Signs You May Be A Squid

Squid (n): a young male homo sapiens riding a motorcycle much too powerful for his experience level (usually a sport bike) in an asinine manner which is only survived through huge amounts of sheer luck

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As I was in stop-n-go traffic on surface streets the other day, a young male zipped by on the gravel/grass shoulder to the right of my car.  Whatever, it’s legal in Texas anyway.

Fast forward (well, slowly forward) to the gas station parking lot on the corner, and I see someone trying to offer assistance in the task of lifting a motorcycle.  Squid boy waves off the offer and stands for maybe half a minute collecting himself and regaining his calm, then he picked up his bike unaided, and then my light turned green.

Hint for new motorcyclists: when riding slick (i.e., standard street tread) tires, gravel yields exactly zero traction, and grass is very, very little better.

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Here we see the tracks of the wild blue squid.  They appear quite fresh!

Ah, here is a fine specimen!  Note the tendency to stand around a bit, without the excited gesticulations of the experienced cruiser rider, and a near-total lack of displaced vegetation as found near the fallen dirt bike rider.

Sport Bike (n): a two-wheeled motorized conveyance so dangerous as to be ill-conceived as a mode of transport, popular only because of the extreme amounts of fun and sense of liberation achieved while riding thereon.  Strictly for use on paved surfaces.

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