Author Topic: Alas Poor Verity  (Read 3626 times)

andygates

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Alas Poor Verity
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:34:55 pm »
Just back from Verity's Titanic outing.  Alas, she will sail no more, but oh, what glory!

I was in the town square - there are some big stone pillars (I think they're for chaining sacrificial virgins to) and a lovely flat hardpack gravel surface for Doing Civic Things On.  I've got Verity - the skip-bike pennyfakething - propped up against the pillar and am dithering over her when a voice comes from behind:

"'Ere mate, is that hard to ride?"

Three kids on their way somewhere, drawn by the very silly bicycle.

"Dunno - I haven't managed it yet! Only just finished it...  want a go?"

Half a second later the kid is up the thing like a spider monkey and away!  And blow me if Verity don't not only work, but look pretty darn elegant as well!  He does half a dozen laps of the square with his mates taking mobile phone pics, absolutely loving it, even getting some flicky little skidettes going on, then gets cocky and takes her to the street.

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On the smooth tarmac all is looking good but then our kid overdraws his account - he bunnies the front wheel up onto the pavement again and the little rear wheel just doesn't want to follow.  The whole thing separates gently at the spine-headtube weld and deposits him on his arse in a heap!

Once he gets up, Our Kid is bruised but unbowed - Verity is sadly now a Pennyfakething Separable.  The kid and his mates head off to wherever they were going, and I go home with a big stupid grin, two parts of a bike and lessons learned.

Lesson 1: Find the Jackass Generation to test your inventions! 
Lesson 2: Weld better. 
Lesson 3: Gussets, baby, gussets.
It takes blood and guts to be this cool but I'm still just a cliché.
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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008, 08:41:59 pm »
Well done for not being the one to discover the dodgy welding  ;D
Never tell me the odds.

andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 09:02:22 pm »
Expendable minions: I has them!
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 09:05:41 pm »
Order a multi-pack of spares! :D
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Charlotte

  • Dissolute libertine
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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2008, 09:44:54 pm »
Another reason why I think gussets are fine, fine things  :)

RIP Verity T  :(
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andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2008, 09:58:33 pm »
That is not dead which can eternal lie
And with strange aeons even death may die...
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Charlotte

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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2008, 10:05:28 pm »
You mean...?  It would take a miracle for Verity to... come back?

::-)
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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2008, 10:14:41 pm »
Maybe she'll be back for the Dun Run.

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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2008, 10:29:28 pm »
This thread needs pictures...  ;D
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andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2008, 10:34:11 pm »
I know I know I know!



But I didn't take a camera with me 'cos I was riding solo, or so I thought - and the kids disappeared off to do whatever it is kids do these days (scouts? carjacking? helping old ladies across the road? probably footy at the rec).  If I spot them again I'll try to get some from sacrificial-minion's mates who were snapping away..!
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Wascally Weasel

  • Slayer of Dragons and killer of threads.
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2008, 10:36:13 pm »
That is not dead which can eternal lie
And with strange aeons even death may die...

Now I recognise that quote.  I too have the Iron Maiden double live album "Live after Death".

(I know it was Lovecraft but I saw it first on that album cover, aged , erm 15/16 trying to annoy my parents)

andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2008, 10:50:18 pm »
 ;D

"strange aeons" = my average project time to completion
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Wascally Weasel

  • Slayer of Dragons and killer of threads.
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2008, 10:58:00 pm »
;D

"strange aeons" = my average project time to completion

Hmm, my first name actually being Iain, I once wrote my name on an English lit essay as "Aeon Weasel".

I had a good teacher, it came back marked, with the small neat annotation "Bet it took you ages to think of that one" underneath it.

Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2008, 10:58:09 pm »
If I spot them again I'll try to get some from sacrificial-minion's mates who were snapping away..!

Just keep your eye on YouTube/whatever is the cool kids video site of choice nowadays.

andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2008, 11:27:18 pm »
Actually it might have been these guys: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VKehhyOzWwo&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/VKehhyOzWwo&rel=1</a>
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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2008, 09:23:13 am »
Let's hope that they weren't the sort of kids where you get to see the photos in a letter from a solicitor.
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Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2008, 10:10:56 am »
Actually it might have been these guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKehhyOzWwo

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andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Alas Poor Verity
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2008, 10:31:22 am »
It's because they do things like ride my bikes :D
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