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Old 07-08-05, 09:42 AM   #1
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yo! NYC hepcat coolio kiddies...



Anyone build an ark yet?

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Old 07-08-05, 09:45 AM   #2
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i'm originally from louisiana... i aint skurd!

still sucks though. i'm looking at apartments all week and keep getting caught in the rain.

and NYC's draingage system BLOWS. it rains for like 10 minutes and this place has lakes in the middle of the road.

up where i am it doesn't help that all the fire hydrants are still shooting out thousands of gallons of water
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I was told that Coolio got really angry when Weird Al did "Amish Paradise". Because "Gangsta Paradise" was such a serious song for Coolio... even though he basically nicked it from Stevie Wonder, who's version of the same song with different lyrics is vastly superior to the other two versions.

No, I haven't built an ark yet.

PS - the vinegar worked amazing. maybe i will revive the old thread to give a positive feedback report.
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Old 07-08-05, 09:54 AM   #4
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yeah, and its supposed to keep raining for the next week. rather than an ark, how bout some sort of paddle on the spoke system, plus a bike bouyancy device. or maybe jst a kayak.
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you know, i really don't mind riding in the rain. but the problem with NYC is that you and your bike just get absolutely, positively FILTHY. It's disgusting and it makes you realize how truly dirty our city is, dirtier I think than most other cities in the world. Dirty dirty dirty. Filthy lucre. Bleccchchchchhchchhhhhh.
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PS - the vinegar worked amazing. maybe i will revive the old thread to give a positive feedback report.


I was thinking about just starting "vinegarforums.net".

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did ya'll know that coolio lives in williamsburg? true. what a hipster.
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I've always wanted a bike that can go i the water...some sort of go-go gadget button to inflate my tires, and turn the sideways like innertubes, and paddles that shoot out of the crank arms.

That would be awesome.

If the rain continues we can switch to talking about the paddleboats in central park. I think they are fixies.
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Old 07-08-05, 10:13 AM   #9
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...how truly dirty our city is, dirtier I think than most other cities in the world.



(--developed world at least.)

Nice thing about the rain is that it washes everything clean.

Evanyc, I think the NYFD actually opens hydrants on occasion in order to reduce pressure on the system, esp. when there's a lot of rain. You can also report open hydrants to 311. I've done it several times. If you're really bored waiting for the rest of the coupled animals to arrive, check this out:

http://www.firehydrant.org/pictures/nyc.html

PS Coolio's coolio. Why the hell does he live in this crap-hole? Big fan of siding, is he?

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i thought busta-rhymes was the one who lived in williamsburg...
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great week to be off the bike because i pulled/ripped every muscle around my right shoulder and basically can't move that arm.
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What'd you do to yourself Ben?

I rode all week, like normal. I am now at about a year and half commuting every day, weather be damned. Really not a big deal if you wear the right clothes, plus I don't clean my bike so the rain seems to actually help. My commute just takes like 5-10 minutes longer.

That day last year when the subways flooded was the worst. That day my dry clothes inside a tied trash bag, inside a chrome bag, still somehow got soaked.
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great week to be off the bike because i pulled/ripped every muscle around my right shoulder and basically can't move that arm.
I did the same thing. Fell over drunk riding on straight flat ground. No riding when you can't even stand up. Thats what I learned. Its been over a month but it still hurts, but I'm back in the saddle these days.
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i thought busta-rhymes was the one who lived in williamsburg...
i think you're right... coolio's holding down center square, right below jim j. bullock.
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i'm gonna take the time to play through metal gear solid 3 finallly.

and i've got to finish putting my bmx bike back together. i'm still waiting for my bottom bracket, arrgh!
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i think you're right... coolio's holding down center square, right below jim j. bullock.



<ahem> uh ah, that "Jm" J. Bullock. (Vowels are unnecessary and inconsequential.)

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ahhhh, you're right. it's busta, not coolio.

i almost got blasted off my bike by a buncha kids who were playing in an open hydrant one day and used a can to direct the stream at me. i might have been pissed if it hadn't felt so damned good.
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What'd you do to yourself Ben?
pat, it was freaky...

i was riding in williamsburg on sunday night when i hit a (small!) bump, my butt came down on my saddle, and i triggered something which i suppose was just waiting to happen - the head of my (older 3ttt aluminum) seatpost actually sheared right off the pole (nice clean break), sending me instantly onto the ground at a decent rate of speed.

my hands, knees and arms were pretty cut up, my krypto chain left a huge and painful bruise on my abdomen (hurts to sneeze!), but my right shoulder absorbed most of hit.

my arm has a _huge_ purple and yellow bruise on it and the muscles around my shoulder and down are all torn up, apparently.

it hurt pretty bad for a day or so, but now feels much better, i just feel like i have zero muscle in that arm. i can't lift it more than a couple of inches out from my body, though it's slowly feeling better, day by day. it'll take a few weeks at the least to get over this one.

i'm keeping it wrapped with an ace bandage and elevated at night and when possible at work. i basically haven't been able to even dress myself most days this week. ug....
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ouch ben!
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