Can't wait for Gifted 2013!
It's now Sponsored by Proud Queer Monthly, who are doing a great job of filling the void where JustOut used to be.
Not sure who's sponsoring this event, since Just Out is out of business since Dec. 2011. But I just called Oaks Park, and Gay Skate night is still on! $6 at the door per head.
Anyways, it's a lot of fun! Bring your own skates, or rent em there! They have burgers and hotdogs, and SLURPEES!!!
Spun out sugar buzz on skates!
i agree with the nay sayers, it's totally backwards, and mr.fartypants is the epitome of pretentious portland, why i no longer live here, i mean if its a sincere gathering or celebration of all things bike, that's fine, but if the point is to PURPOSELY recreate a traffic jam, it's fucked.
well at least it gives everybody something to do for the evening. a chance to Fellowship too with other people seeking to have a good time.
Just give away free bicycle bells to everyone, spend $250,000 to paint bicycle boxes on the roadway, and the problems between bicyclists and motorists will go away.
Will somebody please, PLEASE, get a decent video of this event!
Since I am at work on Friday's at 5:30 I can not film this event myself, but somebody reading this paper must be available to get this event recorded.
How bout the MERCURY?
Why don't you guys film the event?
you can really be an arrogant pain in the ass, but you already know that I am sure.
Jacomus 'know it all' comments not withstanding, the difference is:
THE AUTOMOBILES DO NOT INTENTIONALLY TRY TO DISRUPT OTHER PEOPLES LIVES.
Get it mr ego inflated a-hole?
Vous êtes un idiot
apologies for inadvertant multiple posts by this inept blog user
Wow, Jacomus. Paranoid, a probable narcissistic personality disorder, and to top it all off a gratingly inept writer with delusions of writing grandeur. Seek help.
Wow, Jacomus. The grating ineptitude of your poor writing ironically betrays a delusional belief that you are a GOOD writer--and possibly also paranoia coupled with narcissistic personality disorder. Seek help.
When I ride, I use common courtesy so as not to impede motorists or other cyclists. When I drive, I use common courtesy so as not to not to impede cyclists or other motorists. In both cases, I follow traffic laws.
To any cyclists or motorists who think that gratuitously inconveniencing others accomplishes anything other than proving that you have personality issues, well, I am glad for the sake of society that the sensible majority vastly outnumbers your ilk.
I remain your humble servant.
Jacomus, are you always such a prick?
Welcome to womanhood my poor boys of Portland! You are smaller, extremely vulnerable and faced with the whims of someone who could've had a bad day. Guess its times for my fellow bicyclists to learn something women have perfected for thousands of years.
Make quick eye contact, flash a smile, bat your lashes, make em think they are awesome just for breathing and try to get the driver to see you as human.
Oh, good luck to all the white boys since this is brand new territory for you.
To sirs Al M and Tone:
Let me see if I understand the point you gentlemen are attempting to make in your quaint, rather primitive manners.
According to your comments, it is an acceptable situation that automobilists create a "critical mass" from Salem to Longview, Hillsboro to Sandy, twice a day, Monday through Friday, in the form of a "rush hour". These critical mass phenomena create impassable congestion while injecting thousands of tons of hydrocarbons into the air, thereby creating the wonderful smog for which Portland is renowned worldwide. I believe this to be an accurate summation of your position.
What you appear to be strenuously objecting to is the one day a month when bicyclists create a like "critical mass". This, apparently perturbs you gentlemen to the point of rudeness and a plea for the aid of the Almighty as if you have a very low tolerance for anything you either don't do, i.e., bicycling, or that might inconvenience you in the slightest way in the important business of your day.
Admittedly, hundreds of bicyclists together at one time in one place may create a rolling bank of body odor mixed with a bit of methane emission. And yes, this many bicyclists together at one time and in one place will block traffic. You are quite right in this observation.
This "critical mass" of bicyclists occurs once a month in a location announced publicly well in advance so you may take the opportunity to avoid this area should you so choose.
To put this entire issue into perspective, automobile drivers create forty-two or forty-four times as many "critical masses" in a given month. I believe that to you gentlemen, this is preferable to the bicyclist's critical mass?
This seems to my simple mind to be a fairly complete disconnect with reality on your part. Perhaps you blog on this site just to see your name in print, as it's obvious you have little skill in this manner of communication. Perhaps you just write out whatever comes first to your minds without consideration of its import.
Whatever the reason, your comments seem to this commentator ill conceived and ineptly expressed, but to give you credit, you do express a joy similar to a young child yelling "Look at me, look at me," after defecating without assistance for the first time.
Don't go anywhere Big Nance. You are not without fault, either. Far too many bicyclists are rude, inconsiderate, arrogant, careless and potentially dangerous in their riding behavior. Fortunately, bicyclists lose 100 times out of 100 in a physical confrontation with car, truck, bus, curb or any other miscellaneous immovable object you might consider. A great many of these dolts haven't the instinct of self-preservation to protect their head. Hopefully, this combination of behaviors will bring about a winnowing out of more than a few of the egregious many. I do not wish ill on anyone, but in this case they bring it upon themselves, and to that I say, good riddance.
Finally, Big Nance, please don't gloat. It does not accomplish anything, and makes you look shallow, almost as shallow as Al M and Tone appear in their commentary.
Please excuse my intrusion into your illuminating discussion.
I remain your humble servant,
OH GOD, here they come again.
The worst public relations stunt to improve bicycles/auto vehicle relations on the planet.
Why don't you ride on Sundays do you don't have to hold up everyone?
Soon bikes will rule the land. As gas prices rise and rise and rise, and we bikers gloat and gloat and clog up the streets, you'll come around.
I'm never sure how pissing off all the drivers in town really advances the cause of bike friendliness. People aren't sitting in their cars thinking, "you know, I should ride my bike too." They're thinking, "Get the fuck out of my way." I'm all for bikes, but this just always seemed really damn self-righteous. Especially doing it at rush hour.
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