Posts Tagged ‘fad’

The Latest Exercise Fad in Golden Gate Park: “Short-Roping” with Pilates Bands? – Lasso Your Partner and Then Go Jogging

Monday, April 13th, 2015

I’m at a loss for words here:

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Everybody’s doing it:

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Reader Notes: Those things are Pilates bands, right? And short-roping, that’s a reference to a mountain climbing technique that has the struggling, inexperienced client getting a tow* to the top, ala Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa and rich MTV Wife Sandy Pittman / Sandy Hill on Mount Everest back in 1996.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Go up to these people and say, “I’m CW Nevius, a semi-retired reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and I ask you just what the heck is going on** here?” And the bit will write itself.

If only somebody cared enough to force me tow them around GGP, I’d be less overweight in no time…

*The question is why. Whether he thought he was going to get a cash bonus for getting Pittman atop Everest is lost in the pages of History. 

**Maybe this has already been done and my vocabulary is simply too limited for me to discover what this thing is called…

The Wide, Wide Sidewalks of Market Street Invaded by an Army of Scooter-Riding Youth

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Is this kind of thing illegal?

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I don’t know.

Probably, if bikes and Segway scooters are illegal on most sidewalks in the 415, as they are.

And what’s a scooter these days?

I don’t know.

I think of something like this:

 

Gee, could this scene be any more Italiano?

Or this, of course:

As seen in Twin Peaks.

Anyway, the fold-up scooter fad (you know, the one that lasted a year or two in the 1990’s) is back, baby.