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Old 09-30-12, 03:04 PM   #1
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You Yelling at Me??

Finishing up my 75 miler today and less than a mile from the house. Two youngish guys come whizzing by. The passenger hollers something at me.......takes me a few seconds to figure out what he said. The thing I heard first was the last word. What he said was "You're too old to be doing that A__hole".

Of course it was irritating but after a few seconds I just chuckled. Wouldn't it be fun to see how he'd stack up riding with me over 75 miles -especially some of the 15% grades I tossed in today.

Better yet I wonder how his buddies would react after he got trashed by a 100 year old like Robert Marchand!!!
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Old 09-30-12, 03:35 PM   #2
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As they saY: its the little puny dogs who have the shrillest bark.
... He probably couldn't do 7.5 miles -- much less 75...

But, give him a break -- it's his way of making himself believe that his sorry little life is better than yours...
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Sounds like you got the last laugh.
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You handled this better than many would have, good for you. Sad commentary on that youths big mouth and his stupid behavior. Showing off for the others in the car no doubt. As said, He probably couldn't ride or even walk 7.5 miles, never the 75 you were on JPPE. You took the High Road.

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I'm betting these Bozos would rather spend two hours waiting in a line to buy gas, then ride a bike for ten minutes, and ride right past the gas station, where people are waiting in line to buy gas.
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It's beyond sad how unfit our youth are. We are seeing their sedentary lifestyles show up in morbidity/mortality reports. The youngest of the baby boomers probably represent the end of the ever-increasing life expectancy that we have come to take for granted. We are starting to see those numbers begin to flatten and soon they will go down. In fact, for uneducated whites, life expectancy is already falling. For uneducated blacks and latinos, it is flattened. Next up (well, down, actually): educated minorities, followed by everyone.

We (chronologically) old folks have lived through the second bike boom ('60s/'70s), the running boom, Jane Fonda's aerobics thing, two periods of increased interest in swimming (Spitz era and the current one) and are leading the third bike boom. Most of us have participated in at least a couple of these prolonged fads in getting exercise. Meanwhile, the generation that followed the boomers has been spending its time sitting still. They and their children have no way to understand from experience why we exercise. My wife and I call them the Lost Generation.
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Happens pretty frequently here. I ignore it mostly.
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Generally can't make out the words that people yell at me.
I always assume it's something nice because people are nice.
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No matter what the motorist says to me I smile & wave, and save my WTF reaction for when they can't see it.
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"Can't wait for gas to be $10 a gallon" is what i'd say
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Young cowards who yell anonymously out of car windows grow up to be old cowards.
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There's a good reason why many cultures and religious systems suggest that we respect our elders. This perspective is somehow lost on the younger generation who are culturally illiterate. [shakes head]
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DOES IT SEEM LIKE I'M YELLING? SORRY - I'VE GOT SOME HEARING IMPAIRMENT. (shrugs) IT'S AN OVER 50 THING.
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It's beyond sad how unfit our youth are. We are seeing their sedentary lifestyles show up in morbidity/mortality reports. The youngest of the baby boomers probably represent the end of the ever-increasing life expectancy that we have come to take for granted. We are starting to see those numbers begin to flatten and soon they will go down. In fact, for uneducated whites, life expectancy is already falling. For uneducated blacks and latinos, it is flattened. Next up (well, down, actually): educated minorities, followed by everyone.

We (chronologically) old folks have lived through the second bike boom ('60s/'70s), the running boom, Jane Fonda's aerobics thing, two periods of increased interest in swimming (Spitz era and the current one) and are leading the third bike boom. Most of us have participated in at least a couple of these prolonged fads in getting exercise. Meanwhile, the generation that followed the boomers has been spending its time sitting still. They and their children have no way to understand from experience why we exercise. My wife and I call them the Lost Generation.
Interesting stuff... I'd love to have references for those trends!
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We (chronologically) old folks have lived through the second bike boom ('60s/'70s), the running boom, Jane Fonda's aerobics thing, two periods of increased interest in swimming (Spitz era and the current one) and are leading the third bike boom. Most of us have participated in at least a couple of these prolonged fads in getting exercise. Meanwhile, the generation that followed the boomers has been spending its time sitting still. They and their children have no way to understand from experience why we exercise. My wife and I call them the Lost Generation.
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The most exercise most teens get is walking to and from their car. Im 74 and would like for them to ride with me on my usual 30 mile ride.

When something like that happens I wave with my whole hand and think to myself pick out a finger that is meaningful!!!!!!
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