John Foss wisely advised
> Until you’re able to idle, I highly don’t recommend you ride near
> pedestrians. As you have probably experienced, they can never be counted
> on to do such mundane things as walk in straight, predictable lines.
> Especially when you “achoo!”
It’s ok, I can stop and dismount quite instantaneously just fine. I just
can’t stop, then idle, then continue forward. I consider myself pretty
safe (Note: I’m not saying “very” safe! Cuz it’s a darn unicycle, which is
the most unsafe mobility enhancement apparatus ever invented; even ice
climbing is more secure!)
Let’s take a look at the numbers. I’ve taken over 500 rides and passed at
least 200 people each time, over 100,000 (lucky) people total. (Let’s see:
If I do a 1000 rides and I pass a thousand people each time that would be
a million people…) The main risk to the pedestrian seems to be the risk
of amazement with its associated stun of emotional and psychical release,
especially for children who are more susceptable to this.
There hasn’t been a single fatality, ambulance ride, broken bone (not even
my own!) or even a scrape (well, except my own!), and with only three
minor incidents of body contact, although one was a big basketball player
who picked me right out of the air as I rode by on the sidewalk, (he had
the reach), he was fearing a collision. (Hey, I can stop AND turn,
although usually in the reverse order!) This was pretty strange! He put me
down, said sorry because it was sort of clear I wasn’t about to have any
sort of coincidental interception with him after all, and I continued on
my journey. (I had even caught the uni from going any further when he
Anyway I think the authorities should pay me to ride around and entertain
people! Let them feast on my positive unikarma energy. Speaking of
authorities, in Britain with its zillions of government operated closed
circuit TV cameras lining all the streets in every town, one can apply to
receive a copy of a tape from a camera that recorded you. So you can get a
government-provided tape of your uni sidewalk tour. Just a thought, for
you UK urban uni folk.
But I digress. My wise advise is to not do as I say, and especially do not
do as I do! Because too much uni-instigated bliss on this planet would be
bad for the economy! Actually, My uni’s name is prozac.
PS. I may move on from body-function sounds to the animal kingdom, the
roar(?) of the elephant? The anguish of a gnu? (??) Could I maybe stop
being a clown for just one e-mail? Not likely! Have fun every one!