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Old 05-26-05, 09:23 AM   #1
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fixie shopping (actually shopping while fixed)

yesterday was a very good day. Halfway through work I started to get a
hankering for a smoothie (godamn! for a "healthy" drink they taste good) so
post-work I decided to pick up my own blender for a little diy refreshment
time.

Lately with moving I've had to carry some interesting things in my baileyworks
superpro (i am so a superpro...yes). but my favorite so far has been my new
blender. nothing beats buying something, refusing the plastic bags & dropping
your purchase into the mouth of your favorite bag.

actually scratch that. riding with a blender in your bag is more fun. all
of a sudden you remember the greatest part of riding a fix gear...slowing &
stopping one/no handed. with your hands free you can take a leasuirely drink
from your nalgene bottle, take your zip-up off and stuff it in your bag, or
in my case tap your fingertips together in anticipation of a delicious
smoothie (of course while muttering "exxceellllent").


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I was so excited that almost failed to notice that the kids that are
so much cooler than me hanging around jinx & goldstar are all wearing
their chrome bags while riding motorcycles.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:14 AM   #2
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i always enjoy that moment when....

...at the grocery store
...after i've told them i don't need a bag
...they put something in a bag anyway because i've got so much stuff
...i take the stuff out of the plastic bag
...the gaping maw of my bag swallows everything
...and i give them the plastic bag to foist off on the next guy

from the fact that this happens to me all of the time, no matter whether i'm carring the messenger bag or the big canvas totes that i use when i tow the trailer to the store, it's pretty clear that the baggers and checkout folks don't think that a person can carry all that much in a given bag.

and why is this? because if you fill up a bag, it gets heavy. and most of the people shopping for groceries are too weak or too lazy to carry something heavy.

of course, sometimes for fun when i go to the big grocery store with the bike trailer, i use the drive-up-and-load option. it confuses them.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:22 AM   #3
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i always enjoy that moment when....

...at the grocery store
...after i've told them i don't need a bag
...they put something in a bag anyway because i've got so much stuff
...i take the stuff out of the plastic bag
...the gaping maw of my bag swallows everything
...and i give them the plastic bag to foist off on the next guy

from the fact that this happens to me all of the time, no matter whether i'm carring the messenger bag or the big canvas totes that i use when i tow the trailer to the store, it's pretty clear that the baggers and checkout folks don't think that a person can carry all that much in a given bag.

and why is this? because if you fill up a bag, it gets heavy. and most of the people shopping for groceries are too weak or too lazy to carry something heavy.

of course, sometimes for fun when i go to the big grocery store with the bike trailer, i use the drive-up-and-load option. it confuses them.

I worked as a bagger/cashier for exactly 52 hours, and I must say it has been the most mind-numbing job in my entire life. 95% of the time I was either thinking about riding later on, or riding earlier on, or checking out the cute cashier in front of me (when you space out, that rolling rubber mat can ve very dangerous to your fingers). So if you want something, state it in a way that will wake them up, or they won't bother.
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or better: be cuter than the cute cashier
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The only time I don't refuse a bag when I have my chrome is at thrift stores. kinda gives me the creeps having unwashed used stuff in there.
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i bring a cloth bag (when i remember to!) so that a)they can have something to put things in and b)i don't have to stand there and arrange all the goods in my pack at the checkout stand (or alternately walk off with various objects haphazardly clutched, to be packed at the bike). it's a good use for those silly bike-to-work day bags they always hand out. At least they're small and foldable...
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I always try to flirt with the cashier, or at least flash them my biggest most charming smile. Usually makes them smile back. I can imagine how ****ty their jobs are so a little positive human interaction can help to brighten their day and improve their customer service! They also give me an astonished look when I ask for no bags. All bags are good for is picking up dog poop, and the dog doesn't live with me anymore so they just collect into a massive ball
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if i'm cuter than a given cashier, i take that as a signal to use another lane.

i often use a smaller cloth bags to then put inside the messenger bag, actually. that just seems to create the same problem. the baggers always seem to want to underpack them and throw a couple of things into a plastic bag.

this is, of course, after i've clearly stated that i have bags of my own and they should put everything into the two bags.

i know their jobs suck. i try to make a little contact so that's a little more about two people and a little less about some customer and some bagger/checker.

and don't we all just think about the previous ride (to work) and the next ride (home from work) when we're at work? why else would i be at my desk right now, not working....?
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my roommate and i rode to london, ohio from here in columbus (about 35-40 each way) the other week and while in london i saw this pair of rollerskates at the thrift store that i absolutely had to have. $0.90 and 8ish lbs later, i had to ride back with the wheels digging into my kidneys -- it was the jam.
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my roommate and i rode to london, ohio from here in columbus (about 35-40 each way) the other week and while in london i saw this pair of rollerskates at the thrift store that i absolutely had to have. $0.90 and 8ish lbs later, i had to ride back with the wheels digging into my kidneys -- it was the jam.
haha i did the same thing before..only it was a pair of bullhorns that i found for cheap..god that was painful.
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haha i did the same thing before..only it was a pair of bullhorns that i found for cheap..god that was painful.
my bag smells like a fresh vegetable garden after i unload the 6 large bags of veggies from chinatown i can cram in there. i've got enough dried veg bits in there that i could have a reconstituted salad if i threw in a cup of water.. maybe it's time to clean. the bag doesn't even feel that heavy on my back until i take it off.. the wonders of street-tested design!
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Half of the checkers at my grocery store ride fixed...and you have to beg them to get a bag...even then they give you a dirty look. I love SF.
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they're also the cutest checkers in the world. and they own the store, and thus are not-so-disgruntled (gruntled?)
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singleing in tha chi town is soooo rad i come from the hills. where the warm winds blow, i still take the sleeves for my 40 though look ma no hands for anything!
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one of my favorite things about the chrome bag are the two pockets at either end. each one can hold a half-gallon bottle of apple juice, which is perfect for me, as i go through one every three days or so. also, i dug the moment of shocked silence that followed after removing a sampler case of clipper city bottles from my bag at a friend's house, which was followed by a "holy *****, how'd that fit in there?" [the beer, in case anyone was wondering, was pretty good, but i don't really dig the pale ales].
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I can fit a 12 pack of bottles or a 24 pack of cans in my bag. no 24 pack of bottles however. Looks like I may have to upgrade in the future to accomodate this most necessary of bulk purchases. I have an Under the Weather Fly away bag for those interested, not one of their 'messenger' models, rather one size below.
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enough bag talk, let's get back to smoothies. my secret weapon is powdered whey. puts the smooth into smoothie. but if you're not into squeezing cows I heard apple sauce can also be used as a secret weapon.
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i use bananas & yogurt (the fattier the better). i just read online (smoothieforums.net) that you can use soy milk instead for all you
vegans. i definitely have to get some whey then it'll be my
"i'm getting protein drink." I wonder if I can get some EPO?

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one of my favorite things about the chrome bag are the two pockets at either end. each one can hold a half-gallon bottle of apple juice, which is perfect for me, as i go through one every three days or so. also, i dug the moment of shocked silence that followed after removing a sampler case of clipper city bottles from my bag at a friend's house, which was followed by a "holy *****, how'd that fit in there?" [the beer, in case anyone was wondering, was pretty good, but i don't really dig the pale ales].
Damn. I've been fighting off the urge to get a new bag. I try to avoid buying new stuff before the old stuff has worn out, and my Timbuk2 just keeps plugging along. Those outside pockets sure sound handy though.

Oh, and I dig the pale ales. And the brown ales, and the red ales, and the stouts, and the amber ales, and the hefeweizens etc. etc.

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i use bananas & yogurt (the fattier the better). i just read online (smoothieforums.net) that you can use soy milk instead for all you
vegans. i definitely have to get some whey then it'll be my
"i'm getting protein drink." I wonder if I can get some EPO?

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balkan yogurt is nice and fatty. none of that sweetened and flavoured crap.
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i once saw shants carry a dirty thirty of pbr in his bag
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I'm back into my smoothie mode - however, I just use frozen strawberries, frozen berries and orange juice. It's not as thick-tasting or milky which I prefer - it's so Jamba Juice too if you get the proportions right which is why I never go there anymore. Add your own proten powder or whatnot and it's good to go.
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"Brown Cow" brand yoghurt is really nice and fatty, not too sweet, and made with whole milk, it has a layer of "cream" on the top, delicious!
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favorite smoothy: the flesh of 1 ripe mango, some ice, and brown cow whole milk vanilla yogurt. Maybe a touch of salt. Technically a lassi. In hottest summer, this is lunch.
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