It hung there mocking me, or "Old dog: new trick"

I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries lots of
supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries bicycles…I
walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE! I could almost hear
it whisper “Buy me! Buy me!”. It was 20% off, which I concluded was the amount
of flesh one loses while trying to learn. But I didn’t purchase it, thinking "I
haven’t been on a bicycle in 15 years…let alone something as crazy as uni.

Several weeks later, the same uni is on the wall, this time it was 25% off. I
couldn’t help myself and bought the uni and a longer seat post to match my
longer legs.

That was two weeks ago. I have lost sleep due to my new hobby. My 71 year old
father mumbled something about going in the house to blame my mother for passing
her “idiot gene” on to me. My wife called to make sure my health insurance
covered stupidity. (It does) Undaunted by the nay-sayers, I practiced at work,
where I have a forklift that makes and excellent place to “take off” from. Raise
the forks 3 ft or so, a couple of feet apart, and it was quite easy to use it as
a launching point.

I go with my father each Monday to a high school where he and the community
band practice each week. There’s a nice basketball court, and it is a great
place to practice. In two weeks, I have reached a semi-confident Level 1: I
demonstrated for him a rather shaky freemount, and then proceeded to ride
around the perimeter of the court THREE times. I was rather shocked
myself…especially at the side benefit of losing two inches on my waist, and
ten pounds during the last 14 days! At the age of 43, I didn’t think I could
learn something like this.

My only regret is that I didn’t start 20 years ago…I have a lot of catching
up to do! I love the oddball stares and the same question over and over…"Can
you really ride that?

Now for a question…are giraffes easier to ride because they are taller? I am
assuming it’s the same theory as balancing a broom or a pencil on your
hand…the taller it is, the easier to balance. Is this true?

Staying on top…or trying to, anyway!

Pat Caldwell Chief Projectionist, IMAX Theatre, Nashville, TN

Re: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

Pat, Congrats of the fast progress!!! It’s not as hard as it seems at first-is
it? Welcome to the club! -Mark

— “pat caldwell” <imaxguy@home.net>
> wrote: I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries
> lots of supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries
> bicycles…I walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE! I
> could almost hear it whisper “Buy me! Buy me!”. It was 20% off, which I
> concluded was the amount of flesh one loses while trying to learn. But I
> didn’t purchase it, thinking "I haven’t been on a bicycle in 15 years…let
> alone something as crazy as uni.
>
>Several weeks later, the same uni is on the wall, this time it was 25% off. I
>couldn’t help myself and bought the uni and a longer seat post to match my
>longer legs.
>
>That was two weeks ago. I have lost sleep due to my new hobby. My 71 year old
>father mumbled something about going in the house to blame my mother for
>passing her “idiot gene” on to me. My wife called to make sure my health
>insurance covered stupidity. (It does) Undaunted by the nay-sayers, I practiced
>at work, where I have a forklift that makes and excellent place to “take off”
>from. Raise the forks 3 ft or so, a couple of feet apart, and it was quite easy
>to use it as a launching point.
>
>I go with my father each Monday to a high school where he and the community
>band practice each week. There’s a nice basketball court, and it is a great
>place to practice. In two weeks, I have reached a semi-confident Level 1: I
>demonstrated for him a rather shaky freemount, and then proceeded to ride
>around the perimeter of the court THREE times. I was rather shocked
>myself…especially at the side benefit of losing two inches on my waist, and
>ten pounds during the last 14 days! At the age of 43, I didn’t think I could
>learn something like this.
>
>My only regret is that I didn’t start 20 years ago…I have a lot of catching
>up to do! I love the oddball stares and the same question over and over…"Can
>you really ride that?
>
>Now for a question…are giraffes easier to ride because they are taller? I am
>assuming it’s the same theory as balancing a broom or a pencil on your
>hand…the taller it is, the easier to balance. Is this true?
>
>Staying on top…or trying to, anyway!
>
>Pat Caldwell Chief Projectionist, IMAX Theatre, Nashville, TN


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RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

welcome to the crazy world of uni, Pat!

It is indeed a wonderful thing. I started at 35, and it was absolutely the
hardest/best thing I ever did.

Have fun!

Hugh in SC

-----Original Message----- From: pat caldwell [mailto:imaxguy@home.net] Sent:
Tuesday, July 11, 2000 11:41 AM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject: It hung
there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries lots of
supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries bicycles…I
walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE! I could almost hear
it whisper “Buy me! Buy me!”. It was 20% off, which I concluded was the amount
of flesh one loses while trying to learn. But I didn’t purchase it, thinking "I
haven’t been on a bicycle in 15 years…let alone something as crazy as uni.

Several weeks later, the same uni is on the wall, this time it was 25% off. I
couldn’t help myself and bought the uni and a longer seat post to match my
longer legs.

That was two weeks ago. I have lost sleep due to my new hobby. My 71 year old
father mumbled something about going in the house to blame my mother for passing
her “idiot gene” on to me. My wife called to make sure my health insurance
covered stupidity. (It does) Undaunted by the nay-sayers, I practiced at work,
where I have a forklift that makes and excellent place to “take off” from. Raise
the forks 3 ft or so, a couple of feet apart, and it was quite easy to use it as
a launching point.

I go with my father each Monday to a high school where he and the community
band practice each week. There’s a nice basketball court, and it is a great
place to practice. In two weeks, I have reached a semi-confident Level 1: I
demonstrated for him a rather shaky freemount, and then proceeded to ride
around the perimeter of the court THREE times. I was rather shocked
myself…especially at the side benefit of losing two inches on my waist, and
ten pounds during the last 14 days! At the age of 43, I didn’t think I could
learn something like this.

My only regret is that I didn’t start 20 years ago…I have a lot of catching
up to do! I love the oddball stares and the same question over and over…"Can
you really ride that?

Now for a question…are giraffes easier to ride because they are taller? I am
assuming it’s the same theory as balancing a broom or a pencil on your
hand…the taller it is, the easier to balance. Is this true?

Staying on top…or trying to, anyway!

Pat Caldwell Chief Projectionist, IMAX Theatre, Nashville, TN

RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

> Now for a question…are giraffes easier to ride because they are taller? I am
> assuming it’s the same theory as balancing a broom or a pencil on your
> hand…the taller it is, the easier to balance. Is this true?

Yes, giraffes are easier to balance. However this is tempered by the fact that
you’re up there, a longer way from the ground. This mentally takes away some of
the “easy”, especially for us in the over-30 crowd.

But a giraffe definitely allows more time to correct for off-balance situations,
and is a much easier platform for learning idling and other slow skills that
don’t involve lots of dismounts. Ride the giraffe enough, and as long as it’s
only about 6’ or less, you’ll be as comfortable up there as on your regular one.

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“learned on a Schwinn Giraffe”

RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

SPELUNI!!!

UNILUNKING???

Hugh in SC

-----Original Message----- From: Rick Bissell [mailto:rick@tridelta.com] Sent:
Tuesday, July 11, 2000 4:03 PM To: ‘pat caldwell’; unicycling@winternet.com
Subject: RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

> I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries lots
> of supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries
> bicycles…I walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE!

Hmmm, maybe you can pioneer the sport of unicycle spelunking! Quick, someone
think up a cute name for it. Good to hear from you… and welcome to unicycling.
The thrill never wears out.

RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

> Hmmm, maybe you can pioneer the sport of unicycle spelunking! Quick, someone
> think up a cute name for it.

MUnilunking.

jf

Re: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

Congrats!!!

Hope to hear from you soon, to see what new and crazy things you have learned!

-Marc

— pat caldwell <imaxguy@home.net> wrote:
> I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries lots
> of supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries
> bicycles…I walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE! I
> could almost hear it whisper “Buy me! Buy me!”. It was 20% off, which I
> concluded was the amount of flesh one loses while trying to learn. But I
> didn’t purchase it, thinking "I haven’t been on a bicycle in 15 years…let
> alone something as crazy as uni.
>
> Several weeks later, the same uni is on the wall, this time it was 25% off. I
> couldn’t help myself and bought the uni and a longer seat post to match my
> longer legs.
>
> That was two weeks ago. I have lost sleep due to my new hobby. My 71 year old
> father mumbled something about going in the house to blame my mother for
> passing her “idiot gene” on to me. My wife called to make sure my health
> insurance covered stupidity. (It does) Undaunted by the nay-sayers, I
> practiced at work, where I have a forklift that makes and excellent place to
> “take off” from. Raise the forks 3 ft or so, a couple of feet apart, and it
> was quite easy to use it as a launching point.
>
> I go with my father each Monday to a high school where he and the community
> band practice each week. There’s a nice basketball court, and it is a great
> place to practice. In two weeks, I have reached a semi-confident Level 1: I
> demonstrated for him a rather shaky freemount, and then proceeded to ride
> around the perimeter of the court THREE times. I was rather shocked
> myself…especially at the side benefit of losing two inches on my waist, and
> ten pounds during the last 14 days! At the age of 43, I didn’t think I could
> learn something like this.
>
> My only regret is that I didn’t start 20 years ago…I have a lot of catching
> up to do! I love the oddball stares and the same question over and
> over…"Can you really ride that?
>
> Now for a question…are giraffes easier to ride because they are taller? I am
> assuming it’s the same theory as balancing a broom or a pencil on your
> hand…the taller it is, the easier to balance. Is this true?
>
> Staying on top…or trying to, anyway!
>
> Pat Caldwell Chief Projectionist, IMAX Theatre, Nashville, TN
>
>


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RE: It hung there mocking me, or “Old dog: new trick”

> I do a lot of caving, and there is a store in Nashville TN that carries lots
> of supplies. They also have a sister store next door that carries
> bicycles…I walked through and here’s this uni on the wall…ON SALE!

Hmmm, maybe you can pioneer the sport of unicycle spelunking! Quick, someone
think up a cute name for it. Good to hear from you… and welcome to unicycling.
The thrill never wears out.