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    I'm a selfish bastard

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    Over the last few weeks, I've been taking my dog and bicycle to the off leash dog park at Chatfield state park. This way, he gets to run more(half husky), and I get to ride around some.

    Today, I passed a lady that wanted to confront me. She started off ok with her words, though her tone was quite mean. Asking if I would not ride my bike through the dog park, and saying that bikes aren't allowed*. I did everything I could to not resort to calling her names(like land whale, fat cow, etc...), when she decided the conversation(confrontation really) wasn't going her way, and called me a selfish bastard for riding my bike in the dog area. I rode away.

    I stopped at the parking lot and read both signs. At the 2nd lot(where I parked), I even called the number for the park. Specifically asked them if bicycles are prohibited in the dog park, and they told me no. By the time I was off the phone, the lady had appeared to get into her Expedition. I felt the need to point out to her that they are not prohibited, and what the 2nd sign says. Which she promptly went over and read(after apparently not understanding the word concurrent). Said something about working on getting bikes banned from the training area now, which I very highly doubt she can do.

    Just had to rant a little bit, since I restrained myself from calling her names. Had I called her names, I'd probably feel a lot better right now, but the walker/bicycle situation would probably be worse. And, as a side note, this is really a dog training area, and the people that go to train their dogs to hunt & retrieve, have complained about all the dog walkers at the park.


    *There are 2 parking lots. Each has a sign. At one, it says bicyclists and rollerbladers to use the C470 trail, at the other, it states to watch for concurrent bicycle traffic.

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    So, were any dogs hurt or killed during your rides? Perhaps you could have suggested to her that she looked like she could use some time on a bicycle.

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    If you are going to ride in the dog park, I strongly suggest fenders.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
    If you are going to ride in the dog park, I strongly suggest fenders.
    Hah. I do have a rear fender on the MTB(which is what I ride there). I don't have a front one yet though.

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    You should have just asked her for her phone number so that you can set up a dinner date.
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    bike? what bike? then look at her like she has 4 heads.

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    There comes a point with such people, you just have to say "You're wrong. If you still think you're right, call the authorities, I'm done discussing this."

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    Next time, tell her you ride in the dog training area to train the dogs to NOT chase cyclist and it is working out very well.

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    be proud. nothing wrong with looking out for #1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedwagon98 View Post


    Nice. She equated me to some other person she sees there on a bike there, that is apparently a nuisance(in her eyes). And at the second encounter, she said "at least you are semi-polite." I was nothing but polite, until she opened her big mouth.

    I kind of wanted to go do circles around her for a bit too, just to piss her off.
    While singing this just like this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dprayvd View Post
    While singing this just like this too.

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    She just wanted your body and didn't know how to go about it.

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    I clicked on this link and expected to find a picture of my ex g/f with her lecture face on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corkscrew View Post
    I clicked on this link and expected to find a picture of my ex g/f with her lecture face on.
    You mean there was a difference?
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    What is 50 miles of good road? Yes, I call it a very easy distance.

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    Sirrus rider, really?

    Where do you get off claiming that most women are wily, ignorant, and mean-spirited creatures who are bona fide experts at being stupid? You sound like a real prince.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hshearer View Post
    Sirrus rider, really?

    Where do you get off claiming that most women are wily, ignorant, and mean-spirited creatures who are bona fide experts at being stupid? You sound like a real prince.

    I AM a real Prince... from the Kingdom of Sut Di Vinn! I'm also very entertaining to those who understand sarcasm and aren't so thin skinned..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dprayvd View Post
    While singing this just like this too.
    I find that oddly fascinating yet oddly disturbing too. What language was that, if any?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyCycler View Post
    I find that oddly fascinating yet oddly disturbing too. What language was that, if any?
    Solid-gold-plated vintage '70s Soviet prime-time TV (and you're not alone at that).

    Here's his wiki, and a vid of him enjoying his noteriety.
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    I go to that park. It seems like there are plenty of areas that are conducive to bicycling. Though I have to admit, as much as I like to ride I wouldn't want to ride in a park full of off leash dogs. That is the equivalent of my commuting nightmare. Dogs can't get enough of rolling wheels..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hshearer View Post
    Where do you get off claiming that most women are wily, ignorant, and mean-spirited creatures who are bona fide experts at being stupid? You sound like a real prince.
    Well, women are people, so odds are pretty good they share in fundamental human characteristics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcowan View Post
    I go to that park. It seems like there are plenty of areas that are conducive to bicycling. Though I have to admit, as much as I like to ride I wouldn't want to ride in a park full of off leash dogs. That is the equivalent of my commuting nightmare. Dogs can't get enough of rolling wheels..
    I certainly do not go there on a warm, sunny weekend and ride the bike around the dogs. That would be difficult. But during the weekdays(or weekends that are cold/rain/snow), it's no problem.

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