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Old 06-14-07, 08:07 PM
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'Molly Garvey & her pink bike said... '

I feel blessed to live in a town where, everyday as I bike to and from work, I am greeted cheerfully by police officers, municipal workers, joggers, and others who wave back and smile. I am so blessed to have this bike, an essential gift from dear friends, that transports me to the job that is meaningful to me. It's an exhilerating meditation that has made me so much more alert to my surroundings -I could tell you so much about the 3 miles of road, houses, and beings I pass and greet.
Safe cycling, love, and peace,
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Old 06-14-07, 11:24 PM
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what year was that?
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Old 06-15-07, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by randya
what year was that?
You mean, what drug was that!?
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Old 06-19-07, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by randya
what year was that?
Maybe it's the summer of 1967, but in the present?

She posted this recently on Stephan Orsak's site. It appears as one posting in a long string of other people's postings. Most of those are posted in some other spirit -- anger, contention, outrage, complaint, blame, etc., etc.

And her posting stood out like a breath of good air.

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Why can't more people spread that kind of spirit?, or something like it?, or at least something positive?

It seems that she brightens everyone's days, and all of her encounters, and has a great time as well.

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I'm not saying we should all festoon our bikes with flowers, and behave exactly like her; but it just struck me somehow, when I came across her contribution to the mix -- it was so different, and so unusual -- she's indicating a variety of possibilities.... Why can't there be more variations on themes of positive riding experiences, and positive encounters with cops and motorists, and positive contributions to the whole mix of life?

We all bring something to the table.

She's bringing something interesting.
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Old 06-19-07, 01:14 PM
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I too live in a town where by far the bulk of the interactions which I have on my commute to/from work each day are pleasant - this included the police officers, road workers, joggers, walkers etc. Exchanged smiles and waves are a daily occurrence. This is not to say that I don't run into rude motorists, but on balance, my interactions with others on the bike are pleasant. In contrast, when I am driving my automobile, I rarely interact with others. This is one of the reasons that I love my 2 hours of commuting each day.
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Old 06-19-07, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Niles H.
Maybe it's the summer of 1967, but in the present?

She posted this recently on Stephan Orsak's site. It appears as one posting in a long string of other people's postings. Most of those are posted in some other spirit -- anger, contention, outrage, complaint, blame, etc., etc.

And her posting stood out like a breath of good air.

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Why can't more people spread that kind of spirit?, or something like it?, or at least something positive?

It seems that she brightens everyone's days, and all of her encounters, and has a great time as well.

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I'm not saying we should all festoon our bikes with flowers, and behave exactly like her; but it just struck me somehow, when I came across her contribution to the mix -- it was so different, and so unusual -- she's indicating a variety of possibilities.... Why can't there be more variations on themes of positive riding experiences, and positive encounters with cops and motorists, and positive contributions to the whole mix of life?

We all bring something to the table.

She's bringing something interesting.
Nice post, I agree. She sounds great.
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Old 06-19-07, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Niles H.
Why can't there be more variations on themes of positive riding experiences, and positive encounters with cops and motorists, and positive contributions to the whole mix of life?
That's what the commuting forum is for.
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Originally Posted by sbhikes
That's what the commuting forum is for.
You can't be serious? Isn't a positive attitude a plus for cycling advocacy?

I'm hoping I just missed your sarcasm...
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Old 06-19-07, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Blue Order
You can't be serious? Isn't a positive attitude a plus for cycling advocacy?

I'm hoping I just missed your sarcasm...
Here ya go:

I'm just saying there's a lot more odes to the joys of cycling in the commuting forum. This one's for arguing.
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Originally Posted by sbhikes
Here ya go:

I'm just saying there's a lot more odes to the joys of cycling in the commuting forum. This one's for arguing.
Well, even being an arguer myself, I still think that Molly Garvey and her pink bike do more for cycling advocacy every single day than all of us angry confrontational types. We'd all be happier, and healthier, and cycling would be more respected, if we all had Molly Garvey and her pink bike's attitude.

I guess I'm arguing with you...
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Since I switched to a recumbent, I've had far more positive interactions with other road users than I ever had on the road bike, and far less negative ones. Previously, I either seemed to be abused or ignored.

Huzzah for weird bikes!
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Sounds like Pleasantville, but a nice post nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by Blue Order
Well, even being an arguer myself, I still think that Molly Garvey and her pink bike do more for cycling advocacy every single day than all of us angry confrontational types. We'd all be happier, and healthier, and cycling would be more respected, if we all had Molly Garvey and her pink bike's attitude.

I guess I'm arguing with you...
Ha! Take that, Blue Order!

You are right, though.
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