...stop. But, I didn't start Crossfit until week 5, and was mostly working out on my own. So, I will keep you updated in another month or so to see if the weight comes off, or if I really have to cut the carbs more.

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