The other stupid question

Hi

As has been discussed before whenever we are riding unicycles we often get
the stupid question “wheres the other wheel?”.

I find that whenever I am not riding my unicycle and just carrying it, I
get the question “can you ride that?”. Does anyone else get this as well?
If so what answer do you give, I usually use “No, I just carry it to look
cool.”

Thanks

James (jimmy)

Unix: It’s not just “User-Unfriendly”:
it’s ‘Proactively User-Hostile’!


“Not without an umbrella”

Yes. I have been riding for about a month now and I have had those questions and many others, here a re just a few of the comments I can remember:

Is that hard to ride?
Do you have a license for that thing?
How do you turn?
You’re missing a wheel.
How do you do that?
Where did you get that?
Cool!
Look mommy, he’s riding a circus bike.
I used to do that.
Keep it up!
Are you in the circus?
Don’t fall.

I think unicycle comments are the gift that will keep on giving…

Re: The other stupid question

On 3/7/02 9:35 pm, jimmy posted:

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> I find that whenever I am not riding my unicycle and just carrying it, I
> get the question “can you ride that?”.

I’ve had someone say that as I’ve ridden past.


Trevor Coultart

Re: The other stupid question

I’ve been told it’s impossible whilst riding by.

-mg
“Trevor Coultart” <coultart.remove.this@mac.com> wrote in message
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> On 3/7/02 9:35 pm, jimmy posted:
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> > I find that whenever I am not riding my unicycle and just carrying it, I
> > get the question “can you ride that?”.
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> I’ve had someone say that as I’ve ridden past.
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> –
> Trevor Coultart
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A couple of genuine ones which are surprisingly common:

Q. How do you get off that?
A. Easy: sometimes it happens all on its own

Q. Have you ever fallen off that?
(This one is remarkably common, given that the answer is so obvious…) Recently I answered ‘14 times today’ and about 15 seconds later I UPDd. I simply shouted ‘15!’ which raised a laugh.

jimmy wrote:

I got asked that very question the other day by a women I was passing just after I had sprained my ankle doing a really difficult trick, not really I just miss placed my foot when dismounting (she didn’t see that bit BTW). I was walking (hobbling) while pushing my uni and I simply answered, " I could 5 minutes ago". Made perfect sense to me but the women looked puzzled which made me laugh, didn’t bother to explain as the pain in my ankle wiped the smile of my face quickly.

Gary

Re: The other stupid question

After falling in love with OE-Quotefix, I read what Trevor Coultart
wrote:
> I’ve had someone say that as I’ve ridden past.

Me, too! I was teaching a class and demonstrating riding backwards. This kid
comes up, not the sharpest knife in the drawer you might say, and goes, “Hey,
can you ride backwards on that thing?”

I said something like, “Nope, too hard,”

His face fell. Then…“Wait a minute!”

Graham W. Boyes

Re: The other stupid question

> Q. Have you ever fallen off that?

When giving the impossible-to-avoid affirmative, I try
to convey the impression that falling off is a highly
desirable goal, and that I am really good at it…

Arnold the Aardvark

Re: The other stupid question

> If so what answer do you give, I usually use “No, I just carry it to look
> cool.”

I said something similar recently and my colocutor, looking slightly
bewildered, then asked, apparently seriously “Why would you carry
it around with you?”. Duh!!!

Now, was he having me on, or was he really the dimmest bulb of
all the dim bulbs I’ve ever met? Mikefule and Mr Wiggins were there,
so perhaps they can venture opinions.

Arnold the Aardvark

Re: Re: The other stupid question

I think you’ll find it was an informal interview for a highly paid and prestigious job in the diplomatic service. I have to tell you that you didn’t get the job. ;0)

I think you blew it when he asked, ‘Did you buy those?’ and you said, ‘No we bl**dy well nicked them.’

Oh how we laughed at his discomfiture.
P.S. ‘Colocutor.’ I like that.
Mike

Re: The other stupid question

> I think you blew it when he asked, ‘Did you buy those?’ and you said,
> ‘No we bl**dy well nicked them.’

Ah. I might have forgotten that bit <chagrin>… Still, it
was a stupid question. Not the first time I’ve heard that
one either. Does that make it the other other stupid question?

> P.S. ‘Colocutor.’ I like that.

Knew you wouldn’t be able to resist :slight_smile:

Arnold the Aardvark

> “You are missing one Wheel”
< “Better than one brain-half”

A bit agresive.
So I rather reply with:

> “You are missing one Wheel”
< “Nope, YOU are the one who’s missing it” (while focusing to myself, riding fine).

Re: The other stupid question

“Leo” <leo.7c6nm@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:leo.7c6nm@timelimit.unicyclist.com
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> > “You are missing one Wheel”

I don’t miss it.

The other day I had a biker go by me. So as I rode by I said “two wheels” and shook my head. We both thought it was rather amusing at the time

Came out of a coffee shop today and saw a tandem parked next to my uni. The tandemist was sitting next to it; his stoker was presumably in the coffee queue. As I mounted the uni I remarked, ‘This is what happens when tandemists get divorced.’
He laughed.

While riding past a group of guys, who said ‘Can you do any tricks?’

‘I can do a wheelie’

The daftest question yet? Today I went to the coffee shop which I have visited half a dozen times on either the Coker or the Muni.

I was mudded up to the eyeballs, sweating profusely, and wearing a mud and sweat stained T shirt, muddy cycling longs and filthy trainers. I went into the coffee shop and the lady behind the counter asked, apparently seriously: ‘Oh, are you performing at the village fete this afternoon?’

My friend was going unicycling one day, and asked if I wanted to come, quickly I said, “nah, I’m sure I’d just be a second wheel.” we had a good laugh, then left. It’s not a question, but I thought it was funny. Lot of humor connected with the unicycle I guess.

-Ross

kids at my school ask me all the time to pop a mono. :roll_eyes: