"Think Outside the Cage"
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather than illumination. I do like my beer, so sometimes I do end up leaning on the lamp-post...
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ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.
"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"_Nicodemus
"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"_krazygluon
What's the tank under the driver for? Pressurize the beer barrel?
"Think Outside the Cage"
Depends on where I'm going when I do need to drive. Vernon, BC, for example, I absolutely detest. Everyone there must have learned to drive in India and/or China. No concept of driving whatsoever. If I go to Kelowna, I'll use Westside Rd. instead. Closer to home, parking downtown is a bit of a challenge, plus you have to pay too. Since I'm not lazy, I'll park a few blocks away where it's free (restricted to 2 hours, rather than 3 with paid parking on street) and walk. Then again, I have no problem when I'm on my bike. Just go to my destination and park.
I have also gone transcontinental I greyhound buses a few times, to both coasts and to Florida. Those trips were fun too. I've flown also, not as fun. I'd love to take a train to the west coast sometime.
"Think Outside the Cage"
Boston huh-when I was a little kid-1950's-we would drive thru Boston on the way to my cousins in Fall River-which was a down at its heels mill town back then-- Bottomleys Butterscotch - coffee syrup- Ballantines Beer sign(Providence)-funny triangular Building in Boston or maybe?
Philly to Fall River-arrived well after dark-one time-about 1955(late August-Sept)-arrived JUST before FREAKIN hurricane!
Now we drive from New Orleans to Flagstaff- 1500 miles-we do it in 34 hrs-counting the 6 hrs sleeping at a rest stops and maybe 10 gas bathroom leg stretching dog walking stops--21.2mpg 3000 mile trips- no rush obviously-Jack Kerouac WITHOUT the benzedrine inhalers etc
FLYING- I hate flying now-when I was a young it was an adventure-now it just sucks- rushing -crowded on plane- rental car-1st and last day wasted getting to airport-and getting KILLED in a plane crash(unlikely but that never comforted me-droning away at 30,000 ft)-
Now I can carry my bike-dog-mattress -ice chests-no crummy fast food-fruit-cereal milk OJ cheese bread-MY PILLOW
Yeah-Europeans-and anti car folks-just don't get USA ROAD TRIPS-
Corny but its not the destination- just like bike riding-it is FUN
Commuting-sucks-car or bike-time constraints-and weather-drain all the fun!
Sorry to run on-but at least I don't offend anyone(MUCH) on this subject-unlike VC vs FRAP STATINS DOGS where the discussions are full contact
Yeah-you have a good reason to avoid driving.
Before your injury-were you indifferent to driving?
Take family road trips as a kid?
Our family road trips-were HORROR stories-vomiting out window-mother screaming-reaching over seat to break up fights-dog barfing-but I have somewhat "fond" memories of them. We -3 kids-always got car sick back then-
so I have lots of empathy for car sick folks-terrible to be stuck in moving car-right on the edge of barfing-pre-barf sweating-dizzy feeling-headache
Yeah if I still got car sick-I would avoid them-MISERABLE!!
Our family took road trips sometimes, but I hated them because my family never got along. Still don't.
My girlfriend right now, is having to learn about my quirks with riding in cars. Like I freak out if she takes a phone call or texts, because I hate riding in cars and I trust her to drive me safely and to screw with her phone puts me at risk and it sets me off on anxiety. In fact, any time I'm riding in a car and the driver does anything other than 10 and 2, I have to close my eyes and pray.
But you are making the best of it-enjoying more bike riding-riding in cars as little as possible
Impossible to not ride in cars-except maybe NYNY subways etc
Yeah our family road trips-were also nightmares-we-kids-fought constantly-mother dad at one another throats!
55 years ago-and the carsickness-is STILL fresh memory-I can almost feel some nausea just remembering it
Medical background-no doubt you have been thru the mill-various not very effective meds-plenty of side effects-many sedating and they don't WORK well
You must have good qualities-have a good girlfriend-and you are moving on-no whining despite a grim event-admirable really
Bikes are fun!!
Last edited by Jim from Boston; 02-07-14 at 01:45 PM.
Right-riding in snow-could be FUN!!
The WHOLE point-or 90% of the point of bikes
FUN FUN FUN FUN
When you are 62yo-most FOLKS can't really run-bad knees bad neck maybe a bit fat(180 5'4"-lot fat)
but you can BIKE and it is FUN
Swimming laps in apool-isn't fun-sucks in fact-done LOTS of it
Spinning in a gym-can't possibly be fun?? Looks like it sucks-but i will defer judgement
Jogging-could be OK-but most folks can't do it-
and I have done LOTS of jogging( college wrestler) jogging/running-sucks quite a bit usually-but done for fun-it isn't too bad-
BIKE RIDING IS FUN-!! FUN FUN FUN
and I'm not as fat as I would otherwise be
but mainly-FUN FUN FUN- and reasonably cheap cheap cheap-no gym dues-no driving to gym-
FUN FUN CHEAP CHEAP