Friday, February 22, 2008

Dodging traffic

I commute to work on my motorbike at least a few times a week. Lisa can tell the days when I'm going to ride in because I'm always smiling and eager to head off. Just like when you are driving riding in traffic isn't much fun but on the bike it's made more bearable by lane splitting; the gentle art of slipping down the dashed high-way between the cars ("tintops").

I tend to err on the side of caution- I won't lane split if the traffic is moving beyond around 40-50kms/hr. By and large the traffic is very courteous and a lot of drivers will even move towards the curb when they see you coming- not that it's usually necessary. Sometimes the traffic is so close together that you can't go any further so you just have to stop and wait.

One thing that has fascinated me is that I'll often be able to slip in between huge trucks and 4 wheel drives only to get stuck by some little two door buzz box. I puzzled about this for the longest time but I think I finally worked it out this morning. It's not that people who drive these things are mean and vindictive and out to stop lane splitting, and it's not that they are incompetent. It's just that they are nearly small enough to lane split themselves. So they sit on the dotted line looking down between the traffic saying things to themselves like "I'm small enough to fit down there" or "I wish I could make it down there". Hey guys, wake up, if you want to lane split get a bike!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What Are They Trying To Tell Me

Yesterday I had occasion to spend time waiting for service in two different banks, Bankwest and ANZ. Both banks provide chairs and TV's to make the wait more comfortable although at ANZ the set was muted. At Bankwest they were showing the Criminal Investigation channel and at ANZ they always show Mr Bean. It made me stop and think if they were trying to tell us (the customers) something; the Criminal Investigation channel is like badly done real life CSI with lots of violence and hype. Mr Bean is well Mr Bean and still manages to be amusing even without sound, but maybe I'm just the perfect ANZ customer and easily amused. How do they choose their programs? Is there a match up between the audience demographics for those programs and who the banks see themselves marketing to?

Monday, February 4, 2008

2 second guide to the Landmark Forum

I did Landmark Education's Landmark Forum in 2002 and I've been participating in their programs on and off ever since. I've gotten so much out of their programs that I keep on going back- both as a housekeeping process for my own development and for the opportunity to make a difference for others. Here's my 2 second summary of what I got from the Landmark Forum:

  • Don't believe everything you think (the "it's 90% junk" rule).
  • Be of service.
  • Take action now.
I think if every-one embodied all of those things all the time the world would be a much healthier place; I know that my life is richer where I am good at those things and poorer where I am weak.