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Old 05-12-09, 07:52 PM   #1
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Summertime Idiots And Their Mating Cries

Summertime. The sun is out and the streets are full of really stupid people driving cars with the windows down. Apparently a major pass-time for this crowd is to spot the big guy on the bicycle and yell incoherent taunts at him.

Some from recent rides:

"Use the trail!" This from a man who's truck I WAS PASSING because he was waiting in a turn lane six cars deep. So what, I use the trail and you get to wait in line for five more seconds? That's brilliant.

"Lose that weight!" This one from a car of teenaged girls careening down the road celebrating their grrlll power. I appreciated the encouragement, and the fact that they are bound to run someone over and become firm clients in the near future. If they live.

"WOOOOOO!" This is a perennial favorite, but I still haven't figured out exactly what it means. I believe it's either a mating call or a cry for help from driver who's brain has atrophied below the level required for language.

And then tonight there was a new one, a man in a car with a stereo blasting outdated rap who was yelling at me and gesturing. He grew increasingly agitated but never seemed to realize his stereo was way too loud for anyone to hear him. Maybe he's lost his hearing.

I am daily reminded of the ancient kernel of wisdom from Miller in Repo Man: "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are."

What have you been hearing from the herd animals lately?
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Old 05-12-09, 08:09 PM   #2
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I had an attractive woman and her boyfriend in a convertible pull up next to me while I was spinning on my fixed gear down a hill and give me a thumbs up. Then she asked me how was the ride.
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Old 05-12-09, 08:11 PM   #3
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Actually, last weird thing I heard on the road? I was walking on sidewalk this a.m. w/ my hair down (super long) when a roadie flew by in opposite direction and said something like "holy sh*t" at me!
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i got a thumbs up today too...
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If they're yelling at you, they're not running you over. That's all that really matters.
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I had a pedestrian come up beside me at a light and comment admiringly on my bike. I had my mid-80s Raleigh "town bike" that day; I love this bike, personally, but not many people see past the horrible decals (80s font styles... yuck; and these are peeling) and general Fred-tastic nature of this bike to appreciate the beauty of its steel frame, chrome fenders, chrome North Road bars, and the curve of the front fork (which has a rake on it you wouldn't believe).

I suppose he could have just been trying to chat me up; but he also told me about a Dutch bike he had seen earlier the same day, so I think he was genuinely interested in the bike. It was a nice little conversation anyway
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I've determined that when "Wooo!!!!" is yelled, it immediately negates anything that has just been said. For example, i would have graduated from college, if my idiot friend hadn't yelled "Woooo!!!!" when they annouced my name.
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i would have graduated from college, if my idiot friend hadn't yelled "Woooo!!!!" when they annouced my name.
Totally off topic but I attended my first borns college graduation this past weekend and people were specifically asked to refrain from doing this and I would say that about half of the crowd did it anyway. I was extremely annoyed by this boorish behavior. Fortunately I could hear my daughters name being called.
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