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Old 03-24-08, 02:09 PM   #1
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Can't pick up your kids without a car....

http://bcgp.blogspot.com/2008/03/gei...to-school.html

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Old 03-24-08, 02:13 PM   #2
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that video has so many truths to it.
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Old 03-24-08, 02:20 PM   #3
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Ooooh, I remember that ad campaign. There was another one where a guy doesn't have a car, so he has to ride a BICYCLE to work. He pulls out of the garage on a little girl's pink bike with a basket on the front.
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Ooooh, I remember that ad campaign. There was another one where a guy doesn't have a car, so he has to ride a BICYCLE to work. He pulls out of the garage on a little girl's pink bike with a basket on the front.
wow, that's embarrassing. probably either a 40 year old virgin or dwi offender
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Ooooh, I remember that ad campaign. There was another one where a guy doesn't have a car, so he has to ride a BICYCLE to work. He pulls out of the garage on a little girl's pink bike with a basket on the front.
That was Homer Simpson when he lost his license. He took Lisa's bike to work.
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That was Homer Simpson when he lost his license. He took Lisa's bike to work.
I think you're right - oops.

The ad I'm thinking of has a guy in a suit on a kid's bike, or scooter or something, going to work and his neighbors are staring at him. I really thought it was Geico, but a youtube search turned up nothing.
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I think you're right - oops.

The ad I'm thinking of has a guy in a suit on a kid's bike, or scooter or something, going to work and his neighbors are staring at him. I really thought it was Geico, but a youtube search turned up nothing.
don't worry... you're not crazy. i remember something like that in a commercial... just can't remember which one it was.
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Ooooh, I remember that ad campaign. There was another one where a guy doesn't have a car, so he has to ride a BICYCLE to work. He pulls out of the garage on a little girl's pink bike with a basket on the front.
It was for an insurance company, something about how you can't live without your car when it's wrecked and they'll move heaven and earth to get yo back on the road again, mainly to justify their outrageous fees.
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Ooooh, I remember that ad campaign. There was another one where a guy doesn't have a car, so he has to ride a BICYCLE to work. He pulls out of the garage on a little girl's pink bike with a basket on the front.
This one? It's a Drink Driving thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhbhXoTBbZo
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No, it was part of the same Geico ad campaign. Might have been a tricycle? I saw the ad but forgot the details.
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Guy in a business suit w/ a brief case riding a little girl's pink bike with training wheels and, if memory serves, a pink helmet too, into the parking garage.
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I remember the ad the OP posted a link to. That is a sad commentary on the US frame of mind.

On Facebook there are a number of groups about lowering the gas prices, but anytime someone mentions riding a bike or using a bus, it gets laughed off. Some grudgingly accept that maybe you could use it to go to class or short trips and begin to see the usefulness of alternate methods of transit. Most just disqualify it by one of several arguments: the "I'm only one person, what difference would it make?", the "You can't go across the country on a bike" (focusing on the larger, rather than smaller picture of local transportation options) or just outright ridicule or mockery. Many brag about their truck getting 8-10 MPG.

I think I remember the Simpsons' episode and I believe that was actually a positive message for biking. If it is this one:http://www.tv.com/episode/1360/summary.html it starts out with the stereotypical "DUI forces one from a car to a bike" but Homer gets off the sauce, at least for this episode, and chooses to stay sober and enjoy time with Marge.
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i think it's funny. there's a crazed look in that woman's eye, she's wielding an airhorn, and there's a bumper sticker on her ass! i'd be embarrassed, too. that commercial is too silly to take seriously.
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I think I remember the Simpsons' episode and I believe that was actually a positive message for biking. If it is this one:http://www.tv.com/episode/1360/summary.html it starts out with the stereotypical "DUI forces one from a car to a bike" but Homer gets off the sauce, at least for this episode, and chooses to stay sober and enjoy time with Marge.
There was another episode when Homer lost his license (think Jane Kazmarek (sp??) did the voice of the judge) and Marge had to drive Lisa & Bart everywhere, and Homer walked down the street and said "wow, I actually walked all the way to Moe's!" and Bart n Lisa are halfway down the block (at the house) saying "way to go dad!".. Just goes to show you most people have no idea of the distances they're capable of _walking_ to, let alone biking to.
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Bart and Lisa go all over the place on their bikes, and of course Bart also has his skateboard.
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It's easy to get into that kind of mentality. I know when I had a car, I really couldn't gage distances or figure out what I can handle physically. I don't think many people do. When I was trying to find a house in this city, I was considering a place maybe 8 to 10km away from my place of work. I didn't have a car or a bike back then, so I had to consider options like public transit. My dad put it in perspective for me. That distance is possibly a few big city blocks... and I would walk that distance all the time when I lived downtown. It just seems further away because there's nothing interesting to look at when you commute that way through suburbs.

I finally settled on a house that was about a 1/2 hour walk away, 10 minutes by bike. Some car-bound people still think that's too far. People literally cry if they have to walk more than 10 minutes anywhere. People think that taking 1/2 an hour to go up the block because of traffic and finding parking is acceptable, but walking there? Oh no, don't be a plebe! It's all a matter of perspective.
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It's easy to get into that kind of mentality. I know when I had a car, I really couldn't gage distances or figure out what I can handle physically. I don't think many people do. When I was trying to find a house in this city, I was considering a place maybe 8 to 10km away from my place of work. I didn't have a car or a bike back then, so I had to consider options like public transit. My dad put it in perspective for me. That distance is possibly a few big city blocks... and I would walk that distance all the time when I lived downtown. It just seems further away because there's nothing interesting to look at when you commute that way through suburbs.

I finally settled on a house that was about a 1/2 hour walk away, 10 minutes by bike. Some car-bound people still think that's too far. People literally cry if they have to walk more than 10 minutes anywhere. People think that taking 1/2 an hour to go up the block because of traffic and finding parking is acceptable, but walking there? Oh no, don't be a plebe! It's all a matter of perspective.
when i was a kid i remember having a range of almost 20 miles in the town i grew up in. this was just my friends and i on our BMX bikes riding to each other's houses and wherever.

then, when i turned 16, those distances somehow only became managable with a car. i had crossed over into the car mentality and couldn't imagine riding 20 miles anywhere (i'm different now of course).

same town, same person, the only difference was a car... and it changed everything. my world actually got smaller after i got a car.
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As motorists have told me... "You're not a car!" LOL

But it does point out how car-addicted this society is. I guess she didn't notice a little thing in the ad called a sidewalk.
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As motorists have told me... "You're not a car!" LOL

But it does point out how car-addicted this society is. I guess she didn't notice a little thing in the ad called a sidewalk.
To which I usually reply "Yeah, aint it great?" as I pedal away to leave them stuck in traffic.
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Some in my neighborhood drive their kids one or two blocks and then park and wait for the school bus. I also see some drive up to their curbside mail box to pickup the mail when coming home, before driving 40 feet up the driveway. The funniest ones can't line up the monster SUV correctly and have to take two or three back and forth stabs at it! Much easier than walking 80 feet I suppose.

Twice I saw a parent driving along the curb at 7 mph while their little pumpkin cycled down the sidewalk!
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Some in my neighborhood drive their kids one or two blocks and then park and wait for the school bus. I also see some drive up to their curbside mail box to pickup the mail when coming home, before driving 40 feet up the driveway. The funniest ones can't line up the monster SUV correctly and have to take two or three back and forth stabs at it! Much easier than walking 80 feet I suppose.

Twice I saw a parent driving along the curb at 7 mph while their little pumpkin cycled down the sidewalk!
Some people are very dedicated and work hard at being overweight.
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I also see some drive up to their curbside mail box to pickup the mail when coming home, before driving 40 feet up the driveway. The funniest ones can't line up the monster SUV correctly and have to take two or three back and forth stabs at it! Much easier than walking 80 feet I suppose.
I live in an apartment complex where all the mailboxes are under one little kiosk. I regularly see people coming home from work stop by the mailbox, get out and retrieve their mail, then got back in the car and drive to their apartments. It wouldn't be a big deal for those who live on the opposite end, but...



Yes, I've seen quite a few drive from that kiosk to the apartments you see right behind it. I didn't truly understand lazy until I saw this in action.
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