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"Get a horse"(8 posts)

"Get a horse"UncleMoe
Dec 21, 2001 11:54 AM
I'm commuting home in the dark the other night, going thru a busier seection of town. Lots of stop signs and lights. A car goes by, blows the horn, and the dickhead passenger (college age) yells out, "GET A HORSE." I laugh because it is probably the dumbest, yet funniest things anyone has ever yelled to me on a bike.

One minute down the road I pass them in traffic. I continue to hit all the green lights. I guess they hit all the red ones. About 20 minutes down the road they pass me again once we hit the uncongested section of town, this time the window is rolled up and they are refusing to make eye contact.

Why are people so stupid to think that bikes are slow and a poor means of transportation?
polluters?Dog
Dec 21, 2001 12:46 PM
Aren't horses, like cows, polluters? All that methane gas... not to mention the street debris.

I'd like to see a fair comparison of real resources and pollutants of an economy car, a horse (with a person riding it), and a cyclist, all traveling 15,000 miles per year. In other words, compare the energy it takes to grow the food, ship the food, fuel, and emissions of each. Might be interesting.

Ignore the idiots.

Dog
only if you believe in greenhouse gas :-)kenyee
Dec 21, 2001 2:19 PM
I read a news story about how the cows caused most of the greenhouse gas in Australia a while back, and *not* cars ;-)

If you want to consider full effects, you also have to consider toxic waste used in product of metal, paint, etc. of bikes/cars, and what happens when these things leech into the ground after they go into junkyards. A horse is fully biodegradable AFAIK...

Now, if you could get a horse to bomb on command, especially in front of guys that flip you off, that would be an excellent reason for one :-))
AUTOS UBER ALLES!!! nmcyclinseth
Dec 22, 2001 8:17 PM
Seriosly, would they even be in the running?
The irony is...Ahimsa
Dec 21, 2001 4:08 PM
...that the "Get a horse!" exclamation originated from anti-car sentiment in the early days of the "horseless carriage" aka car. Funny that a car passenger would yell anti-auto slogans at a cyclist.

Public education: Just smart enough to use the phrase, just dumb enough to not understand it. Jeesh.

Cheers!

A.
Then maybe this guy was in the know. nmcyclinseth
Dec 22, 2001 8:24 PM
I was told that once ...Humma Hah
Dec 21, 2001 9:31 PM
... by an old guy way back in the hoolies. I stopped, and we chatted for about an hour. Fascinating old fellow.

I don't know what it is, but a lot of kids these days seem compelled to yell at cyclists. I especially get it riding home at night, possibly because they're out cruising. It is always a passenger that shouts.

Typical remark: "Ride on the sidewalk, you idiot!"
re: "get a horse"guido
Dec 23, 2001 3:56 PM
Truly ironic! What they really meant was, "Get a car," if John Forrester is right in his indictment of Americans' snobbish contempt of people who use bicycles to get around. This isn't true in Europe nor any of the Third World countries, only the US, where cylists drive their SUVs to a parking lot on the edge of town, then go riding with as many others as possible, so they can look like "sportsters" out for their fitness ride.

On my lone commutes, I nod, wave, gesture, and talk alot to the people in their cars, who, like most of the dogs along the route, seem to respond to a human voice.