If you have ever driven the surface streets in a major metropolitan area on the way to work, you should be able to relate to this.  Take a look at the other drivers.  What you see will convince you that you better keep your act buttoned up or you may very easily wind up in an accident.  I think I have seen most (not all) of it.  People eating, putting on makeup, reading the newspaper, talking or texting on their cell phone (that is bad, stay away from these drivers), changing clothes, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Now for the good part.

Some of these drivers think that they will "go green" or will take advantage of the commute to get a little exercise by riding a bicycle to work.  Many of these same bicycists are ex-car commuters.  They KNOW what other drivers do out there!  But when they are on their bicycles in the "Bike Lane", they think they are protected by that white line painted on the street.  Well, the laws of man may offer them some protection, but the laws of physics DO NOT!

OK, so what is it?


Learn to tie a bowline. Practice this until you can tie it in the dark. If you can only tie one knot, this is the one you want to know how to tie.

 Fix it up, or do without. (you have seen this before)

You don’t need to know all of the answers. You just need to know WHERE to find the answers.

Gas cans only come in 2 sizes.Full and empty. (When was the last time you filled the lawn mower, and then postponed mowing the yard until AFTER you had refilled the empty gas can?)

Keep an air horn next to the telephone.This will help to discourage the telemarketers.

Old Chinese Proverb – “A wise man knows when to abandon his luggage.” Sometimes it make more sense to drop what you have weighing you down and haul ass for the nearest exit (physical or otherwise). You can always start over as long as you don’t give up.

If you are in the sales, service or are involved in a business that has customers, listen up! If a customer complains about something, they are giving you a second chance to make it right. Take care of them. Make a customer for life. Worry about the customer that DIDN’T complain.

Never ever, ever under any circumstances go to bed mad at your spouse, partner, etc. Stay up until the issue is resolved. Make up, and then go to bed.

Dining Out

Truck stops don’t always have the best food. What they do have is really big parking lots.

Every now and then, order something from the menu that you can’t pronounce.

The pancake house may have fish on the menu, however, it is probably not one of their specialties.

The only thing with a memory longer than an elephant (they say an elephant never forgets) is the waitress you stiffed for the tip.


Yes Virginia, there are witches, werewolves, goblins, warlocks, fairies, trolls, gnomes, dragons, orcs, elves, ghosts, magic potions, vampires, monsters, aliens, space ships, unicorns, heroes, villains, damsels in distress, dungeons, etc, etc. If you are fortunate enough to discover where they live, go visit them from time to time.

If you don’t vote, don’t bitch about who won the election.

Don’t complain about fur coats if you wear leather shoes and eat hamburgers.

Milk does NOT suddenly go bad on the date stamped on the carton.

If you don’t try, you’ll never know what you can accomplish.

Learn to cook without the microwave.

No one ever got mad because you arrived early for an appointment.

Make it do, wear it out, fix it and use it again.

 Dull knives cut fingers.


 Did I sit aroud my garage and think up all of the preceeding bits of wisdom? I wish I could take credit for them, but alas, I am not the philosopher on the mountain top whose job it is to come up with these tidbits. I have borrowed from friends, relatives, co-workers and the web. My thanks to all of the contributors over the years. BW

Take a look at the equation shown above.  It is the equation for Kinetic Energy.  The "m" is mass.  The "v" is velocity. This equation works every time.  It tells us that in incidents between cars and bicycles, the bicycle loses every time!  If you don't believe me, Wikipedia has a nice description of Kinetic Energy.  Read it!  If you want graphic evidence of how this works, go to Meteor Crater in northern Arizona.  The desert there has a hole in it approximately 3,900 feet in diameter and 570 feet deep.  This hole in the Arizona desert was carved out by an iron meteorite approximately 160 feet in diameter and traveling at approximately 28,600 mph. The meteorite carved this hole out in about 7 seconds!

So the next time you decide to peddle your butt to work and wind up flatter than day old beer, don't say that you weren't warned!

Walkin' Around Sense has also been called Common Sense, Horse Sense, etc.  Unfortunately it is not all that common.