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    ok, this thread comes with two warnings:
    (1) with the sole break of an hour off for critical mass, i've been working since 9am. it's 11pm. and,
    (2) this post gets smooshy and squishy and a little fuzzy. if you don't like it, don't read it.

    so, i've been here about a year now, and one clear change has happened since i got here...
    this has gone from a virtual community to an actual community.

    I was an organizer for 4 years and it was all about building community. People would be like "we need a listserv" and we were against it, since that's not real. Real is face to face. Real is people you can look in the eyes and relate to. Bike Forums is here, but it's not real.

    But since, oh, about May, more and more cities are using this space to make real community. Real rides, actual groups of people. Using this not as the community but as a tool to create real communities. Chicago, Boston, NY, SF, and even us in lowly DC are all posting real rides, actual people-to-people social funness, an they're working, and this board is bringing real people together. Beyond that, I've been floored by how friendly people are when I contact random strangers from this board before I travel to their town. They're welcoming, friendly, and happy to get me drunk. (ps- I'll be in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday) And now, hey, many of us are trekking cross country to meet eachother... in person.

    And it's worth mentioning that in a sport/hobby/obsession like FG, where people tend to be all pretense and posture, I've met so many people here who are just plain old nice. Nice nice. as in, the kind of people you can get a beer with and not be ashamed of your nashbar brand bullhorns.

    So, a toast, if you will, to making it real. That's some valuable stuff.

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    i'll drink to that.
    and thanks joel, for providing the space.

    (the rest of you can eff straight off, i already know i'm going to be sick of looking at your backsides vanishing into the distance in chicago, so i may as well get my bitter drunk on now).


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    I'll drink to that. Might as well get drunk since I'm not going to chicago. I should have plenty of time to sober up before the Montpelier meet and greet happens.

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    I really view the Bikepirates community on LiveJournal the same way, and I'm very pleased to be a part of both.
    Philosophy and feelings don't change the laws of physics

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimblysweep
    So, a toast, if you will, to making it real. That's some valuable stuff.
    From what I've noticed, you've certainly put in your fair share of work. Don't know what that means to you, but there it is. Perhaps one day when I finally get my bike put back together I'll go out and ride with you all. For now, I'll just stick to the knob ends on the 930 board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by econobot
    For now, I'll just stick to the knob ends on the 930 board.
    that's a board that's gone downhill if anything- you won't see much of me there anymore.
    and hey, you don't have to ride to come out... and you don't need a fix. you can come watch polo... we have spectators usually... or you can ride whatever jalopy you can put together on our pillages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treechunk
    I really view the Bikepirates community on LiveJournal the same way, and I'm very pleased to be a part of both.

    livejournal is way to pc! it hurts.

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    I'm on the wagon for a bit, but as soon as I fall off I'll toast!
    (btw, this is only until chicago. Certainly can't have that be a sober weekend!

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    I'll lift a glass to that! I have met more cool internet people on this forum than any other. Looking forward to the MnG to see some more of your ugly mugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by treechunk
    I really view the Bikepirates community on LiveJournal the same way, and I'm very pleased to be a part of both.
    Yeah, LJ is way too PC and touchy. I have also never had a desire to meet anyone off of there aside from you.

    I like this board because 90% of the people know what they're talking about 90% of the time. On LJ every other person asks the dumbest question I've ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by $0.00/Gal
    Yeah, LJ is way too PC and touchy. I have also never had a desire to meet anyone off of there aside from you.

    I like this board because 90% of the people know what they're talking about 90% of the time. On LJ every other person asks the dumbest question I've ever heard.
    I hear ya, there are LOTSA chumpy questions asked. I still think there are a number of people whose input I really enjoy. I'm honored to have such a statement made though. Have you ever read the "Bikes" LJ community? UGH! BP is a veritable den of free-thinking loonies by comparison!
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    ~harumph~
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    yeah i'll drink to that. i might not live near 99% of you but this forum has given me most of the knowledge that i have and many laughs.

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    hell, an excuse for me to have another drink, im all for

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    I gotta say, since I've started reading this forum in the past couple of weeks it seems distincly different from all the others. More tight knit and friendly and I think that's because a lot of you actually know each other, which is cool. I dig it.

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    Hotlanta Monday and Tuesday? Then you can't make the Chicago Warm-up or will you be back in time?

    Oh, and I guess that proves your point about community and ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin79
    Hotlanta Monday and Tuesday? Then you can't make the Chicago Warm-up or will you be back in time?

    Oh, and I guess that proves your point about community and ****.
    yeah, i'm running a tuesday midday press event in atlanta. so i get in late monday and leave tues afternoon. now that i think about it, great thanks to the superfriendly atlanta folks who have PM'ed me, but unless a midnight drink in a hotel bar is your speed, i think i don't have time to meet folks.

    and now the world knows my travel schedule for the week, hooray!

    yes, i hope to make the tuesday night ride. but who knows.

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