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By Driusan (Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 08:28:12 AM EST) cycling, handlebar stem full of rust (all tags)
I was biking from one class to another today. I had to stop at a stop sign, 'cause there were cars.

Problem 1: Brakes don't work. Solution: Turn (onto grass, not road) and stop with your feet. Having a freewheel which works dubiously at best may also help with the stopping. Come to a complete stop, which brings us to,

Problem 2: The handlebar stem detaches and falls off the bike. Solution: Jump clear, look around, wonder what's wrong with the people around you that they're not pointing and laughing at you, and come to the conclusion that maybe you need a new bike. (Then loosely put it back, carefully bike home to your sweet, sweet adjustable wrench and fix it.)

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Damn it by Pasofol (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 08:45:15 AM EST
my attempts to end your life short keep failing.  Maybe exploiding hard drives in your Mac will be my next attempt.

PS by Pasofol (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 08:47:21 AM EST
Ready to get flamed for spelling mistake of exploding.

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Oh noes! Not exploiding! by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:08:06 AM EST
Is that a name brand? Do they work better than the drive in my laptop started working after god threw it on the floor? If so, I'll take it.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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Advice by ad hoc (4.00 / 4) #3 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:01:43 AM EST

Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
That reminds me.. by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:06:13 AM EST
I should have probably went through the effort of taking my helmet out of my bag before riding home.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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In the 80s there was a period by cam (4.00 / 4) #6 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:21:04 AM EST
when German tourists and backpackers were getting eaten by crocodiles each week, which produced the joke; "If you are a German backpacker coming to Australia you need your passport and dental records".

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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Sounds like a little before by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 01:06:32 PM EST
German tourist season in Florida. Don't worry about the gators, worry about the heavilly armed locals.


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is that a New Yorker cartoon? by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 11:40:32 AM EST
Looks like it would be a good candidate for the treatment.

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Dunno by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:58:35 PM EST
That reminds me by spacejack (4.00 / 2) #7 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 11:04:16 AM EST
Once upon a time I used to bike up to work at Lawrence & Dufferin and back every day. On the way home, I'd head down Christie, then Grace st. on my way to our house at King & Shaw. At Dundas, there's a jog in the road, and a traffic light that took forever to change if you missed it. So if I was anywhere near the intersection while the light was green, I'd push it to get there in time.

Well, this one time I severely underestimated the time it'd take me to get there before the light changed. I flew downhill at top speed and hit the intersection just as the light went red. But I totally forgot that I had to decelerate to make a hard left, across the streetcar tracks (there's no road south of Dundas). With no way to do this without breaking the laws of physics, I just went straight through, hopped the curb and the short brick 'fence' on to the lawn of the house on the south side of the street, and rode up that practically up to the front door before being able to stop. I was damn lucky - I wasn't even thinking what was beyond the curb.

My God Man! by Improbus (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 02:08:54 PM EST
You don't carry an emergency kit?  No merit badge for you camper!

If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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