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#71283 - 05/27/02 06:00 PM Re: Ride with me
Geoff Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/12/00
Posts: 819
Loc: Portland,Oregon, USA
Jet Jockey or Jet Jock.
Like riding a thoroghbred horse (Jockey) being very athletic!(Jock)

Well, my dear, did you ever see a fat fighter pilot? One does not pull seven Gs, even in a G-suit, without being pretty physically fit. Ever see airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff? Body like a brick privvy, she has!

#71284 - 05/27/02 06:15 PM Re: Ride with me
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
When the American car makers took to putting the gear lever on the steering column it allowed the front seat to become a bench seat like the back seat.

dXb, we haven't had 3 on the tree (as stick shift on the steering column was commonly known )for well, a very long time.

no, wait.. it not been that long.. i mean .. i learned to drive 3 on the tree, and then 4 on the floor, and now 5 on the floor..

to be fair, americans haven't had 3 on the tree, since, oh i'd say, before Jazzo was born.. the first car i drove was old, when i got to drive it.. it was a 1963 dodge dart..back in days when a a V-6 slant car, that seated 5 was considered a compact car! really it wasn't that long ago.... i am not that old..i am not that old..

actually the first car i drove was an automatic, a 1961 Plymouth Fury, a former NY police car that was recycled (bought for the World Fair, it never left the fair grounds till 1965, when it was sold.)but it too was old by the time i got to drive it!

my other obsession

#71285 - 05/27/02 06:34 PM Re: Ride with me
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
"Jet Jockey or Jet Jock. Like riding a thoroghbred horse (Jockey) being very athletic!(Jock)"

Jock started out as a Scots name, came to mean a boy, then a boy or small man who rode race horses, then designation of an extremely vital undergarment worn by riders of racehorses, then worn by athletes in general, and then a pejorative to refer to collegians more amply endowed with muscle than brains.Now used for so many specialists little recognizable connection to its origin.But always a bit of put-down.

#71286 - 05/27/02 09:35 PM Re: Ride with me
Angel Offline

Registered: 12/28/01
Posts: 688
of troy says: riding is singular (generally) one person/one horse, one person/one bike, one person/one scooter, etc. you are in direct contol of the moving vehicle.

My motorcycle is a two passenger motor vehicle. For many years, our family of four went out on the two motorcycles, son with my hubby, and daughter with me.

And in case anyone is not aware, operating a motorcycle is much more difficult than operating an automobile. You have hand and foot controls to operate the clutch, the gears, the two brakes, and the accelerator. Not to mention balancing, which is not easy with a passenger. And you have the openness of the vehicle itself and you are a much smaller vehicle for other drivers to see.

I never ride alone, hubby is always ahead of me. He has a "firefly" on his headlamp which alternates between the normal light and the bright, making for a very noticeable light. I have a similar feature on my rear light. Together we make a much larger picture for other drivers to see. We also use them for pleasure, not for long trips, and usually stick to back country roads with little or no vehicular traffic.

And yes, New York State has a helmet law. I would not ride without one. We even have a helmet law here for bicycles for kids and adults.

#71287 - 07/21/02 10:20 AM Re: Ride with me
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
I think that the terms "riding a motorcycle" and "driving a car" are direct transfers from the analogous modes of nonmotorized transportation; that of riding a horse and driving (in a) wagon, and that the distinction in use between horse and wagon is that the driving referred to the horse the rider in the wagon was driving. One rides a horse by being carried; one drives a horse pulling a wagon by providing the signals necessary to get the horse to pull the wagon in the direction desired.

#71288 - 08/03/02 09:50 AM That long, lonesome highway
musick Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 2661
Loc: Chicago
There're also the colloquializms : "riding" someone or continually pestering them with comments, instructions, etc. until you "drive" them crazy!

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