This past winter I was feeling distinctly off my game. Not sick precisely, only sickening for something. Granted we’d just gone through a fairly crappy summer. More a prolonged Spring really. So all in all ’twas hardly a shock a bit of SAD manifest itself with that below par-ed-ness colouring the end of the year.
I was reading about the health aspects of B vitamins and thought I’d give them a try. Oddly enough they didn’t work at all. Not only did they not work then made things worse. So I returned to the WWW to see if I’d missed something. And I had. It seems, it matters very much the packing agent used to carry the active bits. Put it this way. If a person is taking B’s to aid energy for exercise, having calcium is fine. Should one be low in the B’s, calcium will not only act against the vitamin but will cause more removal from the body as the acid and base cancel each other and you end up weeing it out. It’s the very last thing you should be taking above the normal intake from food. This is where the Solgar people from NJ come in. They make a vitamin using cellulose as the packing agent, with no calcium whatsoever in any form. And by jingo are those vitamin manufacturers sneaky devils. Not only do you need a chemistry degree, you need a microscope also so small is the script. Well, it was like a light switch was thrown. And in less than a week of taking these supplements I was popping over electric fences like a gazelle.
People tend to think about driving in one of two ways. Either as an Art or a Process. Happily and serendipitously I was guided by a guy who trained the Garda/police pursuit drivers. The basic code of this method is defense, this means you are always switched on. Something that’s quite hard to do at first. But there are a few other small things that aid you to keep up. The first is do your braking and down gearing while all four wheels are traveling the one way. In other words, you never brake while turning or cornering. So if you don’t know the route, this means on blind turns you are crossing quite slowly. It is always mirror–>blind spot—> indicator never the other way. Instinct causes one to move once the blinker is activated. Always have the engine on the high side for the speed across the ground. Not gas-guzzling high, just enough that you have power ready available. Always have the inner rim of the steering wheel matching the hood over the speedometer. Two reason for this. Today all cars have an air bag. If the wheel crossed the speedo, the center of the bag will be too low and your noggin will whip about. Too high and you could slip under the bag entirely when it deploys. The second reason, you are in a more natural seat where movement of the hand from the wheel to all the controls is more natural. This also helps when the bag deploys for your arms are cast out with the bag and not into the body. Something that’s not spoken anymore is the ten-two hold on the wheel, today it’s slightly above the midline 3-9. Test it, you’ll see that at 10-2 your hands have a better than good chance of ending up in your face. The makers tend to fix a sweet spot on the wheel. And always always test your brakes on a straight empty stretch of road, so you aren’t shocked by the antilock. You surely don’t want to lift the hoof in an emergency over being unfamiliar with the roughness of the sound and feel. Put the satnav over the passenger beyond the inside mirror. And if they whine tell them to walk.
Driving these days isn’t half so much fun since the price of diesel has gone through the roof.