Hi Nick, all. Colin Laing's posts both had vintage content and i personally would consider them on topic. For me one of the greatest joys of this list is all the contributions by those members who have a real depth of experience in ALL aspects of our little hobby. Ted Ernst, Colin Laing, the many British and irascible Scots [and so many others] who contribute are a treasure. I'm something of a gearhead and i like the technical posts, but Colin's made me laugh. The bicycle is the most humane of machines. I like it when that humanity breaks through on the list. The reminiscences of the old guard contribute a lot. Cheers. Billy Ketchum; Chicago, IL; USA.
Although the first post about cleaning was off topic, it was quite amusing, I thought a light hearted joke. Is this second off topic post supposed to dispell the humor from the former and validate the story??? I'm not sure and what was the point
Nick Bennett Cambridge, MA, USA
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 06:38:19 -0800 (PST) From: Colin Laing <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [CR] Wife cleaning parts, now tandem riding, To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Message-ID: <email@example.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
I would like to say that Margaret knew what she was in for when she met me, On our first Tandem ride, it;s about 50 years ago , a couple of years before we were married, we had the misfortune of a puncture in the rear wheel. Me being an absolute gentleman said in my coarse Yorkshire accent , " Right Luv, the puncture is in't back, your end, so y'owl afta fettle it "....( I did though get out all the tackle needed for the job to help out )...She said in her more refined voice " Oh dear. this is rather beastly , should we not hail a cab ? "...But, she did a great job, my hands remained clean and off we went again towards a long and happy relationship...
Colin Laing, Chandler ( still rather warm ) Az..USA