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Friday, February 27, 2009
By Yokota Fritz

I posted a link to a nice tear jerker by Bill Strickland about cancer victim families in Santa Clarita and the response was something like a quiet night with chirping crickets, except without the crickets.

But I post a link to this dramatic photo of Australian Michael Rogers punching a fan in the neck on Mount Palomar, and the crowd goes wild with retweets and responses!

That's taking the High Road, Mick!

The photo was from the set of Tour of California Stage 8 photos that Ken Conley posted yesterday. There were a few freakos out there lending a uniquely California flair to the bike race. They couldn't resist touching the cyclists and leaving their yellow chalk marks on the way up the mountain road.

Palomar - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Chalk Fun - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Chalk Fun - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

In case you didn't notice: Those are not racers getting harassed in the above photos. Read and see more from Ken here.

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Re: Bill Strickland. I'm a big MetaFilter fan. Someone posted a link to the blog of a couple who were riding bikes cross country to 'raise awareness of cancer.'

So I said - as non-snarkily as possible - I love to read about people who go on epic bike rides for No Reason. Just because.

Someone else said 'are there people who are not aware of cancer?' Ouch. So yeah. My dad, dead of bladder cancer, my father-in-law prostate cancer, my sister-in-law, lung cancer. I'm sure Bill's piece was a great read, but no thanks. I'd rather see someone getting punched in the neck, it takes my mind off things.
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