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bikeolounger last won the day on November 16 2017

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About bikeolounger

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    Kilt Addicted
  • Birthday 03/06/1961

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    Bluegrass state (KY)
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    The name comes from my affinity for recumbent bicycles. Since I'm very much one of those "different drummer" sorts, I figure that the notoriety resulting from wearing a kilt is just part of the game for me.

    I won't wear a kilt while I'm on my recumbent bicycles, though. I don't feel any need to embarrass the other guys with my willingness to express myself. Besides, the pleat material interferes with control of the bicycle.

    On the other hand, I've found that I can ride my old 3-speed whilst wearing my UK Workman's model, without creating any em-bare-assing moments.
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    Louisville KY

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  1. new family member

    My wife's parents have a Border Collie. I refer to her as my "dog in law." Border Collies are very smart dogs, and can be over-achievers if trained well. They definitely need jobs to keep them busy.
  2. new family member

    After many years of not feeling that I had a life that would be good for dogs, we now have two. To backtrack a bit, however, when I was a kid, we had a Basset Hound named Grover. He was, in many ways, a Basset's Basset. Many Basset people think Basset Hounds should have names with a certain ostentatious ring to them, and while Grover was part of our family, I happened on the thought that two Basset Hounds named after the Wright brothers would be fun. Fast forward to my fifty-fifth birthday a year and a half ago, and Jenn has been wanting another dog since Cisco passed away in 2013. We have Wilbur and Orville!
  3. new family member

    I sure do like Newfies! Every one I've known has been a wonderful dog. Even the one described below: Many years ago, my stepfather and I did a lot of fence-building. On one job, there was a neighbor whose Newfie had run of the neighborhood (despite leash laws). The dog was a real sweetheart, and of course was curious about the noise we were making doing our work, so came over to inspect us. Over the time we were there, he figured out our morning tea/coffee break time, and made a point to be there in case cookies were available. There remained a place on the truck tailgate where "Newfie Drool" had taken away the paint (admitting that this was an early-70s Chevrolet pickup, and the paint was notorious on trucks of that era). Many happy days, months, and years for you and your new family member!!
  4. Well, that was unnecessary ...

    Probably not the line to have used in your situation, but I have had a guy give me guff about my kilt, in part to entertain his buddies. I looked him in the eye and said, so his buddies could hear, "Some guys need more room." His buddies proceeded to give HIM the guff.
  5. Well, that was unnecessary ...

    Sometimes the snap response IS the best. He dealt the hand, you just played it out. You had the better cards.
  6. R.I.P. Greg Lake

    I has a bunch of sads.
  7. MEAD the first and still the best!

    The only Mead readily available to me here in Louisville KY is from Oliver Wines. It's certainly potable--even enjoyable--but I've no other meads to compare to it. My wife is quite fond of it. It's a special occasion pleasure.
  8. I saw them on their site the other day. I have to wonder, though, how they'd do on my super-wide feet (I wear 13EEEE most of the time).
  9. Brotherhood Of The Kilt Tartan Is Woven And Kilts Are Made!

    I lucked in to one of the few BoTK kilts from one of the earlier runs that actually looks good. Yes, it was pure luck. And it's pretty much my go-to kilt if I'm going to be wearing a sporran (most of my kilts are variations on the utility kilts). I have a Got-Kilt hybrid in Gordon, and I like it pretty well, too. So I can have the best of both worlds, and get a hybrid in BoTK now? SWEET!
  10. Tartan Day At Floyd County Brewing

    I would go, but I have a prior commitment.
  11. Check Out Floyd County Brewing

    Heck, y'all are right across the Ohio River from me! I used to work as a property manager at the St Edward apartment building on Spring.
  12. I'm Still Standing (Kilted)

    I haven't been active here in quite some time, but I'm still eschewing p@nt$ when I can. There have been a couple of job changes, including a sudden departure from the bike shop (people don't leave jobs, they leave bad managers). And a life change: For my recent birthday, my wife bought me a puppy! A little humorous background: When my wife and I met (September of 2007), she would have described herself as a wallflower. She is something of an introvert. I, having owned and ridden recumbent bicycles since 1992, and having been in retail sales a fair bit, have proven myself to be much more gregarious. Jenn had a time adjusting to the reality that just about everywhere we went together (often even out of town), I would encounter someone I know, or meet someone with whom I have a common acquaintance. With some correlation to her being an introvert, her "dream dog" for many years has been a German Shepherd--a dog that is smart enough to know when to be gentle around its "pack," but well-known as a breed for not tolerating any assault on their people. In short, a dog that is a veritable sign screaming "Don't mess with me!!" I had a German Shepherd as a kid. She was a nice enough dog to us, but woe be unto anyone that tried to harm us. My parents had to euthanize her after she bit a friend of mine. Our next dog was a Basset Hound, because "who has ever heard of a mean Basset?" (And, yes, I know it can happen, either from poorly-managed breeding or willful mistreatment of the dog) Bassets, as any familiar with the breed can attest, are not dogs for introverts. Many people LOVE Basset Hounds--even a fair percentage of "non-dog" people find them adorable. One doesn't walk a Basset in public without getting attention of others. And, too, is the reality that a true hound, much like a kiltie, doesn't give much of a hoot what you think about him. Yes, my introverted wife got me a Basset Hound puppy. I have long had the daydream of having two Bassets (or two Bloodhounds, or one of each) named after the Wright brothers, since Orville and Wilbur are such excellent hound names. We were prepared to buy two dogs, but Jenn discovered some web traffic from reputable sources that discussed "Littermate Syndrome," in which the dogs bond to each other but NOT to the humans, with resulting problems that include separation anxiety (from each other), food aggression, and other behavioral problems. We haven't found anything that says it happens one in five times or four in five times, but prevention of Littermate Syndrome in a pair of dogs results in what seemed like three times the work of raising one dog, not the "time and a half" the work we had thought would be the case. So, we have Wilbur, since Wilbur was the elder of the Wright brothers. More pictures can be enjoyed on Wilbur's Facebook page, if you so desire.
  13. There Should Be An Organization. . .

    Was the name created for its acronym?
  14. What Shoes Do You Wear With Your Kilt?

    Since my day-wear kilts tend to be contemporary rather than traditional, I usually wear regular walking shoes. "Light hiking" shoes, shoes that are comfortable for my wide flat feet while working in retail, you get the picture. I am still fond of my Vibram Five-Finger shoes, and will wear them. Ghillie Brogues are not available in 13EEEE without spending far more than is reasonable for a formal wear shoe I'll wear twice in five years.
  15. Kiltology #505 - Confidence

    I started riding recumbent bicycles in 1992. One cannot do that for long and remain an introvert (not that I was...), nor learn that some folks just don't have anything better to do than belittle people who are "not of their own tribe." The first time or two I went out kilted, yeah, it felt awkward. Now, I'm far more comfortable in a kilt than in p@nt$, both physically and mentally.