Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-15-07, 07:09 AM   #1
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
Thread Starter
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Who Else Feels They Were Born in the WRONG Century?

Take me, for example, other than the convenience of the internet, there isn't really much about the 21st or the 20th centuries that really trips my trigger! I think the ideal society would be Renaissance Italy with the internet and bicycles.

Your take?
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:14 AM   #2
VegaVixen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Bikes: '71 Raleigh Sports, '84 Schwinn LeTour on the trainer (and available for hill repeats), '06 Scott CR1 SL (Ksyrium SL), and a yet-to-be-determined TT bike.
Posts: 1,643
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not the wrong century, but the wrong time. I think I was born about 30 years too late.
VegaVixen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:15 AM   #3
sweetnsourbkr
Senior Member
 
sweetnsourbkr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Leandro, CA
Bikes: Look 585, Co-Motion Periscope 700
Posts: 945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sometimes I feel like I was born when everyone else was, so it's hard to compete against such a large population. Maybe it's just me ...
sweetnsourbkr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:15 AM   #4
flyingscotsman
Nothing here to see!!!!!!
 
flyingscotsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte
Bikes:
Posts: 489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I like the technology so I think I would like to see the 25th century.

In real life if I had been born even 20 years earlier, I would not have survived more than a few days, even then I was not expected to live and my father was told to make the funeral arrangements...
flyingscotsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:29 AM   #5
USAZorro
Señor Member
 
USAZorro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: 1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1996 Giant Iguana, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead
Posts: 14,574
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
As interesting as we find previous times to have been, there were definitely downsides that would put quite a damper on the nostalgia we think we feel for those times. I too am fascinated by the Renaissance, but recognize that I would have died at about age 30 from appendicitis. It would be stimulating to take a vacation in that era, but I hear one of the other downsides is that their bicycles sucked.

Me, I'd be most tempted to go back in history and advise Hannibal on putting the coup de grace on Rome, but that would seriously muck up a lot of history.
__________________
In search of what to search for.
USAZorro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:35 AM   #6
Taerom
Hazardous
 
Taerom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Quarantine
Bikes: 2005 Trek Liquid 55, 2009 Haro Mary SS
Posts: 727
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sometimes I think it would've been cool to have lived during the middle ages or something, but then there'd be no Foo or mountain bikes. I was born at the perfect time.
Taerom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:45 AM   #7
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
Thread Starter
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you think about what I said, I said WITH the internet. I meant socially, and not technologically. The renaissance was a time of great awakening and if they'd had the knowledge we now have today it would have been a true Golden Age.
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 07:52 AM   #8
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,713
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I should have sailed on a 19th century whaler out of nantucket and
been known for my scrimshaw.
__________________
Sono più lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:30 AM   #9
TechJunkie
Reposting Yuppie Scum
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wylie, TX
Bikes: '98 Cervelo Eyre, '80 Centurion Lemans 12, '96 GT LTS-3, '05 Specialized Allez Elite Cro-Mo
Posts: 442
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If I were born much earlier medical science would not have been able to keep me from drowining in the fluids my own lungs created. Makes me appreciate the times we live in.
TechJunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:33 AM   #10
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,157
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. You decide

Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call,
Wanted to sail upon your waters
Since I was three feet tall.
You've seen it all, you've seen it all.

Watch the men who rode you,
Switch from sails to steam.
And in your belly you hold the treasure
That few have ever seen, most of them dreams,
Most of them dreams.

Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late.
The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late.

I've done a bit of smugglin'
I've run my share of grass.
I made enough money to buy Miami,
But I pissed it away so fast,
Never meant to last, never meant to last.

I have been drunk now for over two weeks,
I passed out and I rallied and I sprung a few leaks,
But I've got to stop wishin',
Got to go fishin', I'm down to rock bottom again.
Just a few friends, just a few friends.

I go for younger women, lived with several awhile
And though I ran away, they'll come back one day.
And still could manage a smile
It just takes awhile, just takes awhile.

Mother, mother ocean, after all these years I've found
My occupational hazard being my occupation's
Just not around.
I feel like I've drowned,
Gonna head uptown.
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:38 AM   #11
flyingscotsman
Nothing here to see!!!!!!
 
flyingscotsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte
Bikes:
Posts: 489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Jimmy Buffett - Mother Ocean

I have that song here at work, so listening to it now
flyingscotsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:40 AM   #12
KingTermite 
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
Posts: 3,924
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My mom always said I was born about a decade or two too late. I was born in 1970, but she always said I should have been a teenager/20something in late 60s because I'd have made a great hippy.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:41 AM   #13
KingTermite 
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
Posts: 3,924
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr
Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. You decide
That's always been my absolute favorite Buffet song. "A Pirate Looks At Forty".
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:44 AM   #14
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes: 2 many
Posts: 15,766
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 130 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
If you think about what I said, I said WITH the internet. I meant socially, and not technologically. The renaissance was a time of great awakening and if they'd had the knowledge we now have today it would have been a true Golden Age.

Imagine what Jimi Hendrix music would be like if he had today's technology available !
2manybikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:46 AM   #15
crtreedude 
Third World Layabout
 
crtreedude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Costa Rica
Bikes: Cannondale F900 and Tandem
Posts: 3,075
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
I was born at the right time in my opinion. My basic aptitude served me very well in the computer revolution. I came in at about the right time and I think I am leaving about the right time too. Now I get to participate in a time when many people are thinking about sustainable development, which I also enjoy. I might actually get to be a pioneer in two major change overs.

What I told my wife I think is correct - if I had been born earlier, I probably would have been burned at the stake.
crtreedude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:49 AM   #16
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,157
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingscotsman
Jimmy Buffett - Mother Ocean

I have that song here at work, so listening to it now
Margaritaville Tequila - If I had a bottle here at work, I would so be makin some blender drinks and toasting you!
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:51 AM   #17
blonduathlongrl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,927
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Take me, for example, other than the convenience of the internet, there isn't really much about the 21st or the 20th centuries that really trips my trigger! I think the ideal society would be Renaissance Italy with the internet and bicycles.

Your take?
yeah, cars dont do it for me, I wish I had a horse to travel on
blonduathlongrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:52 AM   #18
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
Thread Starter
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2manybikes
Imagine what Jimi Hendrix music would be like if he had today's technology available !
Oh yeah! Or how about Paganini? Or Wagner, or Mozart?
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:58 AM   #19
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,157
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Oh yeah! Or how about Paganini? Or Wagner, or Mozart?
Kill the Rabbit in 5.1 Dolby surround, AWESOME!!!
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 08:58 AM   #20
crtreedude 
Third World Layabout
 
crtreedude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Costa Rica
Bikes: Cannondale F900 and Tandem
Posts: 3,075
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
yeah, cars dont do it for me, I wish I had a horse to travel on
You know, I HATE cars - always needing to fix the things. I would prefer a bike, if too rough than that, a horse. It is really a great way to go, once you learn how to ride.
crtreedude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 09:02 AM   #21
Second Mouse
....gets the cheese
 
Second Mouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SLC, Utah
Bikes: Panasonic DX 2000, LeMond Reno, Canondale Caad 8
Posts: 2,539
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TechJunkie
If I were born much earlier medical science would not have been able to keep me from drowining in the fluids my own lungs created. Makes me appreciate the times we live in.
+1

Most of us prolly wouldn't have made it past our first two years.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
It's awkward to ride through a silent crowd while you're bleeding through your eyes.
.
Second Mouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 09:12 AM   #22
cooker
Prefers Cicero
 
cooker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
Posts: 10,982
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 816 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
I think the ideal society would be Renaissance Italy with the internet and bicycles. Your take?
I never think that way. If we lived in that time we wouldn't be spending our days admiring Michaelangelo's newest works and dining with the Medicis, we'd already be dead, or else slaving in a field or quarry, or scarred with pox and socially outcast, living in hovels.

Right now, we live in a time and place where western societies have reached a peak of comfort and health, and both the past and future may not measure up. Make the best of it!

Tom, you can be a "renaissance man" in any era!
cooker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 09:13 AM   #23
Air
Destroyer of Wheels
 
Air's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Creating some FA-Qs
Bikes: Nishiki Sport, Downtube IXNS, 1950's MMB3 Russian Folding Bike, MTB
Posts: 3,598
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century. He'd be right at home on some ancient battlefield swinging an axe into somebody's face. Or in a Roman arena, taking his sword to other gladiators like him. They woulda tossed him girls like Nancy back then.
__________________
The Almighty Clyde FAQ || Northeast Index
eTrex Vista References || Road Reference


It's the year of the enema!
Air is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 09:14 AM   #24
StupidlyBrave 
Chepooka
 
StupidlyBrave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South Central PA
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1400 7spd; 2001 Litespeed Arenberg 10 speed
Posts: 1,167
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2manybikes
Imagine what Jimi Hendrix music would be like if he had today's technology available !
Reportedly, Jimi got some of his antics from Buddy Guy, who was called the "greatest guitarist alive" by Eric Clapton.

I saw Buddy in Philly in early April. At 70 years old, he still put on quite a show! One of the things he is famous for is using an extra long guitar cable so that he can meander through the crowd while playing. He did it wirelessly that evening and was everywhere!
StupidlyBrave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 09:15 AM   #25
jschen
riding once again
 
jschen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: '06 Cervelo R3, '05 Specialized Allez
Posts: 7,359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
At work, I often wish I was born about 15 years earlier. That way, all my good ideas wouldn't already be tried and published by others. (Of course, if I were born 15 years earlier, I wouldn't have known as much organic chemistry since not as much was known, so it may well be that I wouldn't have as good ideas.)
__________________
If you notice this notice then you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.
jschen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:24 AM.