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Old 11-06-14, 06:42 AM
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Your Avatar -- The Back Story!

I've always wondered why people have what they have as their Avatar. This thread is a place to show a larger version (if you have one) and explain a little about it.

I'll start. My avatar is of a bear I encountered on my 2006 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. This was in Shenandoah National Park (SNP) near Lewis Mountain Campground, just south of Bearfence Mountain Hut.

Normally bears are only seen running off, but this one was being somewhat aggressive with me, doing things like stomping his front paws on the ground, chomping his jaws and huffing/puffing; contrary to popular belief, black bears do not growl/roar.

He gave me a great opportunity for close up pics, but then he got bored and waddled off down the trail.

Here's a larger version

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Old 11-06-14, 07:16 AM
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Old 11-06-14, 07:21 AM
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I change up my avatar every now and then. My current one is a cycling gnome, that, when I saw it in the store, I just had to have. Here he is on his usual perch.
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These fenders originated on a trashed and abandoned Raleigh. I took them home, bent them back into shape, hammered them out, and they served me well for many years until they eventually bit the dust. They needed repainting, and the chrome part looked like a nose to me, so I added eyes. It reminded me of The Story About Ping. Somewhere, I remember reading the line "boat without eyes cannot see."

Whoops, I'm not using that one anymore. I forgot I'd changed it to a picture of two of my children testing out a bag for our Yuba.
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Old 11-06-14, 07:47 AM
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One of my old Olympia jersey's just coz I'm fanatical about my road bike. It's safe to say my last road bike.

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Old 11-06-14, 08:01 AM
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There's was a short lived British show called Kingdom about a small town barrister starring Stephen Fry. It was a very sweet and gentle show. Peter Kingdom was a good guy and a good lawyer and I thought it was a little more esoteric and a little more accurate than Atticus Finch but probably not as accurate as Lionel Hutz.
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Old 11-06-14, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
There's was a short lived British show called Kingdom about a small town barrister starring Stephen Fry. It was a very sweet and gentle show. Peter Kingdom was a good guy and a good lawyer and I thought it was a little more esoteric and a little more accurate than Atticus Finch but probably not as accurate as Lionel Hutz.
And here I always thought you look just like Stephen Fry.
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And here I always thought you look just like Stephen Fry.
No I actually look like Ron Livingston. To be more accurate I look like a low rent version of Ron Livingston.
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Old 11-06-14, 10:37 AM
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No I actually look like Ron Livingston. To be more accurate I look like a low rent version of Ron Livingston.
I'd have to look that one up. No idea who that is.
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Old 11-06-14, 11:18 AM
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Old 11-06-14, 11:23 AM
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I'd have to look that one up. No idea who that is.
The office space guy. Also I was just listening to CBC this morning talking about coyotes in Oakville.
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Old 11-06-14, 11:35 AM
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My favorite lasted about an hour before the mods asked me to change it. It freaked SlimRider out so 'Mission Accomplished!'
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The office space guy. Also I was just listening to CBC this morning talking about coyotes in Oakville.
Yeah. Somebody's dog was attacked. A few years ago, an 8 year old girl was attacked in he back yard. She was not seriously injured, thankfully. The coyote's fangs barely penetrated her snowsuit.
Seems she was making snow angels, and coyote spotted her, and mistook her actions as a wounded animal.
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Many moons ago on Usenet group rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc there was a long-running thread on life lessons from the movies. One was, "Never fake left - you'll lose a hand!" Luke loses his at the end of Empire Strikes Back and Vader loses his in Return of the Jedi. This recurring theme goes over the top in the prequels - Anakin/Vader loses a total of five hands, including three rights, across the span of the movies. So, Lefty.

A few years later at one of the Celebration cons there was an art installation called the Vader Project that invited many artists to decorate Vader helmets. The example in my avatar, by an artist named Eulus, is based on the helmet worn by the Pvt. "Joker" Davis in the Stanley Kubrick movie Full Metal Jacket. The character has put a peace sign and the words "Born to Kill" on his helmet, because he thinks they're both cool, and he has some vague idea about the duality of man from Carl Jung. Vader is such a dual figure, destroying all that he knows is good in a futile effort to save his wife, then ultimately destroying the evil that corrupted him in order to save his son. He thereby fulfills prophecy by bringing balance to the Force by destroying nearly everyone who is either totally corrupted or uncorrupted, leaving only Luke, who had a taste of the dark side. I adopted it.

I gave myself the member type "Disco Infiltrator" because it's a cool song by LCD Soundsystem and because the duckbill TIE fighter thingy piloted by Darth Maul in Episode 1 is called a "Sith Infiltrator". I don't know what to call his Sith Honda Trail 90 that he busts out when he gets to Tattooine.

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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
One of my old Olympia jersey's just coz I'm fanatical about my road bike. It's safe to say my last road bike.

I think I'll change to the race jersey soon.
That looks a lot like the older jerseys for the Olympia Cycle Club in Winnipeg ... except I think the purple was a bit more blue.
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My current avatar is a daffodil which I put up just before the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day:
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However, Taz is probably my usual one.

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