Here's a picture of Ms. Heavin:
But based on this assumption, one reader (by the name of 'FatDaddy') made the following observations in his response to the article:
"-The controversial legislation and general condescention proffered by the activist lobby has alientated more people than the campaign has encouraged."
"-Our carbon footprint is exactly where it was"
"The obese fraction of the population is exactly where it has been"
"There were no decreases in the diagnosis of cardiac deficit on a percapita basis"
"22 million dollars were, for the most part, wasted"
I would like to take a moment to respond to his assertations using the exact same logic that the original article was based on, i.e., a sample size of one. I have not been alientated by the new bike-friendly legislation, and my personal carbon footprint has absolutely been lowered by my increase in commuting this year, my body weight is actually lower this year than it was last year, and I don't feel as though the 22 million was wasted. So based on examining a sample population equivalent to what the aforementioned study used in their examination of a single intersection on a single day of the year, I hereby statistically refute each of his claims. The only claim of FatDaddy's I cannot refute is the so called decrease in this mysterious condition he refers to as 'cardiac deficit' which would mean in medical terms, the condition of possessing no heart at all. In fact I have to agree with him - I think there are MORE heartless people in COMO this holiday season now than ever before.
My evidence? We need not look any further than the comments posted in the end-of-the-week Trib Talk in response to this article and other articles regarding the traffic in Columbia.
TribTalk comment #1:
"I just read in the GetAbout Columbia report that bikes on the MKT trail have increased 400 percent - sure thing. And half of these riders shoot by without warning, nearly knocking pedestrians - who were there first - off the trail. Put that in your report, you self-congratulatory bike fanatics."
TribTalk comment #2:
"I read with interest the interest the GetAbout people are going to report to the federal governement the numbers of bike riders and pedestrians using the new trails through town. That makes about as much sense as a bunch of prisoners and convicts reporting about how many members of prisoners are assaulted or smuggle in illegal drugs each month."
TribTalk comment #3:
"...if some fool maniac with a bat jumps on the hood of your car, double-tap to the cariovascular triangle and fight back until the threat is eliminated. These are counterinsurgency response procedures in place across the world, and this guy is what the Second Amendment is all about. God Bless America."
What with all of this talk of "double-tapping" people's triangles, and cyclists who ride the trail being "fanatical" and "self-congratulatory" and "cardiac deficits" on the rise, how can one not think that COMO is becoming a heartless place and begin to despair. It was just when I was having such dark thoughts on my commute home last night that I saw this car parked in a parking lot which then warmed my gloomy heart.
Scrawled on the back of this car's rear window was the phrase "I HAVE THE BEST BFF EVER". In consulting with the Urban Dictionary, I learned that 'BFF' is an acronym that seemingly stands for "Best Friend Forever". But that wouldn't make sense with its use in the above sentence, reading "I HAVE THE BEST BEST FRIEND FOREVER EVER." If the writer wanted to cannote the typical meaning of BFF, he or she would have simply written "I HAVE THE BFF", correct? Anyway, he or she can't have the BFF ever, because Fast Freddie Rodriguez of Rock Racing actually has the BFF ever as seen in a photo taken at a publicity event to market the new official sports drink of Rock Racing: the R3 Power Elixir.
I wonder if Freddie is getting his triangle double-tapped here?
So clearly the car-graffiti artist must have been referencing a different 'BFF' acronym. Methinks he/she was referring to the Bicycle Film Festival that is making its way around the world (currently in New Orleans, Houston and Washington DC) but somehow managed to miss Columbia completely.
How can Columbia not play host to the BFF? We have the True/False film festival, the Citizen Jane Festival, the Third Goal Film Festival. Plus we have the perfect venues for such an event in RagTag and the Missouri Theatre. Talk about heartless! Consider this my impassioned plea to all those above to bring the BFF to Columbia so that we cycling fanatics can become even more self-congratulatory, but perhaps in the process help grow the size of our hearts exponentially.