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6.10.08

some c**t stole my bike




as many of you regular readers will know (all 3 of you), i spend a lot of time on my bike - it's the way that i traverse the city - on wheels with music on in my headphones.. it is the one activity that brings me joy, regardless of what else is going on. even arsehole drivers don't phase me that much.

i always said that if my bike got stolen, i'd be devastated, so i always make sure it was chained up good and proper. and i kept the mudguards, the chain guard and the bell rusty so it would look like a pile of crap that no-one would want. little did i think that my dear lawrencia got stolen from my OWN HOUSE! it was on the front yard, with 2 other bikes, belonging to my flatmate and the cunts stole mine.

it's probably some drunk fuckbags who couldn't be arsed walking home (because the only value is sentimental - it was my best friend's mum's bike). and they probably woke up this morning and wondered what the fuck a bike is doing dumped on the lawn. which is even more crushing.. lazy fuckers.

it sounds dramatic, but today i felt like my legs have been cut off. i rode everywhere! even when i was accompanying friends on their long walks home, i was riding at walking pace. and my bike was like my pack-horse! i carried a roll of underlay and carpet from a dumpster mission home on that thing! boo hoo!

and while this is mostly just a whinge, it has proven to me my point about psychogeography (through movement) - that my environment, locale, place, space is actually different, based on my bike-riding. insofar as, in not riding, i have a completely different experience of life. sounds like a given, really, but i'm surprised at how palpable the change is.

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9 Comments:

At 06 October, 2008 23:09, Blogger Age said...

Dude that sucks.
Theft is so fucking lame.

 
At 07 October, 2008 01:43, Blogger Mel said...

Sorry to hear it. Love your thoughts on this though - especially the final para. It's not a given, well p'raps it is, but not one that is broadly appreciated.

Were the other two bikes shinier? Maybe the person eased their conscience by taking one of (imagined) lesser value....but the situation could motivate many such fictions.

Good luck on finding new wheels.

 
At 07 October, 2008 08:58, Anonymous lauren said...

age - yeah, sucks bad. the lame thing is that if it was a mint bike, worth hocking for money because you don't have enough money, or have a really bad habit, i could kind of get it. but to nick a bike because you're too damned lazy to walk home, that's what makes me cranky.

 
At 08 October, 2008 12:45, Blogger Rob @ Cynic said...

Australians playing to their cultural heritage I see ...

Go on, slag me off, I deserve it.

 
At 08 October, 2008 12:49, Anonymous lauren said...

you mean the one in which we're populated by thieving brits and pompous colonials?

 
At 09 October, 2008 11:40, Blogger Rob @ Cynic said...

Of course, did I say otherwise. ;)

 
At 10 October, 2008 17:13, Blogger Rob Mortimer said...

Sorry to hear that.

 
At 11 October, 2008 00:55, Blogger lauren said...

thanks rob m. and mel - i completely failed to respond to your message, i'm sorry! yes, sometimes it is a given, but the change to who i am, now that i'm not riding around, is quite marked. and unfortunately, the main difference between my bike and my flatmates' is that mine had a pack rack on the back: two for the price of one - they could steal one bike and get two of them home. rinky dink..

 
At 12 October, 2008 07:40, Blogger paintergirl said...

what does the whole cycle of events say now? i bought a lock for my bike today and i'm looking forward to summer rides with you (if i can keep up!) ... x x x x x

 

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