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Comment by Ron Da Bomb on November 13, 2012 at 8:54am

Bob Schwartz was quite a character. He came this close to being our mayor once upon a time.

Comment by Ron Da Bomb on November 13, 2012 at 9:53am

Oh, and now I'm hungry for some liver-n-onions Jon!

Comment by Johnny_Mango on November 13, 2012 at 10:20am

Ron-You know your restaurants!

Comment by misterhinkydink on November 13, 2012 at 2:13pm

I was thinking about that tattoo but mine would have the liver and onions special.

Comment by Lahjik on November 13, 2012 at 5:53pm

Hmm... 

I'm curious about the Ghost Bike article.  I thought the point of those was to re-direct driver's attention to the danger cars pose to cyclists, not the other way 'round.  I don't know the full story of Mr. Garcia but it does seem to me that his accident wasn't anybody else's fault.

I guess it kind of waters down the message to me.

Keep in mind that I'm opposed to descansoes in general, of course but what is the general Fixer take on it?

Comment by Johnny_Mango on November 13, 2012 at 9:24pm

I think the ghost bikes are a reminder to cyclists as well as motorists.  His memorial certainly does stand for something:  Be careful out there!

I do have a connection to Javier.  Last month I wrote a story for NMMarketplace about the Socorro Box, a climbing and bouldering area just west of that town.  I asked one of the young climbers if I could use his photo in the article.  That climber was Javier Garcia.  I did not know he had died until after the article was published.  Javier's picture was spotted by a co-worker who emailed me with the news.

Cyclists don't always show the best judgement.  There is no time to correct for unexpected dangers.  I say this as one who rode a bicycle across the USA twice.  There is a lot of luck involved with being vulnerable and yet going fast.

I feel so sorry for his parents and friends.  His lust for life emanated from every pore.  Javier was so gracious and accommodating in posing for my photos.  Here are a couple of them:

Comment by RunLikeADog on November 14, 2012 at 9:08am
Johnny, it is refreshing to hear a cyclist admit that cyclist do indeed make bad decisions with sometimes fatal consequences. This is something that I have never heard from our local bike advocacy group. In their eyes, the cyclist is never at fault.
Comment by once banned twice shy on November 14, 2012 at 1:27pm

Ah.  RunLikeADog makes gross generalizations and statement of fact with nothing but an ad hominem attack to back it up. Not only that, but we don't even know what bike advocacy group RLAD claims that the cyclist is never at fault. Nice!


We have zero idea what happened the night Mr. Garcia was killed.  We do know he is dead, lay dead in the morgue for 3 days without anyone being notified due to police indifference.  I am not sure how now blaming him for his awful death is helpful or constructive.  The ghost bike is simply to remember him.

Comment by misterhinkydink on November 14, 2012 at 2:59pm

They wouldn't touch Xavier's cellphone but didn't see any problem in parting with Mary Han's laptop.

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