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November 25th, 2011


Soon to be adopted as one of Ken’s house rules…



Rules are the rules

November 22nd, 2011

Spot of minor trouble at a hiker-biker site. Cue Californian State Parks Police…



Show me where it says…

May 7th, 2011

Show me where it says from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Fellow campers had explained tents could only be pitched in the open. On the dirt of the car park. Not under the covered structure I’d elected to use. Risking a sizeable fine. The council warden visiting early in the morning. But I’d absolutely no intention of moving. Confident I wasn’t breaking any bye-law. Or even going against the spirit of such things.

Signs said no camping on the grass. Fairly prominent. I’d pitch on concrete. A smaller, faded laminated sign claimed to prohibit use of the recreation club building. But not the structure I’d chosen. Assuming the Chief Executive of the local council had actually signed an order to such effect. Which I doubted. And, in any case, if the intention was to prevent damage to the facilities, to hinder the enjoyment of others, I was doing neither.

Suppose that’s one of the downsides of very rule based societies. Hindered by their very rigidity. Encouraging the exploitation of loopholes rather than the adherence to the spirit of things. Common sense.



Highway etiquette

May 1st, 2011

Bruce Highway from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

A few extra rules I’ve devised to avoid becoming road kill on the Bruce Highway. Constantly being refined. Toying with one about simply parking up on Public Holidays….

1. Fit a mirror. And use it.

2. Wear a bright reflective vest or jacket. Always.

3. Give truckies who give you road room a big thumbs up – most do – and curse those who don’t – no making abusive gestures – see Rule 8.

4. Wave to northbound truckies – chances are they’ll pass you soon enough going southbound – nowhere else to go.

5. Put your rear lights on in the rain.

6. Assume all long-distance coach drivers are blessed with morbid stupidity. Especially those nice chaps driving for a little outfit that reminds me of racing whippets…

7. Avoid riding too close to the edge of either the road or the shoulder – it’s your escape lane – see Rule 6.

8. Remember – most truckies chat to each other on CB radio.


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