Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's Your See Level?

Last Saturday afternoon I was involved in a project at home and needed a few things at Home Depot. We happen to have two Home Depots fairly close to us. In years past I would have jumped in the car or truck and driven to the closest one, get my items and shoot back home. These days any excuse to ride is standard operating procedure. And going to the furthest one with a loop through the country was almost mandatory.

I've passed by this barn many times but always going in a westerly direction. This time I was coming from the west and really saw it for the first time. Have you ever done that? You look at something many times but never really see it. As riders on two wheels we don't want this to happen to us. We want to see and be seen...always.

I witnessed a car accident late this afternoon. Someone in a long line of traffic waiting for a light allowed enough room for a Volvo driver to come out of a driveway to turn left onto the road. A guy in an Explorer was going fairly fast down the center emergency lane to make a left turn up ahead and they met pretty aggressively. It all happened very fast. No one was hurt but both were dazed. A lady and I stopped. She comforted them and made the phone calls while I directed traffic.

I remember last year when I did the same thing the driver of the Explorer did today only I was on the Vespa. Fortunately the other driver stopped just short of nailing me. I was only looking at and thinking about the turn I was about to make up ahead. I didn't see the opening or the car about to come through it. This could have been a deadly trap. When I think about the velocity with which the two cars hit today, had one of them been a bike I think the result would have been grim.

This has been a public service announcement to remind you to "see and be seen".


  1. I sometimes take a route that causes me to go out of my way just to avoid bad traffic situations. But who could complain about a few extra minutes on a motorcycle?

  2. Mike:

    why is everyone taking pixs of barns ?

    another link:

    Often when I am scouting for photos I always look backwards. The perspective is different and sometimes the light is more stunning. Also when you change directions the view is entirely foreign

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  3. Danny,
    Good point - the long way is fine on a motorcycle but not really in the car. Thanks for your comment.


    When I came from the opposite direction I noticed the barn for the first time but passed it. I did a u-turn to come back and take a few "stock" photos for future use. It wasn't until last night that I linked the photos with the point of the post. Actually it was the other way around but that's an involved story.

    Twenty years ago when we moved to Oregon my mother-in-law noticed that most of the barns here are dilapidated and in need of repair. Maybe part of that is due to the climate. She was originally from Texas where all the barns look great. It really bugged her that many of the barns here look shabby. Every now and then I think of her comment so I like to stop and snap photos of decent barns. The barn in these pictures is for sale. Maybe I could get you a deal! :-)

    Thanks for the link to Paul's blog.

  4. Bob,
    I take that back, the barn is not for sale or rent. This one's someones keeper.

  5. Mike:

    Too bad we couldn't pool our $$ together to get a "bloggers" barns somewhere nice with a view, or along the ocean, and just go there once a year for a get-together. A nice big barn etc. we could park underneath and the upstairs would have full facilities

    tonight I took my Canon G10 out for some night shots, sorry, NO barns in the city

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  6. Bob,
    That's a great idea. It sounds like it would make a good movie.

    Looking forward to the G10 night shots!