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    PIGGY FLOO IS HERE!!!! Lowell, FTW! I was so pulling for Brockton to score the first outbreak, but the "city of champions" let me down again!All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2009
     
    I heard someone saying that a kid in Fox Hall had it, but who knows if its legit. I was also told a couple kids that had been on vacation in Mexico might have brought back with them.
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    haha i was in mexico allllllllll last week and then even flew through dallas/fort worth to get back to town on friday night. i believe i am outside of the incubation period by now, though, so no worries.
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    my kids doctor thinks she might have had a kid with a case of it 3 weeks ago, she said she is "following up" on itTake-off everything but your rainboots
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    dear everyone
    please stay the fuck away from me
    i don't wanna die

    love,
    tammyMattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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    dear tammy,

    cough cough. it is too late for you now.

    love,
    plucky
    • CommentAuthortangsuto
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009 edited
     
    So it's confirmed that two children in Lowell have swine flu.

    p.s. Swine flu is the first sign of the oncoming zombie apocalypse.
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    ^^ UHOHSMattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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    deadbolt:dear everyone
    please stay the fuck away from me
    i don't wanna die

    love,
    tammy

    that's how i felt about all drivers/pedestrians today. sometimes it seems like everyone's out to get you.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    you guys realize that like 40k people die every year from normal flu in America right? Like one person has died of swine flu so far...I think we should maybe wait a bit till we freak out.this wont hurt a bit...
    • CommentAuthorgemathy
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    over 150 people have died. mostly in mexico. new cases are showing up all over the world though.

    not being alarmist cause I don't care about any kind of flu. just correcting facts.
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    150 people in america? i don't even know if there have been 150 cases in america.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    Swine Flu : "SARS" as Orange : "New Pink"Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    yes I was being america centric only 1 person in america has died of it...

    ps. almost half a million people die from smoking every year in america...next time you see someone with a cig GO CRAZY!this wont hurt a bit...
    • CommentAuthortangsuto
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    Zombie Apocalypse.
    • CommentAuthorbluedog
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    ^good bandthat's when I reach for my revovler...
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    who would have thought the end of the western world would have come at the hands of pigs...

    also, what exactly is swine flu and how does it differ from regular flu, or bird flu?
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      CommentAuthorgytterberg
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    stilgar:yes I was being america centric only 1 person in america has died of it...

    ps. almost half a million people die from smoking every year in america...next time you see someone with a cig GO CRAZY!


    If you really want to get America centric, the little baby who died was visiting from Mexico and not American.
    • CommentAuthormeetball
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=p&msa=0&msid=106484775090296685271.0004681a37b713f6b5950&source=embed&ll=26.115986,-42.890625&spn=103.078641,212.519531&z=3
    • CommentAuthorgemathy
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    conor!:150 people in america? i don't even know if there have been 150 cases in america.

    are you in college? is reading comprehension part of the program there?

    stilgar:yes I was being america centric only 1 person in america has died of it...

    ps. almost half a million people die from smoking every year in america...next time you see someone with a cig GO CRAZY!


    Once again, I'm not personally worried about being infected, but the WHO is, and they're the people who know best I'd say. Any amount of flu related death is concerning whether it's 36,000 yearly deaths in the US or 160 in the past 2 weeks or so. The 36,000 applies to 'flu-related' which could include people with prior immune deficiencies (AIDS, cancer, elderly etc). This flu seems to create respiratory failure in otherwise healthy people. I think there are two indications for people freaking out: 1. this is a brand new virus to humans for which we have limited immunity that is significantly more severe than the typical flu you see every year and 2. the outbreak is traveling unlike an average flu with thousands of people infected in mexico and over 1,000 people still in hospitals there. There's plenty of misinformation circulating that people are overreacting to, but to be cautious about spreading germs is not overreacting. To be callous about 160 deaths is, to me, an overreaction just as crazy as people who won't eat pork or get on airplanes.
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    this wont hurt a bit...
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    stilgar:...next time you see someone with a cig GO CRAZY!


    Can we please not encourage that racket? I don't even smoke, but nothing annoys me more then people that wig out over second hand smoke.

    In a further attempt to derail this thread, the above pooh cartoon reminded me of this

    You may now return to your previously scheduled swine flu discussion.
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    ^me thinks you missed the sarcasmthis wont hurt a bit...
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009 edited
     
    Anyone familiar with riding in Lowell?

    Would you try this route?
    ... or is it suicide?


    The bus I've been taking the past couple days 1, sucks, 2 has a terrible schedule and 3 is being canceled next week..... so I was hoping that it might be rideable. When I am there around like 6 AM, the street seems rideable, but when I leave work around 5pm it looks like the bus has to go on some quasi-highway thing just to get to the train station? I've only seen one other cyclist ever on those streets, so I am sorta afraid the car-people won't know what to do when I appear and might run into me...

    Any help would be appreciated.
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    : (
    • CommentAuthortangsuto
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009 edited
     
    Stop with the sadface. That road is fine to ride on. It's wide enough and mostly flat until the tail end of your ride to work I believe. The road through Belvidere (beginning portion of Andover St.) blows though. Not enough to negate riding it, but there are a lot of potholes so I'd be very careful. Other than that, you should be more than fine.

    (^^,)/'')
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    tangsuto:Stop with the sadface. That road is fine to ride on. It's wide enough and mostly flat until the tail end of your ride to work I believe. The road through Belvidere (beginning portion of Andover St.) blows though. Not enough to negate riding it, but there are a lot of potholes so I'd be very careful. Other than that, you should be more than fine.

    (^^,)/'')



    Yeah I noticed the potholes. You would be going crazy, too, if you commuted to work for like 3-4 hours everyday and then worked a 10 hour day.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    cindierock:

    I've only seen one other cyclist ever on those streets, so I am sorta afraid the car-people won't know what to do when I appear and might run into me...

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Was it me on a grey K2/black puch/red conversion? I rode 133 almost every day for class out at U Lowell. Did you take that little IRS shuttle bus? That thing sucks. Like Tangsuto mentioned the road is totally ridable but there are a fair amount of pot holes. For the most part the pot holes are easy to avoid, but the joints between the concrete slabs are kinda fucked up so you gotta either take it slow or have a bike that can take a little beating. 133 is wide enough that there could be two lanes in each direction, so don't worry about cars, they have plenty of space.

    If you're heading to the train station (which I'm assuming you are) it's not too bad to get to. Not sure what section would be 'quasi highway' but I've never had problems riding there. If you're talking about that little underpass just before the entrance to the station it's not bad to ride on.
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    PLyTheMan:
    cindierock:

    I've only seen one other cyclist ever on those streets, so I am sorta afraid the car-people won't know what to do when I appear and might run into me...

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Was it me on a grey K2/black puch/red conversion? I rode 133 almost every day for class out at U Lowell. Did you take that little IRS shuttle bus? That thing sucks. Like Tangsuto mentioned the road is totally ridable but there are a fair amount of pot holes. For the most part the pot holes are easy to avoid, but the joints between the concrete slabs are kinda fucked up so you gotta either take it slow or have a bike that can take a little beating. 133 is wide enough that there could be two lanes in each direction, so don't worry about cars, they have plenty of space.

    If you're heading to the train station (which I'm assuming you are) it's not too bad to get to. Not sure what section would be 'quasi highway' but I've never had problems riding there. If you're talking about that little underpass just before the entrance to the station it's not bad to ride on.



    Nope, the only cyclists I've seen are either BMXs on the sidewalk or like roadies in full kit in the road... but I've only seen like two of each kind...

    Yes I take the IRS Shuttle Bus. It is terrible, but it drops me off right where I work and only costs like a dollar. I just started work on the 8th, so I am still trying to find good way to commute.

    Yeah I noticed those joints, they make the bus rattle like no other, so I kinda cringe at how it will feel on a bike, although I bet it will be similar.

    The way the bus comes to the station it goes like on some ramp thing where it has to merge onto a four lane road where the cars are going a decent speed. It seems kind of highway/parkway-ish to me.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    Well, If you follow the course on the google map you linked to earlier you would get on Middlesex St (Google tells you to go against a one way) and just hook around the rotary that passes over the end of the Lowell Connector there , get off heading towards Thorndike St, and you'll be right at the station. There are a few lanes of traffic there but I've never had any problems.

    From what I remember of my one time riding that bus it rattles a lot more than it should. Most of the joints are a little bump but the bad ones you can usually ride a foot to the side where the bump isn't as bad. Have fun with that nice long hill in Tewksbury, though, right before the road for your work =D
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    PLyTheMan:Well, If you follow the course on the google map you linked to earlier you would get on Middlesex St (Google tells you to go against a one way) and just hook around the rotary that passes over the end of the Lowell Connector there , get off heading towards Thorndike St, and you'll be right at the station. There are a few lanes of traffic there but I've never had any problems.

    From what I remember of my one time riding that bus it rattles a lot more than it should. Most of the joints are a little bump but the bad ones you can usually ride a foot to the side where the bump isn't as bad. Have fun with that nice long hill in Tewksbury, though, right before the road for your work =D


    i am going to have the most fun when i can put an end to this silly commute and just learn how to drive again. i would consider the bike then train then bike route more seriously for nice months, but the lowell train station SMELLS like shit 24/7... the day i don't have to go there will be the best day ever