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Old 01-24-05, 06:45 PM   #1
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Island Ruckus '05

INKDWHEELS and I just spent a weekend escorting William Karsten around the island. We taught him our game of "fixie tag". That went really well until today when I clotheslined myself on some caution tape in the mall parking lot. Oh, that and he cheats with his brake. And you should see how cute his dog is....

and there was a little of this....

and on the hills, INKD and karsten kind of looking like this...
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Old 01-24-05, 06:59 PM   #2
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sounds like a blast!
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Dog? They allow dogs on the ships?

Sounds like a whole lot of fun on the island. Any pics?
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Dog? They allow dogs on the ships?
Don't ask, don't tell, dude.
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Yeah, Dan can go up hills. however he's afraid to go down them. Whats the use in being the first up a hill if you have to walk down it?
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HA HA HA HA HA...that's awesome.
sometimes you just have to let the pain come
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Awards:

Award for best impersonation of Wyle E. Coyote:
Rancid for the parking lot restricted area yellow tape sign incident.
(subsequent award for fast parking lot exit: WK and Rancid)
Award for best ass busting:
WK for slipping on his cleats climbing up from spitting caves
Award for best pre ride fluid suggestion:
Inkdwheels for “Pimp juice” (His other suggestion was just as good to)
Award for classic bike moment:
Inkdwheels for the track stand on the cliff at Spitting caves.
Best near death (well, perhaps not that much near):
Rancid aka “Avoid being tagged at all cost”.
Best cop out:
WK for getting off at the last hill for about ½ a block.
Best method of avoid getting tagged:
WK for using the brake.
Best use of O.R.M.:
(drum roll please)
Uh.. no winner there

The damage total:

Sunburn: Back of neck, shin cuts, raspberry on leg from said cliff incident, chain slightly stretched, brake pad bent up, red dirt all over bike from getting lost on way back to ship for the last time (5 streets later I was on the right road), pedals missing paint from fixie tag in the parking garage, lotta missing rubber on rear tire.. full laundry bag of smelly @$$ clothes from 3 days of 80 degrees (That’s right East Coast folks, 80 degrees.. what was it, 10 there over the weekend??!?!?!), legs that feel like blocks of wood this morning..

Priceless is 3 days of riding with two complete strangers who gave me the good tour of their locale, kept me entertained and didn’t kill me too badly. (Fixie tag should be an Alley cat event.)

Badass is riding 3 abreast in downtown traffic and not getting honked at.

Most deserving of an A$$ kicking: Rancid for the dog comment. Just for that: Ben Harper Sucks. Still wearing your safety hat? The ceiling on that short yellow bus is pretty low.

Most humble, indebted and thankfull: WK. It’s more than words can say (and I’m a whole bunch of words usually) for the whole weekend. Really good people come few and far between, Hawaii doesn’t have any. JUST KIDDING. The whole weekend kicked @$$. (soppy voice) I say humbled because Inkdwheels and Rancid are good people, both as riders and as people in general. People like you remind me of who I’d like to be. (/soppy voice). Rancid: Ben Harper SUCKS…

Best ending to the story (aside from not getting killed, maimed, arrested or the like) is walking back on the boat in a black t-shirt with the word ASS printed across the front (Inkdwheel found one). I got stopped twice, and a few people just about fell over them selves trying to “casually glance” at the shirt. One guy caught his foot on a chain holding down one of the tow trucks and took a spill. (He probably had a little to drink too.)


I’m sure there are more stories to be relegated as time brings it up. But we won’t mention superman..
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Dog? They allow dogs on the ships??
No, saftey hat there is trying to make a joke. Don't give him any ammo to yuk it up.

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Sounds like a whole lot of fun on the island. Any pics?
Some really crappy ones from a disposible camera that I'll try to scan and put up soon.

There's one picture of Rancid getting the tar beat out of him.
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Wk= Superman
Rancid= Beta Man 2.0
Inkdwheels= Here to keep Rancid feeling Rancid

It was such a kick a$$ time. Karstens is a great person and i am now obligated to back up any trash talking he throws out. It was really cool having you here and you're welcome back any time.
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Any pics?
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The same ones as WK. I don't know why i didnt take any pics, probably because i live here. But I will scan the ones i have soon.
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I used mapsonus.com to measure the trip on Sunday.. going around the back side of diamond head is aprox 9.8 miles from the street I think your place is at and to the street that I think spitting caves is at. So, 10 miles, a fair guess.

Any time you, Rancid, or the Film Director are in San Diego, come see me. I'm sure I might be able to dream up something interesting..

Course, that said, this is the same guy posting who couldn't find his way back, called his wife, but didn't call the people who lived there, for directions.

Sadly, I'm now to resort to the life cycle again......
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