As you may have already read in various places, the Milwaukee bike polo team was arrested. Or ticketed but not technically arrested. Or something. I've been reading about it all day in between fits of vomiting, which has nothing to do with the story (I think one of my neighbors gave be swine flu) but has been impacting my concentration somewhat.
Now I should probably pause for a minute to mention that I have no interest in bike polo. Sure, given that I like riding my bike and that I also like whacking things, it might logically follow that I'd absolutely love doing both at the same time and therefore would have a very keen interest in bike polo, but alas, that's not the case. I can think of few things more pointless than getting on a bike and then riding around in circles whacking things instead of going somewhere. I also think that pioneering educational environment* from which I graduated successfully killed my competitive drive, because nothing that even vaguely resembles a competitive sport seems to interest me anymore.
(In addition, I'd probably be better at bike softball or bike tennis, or perhaps bikesketball, because the nonbike versions of those sports are the ones at which I already have plenty of experience sucking.)
Anyway, in between reading about the Milwaukee bike polo team and fits of vomiting, I also learned today that as I have evolved as a cyclist from a brokeass college punk (nobody rode bikes as a "lifestyle" when I was in college, and being a brokeass was not yet considered "having a green lifestyle") to multiple-bike-owning proto-roadie, so, too, have my opinions evolved. I realized this when I read the following passage:
"For all of us, bikes are our main source of transportation and Wauwatosa is a suburb of Milwaukee, miles out from the core of the city where we all live. We pleaded with them to let us lock our bikes to a rack, no dice."
And my first thought was "Well, then what the heck were they doing playing bike polo with their transport bikes?"
I mean, of course when you play bike polo, you're going to bring your polo bike and leave your commuter/transport/cargo bike at home, because exactly that sort of thing might happen eventually, and you don't want to be stuck with no bike at all. Isn't it perfectly obvious?
*Actually, they don't seem to call it that anymore.