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  • Mark Garvey
    OK, In my previous rant, if you want to call it that, I pointed out that I am using my Xtracycle as a part of my business plan. the REASON is because it WORKS
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 30, 2007
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      OK, In my previous rant, if you want to call it that, I pointed out that I am using my Xtracycle as a part of my business plan.  the REASON is because it WORKS BEST!  and that, Ultimately, is the reason to use a bicycle, because it is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool for the job at hand!  Oh, I LOVE cycling!  I would ride a bike constantly if I could!  I would love to do nothing but ride across country, picking up gigs where I could, entertaining kids anywhere in the world, or simply stopping on a busy street corner and make balloon animals for tips!  (Baaby, you could DO it if you wanted to, it is FEASIBLE with an Xtracycle!)

      Hopefully you will see my point, because I do have one.  As a vehicle for business, a bicycle is a VERY feasible option in many cases.  short range transportation, carrying moderate loads and low cost operations are it's forte!   I have used my bicycle (or one or two of them) in CONJUNCTION with my car on occasion.  When a venue is too far to RIDE, I pack up my bike with my stuff, drive to the venue, park in a convenient location near the event, and RIDE the rest of the way.  Saving myself hassle, money and being able to keep ALL of my equipment where I can get to it easily!  where is the DOWNSIDE to that?

      One of my colleagues was complaining that at an event he was forced to make a decision whether to stop, unload his gear on the street and leave it in the care of a stranger, or worse alone on the street, while he found a place to park his car.  OR he had to find a place to park, pack up his boxes and tote them BY HAND through a crowd, wearing his Clown Costume.  In this case he had to walk about a half mile to the event!   this is NOT unusual.  In a local event, I was told that I would have to park a parking lot and walk at least a quarter mile to the site where I was to set up.  Of course this meant carrying my balloon pump, and a large bag of balloon supplies that quarter mile AND BACK.  One other clown (that's right, I am a professional clown) actually DID this and was increasingly grumpy about it. (But he is an asshole anyway....What?  you don't think clowns can BE stupid, grumpy or just JERKS?  think again my friend!  ANY workplace can have it's share of dorks, and this includes entertainment) 

      On the other hand, because this venue was only 2 miles from my home, and I was aware of the parking restriction, I took my bicycle and (at that time I had not received my Xtracycle) my small utility trailer with supplies on board.  It took me a few minutes to get to the park, and NO ONE OBJECTED to me riding RIGHT TO THE PERFORMANCE SITE!  and when I was finished, I packed up and rode away while "Creepy Charlie" (sorry, his name is Jolly Charlie, but all those who KNOW him call him Creepy Charlie  I would not hire  him for MY grand daughter's birthday party and I would advise YOU not to either!  All names have been changed to protect the creepy guilty!)  Creepy Charlie stumped off lugging his balloon pump and  his  sorry-ass makeup with him! (I dont' wear Clown makeup  see my web site www.vine-ave.com if you are really interested for my reasoning and seeing photos of my fat, bald and lovable self!)

      But this is something that I have encountered with fair regularity.  You often are faced with the choice of either leaving your valuable stuff (a balloon pump can cost over $300! and I regularly carry at least $100-200 worth of the long skinny latex!) on the street unattended, or lug it from wherever you are lucky enough to find a parking spot!  I have used a tricycle (I have several), my People Powered Vehicle (PPV for short) which is a restored 1973 pedal powered car and my equivalent to my buddy's Corvette! and any number of bicycles with or without trailers to keep from losing stuff or looking like an idiot, or worse, Unprofessional, walking down the street sweating along under a pile of Rubbermaid tubs!

      Instead, I make my "APPEARANCE" riding up, waving at kids, jingling my bell or honking my horn in my colorful costume.  EVEN INSIDE A MALL!  I can ride my Xtracycle through a mall with impunity to arrive. Or at worst, push it along until I get close and THEN ride in making an appearance!

      The more I use it, the more I believe that cargo bicycles and performers GO TOGETHER.  It is FUN, it is Silly and it is INEXPENSIVE which helps your bottom lline.

      note here that EVERY DECISION made here was made for the bottom line!  It doesn't mean that I don't believe in other priorities or that others don't exist, but that the over riding ones are the improvement of my BUSINESS! NOT global warming or health or traffic congestion or anything else, but PURELY from a business standpoint for MY business, a bicycle is the BEST POSSIBLE CHOICE!

      Whew!  I hope that this makes SOME kind of sense!  sorry to be so long!

      mark
      "Papa Balloon"

      --
      Putting the fun in dysfunctional for over 50 years!


      Mark  Garvey
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa free state!

      Check out the web site at:
      http://www.vine-ave.com  

      contact us to have Papa Balloon appear at your next program!  Details at www.vine-ave.com

      I am a bicycling lifestylist!
    • Morgan
      Hi Mark, I think I agree with everything you said. I didn t get into biking because of the environment or politics: I got into it because I like it, and like
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 30, 2007
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        Hi Mark,
        I think I agree with everything you said. I didn't get into biking because of the
        environment or politics: I got into it because I like it, and like you say, it saves money. I
        work at a place where parking alone would cost me $1200 per year. It's a simple
        economic matter to avoid paying that (and gas, and etc..) and just bike instead. So
        regardless of our individual politics, it seems we both like biking and both think it saves
        money.

        BTW - even though I called myself "liberal", in many ways I defy categorization - I have a
        mix of liberal, libertarian, and even conservative stuff in there. That's why I hate the
        categorization that people like to put on everyone. I don't care what someone calls
        themselves, I care what kind of person they are.

        Morgan


        --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@...> wrote:
        >
        > OK, In my previous rant, if you want to call it that, I pointed out that I
        > am using my Xtracycle as a part of my business plan. the REASON is because
        > it WORKS BEST! and that, Ultimately, is the reason to use a bicycle,
        > because it is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool for the job at hand! Oh, I LOVE
        > cycling! I would ride a bike constantly if I could! I would love to do
        > nothing but ride across country, picking up gigs where I could, entertaining
        > kids anywhere in the world, or simply stopping on a busy street corner and
        > make balloon animals for tips! (Baaby, you could DO it if you wanted to, it
        > is FEASIBLE with an Xtracycle!)
        >
        [snip]
      • Mark Garvey
        ... Yep! and it is more than JUST that too! But that has been hashed so many times as to be beyond discussion, but yes! BTW - even though I called myself
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 2, 2007
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          On 9/30/07, Morgan <mcgurme@...> wrote:
          Hi Mark,
          I think I agree with everything you said.  I didn't get into biking because of the
          environment or politics: I got into it because I like it, and like you say, it saves money.  I
          work at a place where parking alone would cost me $1200 per year.  It's a simple
          economic matter to avoid paying that (and gas, and etc..) and just bike instead.  So
          regardless of our individual politics, it seems we both like biking and both think it saves
          money.

          Yep!  and it is more than JUST that too!  But that has been hashed so many times as to be beyond discussion, but yes!

          BTW - even though I called myself "liberal", in many ways I defy categorization - I have a
          mix of liberal, libertarian, and even conservative stuff in there.  That's why I hate the
          categorization that people like to put on everyone.  I don't care what someone calls
          themselves, I care what kind of person they are.

          Morgan

          HEH!  THIS is as "political" as I get.  I am almost rabidly allergic to political discussions. My brother is a radical Republican (to him Rush is slightly to the left of where he should be!  Glen Beck is about as centrist as he leans!)

          I too believe that I defy "political" classification as any one thing or other, Iowans are notoriously independent as a rule.  But there are ways that I am wildly knee jerk Liberal and other ways that I am way to the right.  Why?  because some points make SENSE and others don't!  People get so caught up in the agenda of their political beliefs and become SO invested in them that they can't see the nonsensical parts!  Back when I was a kid (as far in the dim and distant past as it may have been,) Religious leaders were panned as "Liberal" because they were for Equal Rights and Peace.   what happened?  WHO stole our faith?  when did being religious become synonymous with hate and ultra right wing politics?  I don't get it!

          Anyway, I think that I, and you are representative of MOST people.  We are all a mishmash of beliefs and thought processes and experiences. THAT tends to be our base of knowledge and our system for belief and thought.

          Personally, I avoid most discussions of politics and religion both because defining my stance on either one is not only difficult to pinpoint, but I don't like being "classified" as you dont, and besides that, to me the whole thing is a totally private matter!  I could be a Buddhist or an athiest or Moslem for all anyone knows (or should care)  Or a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or communist! (actually Communist is an economic theory, not a political one so I suppose "socialist" is the correct term) To WHOM should it make a difference?

          As someone wisely said, "No matter WHO you vote for, the Government ALWAYS gets in!"

          ME?  I will just try to do the right thing anyway and heck with them anyhoo!

          mark


          Putting the fun in dysfunctional for over 50 years!


          Mark  Garvey
          Cedar Rapids, Iowa free state!

          Check out the web site at:
          http://www.vine-ave.com  

          contact us to have Papa Balloon appear at your next program!  Details at www.vine-ave.com

          I am a bicycling lifestylist!
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