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This is NOT Rated PG-13

Warning: the photos contained herein are of a graphic nature. Of the human body. Sheild the eyes of those you love and whom you feel warrant protection. Should you object to this post, feel free to take it up with with the blog owner. I happen to know her and I think she’ll probably tell you to #shutit,¬†but that’s just a guess. ūüėČ

Remember that time when I was walking down Queen Street,¬†minding my own business and¬†I saw this?¬† Well, it happened again. Of course, it happened way back in June, but sometimes I like to go Back to the Future on my blog that way. Anyway.¬†I was¬†once again¬†walking down Queen Street (which I do a lot, apparently), minding my own business (which I *also* do a lot, apparently), when I¬†heard a commotion, looked up¬†to see what was the matter and saw hundreds of people riding their bikes¬†in what could only be described as organized chaos.¬† The chaos was, I’m guessing, likely because the riders were stark raving¬†naked. Yes, that’s right — completely buck naked!¬† This is reason #4,281,369 why I¬†love¬†Toronto. I mean, where else can you walk down a city street while feasting¬†your eyes on naked men and women with private parts flailing¬†in the wind as they speed by?¬†

I’ll tell you where — apparently, in 24 other countries, that’s where. Yes, that’s right — you, too, can witness¬†the¬†World Naked Bike Ride¬†in 24 countries, including, but not limited to,¬†Latvia and Poland.¬†According to the WNBR web site, they are a group of people, wacky Latvians included, who “face automobile traffic with [their] naked bodies as the best way of defending [their] dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences [they] all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable engergy.”¬†¬†Yes, engergy. Snort!


I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to determine the significance of the¬†added “g” (because what else do I have to do?),¬†and here are a¬†few guesses:

 Could it be a subtle dig at George Dubya, that evil, oil-hoarding, special-interest-group-harbouring, beat box-ing ex-president^? 

The same George Dubya who may cause us¬†to lose life and limb just to¬†line the¬†greasy pockets of¬†said oil-hoarding special-interest groups?!¬† ūüėČ


Could WNBR be trying to educate the youth of the world and simultaneously promote Sesame Street?

Or could they be trying to imply that their fair readers are, in fact, gangsters, by subliminally asking¬†“what up, g“?¬†

Whatever their reasoning, WNBR might want to spend a little more time proofing their frackin’ home page and less time riding around the world chafing up their privates.¬† Really, though, who am I to complain? I¬†invite them to¬†spend more time riding around¬†the streets of Toronto. Because what single girl in the city *wouldn’t* want to feast her eyes upon this goodness?¬† Who,¬†I ask…WHO?!

 June 13 018

Don’t you wish you lived in my head, too?

P.S. Apparently, I use the word apparently far too much when I’m tired and haven’t slept¬†in fourteen¬†nights. Apparently.


^ I¬†am actually very fond¬†of GWB. He¬†is from Texas, after all.¬†So before y’all¬†fire up your Ford F-350 extended cabs and race off to the message boards,¬†do me a favour and save it!

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Who Knew?

So, I’m walking down Queen Street West¬†the other day minding my own business when, all of a sudden, what appears before my eyes and ears but¬†the cacophony of rubber on concrete and hundreds of people on bikes.¬† Even two-story ones.¬† I turn around and lo and behold, see this craziness!¬† Apparently, the riders were doing a little pre-event promo for the Bicycle Film Festival, a “festival” that celebrates all things “bike”¬†in all its forms and styles.

The idea for the festival was born in 2001, when¬†the founder, Brendt Barbur,¬†was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He decided that, rather than be forced off the road, he’d¬†create a way to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and film, and of course, awareness.¬†¬†To wit, the festival is now held in 39 cities around the world, Toronto being one of them, natch.


Bicycle Film Festival

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