we have a few threads dedicated to the crazy things we see happening on the road:
if you dont have your license yet, sign up for the beginners MSF riding course. Its about $280, three days, you get to practice wild things on their motorcycles,
you get your license after the 3 day class (the next day) and you get 10% off your MC insurance for the rest of your life
which will be a lot longer if you take the course.
if you have your license already congrats, and take the MSF course anyway :^)
One of the important things in the course is learning to recognize all the dangers and risks that are out there, like people holding cell phones in their lap so no one can see them (LOL!) instead of looking out the windshield. Being able to minimize the risks by how and where you choose to ride will go a long way to keep you from getting hit.
welcome from upstate NY - not too far away for a day trip when the weather gets better.
BTW, a lot of us started riding on the street when our kids were all grown up and on their own - I got my license when I was 55, only regret I did not get it when I was 25.