Re: Profiles in Courage Stubbornness

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Uhh, 2.8 miles? Why not walk it?

Felix Salmon "A Unified Theory of New York Biking"


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:20 AM
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Yeah. I think its an instance of the general problem that people don't want to move out of their comfort zone, and erect enormous mental barriers to prevent change. See Brock Landers for the canonical example. A friend of mine was shocked at the suggestion she walk to a location about two miles away, a journey I regularly make on foot and bike.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 1:46 AM
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I was going to ask who the hell lives 2.8 miles from a major concert venue, but I live exactly that from Dodgers Stadium. Since I haven't seen a stadium show since I've lived in a big city, there's still something that feel suburban about going to one.

Also my bike got stolen.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 1:50 AM
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Do people not live near, say, Madison Square Garden?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 1:53 AM
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Not real American people, Ginger. Filthy rootless cosmopolitans.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 2:05 AM
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It would take about an hour to walk 2.8 miles; 10 minutes to bike it. not everybody is a gentleperson of leisure.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 2:26 AM
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I was going to ask who the hell lives 2.8 miles from a major concert venue

This is funnier if you read k-sky as meaning "I don't think I could stand living more than five blocks from my beloved Metropolitan Opera House. I mean, I really don't know how the little people manage it."


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 3:43 AM
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But where did you lock the bike which you were at the concert?


Posted by: Mike d | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:00 AM
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We used to live less than half a mile from a major football stadium. The night Springsteen played there we took a couple of bottles into the yard and enjoyed the show. Now the buggers have built a purpose built show arena on the other side of town.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:11 AM
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I can see Wembley pretty well from my window, it looks surprisingly close, although I think it's actually about 2 miles as the crow flies. I did used to live really quite close to Ibrox in Glasgow, which has left me with a life-long hatred of people wearing blue ...


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:16 AM
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10: Surely you hated them before the proximity?


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:17 AM
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Yes, long time lurker, etc. (Though once posted as NC Planning Student or something like that. ) I was just surprised that they let you. Not just because they often make a lot of money off of parking, but because they also probably expect everyone to drive. Did the parking people give you any trouble? Where there bike racks or other facilities at the venue? Or did you use a chain link fence? Were there any other bikes locked up there? Seems like a natural thing to do IMO, but only once you think of the possibility. But it is more unusual thank you might think. As it were.

I also once sat outside a small outdoor venue in central Stockholm where the Rolling Stones were playing. It seemed like half of the city was there listening to the show for free. Everything I said above is taken back if you live in a European city.


Posted by: Alfrek MacSteinie | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:20 AM
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re: 10

I was somewhat indifferent. Although regular Orange marches down my street as a kid probably predisposed me.*

After I lived near Ibrox my former vague feeling that I probably preferred Celtic [of the Old Firm] hardened.

* my family are nominally Catholic in a Nazi race-law sense, but I was brought up as an atheist and went to a non-denominational school.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:21 AM
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I live only six miles from a local rodeo venue. But we are about to move to Queens, so rodeo might be harder to come by.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:35 AM
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14: We have hipster moonshine in Brooklyn -- I think you should feel free to start hipster rodeo in Queens.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 5:42 AM
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But where did you lock the bike which you were at the concert?

It was a Lady GaGa show. He probably wore the bike in and was mistaken for a backup dancer.


Posted by: A Guest | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:16 AM
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To the OP: I know, huh? Even in compact, freewayless, eminently bikeable Boston I get that all the time.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:27 AM
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12: Seriously, all you de-lurking people should take your pseuds from Dr. Suess's "Too Many Daves"


Posted by: Oliver Boliver Butt | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:30 AM
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Back when I was in the Boy Scouts we actually had a "Bike Rodeo," which I recall as being one of the dorkiest events I've ever participated in.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:33 AM
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17: I assumed you put him up to this.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:38 AM
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I was just surprised that they let you.

If I'd done something similar--and I might have, though Lady Gaga isn't likely to perform somewhere within bicycling distance of me--I would have locked up my bike across the street from the stadium or somewhere else nearby and then walked in.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:50 AM
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Yeah, your friends' reactions seem weird. Driving to a concert seems like the safest destination of all, since cars will be going 10 mph, won't they? I'd be worried about the bike getting stolen, but I guess that's not entirely rational as long as you're locking it up and all that. More people means more witnesses to notice someone getting "their" bike with bolt-cutters.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:52 AM
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Isn't the real problem that it's hard to pedal with high heels and your boa might get caught in the sprockets?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:56 AM
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You are likely to be greeted enthusiastically if you ever ride up to a used car lot on a bicycle.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 6:56 AM
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and your boa might get caught in the sprockets

Laydeez.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:01 AM
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24: Same deal if you drive a Plymouth Horizon.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:13 AM
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But where did you lock the bike which you were at the concert?

I knew where a bike rack was across the street; as it happened, that's where the police had set up their command center, too, so I felt extra confident about not getting the bike stolen.

Did the parking people give you any trouble?

Nope.

Were there any other bikes locked up there?

Yes. The building across the street is the old basketball stadium and is used for training purposes by other sports teams, so there were other bikes there. And a ton of cops, I'm guessing to avoid a repeat of this tragic incident.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:18 AM
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I think that got all the unanswered questions. Did I miss any?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:20 AM
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I was going to ride to the Dylan concert here, but then it looked like rain. Then I found a dollar, so there's that.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:22 AM
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And the other four dollars?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:24 AM
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You missed out. If you'd have looked around, you'd have found a total of five dollars. There's always five dollars.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:28 AM
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Mellencamp was also on the bill. As you can imagine, there's be singles, and not fivers.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:35 AM
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If I had my way, Mellencamp would be on the twenty and Devo on the five.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:36 AM
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I ran into Mellencamp at a Fudruckers once. Nice guy. Doesn't like relish on his wiener.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:40 AM
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33: Speaking of who's on the twenty, I spent a brief but memorable portion of my childhood laboring under the belief that Andrew and Michael Jackson were distant relatives, and that Michael's fame was why Andrew got to have his photo on money, or something. True story.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:42 AM
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A few weeks ago, I actually found a five dollar bill on the ground at a local putt-putt course. Together with the five dollars was a note from the tooth fairy, addressed to "Amanda" about how the first tooth is always special.

Worst five dollars I ever found.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:44 AM
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34.last: The kind of in-depth research this place needs more of.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:48 AM
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I was going to ride to the Dylan concert here, but then it looked like rain.

A hard rain's a-gonna fall. Indeed, buckets of rain, buckets of tears, got all these buckets comin' out of my ears.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 7:51 AM
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Riding my bike to the State Fair completely transforms the experience from a struggle to a pleasure. I can't believe people (without small children) do anything else.

But yeah, it can be hard to get people to try it the first time. I've become surer that the only way to get people to try things is to be with them as they do it the first time. No one ever comes to my gym on their own, but some of them will go if I offer to take them there.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:07 AM
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The objectors were being ridiculous.

That is an easy bike ride.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:33 AM
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I don't think I could stand living more than five blocks from my beloved Metropolitan Opera House.

Oh alas. I have, in fact, made real estate decisions based on proximity to my beloved Metropolitan Opera House.

Also, re 4: Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen both give you easy walking access to Madison Square Garden. This comes in handy when Lady Gaga plays, I guess, snicker snicker, neighborhood humor.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:38 AM
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That is an easy bike ride.

Right? Especially now that there's that bike-/foot-path overpass over 29 that takes you behind Lambeth and dumps you, more or less, in the middle of campus* (which path I had forgotten about on the way there and yet still managed to survive).

*I'm supposed to say "Grounds" according to local custom, but I refrain.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:46 AM
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36 reminds me of a parent-child vacation interaction a friend witnessed.

Dad: "Is today gonna be a good day?"
Child: "Yes!"
Dad: "And what makes a good day?"
Child: "No trips to the emergency room!"

Child runs off at great speed in no particular direction. Dad looks stoically optimistic.


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:49 AM
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Oh hey, this is a bike thread, isn't it.

Well then.

I just got some of these, and if you can get past the web design, the fact that they say "Made in Brooklyn" on them, and the pictures of all the goofy "fixed-gear freestylers" using them, man, they're fantastic. Really impressive, really comfortable foot retention while wearing street shoes.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:50 AM
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36: Hey! Five bucks is five bucks!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:51 AM
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Is anyone else here starting to suspect that dona quixote is the reincarnation of a long-absent front pager?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:52 AM
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I don't think I've ever walked to the opera in a city I lived in (el, subway, taxi, car). I've walked to the Staatsoper and Bastille from apartments I was borrowing, but that isn't the same.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:53 AM
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Hand made in Brooklyn.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:53 AM
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48: yes, right. Something to get over, as I said.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:54 AM
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44: But don't you feel guilty about all the sensitive young novelists locked in sweatshops?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:55 AM
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46: that would be...creepy?


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:57 AM
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*I'm supposed to say "Grounds" according to local custom, but I refrain.

Why must you be so difficult?!!? Kids these days!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:58 AM
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Are you thinking of Unf or Bob, ajay?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 8:59 AM
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47: I lived at 51/9 for the 98-99 season. I was broke as hell but also young enough I was fine with standing room. It was a nice time. I'd walk up, see if there was anything I felt like standing for, and if not, I'd go home to my little garret and embroider some more flowers. (It came in really handy the time I did the old standing room ritual for stuff that was really sold out, which involved reporting to the lobby of the Empire Hotel in the middle of the night.)


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:00 AM
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I was thinking -- DQ doesn't sound even a little like any missing frontpagers.

(You do sound like someone: the combination of the no caps and frequent ellipses is ringing a bell and I can't remember who used to comment like that. But not a frontpager.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:02 AM
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I can't just go on thinking I have a unique voice, like my 11th grade English teacher told me?


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:04 AM
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44: Have you tried normal toe clips? That's what I've been using for the last 15 years, and they work well enough. I'm curious as to the difference. Of course I'm not a hardcore bicycle polo player, nor do I sport a beard, and I don't have any "ink" either. Maybe this product isn't really for me.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:04 AM
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I'd walk up, see if there was anything I felt like standing for, and if not, I'd go home to my little garret and embroider some more flowers.

Smearcase's Voyage of the Mimi.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:04 AM
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I didn't mean DQ sounded like anyone - just in terms of her sudden appearance, ubiquity and positive effect on the conversation.

I may well sound like someone but I'm not someone, if that makes any sense. I think you're thinking of read maybe? But I'm not read.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:05 AM
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Stanley,

Was the biking made difficult due to your costume?


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:06 AM
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57: yeah, that's what I had on before. I'm not using them for bike polo or tricks or anything like that; this is my commuter bike. They're much more snug, and the big plastic platform gives a much stiffer, well, platform, they're easier on shoes than metal clips, and you only have to tighten them down once.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:06 AM
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dq is clearly ogged's so. She is ogged-light.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:07 AM
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60: See 23.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:08 AM
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I SEE THE OGGED-LIGHT


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:09 AM
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By the time you see the Ogged-light, it is too late.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:09 AM
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62: Maybe Ogged-shaved? I wonder what happened to Ogged (PBUH) and the bass playing lifeguard. I do hope the Ogged's persona on here was at least partly for the purpose of inciting comment.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:11 AM
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61: Ah, cool. My toe clips do get a bit loose (but I'm not sure it is ethical to support Brooklyn hipsters).


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:12 AM
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Was the biking made difficult due to your costume?

Aside from my mismatched socks (which close readers will recall is standard for me), I had no costume. But Lady Gaga told me that it doesn't matter what you wear or where you're from or how much money you make, and that we're all born always already fabulous or something. So I didn't feel left out.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:17 AM
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23, 60: I only hope that Stanley didn't go to the Lady Gaga concert in flats and sans boa. That would a breach of decorum even more appalling than going to the opera in jeans.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:18 AM
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68: I'm surprised the cops didn't stop you if you were cycling around in the buff!


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:19 AM
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I wonder what happened to Ogged (PBUH) and the bass playing lifeguard.

They broke up and he's married to a doctor on the Navajo reservation, with a dog, last I heard. (That's all in the archives somewhere.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:19 AM
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What gets me is that everyone who drives to the concert has to pay for parking. You would think they could at least approve of taking your bike there on "being a cheap bastard" grounds.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:21 AM
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I wonder what happened to Ogged (PBUH) and the bass playing lifeguard. I do hope the Ogged's persona on here was at least partly for the purpose of inciting comment.

I'm in touch with Ogged occasionally. His whole life is different now. He's moved to a rural area with a lady (not the lifeguard), and sounds happy. You know that he puts up pictures on his flickr account, right?


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:23 AM
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71: First he stole a neighbor's dog and now he seems to have stolen a neighbor's cat.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:26 AM
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Wait, that sounds unnervingly like what my parents said had happened to my dog when he got old and sick. Does Ogged get to run around all day in the fields?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:27 AM
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And he has a sweet bike.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:28 AM
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Looks like he rides his new bike around all day in the fields. And we're back on topic!


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:29 AM
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married to a doctor on the Navajo reservation

Yes, and he still responds to the email address listed on the front page. When I asked him if there was a pool anywhere near him, he said the closest pool was ~90 minutes away by car and that he was considering learning to hunt evil spirits in the desert instead.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:32 AM
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He could put them in lamps, for safekeeping.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:33 AM
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When I started here, I got asked if I was Ogged after I'd mentioned having to do something about my back hair.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:50 AM
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Did Ogged have a habit of adopting pseudonyms for a pseudonym? That seems...something. Meta? Manic? ...Pynchon?

Lesbionic Pynchon? We don't need any more crazy lesbians, honestly.


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 9:58 AM
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Sockpuppeting? That was like the one thing Ogged had no patience for and policed strictly. Oh, that and the time someone figured out how to play with the text sizes. That was briefly entertaining. *Sigh* Memories.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:01 AM
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No. Ogged was very rigorous about commenting under one name; didn't like other people joking around under someone else's handle either.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:01 AM
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81: No. It's just since he's been gone we are bereft and imagine we see him in places or commenters where he is not.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:01 AM
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(but I'm not sure it is ethical to support Brooklyn hipsters)

Is there a similar product made by hasidim?

78: A friend of mine in remote BC wanted a basketball court, so he got the town to build one by convincing officials that it would be good for the local kids. Maybe Ogged could try the same strategy.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:02 AM
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Oh, that and the time someone figured out how to play with the text sizes. That was briefly entertaining inexplicably hilarious.


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Sorry. Meant to hit "Preview." Per 82, I was trying to play with text size.


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I don't even know how I got "Big Text" on the same line as the comment number.


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I'll quit now. 87 made me think I could go to "Kobe" whenever I wanted.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:14 AM
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82: Oh, that and the time someone figured out how to play with the text sizes.

You can see the sad remains starting at about comment 240 and accelerating to 300 in this thread.

Ogged@284: You have until comment 300 to play with. Knock yourselves out. Don't try to wander into any other threads, either.

Ogged@306: And now that I don't have to babysit you lot, I'm going offline. Tell it to the wind!

Somewhere on one of my computers I grabbed and saved the original HTML before dad stepped in.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:17 AM
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Fucking blink?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:19 AM
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Blinking fuck!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:20 AM
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D'oh, Moby beat me to the blink


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:21 AM
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Alas, the Marquee tag does not work...


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:22 AM
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I can see the <blink> tags you guys are doing, but only in the source code. Do they actually work in a browser that's not IE7?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:24 AM
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Works in Firefox.


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97: No, I didn't. I see the tag in the HTML, but I have no idea how it got there.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:27 AM
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Hey! The blink tag was supposed to be turned off! What is this place coming to?


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I see no blink. Wait! There it is!

Oh, no, that was just me blinking.


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102: Yes. I was surprised since Josh@290 form that earlier thread:

Woe is me that the blink tag is not supported.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:29 AM
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I have no idea what you guys are talking about.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:29 AM
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</wink>


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:30 AM
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105: Meet the new dad ... same as the old dad.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:30 AM
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I've enabled the Blink-182 tag. It turns any comment into a three-chord pop-punk song.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:31 AM
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That's OK, we'll trade them all for <pre> so we can do the Warlord thang per Neb's witty little post title a while back.


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Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:35 AM
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O.K. I'll really quit now. I still don't understand 87 or the blink tag got into the html for 93.


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94: Rereading that, I really wish I'd taken some screen grabs.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:36 AM
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I put the blink tag in your comment, Moby.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:37 AM
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112: When I get home I'll try to find the file and send it to you.


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Thanks, that'd be awesome.


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That's good to know. I was afraid I had somehow created a macro for it or something.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:39 AM
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I messed with your brakes that time you hit the windshield, Moby.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:39 AM
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Don't stop, Moby. I like the fact that the conversation is randomly interrupted by you saying "oo". Either we're on Glee, or you're having more fun than we are.


Posted by: F | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:39 AM
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118: And here I read it as Moby paying homage to Jim Otto.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:42 AM
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The kind of in-depth research this place needs more of.

I'd say we already know weiners and the depths they can reach pretty well, personally, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying to expand the field.

I am jealous that Stanley got to go see Lady Gaga.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:47 AM
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I am jealous that Stanley got to go see Lady Gaga.

As consolation to you and to make it up to will for my eye-rolling about U.Va. traditions, here's an article and accompanying photo gallery from the show, including Lady Gaga wearing a U.Va. T-shirt.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:53 AM
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I heard that if you see Lady Gaga live, you get to hear the version of "Bad Romance" with lyrics that make sense.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 10:56 AM
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Don't stop, Moby. I like the fact that the conversation is randomly interrupted by you saying "oo"

Dona Q?

You were saying?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:21 AM
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Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:43 AM
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It takes pictures of you when you're sleeping.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:45 AM
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I can certainly guess how you know that!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:48 AM
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Should have just been "you" in italics but I'm an idiot and get my slashes backward when typing on the ipad, where they're on separate screens, but never when on a regular keyboard.

Now off to read an overdue library book!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:50 AM
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Now off to read an overdue library book!

RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY! OR ELSE!

YOU WILL GET STUNG! THE BEE IS OURS!


Posted by: OPINIONATED LIBRARIAN | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:54 AM
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The bee was probably just down there to keep the night scorpions company.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:57 AM
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God, Ogged's photos made me....homesick isn't the right word, because I've never lived there....but I've certainly spent some of the best times of my life in those landscapes.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 11:59 AM
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Would have been better if I knew how to get your computer to actually say the text in creepy computer voice unbidden.

Freshman year I asked someone to take a look at my mac, which was doing weird things, and he installed macros that made it say dirty things when I pressed fairly common button combinations.

command-F9 "Ooooooh, like that."

Etc.


Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:18 PM
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Ogged's photos

You mean like this one?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:22 PM
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That's a funny place for a circumcision scar.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:33 PM
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132: Like I said, best times of my life.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:41 PM
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That (), she's a real cut-up.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:45 PM
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Leaves them in stitches.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 12:51 PM
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I ride my bike or walk to the Rose Bowl. Never been to a concert there.


Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09- 9-10 1:32 PM
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One point a friend made last night in discussing the Lady Gaga concert , which he had also attended (somewhat reluctantly): "I don't love her music—it's pop, whatever, fine. But I'm totally down with her infusing a whole swath of a tweens with a barrage of gay-positive messages."

Damn straight.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:14 PM
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(To be fair, "infusing with a barrage" was my mixed metaphor; I was paraphrasing his point.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:15 PM
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I thought Madonna took care of that 30 years ago.


Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:16 PM
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I'm convinced the owners of my local coffeshop are lurking here. The bassoon-playing Republican barista has been replaced by an even more coquettish barista who goes by my same (real) name (spelled differently), which is sort of an unsual name for a girl.

So anyway: hi, local coffeehouse owners!

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Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:38 PM
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He suspects something, Number 3. I think it is time to execute Operation Blowjob Cheesecake.


Posted by: Owner of Stanley's coffeeshop | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:42 PM
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140: Madonna may have been sexually transgressive, but she didn't make any explicitly pro-gay rights political statements.

I think it has been established that Gaga is not the heir to Madonna and Britney Spears, but to Elton John and Freddy Mercury.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:51 PM
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I think it has been established that Gaga is not the heir to Madonna and Britney Spears, but to Elton John and Freddy Mercury.

Glad I'm not part of that establishment. I am more curious than interested, do you think that Gaga will last more than a few years? I'm not that impressed.


Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:54 PM
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Further to 143: Listen to the guitars on Speechless. That's straight from Queen. Her references aren't to previous women who have pushed the virgin/whore image. They are to drag queens. Liberace even gets name checked.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:56 PM
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144: She's got the musical talent and the showmanship. The only question is how she manages her career. We'll see how the next album goes.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 1:59 PM
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Further to 143: Listen to the guitars on Speechless.

Will do.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 2:00 PM
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I'm sorry to say that my life on the cutting edge of pop music is long past. Michael Buble, here we come.


Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-10-10 2:01 PM
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138:Sorry, I just can't help being bothered by the idea that "gay-positive messages" are limited to or exemplified by what Lady Gaga does on stage. "Now, that's gay!" WTF!

Is a Brooks Brothers button-down a "gay-negative image?"

But I don't get out much, maybe they are all dressing in ten pounds of neon plastic or whatever. Enlighten me. I thought there a great deal of variation.


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141 - one of my youngest's best friends has your real name spelt differently. I like it.


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