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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 06:56      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWF4x01MkzE (via the Huffington Post)

I think that's just wonderful. [Smile]

The helmet thing just drives me nuts...

No one wears bike helmets. They're afraid they'll mess up their hair. "I have a big head and I would look silly," Mayor Klaus Bondam says.
Because a cerebral hematoma resulting from being too vain to wear a helmet wouldn't make you look silly?

And I was reading this article in the New York Times and I got to this bit:

James Vicente, a court attorney at the Kings County Criminal Court in Brooklyn, knows the quandary. After a trip to Amsterdam five years ago, Mr. Vicente was inspired to ride to work in his suit and tie. (He converted his road bike to a fixed-gear bike, with detachable fenders.)

“I liked the perversity of it,” he said. “I liked saying: ‘Anyone can do this. It’s normal.’ I never ride with a helmet either, even when people are telling me I’m an idiot. Riding a bike should be normal, and you shouldn’t have to wear a funny Styrofoam hat.”

One day he collided with another rider, tearing a gash in his suit sleeve and another in his pride. Today his suits reside in an office closet, and he cycles to work in jeans and a polo shirt.

Would he have gotten in the accident on a Dutch bike? He laughed. “Probably not,” he said. “I was riding with no hands, and the guy came out of the bike lane. If I’d been on one of those, I would probably have been going in more of a straight line.”

And I was thinking "Okay, this guy refuses to wear a helmet because it will make him look funny, and whizzes around with no hands? He'll change his clothes, but won't wear a helmet... because a hole in his suit is worse than a skull fracture? It's obviously no loss if his brains leak all over the sidewalk because the only thing he's using his head for is holding on his hair."

Sometimes I have very uncharitable thoughts about other people. But that guy's a dumbass.

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Richard Wolf VI
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Icon 10 posted April 30, 2009 01:11      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sorry, almost forgot your post after watching so much Scandinavian greatness [hearts]

Tee hee, now I've recovered some of my attention, yeah, safety is out of question. It's like not using seatbelts because they'll crease your suit or something like that. I guess it's just Natural Selection kicking in [evil]

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