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Old 06-05-05, 09:25 PM
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What did you see on your ride/commute today?

I saw a guy on a MTB with no brakes, cables hanging (maybe he sold them to make the rent) and using his left foot Fred Flintstone style to slow down or stop

The next day I saw an American flag, with pieces of its broken staff, on the street with an SUV zooming by.

Today I saw an SUV in the handicapped space at Trader Joe's with no handicapped placard. And a lot of bike cops puttin' around through the crowds at that art/craft show in downtown Sunnyvale. They use Jamis bags.
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Old 06-06-05, 05:42 AM
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Haven't left for work yet, but yesterday on my way to work I saw a track bike (with rear brakes) locked to a sign post. I guess the owner lived or worked nearby because it was a nice looking bike and I'd never seen it there before.
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Old 06-06-05, 07:14 AM
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I saw a snapping turtle, a great english garden downtown, and two very well camoflagued hobo villages in the woods behind the parkway. Because the circuis is in town, I was blessed to see numerous carneys (small feet - smell like cabage) on dates with their new local girlfriends in the park.
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Old 06-06-05, 08:02 AM
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We had severe thunderstorms with high winds this weekend. So on my morning commute I saw trees down all along the route.

Also with all the water I think the Armadillos are confused. Have yet to see a live one (just moved here six months ago). One of the sader looking animals when dead. There is also a turtle that recently got hammered and tossed asside over the weekend. There is so much violence associated with cars, suv's, and pickup trucks. If its not the stickers of guns or insignia of army divisions its the carcasses left in their wake.
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Old 06-06-05, 08:09 AM
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Saturday on the East Bay Bike Path in Providence, I saw a family riding and the father had a front wire basket with all the hemets stuffed in it.

On the trip home riding through Providence a young woman on here bike was trying to turn left. She had to wait for one car clear the intersection. She was in the middle of the street where she should be when the car behind her started blaring it's horn. I wonder what he expected her to do? He looked to be under 25, so I'll give him a free pass for being stupid.

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Old 06-06-05, 08:22 AM
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I saw a guy holding a "puppies for sale" sign on the sidewalk on Wisconsin Ave. Some lady (in a car) stopped to ask him about them and within five seconds (literally) three or four people were leaning on their horns. By the time the whole fifteen seconds she talked to the guy was over, there was a whole orchestra of horns blaring.

All she wanted was to know about some puppies. Don't we all still like puppies? And if the cagers honking at her had budgeted those fifteen seconds they were delayed for something else, they need to relax their schedules a bit.
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Old 06-06-05, 08:49 AM
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I finally found a kildeer egg. They hang out around the office but never figured out where they were nesting. Just before arriving today, I heard and then saw one screaming on the side of the road and it didn't move when I passed very slowly. I turned back, passed again and stopped, then I saw one egg under it. It has the same color as the gravel around it. It sits about 2 feet off the road. Hopefully it won't get turned into an omelette by one of those plane-spotters' cage. Time to get the camera out.
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Old 06-06-05, 09:08 AM
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In the park I ride through on my commute, I saw a blackberry tree! I never noticed it before, but it even looked like it had some ripe fruit already... I'll have to check on the way home .
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Old 06-06-05, 09:14 AM
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Pavement, a few bits of glass, a bum's feet sticking out of his blankets and a lady in a running suit on the bike path stopping to have a smoke.
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Old 06-06-05, 09:17 AM
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Another day of scantily-clad coeds sunbathing on the quad.
Of course, I see this every day from May to September.

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Old 06-06-05, 09:38 AM
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dolphins. early morning dolphins.
absolutely breathtaking creatures.
worth the risk of a flat on the nail-ridden boardwalk in hopes to see them.
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Old 06-06-05, 11:00 AM
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Incidentally, after doing some research (what would we do without the internet ), I suspect it was not a blackberry tree (although there is such a thing, the Rubus probabilis, but I am on the extreme northen end of its range) but instead a Red Mulberry, which is native to North America and I am smack in the middle of its range. I'll let you know how they taste .
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Old 06-06-05, 11:36 AM
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I was going to suggest mulberry when I saw your first post. There is one right around the corner from my house on the way to the trailhead. They taste a lot like blackberries and have a similar central core that is inedible. The only bad thing is they are prime bird food and so for a week or two all the bird crap is dyed purple and tends to stain anything outside painted white.
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it was 80 degrees this morning and I saw a guy riding his bike, loaded with panniers and a trunk bag, with a jacket on. I would have melted. hehe
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Old 06-06-05, 03:28 PM
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I saw a guy wearing an old fashioned nylon windbreaker on a mountain bike. Those things don't breathe at all. I'd be soaked after 10 minutes wearing that.
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I haven't seen anything yet today...

Yesterday I came home from work at one thirty in the morning (Maybew this should count as day before yesterday?) and passed a guy jogging down the street....

...naked...



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Wasn't really a commute, was out after dinner for a ride, getting some miles in on my brooks b-17 (only 495 miles to go!) so it will be broken in when my Gitane is ready in a few months.

Anyway, coming under the overpass I saw some young pain sufferers partaking of some Medicinal marijuana to alleviate their pain. What a shame these brave young people, fellow bicyclists even, are now forced to skulk around under overpasses like criminals due to the latest Supreme court ruling saying federal Law trumps state law.
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Let's see..... today I saw...... a Mexican dude headed the wrong way headed right for me! And we passed English style, each veered a bit to the left and no sweat. Hope that guy learns to ride on the right with traffic though, he could come to some grief.

And a motorcycle, parked, but with all kinds of blue lights on it, lit up. It was night when I saw that, and it was pretty showy. Now that I think of it, if it weren't for the lights, someone driving a car could dive into that seemingly empty space and waste the bike. Those lights are probably a good idea.
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Last night I saw a Dude on a Hog style bike. He was the epitomy of James Dean style cool. It is kind of like the chopper style bikes they are selling this year in a lot of the big box style stores. It had a few exceptions which made it pretty cool. The bike was bright green, had very high handlebars just like on a real hog and a big beefy back tire. The older guy was in his 50's with the dark wrap around shades. He was very non-chalantly riding along; very slow, like he owned the side walk he was on. I only hope I look half that cool when I am 50.
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Yesterday I rode from my work to a friends office. He's a bike commuter too, so I hung around the bike rack waiting for his slow butt to get down stairs. I had my camera with me so I popped off a couple of interesting things I saw in the 10 minutes I was sitting on my bike. The funniest thing was this woman with her foo-foo poodles out for a walk and all the attention she was getting.

It's funny, all the little things that I never seem to notice while sitting in my car...
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I have a course after work Tuesdays, with no safe bike lockup, so…

What did I see?

The insides of two buses! Bleah. A passed-out drunk who obviously only wanted to go downtown, but slept all the way to the end of the line down in this industrial zone by the river. Last saw him blinking in the sunlight, wandering off down the railway tracks.

Ask me again tomorrow.
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Old 06-07-05, 10:54 AM
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I saw a (relatively) huge turtle today! His shell was probably almost as big across as my helmet, although he was a water turtle so he was flatter. Looked like a boy, from the size of his tail, but I couldn't see his toenails.

Ate some mulberries . They were good, but unless they're fully ripe they aren't nearly as sweet... and I ate all the ripe ones (that I could reach) so I guess I'll be waiting a few days before having any more. I didn't notice an inedible core... I just popped 'em in my mouth and chewed. Of course I do the same thing with blackberries too.

And WOW there is a wild grape vine a couple trees over from the mulberry... if it produces even 10% as many grapes as it has flowers, I won't have to buy grapes this summer. It was LOADED with flowers. Of course we've had a really good year so far water-wise so that's probably why.

I'm really glad I figured out how to cut through this park. It reduces the distance I ride, eliminates a hill, AND has all this cool stuff in it. And almost no people, I usually only see one or two.
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Today, I saw the back of a big ass bus who cut me off. Then I saw hope from not running into it by bunny hopping up the curb on my ss langster.
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Originally Posted by Marylandnewbie
I was going to suggest mulberry when I saw your first post. There is one right around the corner from my house on the way to the trailhead. They taste a lot like blackberries and have a similar central core that is inedible. The only bad thing is they are prime bird food and so for a week or two all the bird crap is dyed purple and tends to stain anything outside painted white.
That's funny, there is a mulberry down the street and the berries have been dropping like mad, and the birds are ignoring them. They taste ok to me, especially if you eat a black-ripe one with a reddish-underripe on.

the purple on our cars comes during the olive season. The local crows love those things and we get great, big purple blotches on our cars. --Wait, maybe it'sfrom all the mullberries inthe area? or do we have two purple blotch seasons? I can't remember. . .

I have been seeing live rabbits on rides lately, but it seems even more dead ones in the roads. It is going to be a big year for rabbits 'round here. I wonder if next year or the year after will be a big year for coyotes; I have heard that predator populations tend to boom big a year or two after a prey species booms big. . .
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Haven't ridden yet today (still at work) but yesterday I saw a plump guy riding sideways on his hybrid. His feet were on both pedals, he had one leg cocked upwards and his bum was fully sideways on the saddle. He was sort of riding out the tailwind. Weird.
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