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Old 11-06-07, 07:22 PM
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Geese, lots of ducks angry at the geese, geese poop. And once I saw a turkey walking along the shoulder of the road. Lots of ipod zombies, too. Last week alone I almost destroyed two joggers.
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I can't even come close to Buzzman's tales. I have lots of animal sighting stories like deer feeding right next to the trail so close you could almost touch them. Once a deer ran parallel to the trail just in front of me. The strangest animal encounter was a woodchuck who seemed to be racing me down the trail. We raced along for perhaps 50 feet (which seems to be the maximum sprint distance of a woodchuck).

I was flashed once this summer by a woman as I road through town to the trailhead. I guess my reflexes are slowing since I didn't get as good a look as I should have!
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Old 11-06-07, 08:07 PM
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What about walking?

Walking up Stone Mountain, GA, one summer's eve, I saw...

(Nevermind )
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1. I watched the rider in front of me run over a duck.
2. Saw what looked to be a human finger on the trail.
3. Giant ***** lying in the street.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
3. Giant ***** lying in the street.


can't handle this info. :roflmao...
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Old 11-08-07, 05:25 PM
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Clowder of cats

Yesterday, it was a clowder of cats for me.

I wasn't really commuting, as I was working from home, so I went for a ride on the bay trail which lies on the western side of the San Francisco Bay. Between San Mateo and Foster City, I started to notice a ton of cats. Mostly in twos and threes every few yards. I'm thinking that this is really strange, and then I found the attached flyer. Weird.
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Old 11-08-07, 06:46 PM
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Is "clowder of cats" similar to "gaggle of geese?"

Just expanding my vocab.
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Old 11-08-07, 07:14 PM
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My commute is through darkest suburbia, so I don't see many strange sites. Here are few things that stand out:

-- Gaggle of geese crossing the road in line, stopping all of the traffic.
-- Red-tailed hawk sitting on a fence post about 5' off the road. They are huge up close.
-- Little kid peeing on the side of the road in broad daylight.

Oh yeah, I saw another bike commuter the other day. That was wierd. I rarely ever see any other bike commuters on my route.
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Old 11-08-07, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
Oh yeah, I saw another bike commuter the other day. That was wierd. I rarely ever see any other bike commuters on my route.
Imagine how he felt when he saw you...

Our maintenance dept. recently put up bike racks at work, one for the public and another in the parking garage for employees. After over a decade of riding to work mostly "alone," the rack has attracted another bike commuter. He rides a Cannondale touring bike of some kind. Never realized just how neatly Cannondale frames are made until I examined the welds of that bike today...

Actually, I know him, but we met because of the bike rack. We had both been taking our bikes into the office to park by our desks.
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I saw a very strange thing last night on my commute.

As i was riding down one of the MUPs here i saw a jogger with a blinkie attached to the back of her shorts. Maybe it wasn't so strange, but definitely rare. She still had her ipod on, and i kind of startled her a bit when i applauded her as i passed.
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Old 11-09-07, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
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3. Giant ***** lying in the street.
I'm logging in midday just to say that oddly enough, I just saw this same object lying in the street. Conspiracy? You decide.
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Old 11-09-07, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by LittleBigMan View Post
Is "clowder of cats" similar to "gaggle of geese?"
Yes. Also spelled "clutter", possibly to acknowledge the effect of having several in the kitchen while cooking something they like.

Personally, though, I prefer "a sandbag of cats". Anyone who's spent a cold winter night with several friendly cats will instantly see the appropriateness




Apropos the thread, I've given people a "strangest thing" moment, also usually a smile, by playing tunes on my tin whistle as I pedal along. It requires a good pavement and no traffic, though.
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Old 11-09-07, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
-- Little kid peeing on the side of the road in broad daylight.
I saw one standing out in a park, peeing. The weird thing was that his Mom was right behind him instructing him....
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Old 11-09-07, 03:18 PM
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Bunch of Raccoons crossed in front of me except one last one. Mama kept looking back and as I got closer she'd hiss and start to come at me so I stopped. The lil one was chicken to cross, he'd start then stop over and over. I pedaled a foot, mama would hiss and come at me. Great, I'll be late for work but eventually she coaxed the lil booger to go. Don't mess with mama critters.
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Old 11-09-07, 05:14 PM
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I saw something strange on my commute today, atleast for me. I saw 27mph on flat ground, for about a second or two
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Old 11-09-07, 06:06 PM
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Weirdest thing I ever saw was a hippy sitting on a bench with a 4' bong, puffin' away.

In Eugene, OR or Berkeley, CA or even Boulder, CO it would have been normal. But I was on the Cherry Creek Path in North Parker, CO...a very conservative suburb. There he sat, 7:30 a.m., chiefin' like there wasn't a thing odd about it at all. He even waved!
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Originally Posted by climbhoser View Post
Weirdest thing I ever saw was a hippy sitting on a bench with a 4' bong, puffin' away.

In Eugene, OR or Berkeley, CA or even Boulder, CO it would have been normal. But I was on the Cherry Creek Path in North Parker, CO...a very conservative suburb. There he sat, 7:30 a.m., chiefin' like there wasn't a thing odd about it at all. He even waved!
How do you know it wasn't tobacco?
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Old 11-09-07, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
  • I've found two dead bodies in the Charles River on my commutes.
  • Pulled one living bridge jumper with a broken leg from the Charles,
  • found a woman lying unconscious on the bike path who's pedal had come off of her brand new bike,
  • had a guy jump from the bushes in full camouflage gear in the middle of the night,
  • watched a hawk almost snag a squirrel only to have the squirrel run up a tree and do a gymnastic leap back at the hawk,
  • had a squirrel that was being pursued by a cat run into the front wheel of my folding bike- not a pretty sight,
  • had a rabbit jump across the path in the middle of the night right at eye level with serious hang time inches from my face with the two of us eyeballing each other,
  • once, at 2 am while riding in a tough neighborhood, saw a spectacular car crash as a car being chased by a cop collided with a building and then the cop car went into the back of it- I stopped my bike aghast as the criminal leapt from the wreckage opened the unconscious cop's door and took his gun and ran,
  • was passed by a limousine with Nelson Mandela in it- who waved at me,
  • was stopped very early one morning in Newport, RI on my way to work because they were shooting a film and sitting in the old Model T next to me was Laurence Olivier, who also waved at me...

I've been cycle commuting for 37 years, if I thought about it long enough I could make a really long list of weird stuff.
List hell, you should write a book, it'd be brilliant.
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Old 11-09-07, 09:04 PM
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I saw a family, 4 or 5 of them, all on matching 20" bright yellow spider bikes, complete with banana seats and those high back rests a couple weeks ago. For a second there I thought I might be having a flash back...
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Originally Posted by dirtylaundry View Post
I saw a bald headed zombie marching on the street, dripping foam from his mouth. His eyes were real red. I biked up real close to him. He sort of lynched at me and scared me. I took off and didn't look back. It was very real, except I image he wasn't a zombie but some sort of person with an extreme mental disorder. It was scary.
I saw a guy just like this once when I was riding down the bike path. He was punching himself in the head and yelling at imaginary enemies. I rode past him, and he lunged towards me and shouted "You wanted to see me?!", so I cranked it up and got out of there fast. I contemplated buying a gun after that.

I have also seen:
-A big, nasty looking double-ended ***** in the gutter. it was there for a couple days.
-A totally obliterated bum pissing on a parked police cruiser, in the middle of the afternoon.
-Riot cops shooting teargas at a student protest as I was riding to class. The cops were being totally out of line, and roughing up people who had nothing to do with the protest.
-A sixty year old roller blader with every type of protective device (kneepads, elbow pads, wrist brace, etc) tootling down the bike path in neon green short shorts and a faded pink tank top using ski poles to push himself along.

I just noticed that two of you have also seen *****s lying in the street. WTF? Who is leaving their *****s out?
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Originally Posted by climbhoser View Post
Weirdest thing I ever saw was a hippy sitting on a bench with a 4' bong, puffin' away.

In Eugene, OR or Berkeley, CA or even Boulder, CO it would have been normal. But I was on the Cherry Creek Path in North Parker, CO...a very conservative suburb. There he sat, 7:30 a.m., chiefin' like there wasn't a thing odd about it at all. He even waved!
haha, I'll try to be more discreet next time, sorry.
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I just noticed that two of you have also seen *****s lying in the street. WTF? Who is leaving their *****s out?
I think I have a partial answer to that question.........

One of my g/f friends lived with us for a week or so, then she moved by car from Florida to Washington State. Of course she had too much stuff for her 2-door Ford hatchback thing. So she left stuff at our house (I dont know if she expected us to hold it for her in our 1 bedroom apartment or throw it away). Well eventually me and the g/f kinda got wasted. About 20+ beers apiece and we started digging through her boxes to see what was in there. We found this ENORMOUS vibrator in one box. Well, in our drunken state of mind, we thought it would be funny to leave it some were around the apartment complex. I dont recall if it ended up at the hot tub, the parking lot or up by the offices.

So yea, I am taking a wild guess and assuming that all the *****s on the MUP are there for alcohol related purposes.
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strangest thing I have seen is a fat lady shoving her face with jack in the box while waiting for the bus.
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You ever noticed that its allways a fat lady who parks in the bike lane to drop some one off or pick some one up?
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The oddest thing I've seen was a pair of underwear, sitting on a tree branch, other than that... i got nothing.
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