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Oh Jogger! I cannot see you
Running in the night
For you wear nothing reflective
And do not wear a light.

Oh Jogger in the drizzle
running in the gloom
The white trim on your green suit
Will not stay your doom.

For it is small and invisible
Until it's near too late
I'm glad you left the stroller
So your child won't share your fate.

You have the legal right-of-way
We know that to be true,
But rights don't mean I see you.
You don't seem to have a clue.

For you see, I've nearly hit you
Many times in recent years.
Your suicidal tendencies
Will lead to many tears.

Remember our streets are dimly lit
So astronomers can see
The wonders of the universe
and find a new galaxy.

So please Oh jogger, change your clothes
Please wear something bright
Make sure we can see you
As you run through streets at night.

Please continue to leave your baby at home, fool.

Date: 2009-12-08 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flurgh.livejournal.com
Well said ma'am.

I don't understand why runners/walkers/bicyclists don't wear florescent more often especially when it isn't bright outside. I wear my florescent yellow bike jersey every time I go out. I'm about to invest in a florescent jacket for when it's chilly/drizzly.

They make great flashy lights that you attach to your bike/person that have a flash pattern that is varied (kind of like EMS vehicles) so it catches your attention and they only cost about $30 where as running shoes cost well over $100.

Date: 2009-12-09 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarplumkitty.livejournal.com
Pet collars with strobes are about $5. One on each ankle would help!

Date: 2009-12-08 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/-the-other-side/
Is this about a real person? I think you should print it out and hand it to him/her next time you see them.

Date: 2009-12-09 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarplumkitty.livejournal.com
Yes, it is. Maybe I will! Even little pet collar strobes on the ankles would help. Those are about $5.

Date: 2009-12-08 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloverbee.livejournal.com
That is really really good! You should post it on street corners and anywhere near where they sell running shoes and such. Sports stores near the mall.. all those places. Its cute and fun but gets the point across completely.

*applaudes*

Date: 2009-12-09 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarplumkitty.livejournal.com
Thanks! I actually sent it in to my local newspaper. Hope they think it's publishable.

Date: 2009-12-09 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaquir.livejournal.com
out here the streets are SO well lit that you can see our country from out of space. Still.. joggers wear reflective jackets. it's become a habbit.
Joggers can be so dangereous.

Date: 2009-12-11 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarplumkitty.livejournal.com
We have a major observatory on a mountain peak next to our valley. Our street lights are sodium based which puts off a dim orange light. They were designed for bright white lights but the observatory started having trouble with light pollution as our city grew so they switched to the dim orange lights 20+ years ago.

The trouble with the sodium lights is that they overheat every so often and turn off until they cool down. Plus this neighborhood is over 50 years old so the trees are all nice and large and block the light. Yeah, it's dark.

Date: 2009-12-13 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdhomrighausen.livejournal.com
Los Altos has a city prohibition against street lights - or so it seems, because there are none here....

Is it really's NASA's fault? I'll excuse them.

Date: 2009-12-14 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarplumkitty.livejournal.com
Not NASA, Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. It was built when this valley was mostly orchards and light pollution wasn't an issue.

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