Anatomy of a Photo: Chuck a Dead Animal Over Your Shoulder

Anatomy of a Photo: Chuck a Dead Animal Over Your Shoulder

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Let me open this by stating that I firmly believe that Animals should be treated with dignity and respect, and should be given the right to live a wholesome and fulfilling life. Chickens should be allowed to preen and pluck proudly; cows the right to socialize as amicably as cows can, and pigs should be allowed to delight in their own filth. Right up until we slaughter them to either eat them or wear them, or some unconventional combination of the two – depending on your preference.

I wanted to get that out of the way before I subject you all to a picture of Young Frank – much closer to Peaking than Old Frank – engaging in a game of “God Mag ‘t Weten” with his Cycling Sensei (his dad) after a 10 hour day riding singletrack in Alta, Wyoming. After all, if there isn’t a better way of saying, “We put it in the Big Ring today, Son” than chucking a dead sheep around your shoulders and calling it a ‘vest’, I don’t know what is.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. @Marko
    I snotted espresso on my shirt and keyboard. Thanks.

  2. Wow, those are some awesome pictures, of both Frank and the Vulcan. Though, I sometimes wonder if Frank may in fact BE a Vulcan…

  3. @mcsqueak
    Did Spock shave his guns, too? With Baxter? Of course, riding a Cervelo seems… illogical.

  4. Really, though, between this and scented Candlegate, you’re really making this too easy, Frank. I know it’s the off-season, but we’re going soft without much of a challenge…

  5. Merckx that is an insane photo. It seems more likely dad is training you in the ways of the Guild Navigators than those who push the big ring.

  6. Dad, a medical bag, a bronze port hole-o-blow, young Strack holding a large gauge snorting device. These are the memories a lad holds onto forever.

  7. Not Spock…

    Sarek

    or Cloud William…

  8. @Steampunk

    I’m not sure about Spock, but I’d say Kahn Noonien Singh keeps his guns shaved and primed.

  9. This photo raises many more questions than it answers.

    Who took the photo? Unposed, casual, paparazzi style. I’m guessing local law enforcement.

    And why is Strack Sr. glaring at Strack the Younger like that? The answer probably explains why only one is wearing the Dead Sheep of Victory.

  10. @Geoffrey Grosenbach
    and yet the rest of the attire is matching. Practical, yet stylish, rope knit Irish turtleneck sweaters and Levis 505’s.

  11. Could it be that Frank is going away on some holiday travels and won’t be around to keep the site going so he deliberately pulled out this stunning photograph to send us into such a state of shock that we don’t notice the lack of new material until the new year, when he returns?

    I feel as if this photograph has been devilishly hidden until the moment was just right.

  12. And yeah, who the hell thought that vest needed pockets?

    Anyone wearing that thing simple grabs the closest person by the shirt and says, “Here, hold this until I get back. Or else.”

  13. @Ron

    Yeah, that vest doesn’t need to pockets, they are redundant when you can just say “Oi, Fronk, put this in your man purse for me.”

  14. There’s gotta be more than one animal in that thing.

    Ron:
    I feel as if this photograph has been devilishly hidden until the moment was just right.

    Photographs like this should stay hidden.

    Geoffrey Grosenbach:
    Dead Sheep of Victory.

    I just burst a blood vessel!

  15. And is old Strack a pirate? Seems to be missing his right eye. Either that or he’s giving the young buck a knowing wink, as if to say “one day, my boy, you will find yourself enveloped in beaver.”

  16. There’s a FarSide based on Papa Strack. I don’t have the

  17. Not sure what happened there.

    Papa Strack was clearly the model for Gary Larson’s FarSide cartoon captioned “When nature says “Do not touch””

    nfi how to embed that picture or whatever. Clearly don’t have the skills to work the nerdbox interweb thingamy just yet

  18. @Hawkeye
    Your post really piqued my curiosity and I had no recourse but to post it for you. Discuss.

  19. So, I am catching up on Velominati posts. I read Nicole’s post on Alexi Grewal. I follow her link (http://400smith.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/is-rist-canyons-hiking-boot-man-alexi-grewal/) to what seems to be a cycling blog, and then link through to what seems to be a further cycling blog http://evilcycling.com/ – only to find that it contains this: http://evilcycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/chick-with-a-wolf.jpg (NSFW).

    Obviously there’s some “furry wild animal on shoulders” cultural meme cicrulating in US cycling circles. It hasn’t got to the Antipodes yet. Can’t say I’m too disappointed.

  20. @G’phant
    Somebody pinch me.

  21. i believe in animal rights too, but hell, if your going fast enough and an animal just happens to walk infront you and is unlucky enough to be hit, why not skin it and chuck it over your shoulder?

  22. @Geoffrey Grosenbach

    And why is Strack Sr. glaring at Strack the Younger like that?

    Skiing with my folks this past weekend, the topic of this photo came up. As to your question, my dad’s response was, “You would be glaring too, if that was your son.”

  23. @frank

    @Geoffrey Grosenbach

    And why is Strack Sr. glaring at Strack the Younger like that?

    Skiing with my folks this past weekend, the topic of this photo came up. As to your question, my dad’s response was, “You would be glaring too, if that was your son.”

    Ouch, thanks Dad!

  24. Ha, this come up in the random article list…and it’s too good to miss the opportunity to check in on that photo once again!

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