Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Know Thyself

While we're in the mood for reviews, here's another: the Road ID.

This was a gift from the holidays, which some of you deemed as macabre. I tend to agree, but I suppose one never knows when you might end up in a ditch with a slight case of amnesia or death.

And I really hope if that happens, I'll be wearing clean underwear, for my mom's sake. But considering this is for when I go running, chances are I won't be wearing underwear at all. Oh, the scandal!

My first thoughts were that the Road ID would be an annoying addition to my running wardrobe, but I would wear it as a consideration to others. However, I was surprised by how unassuming it is on my wrist. The wristband is light and comfortable. My worry, though, is my opinion might change in the summer when it might feel too hot to wear. Will it become a necessary evil?

In addition to providing vital information to those who help me when I can't help myself, the wristband is stitched with (as you can see in the stolen photo above) reflective material, which is a nice bonus for the nighttime runner.

However, the Road ID is not just a good safety tool for runners (and those other road-bound, wanna-be athletes), it's very handy for the drunkard. For instance, if you fall asleep at the bar or in your neighbor's hydrangeas or in that fabled curbside ditch, your finder will be able identify you and call your keeper for collection. The Road ID will also help you remember your own name if you happen to encounter a new drinking buddy. Or, say, the police.

The Road ID, not just for the dangers of sport.

Booze Hound Rating: 3 fingers, on the rocks

[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hound rating system is based on a good pour. Up to five fingers, either "on the rocks" or "neat." If you can't figure out what's good and what's bad, you need to spend more time drinking.]

12 comments:

Betsy said...

The Road ID didn't bother me at all in hot weather, but it does get smelly. I gave mine a bath in the sink with some soft soap and it was good to go again.

Xenia said...

This post needs a TMI tag. I did not need to know you run commando. Now I need to cleanse my brain with turpentine.

Morgan said...

I got the one that goes on your shoe because I was worried the wrist one might bother me, I love that I have it but hope I never need it! Great job to whoever got that for you for Christmas!

BrianFlash said...

My wife always calls it the 'Roadkill ID.' Cracks me up everytime but that's how I roll...

GeorgiaSnail said...

I got the one for the ankle two months ago. I was worried it would bother me; i don't notice it. I have thought about it a lot since i got it...I know that A.) If I get hit by a car it will not call for help for me. B.) If some knuckle head does hit me with their car I don't think they will look to see if I am wearing one.

So perhaps the EMS will call my wife and my parents...

As a result this is how I filled up the last two lines on my Road ID.
"If you are reading this,
I am in big trouble."

Jess said...

I just won a giftcard for a Road ID and I think I'm going to go with the one that goes on my shoe that way I don't have to worry about whether or not is comfortable.

Ms. V. said...

My mom sleeps at night because I own this thing. (I have the shoe tag). I give it 5. neat. whatever.

Jess said...

I need a Road ID. You never know when I might come down with a slight case of death while running.

Vava said...

Or, whence passed out at the bar, it will tell others where your easy-to-pawn electronics reside...

Tricia said...

Just got one of the new Elites which I'm hoping will solve some of the problems of the original style.

So far so good.

southofthecliff said...

Couldn't you make the same thing with a dog tag from PetCo/Smart and a cut-up sock for about $2?

Why am I even asking; I KNOW you can make the same thing for $2, as that's what my cheap self did. I also have a dog tag on the strap that holds the water bottle to my hand.

My tag says "Save yourself and everyone else the trouble: leave me here."

Funnyrunner said...

I have a Road ID that velcros (or is it velcroes...) onto my shoelaces. Since I alternate pairs of running shoes, it also helps me remember which pair I last ran in...

It doesn't help me when I'm drunk, though.