heard it on the news

My wife told about a unicycling story she saw on the evening news last
Wednesday night. It’s about a man named David Perkins, who rides his
unicycle to work at a small town bank in Tennessee. He amuses himself and
his coworkers at lunchtime by unicycling and juggling in the parking lot.

Earlene told me she remembers him saying he was trying to find someone to
"build him a bigger wheel" so he could make better time commuting.

Does anyone know of this gentleman? He's not listed in my USA membership
roster. It's possible he could be an IJA member too. I hope someone here has
just the right scrap of information to lead me to Mr. Perkins--I'd like to
direct him to Tom Miller for his big wheel needs.

Dennis Kathrens

Re: Re: heard it on the news

The Neuromancer wrote:
|> unicyclers in the area and I’d be interested in finding out whether he is
It’s supposed to be “unicyclist”, acc. to my book, but “unicycler” is popping up
once in a while. I’m not sure what it’s status is, but perhaps it’s trying to
make its way in thelanguage…?

Regards, Jack Halpern

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Re: heard it on the news

> >It’s supposed to be “unicyclist”, acc. to my book, but “unicycler” is popping
> >up once in a while. I’m not sure what it’s status is, but perhaps it’s trying
> >to make its way in thelanguage…?
>
> Awww, Jack! You linguist types! Actually, to my knowledge, it’s relatively
> common, at least among my non-unicycling friends. Unicyclist seems both to be
> a bit stuffy (no offense, anyone!) and related to the mainstream sport of
> cycling, an impression on one around here holds for unicyling. ‘Unicycler’
> just seems to be a little more down home and personal.

Just 'cos it’s common doesn’t make it right. Witness more people than not
thinking us lot ride monocycles. Well done folks, you know some French! I’ve
never heard unicyclers and would probably cringe if I did. In England certainly
unicyclists isn’t a stuffy term, it’s what everyone says (as far as I’ve heard).

Talking of monocycles, would anyone else be interested in a T-Shirt with a
picture of a monocycle with MONOCYCLE in big letters on one side and a similar
thing for unicycles on the other? This is basically a reaction to people not
knowing the damn word for my vehicle.

The picture for the monocycle would come from an old cycling book, and the
unicycle picture would be a contrasted modern variety.

I’m also thinking of a T with ‘No, I’m not missing a fucking wheel’ or perhaps
something a little less vitriolic (‘It’s /supposed/ to only have one.’) :slight_smile:

Cheers, Paul.

PS DM’s surname is Mariner, FWIW.

Re: Re: heard it on the news

On Tue, 28 Feb -1, Jack Halpern wrote:

> It’s supposed to be “unicyclist”, acc. to my book, but “unicycler” is popping
> up once in a while. I’m not sure what it’s status is…

It gets better. I was riding along a while ago and I heard some kid say
“Mummy, look at that man. He’s unicyclering.”

It doesn’t bother me too much when the under 10’s say something silly. Older
than that, they should be shot.


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Re: heard it on the news

In message <199502150053.AA173229589@relay1.geis.com>you write:
>
> My wife told about a unicycling story she saw on the evening news last
> Wednesday night. It’s about a man named David Perkins, who rides his
> unicycle to work at a small town bank in Tennessee. He amuses himself and
> his coworkers at lunchtime by unicycling and juggling in the parking lot.

I’d be interesed in knoweing where Mr. Perkins is, as well. I don’t know any
unicyclers in the area and I’d be interested in finding out whether he is
anywhere near Knoxville.

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                  |  kenigson@freenet.scri.fsu.edu,

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just lurk when I don’t have a lot of time!

Re: heard it on the news

In message <9502272348.AA28342@super.win.or.jp>you write:
>The Neuromancer wrote:
>|> unicyclers in the area and I’d be interested in finding out whether he is

>It’s supposed to be “unicyclist”, acc. to my book, but “unicycler” is popping
>up once in a while. I’m not sure what it’s status is, but perhaps it’s trying
>to make its way in thelanguage…?

Awww, Jack! You linguist types! Actually, to my knowledge, it’s relatively
common, at least among my non-unicycling friends. Unicyclist seems both to be a
bit stuffy (no offense, anyone!) and related to the mainstream sport of cycling,
an impression on one around here holds for unicyling. ‘Unicycler’ just seems to
be a little more down home and personal.

                  |  Matthew R. Kenigson kenigson@cs.utk.edu,
                  |  kenigson@freenet.scri.fsu.edu,

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Re: heard it on the news

In message <m0rjadh-000JfBC@hammer.thor.cam.ac.uk>you write:

>Just 'cos it’s common doesn’t make it right. Witness more people than not
>thinking us lot ride monocycles. Well done folks, you know some French! I’ve
>never heard unicyclers and would probably cringe if I did. In England
>certainly unicyclists isn’t a stuffy term, it’s what everyone says (as far as
>I’ve heard).

Call it a transatlantic toe-mae-toh:toe-mah-toe friendly verbal spar; let’s call
the whole thing off! ‘We hear in Tennessee’ [sic] have never had anyone accuse
us of monocycling! Similarly, I don’t expect you’ve ever been called a
unicycler… dum-de-dee

>Talking of monocycles, would anyone else be interested in a T-Shirt with a
>picture of a monocycle with MONOCYCLE in big letters on one side and a similar
>thing for unicycles on the other? This is basically a reaction to people not
>knowing the damn word for my vehicle.

I would absolutely love such a t-shirt!!! It would be tremendously cool here,
where no one even knows what a monocycle is, much less that there is some
distinction between the two! Sign me up!

>The picture for the monocycle would come from an old cycling book, and the
>unicycle picture would be a contrasted modern variety.

Great!

>I’m also thinking of a T with ‘No, I’m not missing a fucking wheel’ or perhaps
>something a little less vitriolic (‘It’s /supposed/ to only have one.’) :slight_smile:

I’d be interested in this, too, althought perhaps sans vitriol (or perhaps one
of each, hrm… :wink:

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                  |  kenigson@freenet.scri.fsu.edu,

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