Any interest on a Viking Ride?
That comic is awesome! Are there t-shirts of the last frame?????
I was thinking that I would buy one of those cheap viking helmets and put the horns on my regular bike helmet but then I remembered that I just bought a new helmet. The old helmet, while not perfect, is still serviceable, so I plan on remaking it into a more “authentic” helmet with the simple application of cardboard and ducktape.
Maybe I’ll use this as a model.
I think a viking ride is still on…. date March 26th
Could we get a head count? At least to get the thing rolling? If enough people, we can go ahead an try to reserve the Milvalle Shelter for food grilling and viking-festivities…
YEAH or NAH…???
Pittsburgh Randos spring 200K that day.
Although, come to think of it, the 200K starts and ends in Shaler. For when are the Millvale festivities planned? I might still be in for grilling and pin-the-tail-on-the-frost-giant.
I’m in. Been shopping for viking helmets and drinking horns already.
@reddan…. that could be planned intandem.. if we do the ride we could meet at noon, leaving at 12:30pm, we can ended around 2:30pm-3pm on Milvalle, and we would probably be there for awhile eating & viking & pillaging…
That would work-out SWEET N@! How da’ya’ thing Reddan?
Hmmm…200K starts at 7, probably be back by 4 or 5.
Put me down as a contributor towards foodstuffs, at least, and I’ll try to make the post-raid feast.
And the count so far…..
Come on! Can we make it to 20 at least?
20 min. would make it worth it to rent the Milvalle Shelter! I myself will make the reservation & pony-up the money for it if we get that number just so we can secure the space on that date now
OF COURSE the ride is open to anyone even if you’re not sure that you can make it until the last minute, but if we don’t have enough sure-enough RSVP’s now, renting the place won’t make sense, and we might as well just go to a restaurant or something less Viking-worthy.
So….. any Vikings of any inkling still out there?
Shooting for March 26th!!!
ps: I’ve never organized anything like this before, so bear with me
What time? I’ve been getting out of work as late as 2:30pm lately, but any later than that, and I’m in.
I don’t know if this makes a big difference but the park in Millvale is only about 4 blocks away from a small strip mall with a very convenient State Liquor Store.
in, as of now. I got a new job yesterday so i’m not really sure what my schedule will look like then.
I am a chef with a local catering company and can’t predict in advance when evets will be scheduled so planning social activities sucks for me. That being said, as long as I don’t have to work March 26, I’m in.
Add my daughter’s boyfriend Ryan to the list of attendees.
I’ll be calling tomorrow to reserve the Milvalle Shelter & confirm the date. Regardless….. start getting your Nordic outfits ready
also, sorry if I’ve missed it, but is there a time for this?
Fantastic idea! I also won’t know if I’ll have work commitments until the week before, but I am in if not.
I’ll contribute to the food via Dish of Whatever. Might try to do a black bean soup. May I suggest that the start and end be in Millvale? That way people who drove will be close to their cars at the end of the day.
Also, may I suggest that, if the ride starts before RF can join, can we just tootle past and pick her up at an appropriate time? Not sure how that would work.
I don’t want anybody to think me anti-viking, but according to wikipedia’s misconceptions page, there is no physical evidence that viking helmets had horns. There is no proof that ALL viking helmets were horn free, either. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions I choose to believe that there’s no physical evidence because Odin hates science and disbelievers, and all the horned helmets are adorning heros in Valhalla, where they eat physical evidence for breakfast.
Vikings care not for historical accuracy!
Anyway, depending on time/finish and all of that I can bring something. Just need to think of something reasonable that will fit in a backpack, I guess…I’m trying to stay vegetarian (well pescetarian anyway) so my first thought, “Roasted Piece of Dead Beast”, is pretty much out.
Myddrin – Roasted Piece of Dead Beet? Roasted Beets are yummy, gold or purple.
history is written by the victors! if they don’t raze everything that can be written on.
What is funny about the vikings is that epeople always have this image of little raiding band, when in reality, the vikings in about 1000 AD had an empire that stretched from Russia to England to Greenland.
Charlemegne was smart – event hough the couldnt’ read and write himself, he knew taht if his history wasn’t written down, it would disappear. So he encouraged literacy.
The vikings, even with their empire, were largely illiterate. And so they are remembered as vaguely humorous folk with horns on their helmets.
Well, if I’m going to be a Viking, so that means I have to become illiterate, so I won’t be able to read the sentence “Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets”, so my horn-building project is still on.
Did I write that?
Im going to try like anything to make it. I miss riding and need something to start things off right.
I think I can do it if I can get a few more months of my five-year-old in the seat. Plus, I think he’ll get a kick out of having viking horns on his helmet.
dback – if you want to car or bike pool, lemme know. I’ve got a car rack that will hold two, or Millvale is close enough to bike for me (though it wouldn’t take much to convince me that the whole day would be a lot). I can meet you at your place or mine or wherever.
this goes for a total of two people anywhere easterly (including dback, if he wants). I figure I can fit one int he trunk, two in the back, plus 2 people.
in middle school there was a song that I remember the chorus of, it probably came from some wildly popular show I wasn’t allowed to watch, “rape, kill, pillage, burn, rape kill pillage burn – eat babies!” like some kind of twisted viking musical. it may have been created by my twisted friends. we were odd.
the muppets did a wonderful viking sketch to the tune of In the Navy. I’d link to it, but I don’t have youtube at work.
The Pirates in England
Saxon Invasion, A.D. 400-600
When Rome was rotten-ripe to her fall,
And the sceptre passed from her hand,
The pestilent Picts leaped over the wall
To harry the English land.
The little dark men of the mountain and waste,
So quick to laughter and tears,
They came panting with hate and haste
For the loot of five hundred years.
They killed the trader, they sacked the shops,
They ruined temple and town–
They swept like wolves through the standing crops
Crying that Rome was down.
They wiped out all that they could find
Of beauty and strength and worth,
But they could not wipe out the Viking’s Wind
That brings the ships from the North.
They could not wipe out the North-East gales
Nor what those gales set free–
The pirate ships with their close-reefed sails,
Leaping from sea to sea.
They had forgotten the shield-hung hull
Seen nearer and more plain,
Dipping into the troughs like a gull,
And gull-like rising again–
The painted eyes that glare and frown
In the high snake-headed stem,
Searching the beach while her sail comes down,
They had forgotten them!
There was no Count of the Saxon Shore
To meet her hand to hand,
As she took the beach with a grind and a roar,
And the pirates rushed inland!
— Rudyard Kipling
im in! i was thinking I could handle the ride but not the ride to the ride and then the ride and the ride from the ride… now I have to find horns for my helmet
Also I just put a few gallons of a very nice dark ale up to ferment. it will be ready by then. is such stuff encouraged by the VIC Viking in charge?
(from the Vikinginati web page, Viking Rule #4: Vikings do not ask permission. Ever. And they do not apologize. Ever.
BTW, Vikings have no need of a Rule #5, as they already are.
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