Big Wheel Keep On Turnin'

A few days and a few degrees make a big difference! There’s nary a penguin in sight and the slight crackling sound I hear is the icebreaker trawling through my brain looking for signs of activity.

While I’m not known for my self-awareness (I usually don’t know it about me until someone tells me), it’s a trait I definitely applaud in others.

To the young lady locking up her bicycle to the rack outside my office – I salute you. It’s not just anyone who can sit proudly atop a seat as unforgiving as the one on a bike while a small handwritten sign hangs beneath the proceedings with one simple word: FATSO.

After I chuckled to myself, I wondered about why it was there because she wasn't really fat. Was this just a type of rotational motivation or was she trying to illustrate the meaning of this Walt Whitman quote to me?

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)


Bubs said...

Self-motivation or self-hatred, who can tell? It's all part of life's rich spirograph.

Doc said...

My first guess is that she lost a bar bet or maybe this is her nickname with the biker gang that she hangs with. Either way, you have to admire someone willing to subject themselves to the agony of a skinny bike seat. I'm sure the Catholic church would have gotten a lot more confessions during the Inquisition if they had abandoned the rack and iron maiden, and just insisted on a twenty-six mile bike ride on one of these slim seats.

It turns out that these seats are sold in four sizes: exta-wide, thigh-chafer, ball & pelvis buster, and razor's edge. No wonder you take the train.


Chancelucky said...

We have disabled parking in the US, but I've never heard of fat people parking....It does make sense though. If you have special spots for fat people to park their bicycles, they would be ecouraged to ride a bicycle instead of driving their cars....I think the strategy might work better if the signs said something like "Plus -sized only" with maybe an icon of a portly individual on a bicycle perhaps eating fast food or something.

Gifted Typist said...

Being a child of the 70s, all I can say to that graphic is Spirograph. Do you remember that, Dale? Spirograph.

Tanya Espanya said...

can you put some extra space at the end of your postso it doesn't look so cluttery? Or just put any character and make it whit so it's invisible.

Thank you.

Sans Pantaloons said...

Some day, I will beg you for mercy.

Dale said...

It's not for me to say, it's all about you and the all knowing Spirograph, Bubs.

You've had some bad biking experiences haven't you Doc? I feel for you more than the seat ever did. I like the train because sometimes we hit stuff but we never get hurt!

We have all kinds of special parking here Chancelucky including expectant mother parking. I think your addition is likely to get support at council. I may just start painting the signs myself.

Never heard of it Gifted Typist and I have no idea how that label saying SPIROGRAPH ended up there at the bottom of the post :-)

Don't beg Sans, it's beneath you, just ask nicely and let me torture you anyway.

katrocket said...

Perhaps "FATSO" is the name of her bike? Also - love your Spirographic!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Can't. Stop. Staring. At the. SPIROGRAPH! I used to put myself into a trance with those things as a kid, until the paper ripped.

BeckEye said...

I, too, was a big fan of the spirographs. I also loved doing spin art at the amusement park. Yet, I never became a great artist. It boggles the mind.

PJ said...

Be careful, Dale. My guess is that it's a codeword, possibly standing for Female Agent for Termination of Strange Oranges? But what do I know?

Mistress La Spliffe said...

I have two guesses: homemade bumper sticker for a bumperless vehicle - giving her editorial opinion of the fat fucking drivers who tailgate her - but probably misfiring because it looks like it's about her. Hah hah hah! Silly cyclist!

Second guess: she doesn't know it's there and she has a remarkably puerile ex-boyfriend/love rival.

Could you ask and find out?

wonderturtle said...

Lovely. Are you sure she knows it's there?

Distributorcap said...

you have a spirograph? wow i forgot about one of those

Katie Schwartz said...

I'm with Bubs on this one.

You are so inside your head, Daleish, one of the many traits, we your followers worship about you.

Coaster Punchman said...

I don't know about the not-fat lady, but that spirograph image is positively dizzying.

Tenacious S said...

What did you say? All I could see was the spirograph. I had a small obsession with the spirograph as a child. That's all I'm gonna say.

KK said...

I think the chick had the soul of a fatso and she wanted to remind herself that the donut shop was not the place to meet her true love.

Or maybe not.

Gifted Typist said...

Eeks, caught me out. Not paying attention in class

Beth said...

I loved Spirograph ...

Hahn at Home said...

And I was just thinking about the graphic and wanting to find a Spirograph to play with today while working at home in the office.

Nina (femme rationale) said...

maybe it's some jedi mind trick she's playing on herself to keep from getting fat.

Dale said...

I hadn't thought of that Katrocket, speaking of which - Katrocket would be a great bike name too!

The paper was always the problem but helped break the hold it had on us Barbara.

Spin art Beckeye? I'll have to look that up. Who says you're not a great artist?

There's little more frightening than Strange Oranges so perhaps I should just thank her for her good work PJ.

When I see her again Mistress, I'll get to the bottom of it. Did I just say that? Tsk.

I thought of that too Wonderturtle, I'm hoping she knows.

I don't have one Distributorcap but found the dizzying image online.

It's such a strange place but I'm always right in there Katie!

It absolutely is Coaster Punchman, I've just made an effort to move it down the page.

Did it keep you going in circles Tenacious S? I think your obsession should be talked about, at least in these circles.

As good a theory as any Keith, I will ask about it should I see her again.

It's okay Gifted Typist, the only labels I read are my own.


There are some online things about them Lori but none as captivating as the real thing.

Jedi mind tricks are something we all use so you could be right Nina!

Chris said...

I miss my Spirograph. And my Lite-Brite. And Silly Putty.

Dale said...

Damn, I didn't until you said it Chris, but I miss my Silly Putty too!!

X. Dell said...

My first thought was psychosis. Then again, my first thought is usually psychosis. Still, most of our self-image falsities err on the side of glamour, not deprication.

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