November 24, 2011

Toronto Mayor Thinks Cyclists Are A Pain In The Ass?

You may not get all of this if you aren't a Canadian. But you really have to scroll down to look at the suit jacket. That jacket transcends all nationalities, cultures and styles as a universal symbol of bad taste. Sorta like all his other clothes.

Straight shooter, Councillor (Now Mayor) and cycling expert Rob Ford provides well thought out comments on cycling in a very focused and logical speech on the subject.....Fascinating in a train wreck kind of way (or a high quality compilation of bike crashes).

And in a related story: Don Cherry's Senility Continues To Progress
For some reason the mayor of Toronto thought it would be a good idea to have a pretty ancient hockey commentator give a speech at his swearing in ceremony. Must be a big fan I guess.

They call him Grapes, but probably they need to change that to Drapes. Donny Drapes. Apparently, all his jackets are made of material left over from the big drape material manufacturing bust in the 50's. Good to see him recycling though. Imagine the amount of useful material that has been saved over the years. And nobody would use that material for anything else, not drapes, not chesterfields, nothing.

Well after a brief stumbling segue, Drapes started his speech with:

I'm wearing pinko for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything, I thought I'd get it in.

Well, that's the first time I have heard the term pinko in decades. I think Archie Bunker last used it in the 70's. In Drapes' mind, cycling (and everything) is a political statement. I guess he missed out timing wise - too young for cycling's golden era of the early 1900's (at least he doesn't remember it anymore), and too old to understand there are other sports besides hockey, another sport I enjoy. Drapes seems to be pissing off everyone lately including the toughest guys in hockey. Getting a little cranky in his golden years.

Well Drapes did admit he was befuddled immediately after the cycling comment, so on behalf of cyclists everywhere, apology accepted. Really, he's just someone's crazy old grandpa that happens to get on TV. You can't get too upset about his comments. He probably forgot what he said 5 minutes later. Just be thankful he's not your great uncle coming to stay at your house for Xmas.

Anyways, if you want to see Drapes latest apparel, inciteful cycling commentary, and a mayor that really, really, really needs to go for a bike ride, or any kind of exercise whatsoever, take a look at this. Don't worry, you only have to watch 35 seconds, the rest is blah, blah, blah.

Poor Toronto - what were you thinking? Imagine the hell for the next 4 years.

My Eyes! My Eyes!

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