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Being Invisible

Petengeth

True Grumbler
My Mum, had one of those old fashioned perambulators, that were 4 feet off the ground with the four big wheels, coach built. Only problem was that my brother was such a large baby the whole thing was top heavy. There was a shelf between the wheels where my mother had to keep bricks to weigh it down and stop it toppling over.

They knew how to live in those days.

Definitely not feeling invisible any more. Just keeping a low profile. A bit alarmed that this is now onto 6 pages, where will it end?
 

Petengeth

True Grumbler
Pram is short for perambulator, wasn't sure if you had either word over there though. The word got smaller and so did the prams.

The more I use the word pram the sillier it sounds.
 

RParrish

PFG, Picture Framing God
This thread STILL is over here! I thought it would've migrated over to Warped long ago...LOL!

It would have been moved but Paul SF is standing in the way.
 

Terry S Williams

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Hey Petengeth!

You joined on my sisters birthday! Not the year of course....
 

Bill Henry-

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
The more I use the word pram the sillier it sounds.
And all this time I though Priam was the King of Troy (or Albany … or someplace in the middle of New York State.) :confused:
 

prospero

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
When I were a lad..............


One of the best things you could get was an old pram. Or the wheels and axles to be specific. You only needed a few bits of wood and you could knock up a little cart. Steered with your feet and a bit of string.

Of course you had to have a friend to push it.:smiley:

A friend of mine's dad worked at a timber yard.;) We made a little cart and started adding bits..... Before long it had turned into a reasonable small car. This was about the time that James Bond first had his Aston with all the bells and whistles. With a bit of work the little push-car had retractable machine guns and grenade launcher. A box at the back dropped a load of nails behind to punture the tires of following bicylists. Never got the ejector seat working though.......
Alas we got a bit too ambitious when we converted it into a tank. Rotating turret and (wooden)armor plating. The whole thing got too heavy and the pram wheels collapsed.:icon11:
 

shayla

WOW Framer
It would have been moved but Paul SF is standing in the way.

Thanks for this smile. :icon21:


Petengeth, over here, we call them strollers.
But we know that they're technically prams.
At least in my neck of the woods that's the
way it is. For all I know, they're still prams
in places like Boston. I liked your story.

Do you want us to call you Petengeth, or
is it okay if we call you Pete?
 

MabSadie2

PFG, Picture Framing God
I have to push the pram-a-lot.

Do do do do do do do do do.....
 

janetj1968

PFG, Picture Framing God
If you feel invisible after only 20-some posts, wait until you have posted several thousand, as some of us have, and still feel invisible.

Invisiblity takes some getting used to, but I'm sure you can deal with it.
:) You're really sweet Jim....but we both know you're one of the least invisible people here.

Even when you don't post, people post for you...like on my Calligraphy thread. ;)

I don't know how it is for most people here...but I'm on the forum and never in chat. Perhaps that's the difference.

By me, the Grumble's been really good at making me feel like I'm a part of it...especially during times of strife or need.
 

Terry S Williams

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
When is this going to make it to Warped?!
I keep having to flip back and forth rather than staying in Warped land!
 

Kev@Frames

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
As a motorcyclist, I can assure you that each and every motorcycle in the UK comes with its own built-in cloak of invisibility which makes it and its rider totally invisible to fifty percent of other road users.
its bright red, it weighs quarter of a ton, the headlight is on, the rider has a dayglo yellow jacket on, its got an engine bigger than a compact car, a hundred more horsepower than a volkswagen van, and at 106db (road legal exhaust) even the blind ought to have a fighting chance, but unless it has the word "police" on the front, cars will pull out of side streets in your path, cut you up at junctions, spreadeagle you over their bonnet or worse and then say "sorry mate, I didn't see you".
 

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Originally Posted by Petengeth
Shayla, I did notice you noticed. And you can call me Geth.
Oh good. Now we don't have to geth for Pete's sake.

Shayla, I hate to call you out . . . but "strollers" are the targets at the mall. 2 points if you can take out the old lady and leave the stroller, 5 points if it's a standard cane and it stays standing for at least 20 seconds. No points if it all disappears.

Over here a "pram" is simply refered to a Baby Buggy (as in Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)..... or by some large faction of the less than brain dead as: ******* Mini SUVs or just exactly PUAVs. (Propogationist Urban Assault Vehicle) "Urban Blight" for short.
 

prospero

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
What about those twin buggys then? The urban equivalent of the combine harvester.
 

Nancy W

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Oh , you and your dry British humor. I had to read your post twice to get the truth out of it. You must always remember that we Yanks love that stuff , but without the accent in our ears we sometimes miss the pointiness of your points.

The British have such cutting wit that we often don't know for a week that we were insulted...it takes that long to settle in and dawn on us. And then we grin, 'cause you got us so good.

Now you have me all curious about your past posts that you got ignored over. Possibly not what you were after, but there you have it. If we launched a cow in your general direction would you feel paid attention too? Ah, you see, now I am having fun at your expense.

I wish your accent came across the WWW, we girls get all weak in the knees and such and EVERYTHING you say sounds SOOOO TRUE! It is a weird phenom, but it's true. Use your powers only for good, even here on The Grumble.

Nancy
 

BILL WARD

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
you're short, right????

as in "what if a short guy went in to rob a bank and no one noticed"??? :shrug:


seriously, we're all invisible---most, if not all you THINK you perceive, are mere phantasms of your fevered/under worked/under appreciated imaginations!!!!! :nuts:
 

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Nancy, please behave yourself...... and go mop up that drool.

This one is called "The Sweep"....... in one fast run you can sweep the sidewalk clear. Or take out a whole isle at the farmers market.


And if you don't think we are headed down the path of "Over Population".....
living proof.... they wouldn't make this unless it has a market.


Just remember Octomom needs four of these Quadratrackers. Can you say "Train"?

And not to forget the whole thrust of this thread.....
here is little Gesh in his mum's pram. Isn't he cute. Love the Paddington Bear jacket.
 

Framar

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Every time I see one of those Purolater delivery trucks I think what a strange name that is and how it sounds like sometihing a mum would sterilize a baby bottle in.....or make baby food.

I had a toy baby carriage as a child - carried lumber and kittens in it (not at the same time though).
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Alrighty then Pete, Geth it is.
But I hope your last name isn't Semane.

(weird, tired haha)

Baer, I'm smiling at your linguistic save.
After I posted that 'stroller' comment this morning,
my sister called and I had to go to work. Somewhere
in the middle of that, I thought 'I am going to be
so busted. It's a baby buggy!' But no time to correct
the error. Glad to see that you were ever vigilant. :thumbsup:
 

Petengeth

True Grumbler
No I am not short as it happens, over 6 foot and, Nancy I always tell the truth, sometimes even on the Grumble.

I never guessed that buggy/pram thing would be such a controversial subject though.

As for motorbikes, I do sympathise as many drivers are careless but getting back to invisibility for a sec, you have to admit a fair few bikers do have trouble using that invisible lane in between the car and the truck. We can't see it but I'm sure it must be there as there are so many bikes in it. I for one have had a few near misses/hits with bikes and never when I am pulling out of a side road always that invisible lane. It is only the width of a bike and sometimes less.
 

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
That's weird?!?! Why is there a big blank space like a posting after Shayla's post..... it the G now haunted?

If so, and Jennifer Love Hewitt shows up... dibs on first hugs! And seconds and . . . oh, happy tummy.... :D :D :D
 

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
All four times I've been hit, I was out of the car. Once on the motorcycle, sitting at the stop sign when the gal behind us decided that if she gunned it she would beat the car coming........ never even saw the big honkin' Goldwing with two people right in front of her.

The lady in her brown 450SL I can give some slack to..... it was 1:30 am, on Christmas day and I was only in the cross walk when she ran the light. I felt her coming, pushed my friend out of the way and jumped straight up. Came crashing down on the bonnet, caving it in. It startled the lady to all of a sudden find a big guy falling out of the mid-air, so she just hit the gas and roared off, rolling me up and over the top (oil canning the top too).
The cops looked at us.... said "hmm you're unhurt, it's time for you to go home".... in other words "get out of town".
But my friend had gotten the license number..... but we never paid the visit.
But it would have been fun to be a fly on the wall when her husband asked to explain the damage..... :D "really.. he just dropped out of the sky....."
 

blackiris

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Wow, this is the 84th post in this thread that is all about....... nothing.

Is that a grumble record?
LOL BECKY!!!! you havent joined the social group ABOUT NOTHING!!!! hee hee
 

imaluma

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
My favorite one was when a young girls in a white convertible Mustang hit me in a crosswalk on my bike, knocking me straight on my rear end. She panicked and didn't know where to pull over, as it was a busy main street so she went around the block and sat in the alley. People came running, "I saw it! I got her license number!" Turns out she wasn't running, just had no idea what to do. When we were filling out police reports and getting insurance info she kept crying, "Um, you're not gonna sue me are you? My parents will totally ground me, waaaah."

I didn't really feel the long term damage of that incident until I started giving birth.
 

Petengeth

True Grumbler
I was run over when I was 7, I just ran across the road and boom!!!! Don't remember a thing, policeman carried me home, they'd be sued for doing that now.
This was in a small country town in West Wales. The driver was off his head with worry and came round to the house that night with a giant tube of Maltesers, I remember that.
I had a "Green Stick Fracture" which was some kind of miracle as I went flying. I was very proud of the plaster cast and insisted on not pulling up my socks when I went to school, so everyone could see it.
Come to think of it that may have been when I became invisible.
 

prospero

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
In keeping with the ethos of this thead, all posts should be invisible. If you want to read this post, you simply need to select the text. Of course, you have to do this first in order to find out how to do it. Which makes no sense at all.






Pretty much life as we know it IMHO.


:icon11:
 

dougj

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Perambulator sounds like something you might boil water in, dontcha think?
Perambulator Sounds like something Arnold Schwarzenegger would get done to his hair.
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Can bats see the Invisible Man, or would they crash into him?
 

prospero

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Can bats see the Invisible Man, or would they crash into him?
That's an interesting point and worthy of further investigation. My personal take on the issue is that while the invisible man cannnot be seen, his body still has mass. Therefore would be detectable to a bats' echo location.
 

shayla

WOW Framer
I would concur with that assumption.
 
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