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Old 07-06-2005, 07:15 PM   #21
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Could a person, any person, just not "BIKE RIDE" while in the international spotlight. What an idiot.
OAP, the guy leading the Tour de France ("the" BIKE RIDE) fell yesterday while in the international spotlight.

And he is a professional!

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Old 07-06-2005, 07:16 PM   #22
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I figured we'd hit bottom when he fell off of the segway scooter thats almost impossible to fall off of.

Yeah, I know it wasnt turned on. That almost makes it twice as head slapping doh!
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:29 PM   #23
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Sillysal,
I've been retired for 2 months now and I have lost nearly$80k of that $2mil.

Does anyone else* besides me get tired of reading why the market behaved each day.

1. The market was down on news that Hasbro Toys will not have enough plastic to produce their Batman III dolls.
2. The market was down today because analyst's projections of a $1.63 dividend for Pacific Cargo Containers was off by .01%
3. The market was down because George Bush fainted after eating a pretzel.

It's literally funnier that a comic book unless it costs you your retirement.
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:45 PM   #24
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Our president could have visited Scotland with an agenda to do G8 business. But, hell no, he decides that riding a mountain bike is his major priority.

The Europeans consider him a JOKE of highest order??

Why, George, just simply why? You have now confirmed yourself.

And yes, if he were in the Tour de France, OK. But he is our President .

For Europe his visit is: http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/s...521635,00.html
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:55 PM   #25
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OAP, th, if I didn't know better I might think you guys were doing a little trolling regarding "W". Surely not.

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Old 07-06-2005, 08:04 PM   #26
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REW,
in the last election, the "furners" where I lived thought it would be a landslide for Lurch, but when I called home, they raved about W.

He is considered a real "JOKE +++" in Yurp.

Why can't the man just do his job. He had a realistic chance of being taken seriously.

Can you even imagine Chirac coming to a US G8 conference in the US and going kayaking just cause he's a good ole French dude who cant git enuf of kayakin.?

What a joke.
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On a day when I thought that Jacko Chiraco would be the biggest clown, the USA shines thru.* Jeesh, do we never get tired of embar-ass-ing the country.

Could a person, any person, just not "BIKE RIDE" while in the international spotlight.* What an idiot.

Does this guy never tire of being a fool?
It didn't stop Kerry from windsurfing or Dukakis from driving a tank.
When you are in the public eye 24/7, it's pretty tough not to do/say something
embarrassing. In fact, I submit that it can't be done. Even Jefferson had Sally Hemings and back then it took a week to get the news out into the
hinterlands.

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Old 07-06-2005, 08:18 PM   #28
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Bush had a chance to be a real player at the G8. He blew it. Scrapped up idiot who nearly killed a policeman. Just really sad. Can you just imagine FDR representing us like DUBAYA BUBBA..?
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The Europeans consider him a JOKE of highest order??

Why, George, just simply why?* You have now confirmed yourself.

And yes, if he were in the Tour de France, OK.* But he is our President .

For Europe his visit is:* http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/s...521635,00.html
To add a little balance for the non-Eurocentric, the Guardian newspaper in the UK is historically a very left leaning paper.

I agree, though, that most Europeans do consider Bush a joke, and that will remain no matter what he does from here on in. Rightly or wrongly, his reputation is too well set to change much now.
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The question of the day:
Could this man, who surely knows he has image problems in the EU, not have subdued his evidently overwhelmingly desire to ride a mountain bike?

Too much to ask of a President. Too much. He could not have foregone it for just a day" Not just one day.

If his desire to ride mountain bikes is that much a part of his life, why run for another office, why ever leave the mountain bike trails, why GW, why do you even go to the Oval office.

Gd. The man just made himself a laughing stock. Chirac had grabbed that stage but, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, GW decided to out do him. Dam.
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Bush bicycles because he's an exercise nut. He doesn't run anymore due to a knee injury so he bikes. It's just part of his day. So he ran into somebody.. big deal, the road was slick from rain.

If we're to believe that he and the U.S.A are so hated everywhere I'm sure this event doesn't make a bit of difference one way or the other.
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:53 PM   #32
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The question of the day:
Could this man, who surely knows he has image problems in the EU, not have subdued his evidently overwhelmingly desire to ride a mountain bike?

Too much to ask of a President.* Too much.* He could not have foregone it for just a day"* Not just one day.

If his desire to ride mountain bikes is that much a part of his life, why run for another office, why ever leave the mountain bike trails, why GW, why do you even go to the Oval office.

Gd.* The man just made himself a laughing stock.* Chirac had grabbed that stage but, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, GW decided to out do him.* Dam.
I know nothing of this incident, other than what is posted here. *Still
(and sadly) the above post makes some sense to me.

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Old 07-06-2005, 08:59 PM   #33
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BristleBrain,
I suspect you do not read anything other than CNN?
Please do all of us a favor and broaden those horizons.

Bush seems to have been the only leader who arrived and attended to nothing other than his desire to ride a bike.

Most others were involved in the G8 conference on global issues.

Glad to see DUB got the headlines.
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Can you just imagine FDR representing us like DUBAYA BUBBA..?
Not riding a bike anyway.*
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Eggs actly.

Gee 8. I'll just sho'em by ridin my biek at hi speeds.
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I suspect you do not read anything other than CNN?
Please do all of us a favor and broaden those horizons.

Bush seems to have been the only leader who arrived and attended to nothing other than his desire to ride a bike.

Most others were involved in the G8 conference on global issues.

Glad to see DUB got the headlines.
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BristolBane,
Read any European newspaper and you may want to erase that last post.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/s...517810,00.html
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To briefly return to the original topic of this thread, no way this this young couple with 3 kids have enough money for a secure retirement.

There is a lot of survivor bias on this board. I quit with 2 young kids and not enough money. Everyone thought I was stupid; and I was stupid. Just because luck bails you out of a stupid decision doesn't retroactively make it a good decision. So a lot of people may have done something like this; but only those who made it are posting here. Also, the last 25 years have been pretty sweet overall.

And that ignores the possibility that there might be a liar or two around.*

There is a great article in a recent New Yorker about some maniac who sailed a raft to Europe from Maine as I recall. He made it. But now he is lost in the Pacific. Anything can happen one off. But over the long haul, the percentages tend to grind on.

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They sell their house. They buy another house in Topeka, free and clear, with $200,000 of their profit. They invest the other $300k. That brings their total income-producing assets to $1.35MM.

At 4%, that's $54,000. If they can't raise a family of 3 with $54,000, and no mortgage...how does the rest of the nation do it?
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Bush seems to have been the only leader who arrived and attended to nothing other than his desire to ride a bike.
We're all breathing a sigh of relief that we didn't send you as our representative to the "Early Retirement 8" conference.
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