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Disneyland Fatty Wagons-- A Cat-1's perspective

Old 06-27-08, 11:59 AM
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Disneyland Fatty Wagons-- A Cat-1's perspective

Jonathan Eropkin is a Cat-1 racer in Fresno. He took a family trip to Disneyland, and made a photo essay on the use of electric scooters by non-disabled persons, "these now ubiquitous carts, rivaling the stroller". It is pretty funny.




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This road cycling content of this thread is that the photo essay captures the road cyclist's derisive attitude towards the non-fit population acquired along with fitness as surely as a cyclist's tan-- a sense of distance, and a lack of sympathy-- it is road cycling fitness' inevitable accompaniment.
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pretty hillarious. thanks for sharing!
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and faith in humankind, gone...
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I see that more and more. Its the same thing with Hanicap Parking permits. Doctors will give them out because fatty will complain of knee problems, when in reality, parking in the farthest spot would do them much better. People need to realize, if your really over weight, its really easy to drop 50lbs because just moving burns off 10X the amount of calories you and I would burn off for doing the same amount of work. Laziest at its finest.
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and faith in humankind, gone...
With all that's wrong in this world, it took a few photos of people riding scooters at Disney to shake you?
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I'd guess maybe one or two of those folks have health problems that might necessitate using a scooter instead of extended walking.
But that's just ridiculous.
Get off your butt and walk people. It won't kill you.
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This doesn't worry me as much as the shocking number of 4 and 5 year olds in strollers. It's as if their parents are conditioning them for a life astride the Jazzy.
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Sad to see the examples set by some of the elders of this generation, if indeed they are just lazy. A few years back when my dad ws 69 years young, he took me on a ride up the 4 lane (a 10 mile climb with a steady grade). He had a triple and I was pushing a 39-23. I have to admit I was a little spent when we got to the top......non the less, he's 71 now and still rides 3 days a week with his bike club. He's my hero and I can only hope to be as fit as he is when I'm his age. I don't think I'd ever see him renting a fatty-wagon anywhere.
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My wife and I went to disneyworld last fall. We have been there several times over the years but I had never seen so many fatty wagons. What annoyed me most was the fatties going up the handicap access to skip ahead on rides.
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I ride because I vow to NEVER be one of those people.
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I ride because I vow to NEVER be one of those people.
I ride because I nearly WAS one of those people.
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The old people don't bother me nearly as much as the 30- or 40-somethings scooting around in these things.
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Ironically, a cyclist mantra is "Never stand if you can sit; Never sit if you can lay down."
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Originally Posted by asmallsol View Post
I see that more and more. Its the same thing with Hanicap Parking permits. Doctors will give them out because fatty will complain of knee problems, when in reality, parking in the farthest spot would do them much better. People need to realize, if your really over weight, its really easy to drop 50lbs because just moving burns off 10X the amount of calories you and I would burn off for doing the same amount of work. Laziest at its finest.

It's good to see that you've undertaken exhaustive research on the issuance of parking permits (as well as related topics) and recipient demographics. Also, someone should really tell these people it's really easy to drop 50 lbs. Sources?

I'd like to understand how people know so much about someones spot in life with nothing more than a passing glance. It reminds me of all the times that a passing motorist has hurled an insult at me (usually involving sexual orientation) just because they happened to see "some f@g in spandex on a bike."
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I work for social security disability..... don't get me started on lazy! I would say, conservatively, that 80 percent of social security claimant's problems are a result of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. But I guess that's really not that surprising huh? Hell, it's just "your" money
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I'd rather punch myself in the crotch than take my family to disneyland.
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
It's good to see that you've undertaken exhaustive research on the issuance of parking permits (as well as related topics) and recipient demographics. Also, someone should really tell these people it's really easy to drop 50 lbs. Sources?

I'd like to understand how people know so much about someones spot in life with nothing more than a passing glance. It reminds me of all the times that a passing motorist has hurled an insult at me (usually involving sexual orientation) just because they happened to see "some f@g in spandex on a bike."
It's fairly simple. I go to the icecream parlor. People walk in that are 2 to 3X as heavy as me. They say "This is a large?" Yeah, I shouldn't judge......

People are fat because they choose to be. The number of people that have true medical reasons are few and far between. Unless you call lack of willpower and desire a medical problem.

Far and few, few and far....duh.....

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I'd rather punch myself in the crotch than take my family to disneyland.
Can I punch you in the crotch and take my family? On you of course......
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It's fairly simple. I go to the icecream parlor. People walk in that are 2 to 3X as heavy as me. They say "This is a large?" Yeah, I shouldn't judge......

People are fat because they choose to be. The number of people that have true medical reasons are far and few between. Unless you call lack of willpower and desire a medical problem.
lardbutts are definately bad for business. There are times when i go in and then right out, bc i see these people and i lose all desire to eat a blizzard.
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
I'd like to understand how people know so much about someones spot in life with nothing more than a passing glance.
We don't know in particular for each person whether there is some unknown malady that prevents them from walking, however, when you see these carts in their increasing multitudes it is certain that for most the only reason is being fat and deconditioned.
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Originally Posted by Tulex View Post
It's fairly simple. I go to the icecream parlor. People walk in that are 2 to 3X as heavy as me. They say "This is a large?" Yeah, I shouldn't judge......

Unless you call lack of willpower and desire a medical problem.
They call that depression these days. Let's be pc now Which begs the question, are they fat because they're depressed or depressed because they're fat?
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Is it depression or happily challenged?
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We did a family trip to DisneyWorld this May -- I was surprised at the number of electric carts. Now it could be the case that many had a legitimate reason to need them. It could be that people are abusing them; it could be that more people use them because the availability has increased.

On the stroller issue (Caloso): I agree and disagree. My kids exercise a lot; my 4 year old regularly takes six mile + bikerides with stops to play along the way. We normally don't stroller. At Disney, however, we used it quite a bit just because of the distances to cover & the desire not to have a fussy, exhausted 4 year old.
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
Ironically, a cyclist mantra is "Never stand if you can sit; Never sit if you can lay down."
Yea, Cat 1's are the second laziest group of people on earth when off their bikes, rivaled only by Pro's. If you don't beleive that entertain a few next time a big race is in town.

On a serious note, my wife who appears completely healthy (downright hot!) sometimes needs to use a cart to get around wally world (after popping 6 to 8 pain killers to get out of bed) and would certanly need one at Disney. Due to an illness that has no outward manifestation. Don't be so quick to judge.
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