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Old 12-18-10, 10:27 AM   #1
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T'was the night before Christmas

I didn't get out on the bike today--snow on the ground and very cold. So I looked into old stuff, and brought this out. It brings out the Christmas spirit. It's a week early, but hey, the radio stations have been playing Christmas music since Thanksgiving

(my apologies to those who have seen this before-- I wrote it for a Triathlon-related page 10-11 years ago... and have updated it slightly--but it still 'fits the bill' this time of year)

T'was the night before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the line
The bikers were all thinking, "I can't hold it this time"
With "Popeye" out leading, his legs turning fast
I knew in my heart at this pace I can't last

When up at the front there was some big commotion
It seemed like a train, with lots of locomotion
Popeye slowed down, and we all almost crashed
When we saw what was in there-a great big old stash

New bikes by the dozen, Treks, Quintana-Roo
To get one of those, what do we need to do?
And that's when we saw him; he looked slightly pale
The look on his face, His reindeer had failed

Delivery would not be made on this night
His deer had abandoned him, scared off in fright
So now he was trying to find what to do
With a sled full of toys, and new tri stuff too

A guitar for "BluesDawg", a jersey for "Chain"
A white bike for 'Deeg', and for Stapfam no rain
New bike for Dnvr,and for JPPE too-
And for all of the children, Paulie, even for you!

So as we were looking at the sled full of loot
We said in a single voice-hey we can shoot
If we tie up our bikes to the front of the sled
We can get this delivered and then go to bed

He looked up at us and he started to smile
He knew we would try it-at least one more mile
So we tied on the harnesses lined up in pairs
And bundled up warmly-we all looked like bears

And as we were mounting our faithful steeds
We heard in his voice, of many great deeds
On "Diego", on roadfan, on Julia and cccorlew
On Beverly, on "Mono", "Artkansas", and Lew

As we sped through the streets the load became lighter
And as we moved forward we dreamed of hot cider
And into the night it seemed like forever
But we kept up the pace; we couldn't say never

And just when we thought that we couldn't go on
He smiled up at us, and that made us strong
We finished his route and delivered it all
And when we were finished, snow started to fall

I looked at my partners, my friends on the bikes
We all looked excited, like real little tykes
I looked up and saw faces all covered with glee
They couldn't believe it-"it didn't happen to me"

And when I awoke, I thought to myself
It couldn't have been a red suited elf
But I heard a small voice, and it wasn't from fright,
Say "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!"

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Old 12-18-10, 12:37 PM   #2
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I partially recall another "ride before Christmas" poem, with lines such as:

"When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature cycle with an 18-inch gear."
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Many thanks for the Poem- but I am afraid that although your wishes have come true for me--I want the rain back

It's too damn cold over here right now. At least the rain was warm.
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Old 12-19-10, 02:46 PM   #4
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A guitar for "BluesDawg", a jersey for "Chain"
A white bike for 'Deeg', and for Stapfam no rain
New bike for Dnvr,and for JPPE too-
And for all of the children, Paulie, even for you!
I'd love a new white bike (although i don't need one). I found out that my 2007 Roubaix which I purchased for $1300 new, is now $2600 for the 2011 model with similar specs. Didn't examine the specs too closely, so perhaps something has been upgraded. But twice the price?

I'll keep the '07 for awhile.
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I'd love a new white bike (although i don't need one). I found out that my 2007 Roubaix which I purchased for $1300 new, is now $2600 for the 2011 model with similar specs. Didn't examine the specs too closely, so perhaps something has been upgraded. But twice the price?

I'll keep the '07 for awhile.
I think we need the Federal Reserve to be given Congressional power to keep the prices of bikes in line like they do interest rates! I mean we're trying to ride out a deep recession here -- hello? How can the price of a bike double in four years??
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