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Safety Tip:Road ID

I’m sure I’ve written about Bill’s exhausting exercise regime. He’s been training for upcoming triathlons in Memphis and San Francisco, so he spends a lot of time on the road running and biking.

It’s treacherous. We live near the high school, and we all know teens are nutty, swervy drivers. Bill runs and bikes miles in the dark. He doesn’t carry his Blackberry with him when he’s running, as he wears so few clothes that he has nowhere to put it. Plus, if he were knocked unconscious it would do him little good.

I don’t enjoy thinking about him getting hurt, but my mantra is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

I just bought him an identification bracelet from

Here’s a sample from their website:

I put his name and our phone numbers on it and Matt. 19:26, which refers to a verse that ought to keep him going on the uphill parts of his training.

I purchased the original bracelet, but RoadID offers other colors and products, including an id that fits on your shoe, and a flashing firefly light that can be seen up to a mile away.

If you have a walking, running or biking group this is a must. The Firefly light would also be handy for keeping track of your children at Halloween. In fact, readers, please leave your ideas for these products in the comments. I know their uses go far beyond sports.

Edward at RoadID has offered all my readers a discount if you use the code ThanksAnne348175 when you check out.


You may also be interested to know that the die-hard triathlete swims in these:

I thought he was having an affair with a big-assed lady the first time I found them in the laundry. Never in a million years did I think he wore these to be aerodynamic in the water.

Damn. I found ANOTHER one.


It is just lucky for him that I love him so much, or I’d have to tell the world about his itty-bitty swimmies.

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I wrote this for Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.
My Previous Works For Me Wednesday tips:

How We Parent -Just Because You Asked (old school parenting)

A Cheater’s Guide To Spiffing Up Your House (put kids to work)

Food, Glorious Food (4 easy, family friendly recipes- shop for all on Sunday)

Detoxify Noxious Athletic Shoes (If I can’t unstink soccer cleats, it can’t be done)

Week O’ Recipes (the original 4 recipes to shop for on Sunday and cook for the week, plus a link to the famous Beef Balls)


  • Erin

    I have been wanting to get something like this but I hadn’t gotten around to searching yet. You find the best stuff. Thanks!

  • Erin

    I shouldn’t leave 2 comments but I had to add something. Does Bill stay within several miles of home? A clip on walkie talkie would at least keep you two in contact. I’m sure there have been times when you wished you could reach him! When we are at the lake it freaks me out that my husband and my daughter are out on the lake alone but our cell service is spotty so we bought some cheap radios and they work for miles.

  • Joy East of theKingdom

    Hey Anne,

    Will we see you at the Mercedes Marathon this Sunday?

    If so, visit the “Royal Mile” at the foot of Vulcan and cheer on your favorite runner. We will have a great band (they really keep the energy going!) and will be serving coffee, hot chocolate and donuts ’til about 10.

  • Susu

    Well, it looks like Bill’s got Back!! Those don’t look too far off from my barely there control underwear!

  • Katie

    Oh those swimmers are just too funny! It’s nice to know about the ID bands! I’ll have to get some of those for my sister! Thanks!


  • Rick

    I was surprised to learn in a magazine at the doctors today that on most cell phones you can have GPS locater turned on a monitor in real time for a small monthly fee the whereabouts of family members. It has been proven to be helpful in located people in distress who have a spotty signal. Also good to keep up with mobile teens especially new drivers tempted to make extra trips with unauthorized friends. This is the article talking. I do not know if I would trust myself not to invade my kids privacy if I had it enabled for safety reasons. Thank goodness I still have a while to decide on that one. Just thought some folks would like to know this is a option.

  • Betsy Bird

    Not to sound like I’m stalking you, but I actually live in your neighborhood, Anne, and I know exactly what you mean about the high school drivers. I bought my cyclist/husband a Road ID a couple of years ago and it’s been a comfort to me knowing that if someone has the brains to look at his foot, I’ll get word that he’s been hurt (God forbid).