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Old 05-20-05, 07:49 PM   #1
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Critical Mass ~ Chicago ~ What Do I Need?

I've never done a Critical Mass in my life yet my gal wants to go at the end of month. She thinks it'll be "fun". Fun for me on a Friday night would be perusing the literary classics, such as Robin Quiver's A Life or possibly taking in a matinee of "Family Guy" followed by a nap on my couch. Though sadly it looks I'm gonna have to go for a little ride. Weeeee!

I've never gone on one because the folks who participate seem a bit extreme for me. I really don't want to protest anything, promote any social cause, I've never been to a Food Not Bombs, I don't own a "freak bike" and I eat meat. Lots of it. God, I want some crispy bacon right now.

I'm kinda one of those guys who wants to go have fun. Period. So I need to know what I need to bring for my first Chicago Critical Mass. I know I need my track bike (or "Streetrack" in [165] speak) but what else. Here's my list:

1) A bandana to cover my face.
2) A "Free Mumia" sign.
3) A funny little bell for my handlebars. Maybe in the shape of a bear.
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Old 05-20-05, 07:54 PM   #2
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Please don't take me seriously. I'm just winding down from a long day & trying to get over a cold.
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and a scowl...
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You need to soak your bandanna in vinegar -- it helps with the tear gas.
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a flask and "Songs About ****ing" on your MP3 player you hipster, you!
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oh - and don't forget the ubiquitous bottle of "something ammonia based" in case you are stung by a jellyfish.
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You just need a sixpack. Come on you guys, Critical Mass is fun. Don't be such cynics. You ride around and drink beer with a bunch of people. There are lots of cool bikes and nice people to talk to. And drink beer. You don't have to yell at cars or wave a sign. Just drink b...awe, you get the idea. Don't be haters.

P.S. The bell shaped like a bear is a good idea too.
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OH! OH! OH! A tourniquet for random roadside chain lubing accidents!
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Your copy of "The Immortal Class" for Trav. to sign.

A flyer for something, anything, best if it's about a labor struggle.

Dunno, but I had fun last time.
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i'm going after a hiatus of over a year. i'll be on this six person bike, hopefully we'll be stocked with a cooler full of yummy-ness and the bell's brewery in tow.
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I might ride my tandem instead. Ira, I'm gonna strap a mini-key on the back seat. Bring a frosty mug and we'll ride!

Seriously, it sounds like a good idea!

Maybe like a boom box too for some richeous jams!

And if any of the Chicago contingent of Bike Forums are present I'd like to meet ya'll.
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I might ride my tandem instead. Ira, I'm gonna strap a mini-key on the back seat. Bring a frosty mug and we'll ride!

Seriously, it sounds like a good idea!

Maybe like a boom box too for some richeous jams!

And if any of the Chicago contingent of Bike Forums are present I'd like to meet ya'll.
That sounds delicious. FYI, the cops sometimes get funny about the open containers, so keep it on the d/l. I'm going to be in Wisconsin for that weekend, but I'm sure there will be a lot of cool people out, as summer is finally in effect.
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One my friends used to ride about with a blow-up doll on the back of his Vespa. I might take it up a notch and get a "Real Doll" for the ride...
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And if any of the Chicago contingent of Bike Forums are present I'd like to meet ya'll.
hey, I'm the dude that just bought your Cannondale track bike. I'm lovin' it! It's dreamy.

Anyway, I'm going to try to make it down to the CM, it would be my first. If you see me, say hello!
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Stop by the Liquor spot at Wells and Division pick up a four pack of Olde English tall boys (4.50 + tax) and stuff a boom box in your bag put to 88.7FM for the Sloppy Jay
reggae show (7-10pm). Enjoy
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You need to soak your bandanna in vinegar -- it helps with the tear gas.
or in ether. that helps too.
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Stop by the Liquor spot at Wells and Division pick up a four pack of Olde English tall boys (4.50 + tax) and stuff a boom box in your bag put to 88.7FM for the Sloppy Jay
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I dunno, around 4:30 I'm listening to the close of the Roe Conn show. It's kinda sucks without Gary but it gets me in the mood for Hannity. Then I go to be with O'Reiley
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I dunno, around 4:30 I'm listening to the close of the Roe Conn show. It's kinda sucks without Gary but it gets me in the mood for Hannity. Then I go to be with O'Reiley
I'll trade you beers for my old issues of National Review.
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National Review?

What's that?
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Is it just me, or has WLS gotten far more conservative in the last year? Jay Marvin...asked to leave? It is all a bit suspisious.
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Is it just me, or has WLS gotten far more conservative in the last year? Jay Marvin...asked to leave? It is all a bit suspisious.
Yeah, it kinda sucks. There's zip variety on that station without Conn. And Conn kinda sucks solo but the Stever is so damn boring.

But WLS's previous managment botched alot of things. Gary. Don Wade & Roma's contract. Marvin. The list goes on.

I miss the old AM 1000 / WLUP powerhouse of years ago.

But whatever. Soulseek & my Itunes fill any void.

Though Feder mentioned something of Brandmeier and Meier teaming up. Maybe a rumor but it'd be good.
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