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Gelukkig Sinterklaas

Gelukkig Sinterklaas

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December 6th is possibly the biggest holiday of the year for the Dutch. We put out our shoe, we write gedichten, we play pranks on each other, and we exchange gifts. As luck would have it, the good old Sint made a stop by the Velominati Headquarters in Seattle and left me an absurdly large bottle of dry lube; the the point where I felt like I need to explain what it is for. (I use a lot of that stuff, you know, on my chain – because I ride in the rain every day this time of year. I swear.)

Take a dive into the archives and have a look at our 2010 article on the subject for a full background on why December 6th is the real Christmas and why the Dutch (and I assume at least the Belgians) rule so much harder at holidays than the rest of the world, except maybe the Jewish community, since they figured out how to make the gift-giving last an entire month and everyone knows that’s pretty hard-core.

In any case, from the bottom of my heart, thanks to everyone in our humble little community, and I wish you each a Gelukkig Sinterklaas.

// General

  1. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all the Velominati !

    And could someone please explain to this American, who is unfamiliar with Dutch holiday traditions, why Old St Nicks “assistant” is wearing blackface?

  2. @San Tonio

    No doubt an edam-eating dopehead in clogs will be along in a minute to give further explanation, but that is Black Pete. He is essentially Sinterklaas’s servant and helper in the way that the elves help Santa Claus.

    I don’t believe they were quite so PC in the 17th century so I guess they figured it was OK, indeed natural, for his servants to be black. There’s also a connection with Sinterklaas arriving from Spain so perhaps there is a Moorish aspect to it originally.

  3. @G’rilla

    Sinterklass brought some green from Amsterdam this year: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-usa-marijuana-washington-idUSBRE8B506L20121206

    Nipple Lube………(without admitting anything at all of course).

  4. @Chris From the recent visits.  It’s not all bad!

    Sunset

    Heeeeelan Coooo with Mrs Deakus…rush hour!

    Trip out to St Kilda…4hrs on a boat in to the mid Atlantic and a shit load of sea sickness but man it was worth it!

  5. Has anyone ever ridden a bike on St Kilda? Now that would be a Cogal – admittedly quite a short one.

  6. @the Engine

    Has anyone ever ridden a bike on St Kilda? Now that would be a Cogal – admittedly quite a short one.

    You could quite easily MTB your way round the island but the tree hugging shepherds would probably lynch you for disturbing the Soay sheep which are apparently indigenous and very rare…

  7. @Deakus For a moment … I thought Chris Froom had joined us!

    @Chris From the recent visits. It’s not all bad!”

  8. @ChrisO

    See #2.

  9. @DerHoggz

    @ChrisO See #2.

    “he leaves a pack of Kools beneath your pillow”

    Hilarious!

  10. @Chris

    fuck it, DM albums have done it again. Two of the those photos should have been after the last paragraph.

    Correction, pilot error has done it again.

  11. @the Engine

    Has anyone ever ridden a bike on St Kilda? Now that would be a Cogal – admittedly quite a short one.

    Well, yes.

    We even have Amazons to take cars of errant drivers.

  12. @mouse You might need to explain that, you have lost me there….it’s probably me being dim but it has been a long week and I am stuggling to make the connection….so feel free to point out the bleeding obvious and make me look an idiot! (cue the ever reliable emoticon….wink!)

  13. Ah.

    There be a place in Aus named St. Kilda.  Has probably the busiest road cycling traffic volume in the world.

  14. @mouse

    Ah. There be a place in Aus named St. Kilda. Has probably the busiest road cycling traffic volume in the world.

    Er…yeah…not quite…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Scotland

  15. @Marcus

    @cognition bad weather? It’s 8:30pm and 28 degrees Celsius here

    Bitter Texas Gulf Coast winter here – finished work early and went for a ride under partly cloudy skies and 25C.  I know, an amazing display of discipline.

  16. @mouse and that’s just a Tuesday night group ride right?!

  17. @Rob First half of NRR early bunch maybe?

  18. Since we’re talking about Christmas – nothing to do with cycling but this is quite funny.

    http://youtu.be/TSjhW-BRXAc

    Before you do, you have to first appreciate this is a lady who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome (not entirely the sweary type, although she does do quite a bit of that as well). Biscuit is her most dominant theme, and bins feature heavily as well.

    She has a blog and twitter account where she puts a selection of her strange daily utterances. There’s also a twitter account called @ticbot which you can follow or tweet to and will give you a random reply from her list of tics. Anything from “We need to talk about biscuits” to “Put your hands on the buttocks of a sheepdog named Lil”. Although ticbot has been taken down by Twitter several times for its content.

    It’s very funny and it’s meant to be – laughing with rather than at. In between the tics she is very eloquent, sees the humour and does it to try to raise awareness and generally get something positive out of something that is more than a little difficult. Tourettes is when your head explode with fairies, apparently.

  19. Awright, random thought in random thread. All the bike mags have end of the year awards and stuff in them, and Velonews has Marianne Vos as rider of the year. I just can’t stop looking at her tits.

  20. @eightzero

    Awright, random thought in random thread. All the bike mags have end of the year awards and stuff in them, and Velonews has Marianne Vos as rider of the year. I just can’t stop looking at her tits.

    You’re cruel.  After your post I made a bee line to the online site and their one photo cuts off just below the shoulders.
    Painful.

    Man I am BORED!  When does the Rusty Chain Award come out?  Hell, racing starts in just over a month Down Under!

  21. Here you go. Truth of the matter is that I have bigger tits than she does. But I just can’t stop looking at hers.

  22. @San Tonio,

    @ChrisO

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all the Velominati !

    And could someone please explain to this American, who is unfamiliar with Dutch holiday traditions, why Old St Nicks “assistant” is wearing blackface?

    The take of David Sedaris on the subject (go to 3:30 of the first video if you want to get right to it):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbJpRLhaSqs&playnext=1&list=PL8AFFC0A6366084FE&feature=results_main

  23. @mouse

    Ah.

    There be a place in Aus named St. Kilda. Has probably the busiest road cycling traffic volume in the world.

    Where are the sheep? It can’t really be St Kilda if there’s no sheep.

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