Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The triumph of hope over experience

Did anyone else read that article in the Observer Magazine about cycling? Written by a guy called Will Something *scuttles off to Observer site*, ah, Will Storr. Here. (Sorry, pic not on site, but you'll probably not be dreadfully shocked to learn that he's a bit scruffy.)


My thoughts went along these lines:

- Mmmm, he's quite fit.
- In both senses of the word (after reading article, he cycles 19 miles per day you know).
- That's just showing off.
- Funny, I don't normally find that light-brown-hair-blue-eyes look very appealing. The last thing I want is my own Celtic mouseyness reflected back at me. But still...
- And he's 31, that's just a few years older than me, no, hang on, no, I'm 31 too, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN SO QUICKLY?
- But he's got a girlfriend, I can just tell.

For some reason, I am convinced that I can *tell* whether a man is single or not. Attached men just have a certain, um, something. As do single guys, it's just very slightly different. (I'm trying really hard here to avoid using the word 'vibe'.)

The fact that I have been proven extremely
wrong in these matters on more than one occasion in no way affects this conviction.


  • its absolutely true. taken men lack that certain maniac gleam which single men exhibit...that ohbabypleasebabygottagetlaidbabycomeonbaby'thing, swivelling their heads around like zebras at a waterhole.

    By Blogger First Nations, at 3:14 AM  

  • so, am i single?

    or do you need to see me to tell?

    ps - "swivelling their heads around like zebras at a waterhole." - genius.

    By Anonymous riddledwiththepox, at 7:44 AM  

  • I bet the cyclist guy is unbearably smug like most other cyclists.

    19 miles a day - what's the fucking point? 20 miles a day I can understand. But 19?

    By Blogger Wyndham, at 9:10 AM  

  • Perhaps it's the demented zebra-head-swivelling spinster gleam in my own eyes that's putting men off.

    Riddled, you said you were single over at GSE's place about 2 days ago, so not too difficult to figure out.

    Wyndham, oh yes, very smug. And the photo of him was a FULL PAGE which is a bit unnecessary if you ask me.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 9:50 AM  

  • ah. serves me right for leaving comments all over the place.

    By Anonymous riddledwiththepox, at 9:51 AM  

  • fit cyclist, dark hair and blue eyes, cycles nearly 20 miles a day? that could be MY man you're talking about (but it's not, mine is a whole lot less scruffy, for a start.

    I think cyclists who go through red lights should be run over by law. And ones who cycle on pavements may receive a lesser sentence (such as being beaten with sticks) but only because I can kinda understand why many people are too afraid to cycle on roads (seriously, just go out on a bike and cycle about and you'll see how inconsiderate many motorists can be - I am a driver AND a cyclist and I don't think you can appreciate what cyclists go through unless you try it)

    By Anonymous undercovercookie, at 10:48 AM  

  • 19 miles a day? pussy. i do 22 miles a day, and that's just to and from a 90-minute water-training session which is the real workout.

    and you know, i gotta say, after the imminent bankrupcy of the NHS, the water crisis/global climate change, terrorism, knife crime, and the apalling inefficiency of public transit, we got much bigger things to worry about than the random renegage cyclist.

    and if schoolkids don't know enough to not walk out into the street into the path of a bicycle, well, that's just natural selection for you. keep the gene pool clean and all that, wot wot.

    By Blogger Chaucer's Bitch, at 11:27 AM  

  • I am a smug cyclist - i just can't help it - it makes feel superior to all the lazy fatties around me. plus i get to drink more beer than if i did no exercise - which is important. i cycled 40 miles on sunday... and am buying a 2nd lighter bike tonight...i am officially a cycling bore.

    By Blogger Kirses, at 11:48 AM  

  • I have just googled the aforementioned Mr Storr, and I WAS RIGHT.

    (Ooh, I'm nearly as smug as he is now..)

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 3:09 PM  

  • ooh he looks a bit like Louis Theroux, only not quite as handsome.

    Whatever has happened to Louis Theroux, by the way?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM  

  • Ooh, have I not commented yet. I am a bad kitty. Aw, I dunno, I haven't read the Observer for a year... And I hate cycling because of the World's Biggest Hill that I now live on...

    By Blogger No Shit Sherlock, at 8:01 AM  

  • "so, am i single?

    or do you need to see me to tell?"

    Wouldn't this sort of thing sit better on m*sP*ac* riddled with the p?? I know Merde-och's a cunt, but he does have his uses. If you like wasting whole days staring at photos of moody looking Goths from Aber Dare, there are few better sites to troll. I should know - I spent 2 years there pretending to be a Polish model called Ilona Gorlik and I had half the Welsh Assembley queueing up to do me backwards behind the car park of the Toys 'R' Us, Swindon. ......

    ....bastards never showed....


    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 10:55 PM  

  • Funny you should mention Toys R Us Swindon, Bob.

    For reasons which are too boring to relate, the multi-media manager of said store offered to give me "a big snog".

    Several years ago, this was.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 9:22 PM  

  • You know what that amount of cycling does to the manparts, don't you?

    By Blogger DavetheF, at 7:05 PM  

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