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Would you patronize a pedal-powered pub crawling vehicle in downtown Lawrence?

Asked at Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. on May 11, 2010

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“I think that would be a lot of fun to use, to travel between bars downtown.”

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“Yes, I would because I think it’s fun and convenient.”

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“Yes, I think it’s a good idea, it’s fun and would probably make a lot of money.”

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“No, depending on how much it cost, I think it’s better just to go by yourself.”

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tange 3 years, 11 months ago

Of course, yer gonna need one of these just to keep the thang oriented...

http://www.anywherefun.com/images/big/cyberspin_human_gyro1.jpg

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

ewww..didn't know it was THAT exposed, lol. Is there going to be a 'pants on the ground' rule? I can see gary and roger, or just any local bar hoppers getting on there and sharing more old/ booty than most of us care to see.

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Jay_lo 3 years, 11 months ago

spacehog (anonymous) says… Okay, let's back up. I've been following this thing, but someone explain it to me. Are we talking about 16 different pedicabs, a "bicycle built for 16", or one guy pedaling 16 people

This might help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LWc3a...

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

Roe, that was great work sir! very LOL.
maybe we should totally rewrite green eggs and ham for the pedicab.

yes, this thread was originally some derned question about the pedicab thingy.

I'm wondering about the "training" for the driver, I mean do they use a high-tech simulator with simulated drunks vomiting and throwing things and speaking offensive words? programming, programming!


wth happened to mr. flux. did he get his psych meds from that nigerian pharmacy again?

and amazing how many posts got swept out a this thread!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

snap, I bought some .31 lead ball for my beanshooter.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Funny how the anti-gun party is responsible for the years of highest sales of guns. On the not funny side, they get prices skyrocketing in the process.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Shewmon, just keep riding your bike with no seat. I tried it once. It felt pretty good.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

R_I, I didn't know that. I'd heard that the Clinton people sat around with a gun magazine and picked out the features they considered to be scary and used that list to write the law. What a pack of salad-eaters!

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

I might be more concerned about free and open public discourse. I guess some people don't like golf or old people.

rickshaws, golf and the memory of Lena live unprecedented, Dewars bless us all

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 11 months ago

Why don't all you a$$holes just have a conference call on the telephone, instead of wasting space on here, blowing your own horns ? ? You all seem to be so close, why do you need to use a public forum to shoot the bull$hit ? ?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

Kagan wrote the Clinton gun ban. Rahm Emanuel stated, “We’re bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.”

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

If this is approved and since the rickshaw was approved, I am considering mo ped rentals downtown, just like in Key West. Now there is some money to be made. A moped pub crawl.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

I even got bounced and I have no idea what I said. It wasn't bad.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, every time I come back another one has bit the dust! You may have something there R_I. Heading for the bunker asap

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

RoeD, It's that zombie satellite Galaxy15's fault.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, 5 comments deleted so far on an OTS column? Zombie apocalypse must be coming sooner than expected!

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

I support this if it would be pedaled up to the Salvation Army canteen at the Drop In Center. What a way to have a buffet on wheels.

multi, i can provide the monkey and the man.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

I think they should do it. Why? Because this is another one of those great short time things that many people will enjoy, watch, get some laughs out of, and then forever, it will be remembered. Big deal, it goes slow. Think of how often you are already slowed down by backing cars and traffic. That's what main street is all about. If you're in a hurry, use another street. This won't last that long, like most small adventures in business, but the tale will be told forever.

One thought. I assume the driver will have the ability to engage and disengage the drive shafts. Because the riders most certainly won't be paying attention to whether a car backs out in front of them or a pedestrian. Also, imagine, in stop and go bumper to bumper traffic, what coordination it will take, to get the group moving again, every few moments, if they are talking, goofing off, and it requires teamwork. Frankly, this is a laugh fest of baffoonery waiting to happen, not a successful quick ride down the street, in my imagination. I can see people thinking they can burn off some of the alcohol,dinner, waking up some, justifying their debauchery with taking a ride between bars. I still think it needs a zydeco band or at least an accordion man with a monkey. And I still think the city should require them to throw beads.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

On the other hand autie, what if you got one of those customers like the ladies you see riding the Hoveround in Wal-Mart (which already has an ample sized seat) and the woman's rear-end is hanging over a foot on each side? Is there any football player who can even do that? My best guess is you'd have to squat about 700 lbs. to pull that off!

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

that is not a bad idea Tom....they could get rid of the T then..get a bunch of those and let the football players tote them around. No smoke belching motors, athletes in wonderful shape from the workouts....it's a win/win.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Autie, I love you. I'm really squirmish about fishin' and all but you are totally cool in my book. And you know damn well I make idiotic comments all the time . I love fish, and my wife is a superior cook, but I always feel bad and end up throwing the damn things back. Any advice?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

What the flux is going on? Some of the regulars make numerous inane, mindless comments daily. Then get attacked for no apparent reason. Who knows? Space, you go ahead and get all fluxed up and make some more post. We'd be enjoying that. Now I need to get the flux out of here for awhile.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

space, http://snsimages.tribune.com/media/photo/2010-05/316317060-10170305.jpg Tell me you seriously think Horne could handle a putter like that...

You probably support Elena Kagan because she was she was OK on "King of Queens". A bit low-brow, but still funny.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey space hell yeah! Dylan definitely near top of the list, but lean a little more toward Jim Croce myself. Having a brother who is an entertainer/musician makes me a little leery of them all. My problem though, not necessarily theirs. The dog needs a rest though, how's this?

Back in my drinkin' an' carousin' days I got jumped by three guys. Trouble was I was sober and they weren't. Took them a while to get over it.

(Too damn brittle anymore for that though!)

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

No, RIP Lena Horne. That's one 92 yo I definitely would've dated.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Okay, let's back up. I've been following this thing, but someone explain it to me. Are we talking about 16 different pedicabs, a "bicycle built for 16", or one guy pedaling 16 people? If it's the latter, I'll have to pass on driving. I have legs like a pink flamingo. I fell down walking into the liquor store this morning. And I wasn't even drunk yet. Well, a little.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Roe, I really like you. We seem to think somewhat along the same lines. I love dogs more than people, but I wish you would get a different avatar. There's lots of good bob Dylan ones out there.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

space, Shame on me?

Flux's words " I got jumped by 5 guys my senior year and it took its toll on me mentally"

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Bob. And flux, you congenital idiot, haven't we been through this before? I've posted way more comments on one thread when i'm on a really good jag, you cretin(A Person that is: brainless, stupid, child-like, and full of pointless information that makes no sense and appeals only to other cretins). I tried to be nice to you last time, but now I beg you to eat my filthy underwear. I don't care if people read or like my comments or not. You wouldn't understand anyway. You probably have a normal family and friends, but this is my social life, pathetic as it is. Anyway, take your foot out of my butt and put it in your mouth. And shame on you Ret, I thought we were compadres.

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

jeez R_I, you might as well just hit him with your crepe pan.

I figure I'll come to town one day and go for a ride in these pedal me to the bar things and discover spacehog got a job. Driving the pedicab. Then we can have the new version of "Taxi"....

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

flux, Sorry bout you getting jumped.

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flux 3 years, 11 months ago

RoeDapple comment # 4961 Most comments of all time nobody has read

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

"Space Hog just broke the record for the most comments on one thread and for the most comments no one actually read." flux

This is a false statement. Spacehog rocks.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

I would not ride it, To a bar. I would not ride it, Very far.

I would not ride it, Down the street, Nor pedal it. With my two feet.

But I would call up, All of my buds, To watch you pedal, And drink your suds.

We wouldn't want, To miss the crash, When that big SUV Runs over your A$$.

~RoeDapple~

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scottpewenofkit 3 years, 11 months ago

THANK GOD the Lawrence Journal World asks such hard-hitting questions. I don't know where I would be if I were not so aware of such petty non-news.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

spacehog (anonymous) says…

LOL, bearded_gnome! I think I saw him the other day. He was riding a beach cruiser with no seat. He had a big smile on his face.

---big smile, well, okay then!

motorized barstool? must the participants in the race be predrunk to enter?

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flux 3 years, 11 months ago

Space Hog just broke the record for the most comments on one thread and for the most comments no one actually read.

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

LJW has been promoting this dude and the other dude who bikes people around (forgot his name but it is a buck a block) a hell of a lot in the last few weeks. Makes me wonder if these dudes have a connection to the LWJ. Anyway, I believe that the "bar bike" costs around a $120 an hour to rent plus the customer does the bulk of the work. Does not sound like fun for me

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Nope, he's an idiot I used to work with. He always gets out the thesaurus and writes letters to the editor. Not as many as Holroyd used to, but he's good for about one/month. He tries to sound intelligent but it never works.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

LOL, bearded_gnome! I think I saw him the other day. He was riding a beach cruiser with no seat. He had a big smile on his face.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm in, Ret. The Barstool Le Mans. Mine looks like something out of Fast and Furious. I took it down to Red Ink and told 'em to pimp my stool. I think they got the wrong idea. But I explained it, and now I have a fishbowl on top of the Volkswagon engine and a sterling silver sissy bar on the back. Man, when I hit the nitrous button, all hell breaks loose.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

what? no all-knowing wisdom from merrill? no cut-and-pasties?

just briefly: merrill promotes nude biking. so, he should be incharge of making the pedicab into a "nude biking experience.
might improve its popularity!

or ... not.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

They should close off downtown a few other streets and set up a kickass Grand Prix course for motorized barstools.
I remember the Grand Prix course they had in Des Moines. Best course around! I can smell the fuel and hear those turbos whine, as the rubber grabs and gives up the pavement around a corner.
I am Psyched!!! Let's form a steering committee and get the focus groups fired up.
This has to happen. The only thing better would be if Grand Prix was not of little pancake eater origin, but hell, those cheese eating surrender monkeys gave us the bikini, the raincoat, the coffee percolator, and the Grand Prix, racing how it should be, not this Deliverance inspired bum rush NASCAR crap.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Good idea, Autie. It would be like something out of "Night of the Living Dead."

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

No, especially if I have to do my own peddling. Why not rickshaws as well? Six blocks is too short a distance for all the hassel. Just take a nice stroll and enjoy it. Maybe Spacehog could give piggyback rides.

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UNIKU 3 years, 11 months ago

Isn't there an anti-pedaling ordinance in Lawrence.. : )

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BABBOY 3 years, 11 months ago

Not for me. Sounds silly. But, I am not going to bash those that want to use it. More power to them..

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

The_Original_Bob (anonymous) says… Downtown is six blocks long

Yeah, but if we started at one end, and tied a dollar bill on the end of our line....then trolled up to the other end, how many panhandlers would we have in tow? They could get that guy to go north across the bridge and lead all of them right out of town....like lemmings.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

No, I have two legs and can use the buses. Plus it goes too slow.

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50YearResident 3 years, 11 months ago

Sure, and bring in a camel and an elephant for people to ride that don't want to peddle. But I don't know what to do with the rest of the circus!

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puddleglum 3 years, 11 months ago

still waiting for a new dragstrip out west here....then downtown can do whatever they want.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I actually have a motorized bar stool. It'll do 40 mph if it isn't windy. I ride it to the Shenago all the time.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I think the city should use some stimulus money to buy a bunch of Segways for drunks to ride from bar to bar. Then again, since they're using a bunch of stimulus money to lay down a block of brick road(WTH?), maybe we should go back to horse and buggies.

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dajudge 3 years, 11 months ago

A little bird told me it would not be a good idea.

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BigPrune 3 years, 11 months ago

The people that say they support this idea, will most likely not ride it. It's kind of like the people who want a vegetarian restaurant in town that they'll never visit, or a grocery store in north Lawrence that never got any business, or even Drake's downtown - they brought it back and nobody went there.

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Jay_lo 3 years, 11 months ago

Apologies to Roger Miller

Sitting on a pedi-bar with the rest of the guys, six blocks pedaled and I pedaled five! Dang me, dang me the motorists on Mass. want to hang me...

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

Hell no. Motorized bar stools, now that's a whole other plaid zebra.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 11 months ago

Ole' Ashley......Aye carumba chula...!

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januarygirl 3 years, 11 months ago

NOT A GOOD IDEA AT ALL!!!!!!! THERE IS ENOUGH OF A PROBLEM WITH BIKES. I HAVE SEEN SO MANY PARKED CARS IN DOWN TOWN LAWRENCE BACKING OUT OF PARKING SPOTS AND THE BIKER NOT EVEN WATCHING FOR THIS AND A ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. I DON'T THINK BIKES OF ANY KIND SHOULD BE PERMITTED ON THE BLOCKS BETWEEN 6TH AND MASS. AND 11TH ST. AND MASS. PARKED C ARS ON BOTH SIDES OF STREET IN THE DOWNTOWN PART OF MASS. IS SO DANGEROUS FOR THE BIKES. I HAD A GUY ON A SKATE BOARD IN FRONT OF ME LAST WEEK IN THE MIDDLE OF MASS. BETWEEN 8TH AND 9TH ST. AND DIDN'T CARE. WASN'T PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO THE CAR BACKING OUT OF PARKING. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR SAW HIM JUST IN TIME TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT . THE SKATEBOARDER WAS NOT IN THE DRIVERS LINE OF VISION. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED, AND ITS NOT ALWAYS THE DRIVER OF THE CARS FAULT.

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Bill Lee 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't drink downtown very often. When I do, I don't go to another bar. I go home.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Okay, I looked it up. It's called the Eye of Horus. Read this of you're interested: http://www.bobdylan.com/#/users/sadiransonpolizzotti/blog/the-all-seeing-eye

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey, Calliope, what's the name of your avatar? I think it's part of Bob Dylan's logo. I had a Bob shirt on the other day and some kid noticed the logo and was telling me about it but I had no idea what the hell he was talking about. http://www.edlis.org/shelf/boblogo.jpg

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

It sounds like something that would go over really well a Key West or a New Orleans. But this is Lawrence. Tourism and college kids aren't the same economic function.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I hear ya, Calliope. Worth every step, too. One night my roommate and I walked home from Gammon's on 23rd to our apt. at 6th and Michigan at 4 am. That's a pretty good hike. It was in the summer though so it was kinda of fun. We stopped at Stouffer Place and used the swingsets for awhile. From Iowa to Michigan we walked the center line all the way down 6th.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Pedicabs are just a bad idea. There were tons of them in Waikiki when I moved to Hawaii in 1988. Most of them were driven by deadbeat So. Cal. transplants who sold drugs out of their fanny packs and constantly ripped off Japanese tourists. "Konbanwa! Five minute ride around Waikiki? Sure! $500." Poor saps would just smile and fork over the money. Total traffic nightmare, too. And the streets were 4x wider than downtown Lawrence. They finally banned them in the early '90's.

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Calliope877 3 years, 11 months ago

Why when I was young we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get drunk....

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Jay_lo 3 years, 11 months ago

Why when I was young we didn't have no such thing as pedal power. I crawled out of many a pubs on my own, uphill both ways!!

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Can't you get busted for pedeling under the influence?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

only if I could run over the beggars with it.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't like being patronized, but I would drive one. It doesn't seem very far between bars, and all the people questioned could probably lose a few lbs. by walking. Then again, there's an $8 million parking garage downtown that's always empty because all the fat people in this town insist on parking right in front of the store they're going to. Seriously, I was doing some nekked sidewalk guitar strumming over the weekend and I saw this like, 400 lb. guy drive around the block about 6 times until he could get a spot in front of Penny Annie's. His car was tilted on the driver's side, I think the shock was broken. Dude, get a handicapped tag. Fat qualifies as a disability nowadays.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

no . .ossifer, i'm the degisnated drinker.

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