Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 20, 2009

A collection of completely unrelated observations:

I was listening to the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” today, and was struck by the lyrics. Mainly by how creepy they are. A sampling:

The neighbor’s might think… (Baby it’s bad out there)
Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)

I know this was written towards the beginning of the 20th century, but… yipes. It just reeks of creeper-ness. The whole things is really a lot like that. Still… Over the Rhine’s version is pretty listenable.

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It’s really hard to share the sidewalk with pedestrians when you’re on a bike.

I just want to get that out there.

There are almost no useful bike lanes in this city; on my way from Elms to EBM there are exactly two blocks worth of bike lanes, and the Royal Mail parks on them a lot, forcing me onto the sidewalk anyway. My choices, then, are to take to the streets and risk getting killed by a car, or to ride on the sidewalk and risk clipping someone walking along.

Sometimes I want to go to the street.

I’m sure this isn’t exclusively a Belfast problem, but pedestrians here really have no idea how to share space with bikers. While I was in Russia I walked a lot, and I started to get really annoyed with people who weave about as they’re walking. This is exponentially more annoying when on a bike, since I can’t move out of the way nearly as quickly when I’m cycling. I’ve noticed that the most erratic people are those who have their ears attached to cell phones or have mp3 players going. This being 2009, that’s most people.

I sound like a total curmudgeon, but it is pretty darn annoying to have people wander into my path then look up and gasp because they hadn’t seen me coming, despite the fact that I wasn’t exactly being sneaky.

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One Response to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

  1. Jessie said

    you’re totally right about that song…. i just listened to the lyrics for real this past week and thought it sounded a little bit like date rape. just a little.

    also. a lot of people on campus ride bikes. sometimes i’m one of those people who almost dies. just saying, i think they’re pretty sneaky.

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