There are certain things in life I’m pretty sure I’ll never understand. Paper and plastic, for instance. When I was young, you could only get groceries in paper. Then all of sudden there was plastic, which started the biggest civil war in the United States since the original Civil War. It was literally neighbor fighting neighbor. Were you bad if you were using paper? After all, to get paper, you had to chop down a tree. If you use plastic, let’s face it, that was a petroleum product that would sit in a landfill for millions of years after only one use. Then there are the people at the grocery store who ask for paper and plastic. Really folks? It makes you wonder if these people use the pill and the condom at the same time. What about the sunroof? I’ve never understood this. First, you pay extra for it. Second, it makes the car heavier, burning more fuel. Please don’t write in, I realize it’s a negligible amount of fuel. But to be honest, every time I see a penny on the ground, I bend over to pick it up. The sunroof has advantages. If the sun is beaming into your car from an angle, you have to keep your air conditioner on longer and at a higher rate to keep it comfortable. I guess you could argue it warms the car in the winter. I just don’t understand the cost-to-use ratio on the product. By the way, don’t we live in a world where we’re trying to get less sun since it might cause a wrinkle? I told you that to tell you this. There is something else I’ve never understood. And that’s daylight savings time. I’ve heard no shortage of reasons as to why we started this silly practice in the United States. The most plausible reason has to do with when this country was an agricultural nation. Guess what folks? We went through the Industrial Revolution a couple of years back. You may have heard of it. Not to get into a history lesson here, but most people moved out of the country and into cities. They left farms and went into factories. These were the blue-collar folks. The others were the white-collar folks, who sold the crap the blue-collar folks were making in the factories. Then we had super duper white-collar folks who figured out ways to print more money so we could buy more products. That causes a little problem called inflation. But I digress. The real point is, we don’t need daylight savings time anymore. It’s a fact that as we grow closer to winter solstice, the days will become shorter all by themselves. For this reason, people who commute by bikes and run before or after work on the streets will need protection, both with reflective gear and lights. There’s a company I’m affiliated with on this site that not only sells superior products, but their prices are unbelievable. Check them out. Click on this Road ID link. Check out the firefly lights and some of the reflective bands. I’m not kidding when I tell you I have at least ten of their lights and at least two sets of their bands. Why would a guy who complained about paper and plastic have so many lights? Simple. When I ride with other people, I want to make sure they’re protected too. It’s a little insurance to stay on the road more and the emergency room less.
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