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A kid without a bike

tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 11:07 am

In my neighborhood we have an alley that runs behind all of our houses. It’s where our garages are and where we set out our trash cans. Maggie learned to ride her bike there and all that. It’s where the real stories are.

Having the alley is nice because we can put things out there that are still good and somebody will come along and pick them up.

So a couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out my garage and wheeled Maggie’s kid bike out by the alley. She’s too big to ride it anymore and I knew somebody would snag it before long. Maybe pop a couple wheelies and jump some sweet jumps on their sidewalk.

But you wanna know who took it?

My good Christian neighbor. A few nights later when Maggie and I were coming home down the alley she said, “Hey! That’s my bike!”

Yep, it’d moved a mere 30-ish feet over into the neighbor’s yard.

Bike sitting there with the weeds

Granted my neighbor had every right to it since I put it up for grabs but it’s kind of disheartening to see Maggie’s first ride just leaning up against the neighbor’s garage the last couple weeks.

Instead of some other kid without a bike being able to ride it this summer it’s sitting there with the weeds.

PS- this is the same neighbor that choked the goose and dumped yard debris by the retention pond.

#photos #bikes #allislost

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Karly · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Aw man. I thought this story would end with a Maggie 2.0 riding the cul de sac and you guys smiling at the memories. 😒

tcr! tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Me, too.

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tism tism · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Ffs…selfish neighbor. Take it back. :-P

tcr! tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Challenge accepted!

tism tism · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:10 pm

I will require detailed surveillance reports, and a battle plan.

tcr! tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

There may be some post-op photos

fiatlux423 · Jul 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

I’ll take it back for you and shake my fist at him if he tries to stop me

tism tism · Jul 12, 2019 at 9:59 am

The secret “TCR Army” is massing world. Look the f*ck out!!”

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reiner_j · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Oh Sally…..

reiner_j · Jul 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm

She can’t help it bro. She’s borderline hoarder. Ever been in her house?

tcr! tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm

No, we don’t talk to each other anymore 😁

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pynn · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Choked the goose?

reiner_j · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:19 pm

That really happened bro. It’s not figurative either.

tcr! tcr! · Jul 11, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Totally true.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Yikes.

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Schocker · Jul 12, 2019 at 3:25 am

That is sad about the bike. However, I know she is probably looking for a kid to give it to. She does that. Maybe she thought she was saving it from scrappers. Also, she’s not a Christian. I’ve talked to her many times. She may identify herself that way, but she does not accept Christ as her savior. In fact, she very rarely even goes to church. Trust me… I’ve tried to share and talk the gospel with her many times to no avail. She’s not even sure what she believes, but it’s not that needs Christ as her savior.

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fiatlux423 · Jul 12, 2019 at 9:31 am

Take it back bro he’s a dick

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Share the road with bikes?

tcr! · Jun 14, 2018 at 8:47 am

Audio (MP3): 20180614 - Share the road with bikes?

How about they go the speed limit? Or obey the traffic signals? Or decide if they’re going to be on the street or the sidewalk?

I ride my bike as much as anybody. Okay, that’s not true. I have a bike in my garage and I’ve only ridden a few times this year.

But I’ve seen the guy at Sammy’s Bikes race around town, blow through stop signs, make wild ass turns without warning, weave around cars, all like he’s in a race to win the World Cup.

When I do ride my bike if I’m on the sidewalk then I act like a pedestrian. And if I’m on the street I act like a car. I stop at stop signs even if nobody’s around.

I do my best to follow the laws in either case. Because I believe in the greater good.

Yes, I still protest in my garage but I’m not a big fan of anarchy in the streets. I’m much more interested in communal well-being than getting my rocks off on my 10 speed.

#bikes #socialproblems #diariespodcast

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gauger16 · Jun 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

I’m a semi-cyclist, and I agree that there are a lot of asshole bikers out there that give us all a bad rep. Just yesterday there was a spandex-clad dude riding down 31 with a completely empty bike trail 6 feet to his right. I understand sometimes the bike trail is maddeningly busy, but when it isn’t, I much prefer the bike trail to being concerned that a texting teen is going to nail me with her Prius. If I want a fun road ride, I take it out west to the country roads where there’s only farm equipment and cows to worry about.

tcr! tcr! · Jun 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

Yep, totally. I ride on the bike trails as much as possible. I’d rather avoid cars (and people in general usually) also as much as possible.

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Kris · Jun 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

You should see some of the idiots near downtown. I think some of them are trying to kill themselves

tcr! tcr! · Jun 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

I can’t even imagine

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Kris · Jun 14, 2018 at 10:07 pm

Especially the people on them Divy bikes, half of them can barely ride a bike, and then they’re looking at architecture, the lake, not paying attention

tcr! tcr! · Jun 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

That’s gotten be the worst: somebody not knowing how to ride a bike out sightseeing on one 😅

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May 10th, 2018 at 7:23:31 pm

tcr! · May 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Bikes at Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait

🍦🚲 #photos #bikes #icecream

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Memories are what make places feel like home

tcr! · Mar 22, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Audio (MP3): 20180322 - Memories are what make places feel like home

Allison Ave satellite map


When I was a kid living in a little town in Iowa, our neighborhood, our street, our house they all felt like home to me. I always felt secure, always felt like I belonged. My life was feature complete on that block.

I’m sure it was because that house on Allison Avenue in Ottumwa was the only place I’d ever lived, the only home I’d ever known. That street just a single block long was the center of my whole universe.

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Irene · Mar 23, 2019 at 8:37 am

What a guy!! What a writer! What a beautiful tribute to your parents!!! ❤️

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First bike ride of Spring 2018

tcr! · Mar 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Maggie on her bike

🚲💕 #photos #maggie #bikes

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Me and my bike in 1982

tcr! · Oct 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Me and my bike in 1982

Flash Back Friday to 35 years ago when me and my bike were literally this cool.

#photos #bikes

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Oct 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

Rudo! (Espanol)

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

Mucho malo!

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October afternoon bike ride

tcr! · Oct 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

October afternoon bike ride

Tomorrow won’t be as pretty but today is perfect.

🚴 #photos #bikes #maggie

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Oct 10, 2017 at 1:16 am

Cool. It feels like you’re present in the moment. Happy for you.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

Thankies. Sometimes I have to schedule time to be present with Maggie and I don’t like that. But I do like it when the schedule comes around.

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Silver Schwinn Cruiser

tcr! · Sep 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Silver Schwinn Cruiser

I don’t know about you guys but I’m glad this work week is over! 🎉

#photos #bikes

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Live action bike riding

tcr! · Jul 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Live action bike riding

Sunday night in summah…

#photos #bikes

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Feet on the frame

tcr! · Jun 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Feet on the frame

I might be a grown-up but I can still do this.

☠️ #photos #bikes

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