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Old 12-19-08, 09:35 AM
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Killing them with kindness

So today everything in southern WI is closed, except my office. 8" of snow and its still snowing. Anyway, I decided to ride my bike. I actually think I had a better chance of getting to work on it than in my jetta. So anyway, After I got out of my driveway and onto the road, it really wasn't too bad. About 2 miles into my commute, a guy in a van was passing me, and he rolled down his window to yell..."what the F are you doin!" I shrugged it off. And he drove off around the corner.

As I rounded the corner, I see the same van, on the opposite side of the road, just wedged in enough to be stuck. I stopped, and asked him if he needed help getting unstuck, and he took the help. In the process of digging out his van and then pushing him off, I mentioned to him...You know, when my bike gets stuck I just pick it up and carry it until I can ride again. You should consider it. I gave him a sly grin, but I doubt he saw it since I was wearing a balaclava.

He thanked me and drove off. I bet he feels like a real ****** for yelling at me. If not, what do I care, today's ride was awesome. Very few cars. It was like I had the road to myself!

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Old 12-19-08, 09:45 AM
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Dogboy, I owe you a beer.
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Old 12-19-08, 09:47 AM
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Great story. Way to be the better man!
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Old 12-19-08, 10:13 AM
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Lol. Very nicely done. I tell co-workers all the time who are complaining about going out to start the car early to defrost it that the great thing about my bike is I just take it outside and go, no start up time, and the engine never fails.
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Old 12-19-08, 10:19 AM
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Classy.
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Originally Posted by metalchef87 View Post
Lol. Very nicely done. I tell co-workers all the time who are complaining about going out to start the car early to defrost it that the great thing about my bike is I just take it outside and go, no start up time, and the engine never fails.
At least until the pb&j sandwiches run out.
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Old 12-19-08, 10:24 AM
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If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
and the Lord will reward you.
Proverbs 25. Sometimes the ancients had it right.
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Old 12-19-08, 10:33 AM
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This is a fantastic story and really drives home the point some of us were trying to make in the thread about co-workers who fret and admonish cyclists for riding into their jobs during inclement weather.

As I said in that thread, "we'd all be safer if everyone left their cars at home in the ice and snow and rode bikes." It's true. The guy in the van thinks you're nuts for riding your bike- but you're perfectly fine! the only thing that can make your life miserable is some JAM sliding off the road in your direction.

Watch out for those idiots that choose to drive in this weather- especially the ones totally incapable of handling it.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:03 AM
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Pure awesome. Good on ya times 1,000,000
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That's the best story I've heard in awhile. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:16 AM
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BF Commuting Story of the Year.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Lizzylou View Post
At least until the pb&j sandwiches run out.
True I have already found myself telling this story to other commuters I know.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:43 AM
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Soooo...what...you gotta winch on that bike?
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Old 12-19-08, 11:56 AM
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Soooo...what...you gotta winch on that bike?
No, he was just barely off the road, so all I did was help him dig the snow out from around the rear tire, and then push the van as he slowly applied the gas. He probably could have gotten out on his own, but with me helping, he was out in just a minute or two.
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Old 12-19-08, 12:21 PM
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Old 12-19-08, 12:28 PM
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Did he need help getting that foot out of his mouth too?

Nicely done sir.
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Nice post, a big to you sir.

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Dogboy, I owe you a beer.
But would it be a Hamms or Milwaukee's finest?

Yep those ancients, they knew a thing or two except that part about terracentric flat geometries...
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Old 12-19-08, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Popeyecahn View Post
Yep those ancients, they knew a thing or two except that part about terracentric flat geometries...
Not entirely true. Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the earth with amazing accuracy considering the technology available at the time.
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Originally Posted by DogBoy View Post
a guy in a van was passing me, and he rolled down his window to yell..."what the F are you doin!"
I love the irony in this. There's about a foot of snow on the ground covering slick icy patches, and the van driver wants to know what the eff you're doing while he rolls down his window and directs his attention away from the road ahead of him and the conditions under his own tires.
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