Comish - I got clipped the other day by some needledick in a brand new Audi right around dusk. No injuries to me but dudes car is going to need a couple of grand in repairs. Donk was texting and turned right without even looking (I was right in front of his car and not in a blind spot). The lights and reflective gear are great but you have to be on the defense 24/7 not got hit by needledick around here out on the mean streets.
No injuries to you, good. Glad to hear that; How's your bike?
Speaking of bikes, I got a new road bike at Spokes' Black Friday sale. Rode a few but took home a 54cm Specialized Secteur Comp Allez. Took it to Mt. Vernon and back last Sunday, a real nice riding bike.
As for commuting via bike, I've stopped for now. There's just not enough light to ride in, give my 8+ hours to the man and ride home and be able to do most of it in the light.