Luv Doc Recommends: Bikes Across Borders Light Up Your Bike Night Ride and Vigil

Zilker Park, Friday, May 13, 2005

This Friday is the 13th. Statistically however, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re going to get butcher-knifed by a lunatic in a hockey mask, but just in case, you should probably avoid all of the major puck sports. Any activity where you need a mask with that kind of coverage is bound to attract a certain amount of lunatics. Plus, you really don’t need the stress of having to figure out in an instant if the person beneath the mask is a player or a slayer. Also, as ever, people wielding butcher knives should be given a wide berth. This should be something you feel innately, but just in case you believe in predestination or have an intense fascination with shiny objects, consider the preceding your heads-up. Not that there is anything wrong with butcher knives themselves, per se. Butcher knives are exceptionally useful for butchering, which is not something you want to go looking for on Friday the 13th. Better to lose a little muscle mass from lack of protein than a lot of muscle mass from a good butchering. Then again, you might be one of those brave souls who pay no heed to archaic numerological superstitions. Good for you. Who cares if Cain slew Abel on Friday the 13th? Or if the 13th Apostle at Christ’s last supper was Judas? Or that Loki was the uninvited 13th guest of that ill-fated dinner party in Valhalla? What about the baker’s dozen? Bar Mitzvahs? Dan Marino? OK, no Superbowl ring, but he does hold the record for passing yards and touchdowns, so balderdash. Real men make their own luck, right? Sure, and part of making your own luck is steering clear of people in hockey masks wielding butcher knives. The real truth of the matter is that a lot of bad luck is simply bad decision making. It’s not unlucky to get hit by a truck while jaywalking on a busy street, it’s Darwinism. The same could be said of riding a bike at night without lights. You’re probably safer with the puck sports. Maybe that’s why the folks at Bikes Across Borders are hoping to increase awareness of bike safety and biker’s rights by hosting the Light Up Your Bike Night Ride and Vigil, a night light bicycle cruise and pageant – on Friday the 13th, no less. Bring your funkiest bike and get free lights and blinkies with a donation to the Biker Down Fund, which helps uninsured bicyclists who have been hit or hurt while riding. The ride begins at the parking lot by Barton Springs pool at 6:30pm and ends with a post-ride party at the Daily Juice. Sure, it would be safer to stay home, but you’re probably not going to get lucky if you do.

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