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  • Call it what it is...

    Little kids tend to get excited when they see a unicycle for the first time. "Look, Daddy, look, Daddy, look!" Some parents say "That's a unicycle. It has only 'one' wheel." Other parents either ignore their kid or say "Yeah, I see it." But they don't say unicycle.

    My next door neighbors are very nice, educated millenials. They have almost 2 year old kid who is picking up language quickly. The dad, when talking to the kid, referred to my unicycle as a "bike".

    I'm trying to understand why some parents don't call the unicycle by its name when their kids take notice. Are they unable to remember the name? Do they think the word unicycle is too difficult? As their child's first teacher, do they consider learning the name of the unicycle an unimportant lesson? Do they find unicycling stupid and are trying to discourage their child from ever riding by neglecting to say unicycle?

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    • Maybe when the child starts on a tricycle, it might be a good time for the neighbour (you!) to explain the meaning of the different prefixes.

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      • Riding past a pub and a guy says to his friends:

        "This town! Just when you thought there were no more surprises."
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        • Passing a couple of brothers when the four year old says, "Broken bike".
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          • Last weekend as my Muni buddy and I were taking a break during our forest tour.


            Two guys walking their dogs: "you've split your bike"
            (as in: split one bike between the two of you)

            Followed by a genuine discussion about the hobby

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            • "You're missing a wheel" - hardly original, but I did come up with a good reply on the spot (which may not be original either) "I've got one more than you"

              Clearly that only works in some circumstances - in this case it was somebody also leaving the climbing wall I'd just been to (where I'm notorious for being the chap who comes on a unicycle) and clearly friendly, he laughed at my reply. I reckon I'll reuse it though.
              Unicycling: great for your thighs.

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              • "I like the trick you do when you run off the unicycle."
                It's not a trick. It's me UPDing forwards and running so that I don't hurt myself.

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                • While out today I was asked if I'm going to get the other part of my b*ke next Christmas
                  Then I was asked if I was going to join the circus

                  There’s just no hope for some people is there

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                  • Y’all need to take it as a compliment!

                    Originally posted by Alucard View Post
                    While out today I was asked if I'm going to get the other part of my b*ke next Christmas
                    Then I was asked if I was going to join the circus

                    There’s just no hope for some people is there
                    Human nature is to criticize everyone who has any ability greater than we possess. And encourage anyone who lacks the abilities we possess.

                    Thus we feed our egotistical self-worth. We feel justified in not having to complete against those who may be superior and proud to be better than anyone inferior.

                    Therefore, when someone is critical or cutting, learn to take it as a compliment. Thank them and smile big. Yes, you CAN unicycle! And remember you’re a unicyclist “because you CAN”!
                    .

                    _____________________

                    Mama says,
                    “Stupid is as stupid does.”

                    .

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                    • The other day, a guy said "Someone jacked your other wheel." I started talking to him and could tell right away he was homeless. I asked him if he was warm enough, because the nights have been getting cold in SoCal. He told me he had a traumatic brain injury that makes it difficult for him to control his emotions. Then he told me how, 24 hours earlier, he was beaten up. The man who beat him up was accompanied by his son, and the man told the son to "finish the job." He was sobbing at this point in our conversation. I walked back to my house with him, gave him an old fleece sweat jacket and a pair of socks, then drove him to the place where he hangs out in the middle of the night, the back patio of a restaurant. He carried a heavy backpack and a sleeping bag.

                      I have seen more homeless people in our neighborhood recently. A while back, Orange County, California cleared the homeless out of some of their larger encampments. One of them was along the Santa Ana River, another at the County Civic Center.

                      The next day, I decided to unicycle along a route where I expected to see more homeless people. As I was about to turn onto a dirt path, I was passed by a small off road vehicle belonging to the Sheriff's Department. I entered the dirt area, and there was a sign which read: "No camping. No storing of personal items."

                      "In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." --Anatole France

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                      • Originally posted by elpuebloUNIdo View Post
                        "In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." --Anatole France
                        Seen it translated slightly differently but essentially the same. One of my favorite quotes ever.
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                        • Originally posted by elpuebloUNIdo View Post
                          The other day, a guy said "Someone jacked your other wheel." I started talking to him and could tell right away he was homeless. I asked him if he was warm enough, because the nights have been getting cold in SoCal. He told me he had a traumatic brain injury that makes it difficult for him to control his emotions. Then he told me how, 24 hours earlier, he was beaten up. The man who beat him up was accompanied by his son, and the man told the son to "finish the job." He was sobbing at this point in our conversation. I walked back to my house with him, gave him an old fleece sweat jacket and a pair of socks, then drove him to the place where he hangs out in the middle of the night, the back patio of a restaurant. He carried a heavy backpack and a sleeping bag.

                          I have seen more homeless people in our neighborhood recently. A while back, Orange County, California cleared the homeless out of some of their larger encampments. One of them was along the Santa Ana River, another at the County Civic Center.

                          The next day, I decided to unicycle along a route where I expected to see more homeless people. As I was about to turn onto a dirt path, I was passed by a small off road vehicle belonging to the Sheriff's Department. I entered the dirt area, and there was a sign which read: "No camping. No storing of personal items."

                          "In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." --Anatole France
                          So sad
                          If you are female please join the “Female Unicyclists!” group on Facebook!

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                          • Out cycling in the snow on my way home on Friday (the following is roughly translated from Norwegian):

                            Pedestrian: Do you have a spiked tyre on that?
                            Me: Of course, otherwise it would just be silly.

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                            • Today on the bike path, riding my 36" behind my wife on her recumbent. A man walking in the opposite direction said, "What a contrast between two riders!" and I finally got an appropriate chance to use this one:
                              "That's the tall and the short of it."
                              John Foss
                              www.unicycling.com

                              "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"

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                              • Originally posted by ruari View Post
                                Out cycling in the snow on my way home on Friday (the following is roughly translated from Norwegian):

                                Pedestrian: Do you have a spiked tyre on that?
                                Me: Of course, otherwise it would just be silly.
                                Nice !

                                A very relevant question and a proper while still funny reply
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