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Old 2004-03-01, 04:11 PM   #106
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OK, another interesting analogy

Mr. President, let's open up misery to all; Take off the rose-colored glasses

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They have lived and loved and struggled to make their relationship work. And they think they've found the one, the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Now, they want to seal it with a kiss. More specifically, a wedding kiss.

But President Bush has reason to believe that these good people should not be united in holy matrimony, even if the state they live in decides to allow it. And the president has chosen to speak now instead of holding his peace.

In fact, he's doing everything he can to prevent same-sex couples from dragging the old ball and chain around...


...Gays may think that marriage is a journey through life on a bicycle built for two.

But they should know that about half the time, married couples find themselves on separate paths riding unicycles. And the next thing you know, you'll be fighting over who gets the Shih Tzu and the tea cup collection.
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Old 2004-03-06, 05:51 AM   #107
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On Mon, 1 Mar 2004 10:11:15 -0600, JJuggle wrote:

>..Gays may think that marriage is a journey through life on a bicycle
>built for two.
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>But they should know that about half the time, married couples find
>themselves on separate paths riding unicycles.

Quoteworthy if not a bit long. Keep them coming, JJuggle!

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Old 2004-03-11, 06:01 AM   #108
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On Mon, 1 Mar 2004 10:11:15 -0600, JJuggle wrote:

>..Gays may think that marriage is a journey through life on a bicycle
>built for two.
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>But they should know that about half the time, married couples find
>themselves on separate paths riding unicycles.


Quoteworthy if not a bit long. Keep them coming, JJuggle!

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Old 2004-03-15, 01:59 PM   #109
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LETTERS; Nader still guaranteed to stir strong sentiments

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If Ralph Nader truly believes that by running for president he'll draw more Republican voters away from Bush than from Kerry, he probably also thinks that car buyers who read his book "Unsafe at Any Speed" thereafter traded in their Chevys for unicycles. Wake up and get your big fat ego out of the way, Ralph; you're blocking the Democrats' road back to the White House.
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Old 2004-03-15, 02:28 PM   #110
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"There are no brakes so you have to be quite strong as well."
Did he really notice all that much from what he says he's "discovered" on the interenet? Even I know unicycles can have brakes, and MUni's commonly do.
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Old 2004-03-22, 05:51 PM   #111
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Article on Gilby and tinyurl.com: http://tinyurl.com/yuq6b .
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Unicycle puts man on road to Internet business success

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A full-time business, shipping unicycles around the globe, was not even a distant dream when Escambia County native John Drummond and his wife, Amy, launched an Internet store five years ago.

``This was just going to be a hobby when we launched unicycle.com,'' Drummond said from his home near Atlanta. ``At first I just wanted to sell enough to buy other unicycles.''

At the time, he worked for IBM and enlisted the help of three-time world unicycling champion John Foss as an adviser to get the business off the ground. The response was so great that Drummond eventually gave up his job with IBM to devote himself full time to the business, which grossed nearly $1 million in sales in the last year.

Drummond traces his business roots to his brother, Bob, who took up the hobby after being inspired by a girlfriend's unicycling little brother.

Driving home from church one Sunday after the family had moved to Milton, a 12-year-old Drummond decided that like his brother, Bob, he would master the sport - no matter how long it took.

``I remember sitting in the back seat of my parents' car, and I just made up my mind I was going to learn to ride,'' he said. ``And I think I spent eight hours, and by the end of the day, I could probably go 10 feet.''

That was the beginning of a hobby that would weave in and out of Drummond's life. He delivered newspapers by way of a unicycle in Santa Rosa County and enjoyed the hobby until age 16, when the lure of four wheels took over.

School, a career with IBM, marriage and a family crowded out the latent interest, Drummond said.

``It was in storage for 20-something years. Every time IBM would move us, it would be, `Oh, there it is.' "

The old unicycle, which eventually got left in the driveway by his children and subsequently run over, was replaced with a new model six years ago, and his passion was rekindled.

Ferry Pass Elementary School fifth-grader Ross Shirer shopped around before using Christmas money to order a unicycle from Drummond's business.

``It's cheaper there. I checked a whole bunch of other sites, too,'' said Ross, who found his Torker cycle at another online store for $30 more.

Drummond takes a humble approach when assessing the success of the business. He gives God and his wife Amy, whom he calls a ``master administrator,'' much of the credit for the company's success.

``There's definitely been a divine hand in all this, and there's no way I can take all the credit for all that we've been able to do,'' Drummond said. ``We pray continually.''

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John Drummond, center, and his three sons and wife all ride unicycles. From left, they are Casey, 15, Sawyer, 9, and Zachary, 12, and Amy. The two older boys recently took medals at a world championship, while the youngest has won an award at a national competition.
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Old 2004-03-29, 02:48 PM   #113
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UNICYCLIST'S HOBBY IS A MONEYMAKER ; "WHERE'S YOUR OTHER WHEEL?"

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The question Erik Evans hears most often is "Where's your other wheel?"

I don't need it, the unicyclist says.

Evans, 23, works as a cook at Three Little Pigs in the Roanoke City Market building. But it's his sideline that is raising some eyebrows downtown: He's getting into the food delivery business around the market. His special one-wheel delivery style already has won a couple regulars and earned him some nice tips.

Evans, a mountain biker, got into the sport when his mom gave him a unicycle for Christmas.

The Roanoke native practiced in the market building mezzanine by holding onto the rail and going in circles nearly every afternoon for two weeks.

People were amused by Evans' new hobby, but some doubted whether he'd ever be good at it. "They would say 'you can't ride that' and he'd say, 'just give me time,' " said Clyde Merchant, a maintenance worker at the market building.

Then one day, "Somebody asked if I did deliveries and I said I'd try it," Evans said.

That was two weeks ago.

He stays within the downtown area but has gone as far as the Rescue Mission with food deliveries. So far, he delivers only orders that he can carry in one hand.

Riding a unicycle is faster than walking and not as cumbersome as a bicycle, he said. He's fallen three or four times, but doesn't bother wearing a helmet.

Evans gets a lot of smiles as he rides his unicycle, and kids really seem to like it, he said.

The police, however, were not so amused. One officer told him he can't ride it on sidewalks, so Evans and his unicycle share the road with cars.

Little Louie from Burger in the Square gave Evans the nickname "side show" when he started riding it in the market building while he was learning.

"The guy has ambition," said Adel Eltawansy, owner of Zorba in the market building. "One time after trying it many times he just took off. He's just the kind of guy who's very good at this kind of thing."

Evans occasionally walks his dog, Dakota, while riding his unicycle.

Unicycling may be far from the national pastime, but there are more adherents than one might think. John Foss, director of the International Unicycling Federation, said about 1 million Americans can claim the unicyclist title though many of them haven't ridden in years. About 10 million people ride unicycles internationally. Japan accounts for the bulk of that number with 6 million. Unicycles are standard equipment in Japanese schools, where students learn to ride them while they're young, Foss said.

According to Foss, mountain unicycling is the fastest-growing segment of the sport. With a few thousand participants, this extreme sport is gaining attention rapidly.

That's the direction Evans says he plans to take. He wants to get good enough on his unicycle to buy a mountain unicycle. He's already practicing at Elmwood Park, where he rides the hills and goes down the stairs.

"Any trail, any downhill I can ride on my mountain bike I'd like to do on my unicycle," Evans said.

Caption: Photos by STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS The Roanoke Times - 1. Erik Evans, 23, rides his unicycle on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday as he makes a lunch delivery from the Roanoke City Market building. His mother, Pat Evans, gave him the unicycle for Christmas. 2. Erik Evans leaves the Salem Avenue side of the Roanoke City Market building Wednesday to make a food delivery. 3. Erik Evans picks up a food order to deliver Wednesday. People were amused by his new hobby, but some doubted whether he'd master it. "They would say 'you can't ride that' and he'd say, 'just give me time,'" said Clyde Merchant, a maintenance worker at the market building.
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Old 2004-03-29, 02:50 PM   #114
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Moab mountains will be crawling with unicycles

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One-wheeled daredevils determined to conquer Moab's world-famous slickrock will gather this weekend for the fifth annual Moab Mountain Unicycle Festival.

Festival organizer Rolf Thompson says 115 riders have registered for this year's event, making it the largest gathering of mountain unicyclists -- known as MUni -- to ever be assembled in the United States.

The first Moab MUni Fest was a small affair that drew about 12 riders, including Thompson's family -- he has sons and a daughter who ride mountain unicycles -- and family friends from Idaho who also enjoy the sport. Last year, participation in the event mushroomed to about 70 riders including some of the best mountain unicyclists in North America. But nothing prepared the Sandy resident for the onslaught of e-mails and telephone calls he received this year.

"It's kind of catching on," he says. "It's really amazing. Before this, the largest mountain unicycling event in the country drew about 80 people. We're going to smash that with our number this year."

Thompson credits Dan Heaton, a MUni champion rider and filmmaker, with generating much of the increased interest in the Moab event. Heaton's new film, "Universe 2," includes footage of riders at the 2003 Moab MUni Fest. Thompson says the combination of spectacular scenery and mind-blowing stunts have led to an explosion of queries for the 2004 festival.

"The sport is growing," Thompson says. "But I'm not so nave as to believe that Moab doesn't cast a spell on people. They see this place, and what some of these riders can do here, and it makes them want to try it themselves."

The list of participants for 2004 reads like a who's who of extreme unicyclists: Heaton and fellow champion Kris Holm will attend, and John Drummond, founder of http://www.unicycle.com and one of the first designers of the mountain unicycle, are among this year's riders.

The 2004 Moab MUni Fest will include trial events -- short courses that challenge riders to maneuver obstacles, hop their bikes from one rock ledge to another, and navigate difficult terrain with speed and balance to test their skills. Thompson says the trials are open to riders of all abilities, and he encourages spectators to attend the events.

The festival kicks off Friday with group rides and an evening dinner. On Saturday morning, riders will gather for trials at the Fins 'n Things trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area on Moab's east side.

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Caption: Christian Marchant, 18, left, and cousin, Karl Thompson, 16, show off their technical skills on Moab's Slickrock Trail in 2003.
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Unicycle club up and running - Provo Daily Herald, March 31, 2004

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A pair of New York unicyclists take the sport to the masses - AZcentral.com - March 29, 2004

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Old 2004-03-31, 05:39 PM   #117
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Thanks Raphael for digging up all these stories! As you may guess, I often get contacted by reporters, but I never see many of those stories. That Roanoke one was a typical example. A little background info for a local story.

A million unicyclists in the US? Ten million worldwide? I don't know. I believe the six million in Japan, and that most of them only did it in elementary school. For the US, figure one in 300 or so people knows how to ride. Does that sound believable to you? And as for the rest of the world, I took an even more wild guess. But the press asks that all the time. It's time I started making up some impressive numbers. But I guess those might be a little high. Don't want to make it sound like our sport is mainstream or anytyhing...
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Old 2004-03-31, 05:44 PM   #118
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Personally I think the 1/300 is high. When I think about my general local area, maybe 2 or 3 for many, many square miles. Even though this is rural, there have to be at least 10-20000 people in that range, so perhaps 1/(5000-10000). Of course, that too is just gut feel. And rural areas may be different from urban, etc.
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U-turn is right in that we seldom see unicyclists out in public. I certainly don't. What we do not see are all the people who *can* ride unicycles. All the dormant ones that learned when they were kids and then stopped doing it. Certainly these are not active riders, but they are unicyclists.

When I lived in New York, I was always running into people who used to ride. They would see my jacket, or the stickers on my car, and tell me they used to ride. In most cases, they knew Bill Jenack also. He sure made an impact in Nassau County. All those people are unicyclists, but dormant (retired).

This comes down to the meaning of the statistics. Bicycling is often listed as one of the most highly participated sports or recreational activities, with participation by 50% of Americans. Huh? This was based on people reporting that, yes, they did get on a bike at least two times a year. So is that enough to count?

That's more riding than the majority of those closet unicyclists out there. So I'm sure my estimate of one million is high. But I do believe it's between 500,000 and a million.

As for *active* riders, we have to go back and define what we mean. Without a basis of what counts as active, we can't guess at a number. I sometimes go a couple of weeks between rides, so we have to be careful there. But people who ride at least monthly? Those are the truly active riders. I don't know how many there are of those, other than that the number is growing faster than it used to.
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Old 2004-03-31, 06:21 PM   #120
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U-turn is right in that we seldom see unicyclists out in public. I certainly don't.
Actually I didn't say that. I didn't specify.

However, for someone to qualify as a "unicyclist" they should need to be current to some degree. I certainly don't qualify as a "stamp collector" even though I did that at some time as a kid.

My last post on this so we don't hijack Raphael's fantastic thread.
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