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June 17, 2004, 11:49 PM

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I still can't fathom why you Americans seem to be so focused on activities that you cannot actually participate in. The X-Games? How many of you can actually skateboard or ride a BMX bike like those chaps? American Football? I see hundreds of dolts a day in New York Giants or Jets jerseys, all of them hopelessly out of shape. Even those of you who buy SUVs purchase these 4-wheel drive behemoths because you love the commercials that show someone offroading through a forest or racing up a mountain. And what do you use them for? To drive your fat, disgusting children to the mall. It's bloody sickening. Welcome to the age of the "spectator class."

Recently, I've noticed the plethora of spectators wearing "West Coast Choppers" t-shirts. Do not misunderstand me, I have nothing personal against Jesse James and his custom motorcycle business. If selling t-shirts and other apparel helps him pay the bills, more power to him.

Where I grow disturbed is when I see suburban ninnies who don't even own a motorcycle, let alone an expensive custom-built one, walking around in a "West Coast Choppers" t-shirt because they think it makes them a bad-ass. What the hell is that I ask you? How utterly absurd can you get? You spend your days as an "account executive" in a tie and a dress shirt, but look out…when you get out of work you bust down to the wings and cheap American beer joint in your "West Coast Choppers" t-shirt to let everyone know you're still hardcore.



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Give me a break. Is there no sense of accomplishment in this country anymore. Or have you simply resigned yourselves to being sloth-like apes who grow fatter on ready-made meals, dumber on American sitcoms, and chalk up their life experiences to buying a t-shirt that celebrates someone else's achievements. They should outlaw the sale of sports jerseys for this reason alone. If not outlaw them all together, at least restrict the sales to only those that can prove they actually play a sport.

Hell the other day I saw an 8-year-old in New York City walking through Rockefeller Center with his bloated parents - who were decked out in bad tourist shorts and visors - sporting a brand new, as yet unwrinkled "West Coast Choppers" t-shirt that was 2 sizes too big. This is even worse than the dolts who used to put "No Fear" stickers on the back of their Honda Civics. Okay maybe not that bad, but pretty damn close.

Look, this phenomena reached a stupidly absurd level when everyone started walking around in Harley Davidson t-shirts. Simply put, most of the people who donned such shirts, didn't even own a Harley Davidson, let alone a motorcycle. And might I add, only an idiot buys a Harley Davidson as they are crappy motorcycles made especially for Dentists, Lawyers, and Stockbrokers who like getting ripped off on sub-par products in exchange for feeling like a bad-ass.

So, please, I urge you: stop being a bunch of spectators who do nothing and walk around in t-shirts that have no relation to your miserable and worthless lives. Please, go out and do something, and then you can start buying the t-shirts.
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Dude has a point on some of this stuff , Some (a lot) of Europeans think ALL American's are fat, more like grossly obese. They think most American's are like the guests on Jerry Springer. That is where all the "Fat" comments are coming from.

Is he wrong or right about wearing stuff like that, I guess we could say the same about half of Europe when they wear soccer (Futbol) shirts. I am sure not ALL of them play.


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June 19, 2004, 01:01 PM

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June 21, 2004, 11:09 AM

I'm gonna have to agree with the guy for the most part. I think a large part of americans have become spectators in the game of life. With all the reality tv and explosion of sports. It's one thing to admire some one for their ablities and praise them, heck maybe even buy the T-shirt. But then to think your social status has changed because you like them is rediculous.

The people that do stay healthy are devided into two categories (i know i'm over simplifying here) the people who actually get out and 'do something' and the gym bunnies. Don't get me wrong I hit up the gym too, but not just so that I can look like i'm 'athletic', I do it cause I'm getting a little fat and my normal physical activities are cutting it anymore (like during winter). I think there are a lot of people who use the gym as their sport.

Wake up america. I hate seeing a sport like moto trail riding where it's dominated by other contries because we have two entries???? What's up with that?

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June 21, 2004, 02:22 PM

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June 23, 2004, 09:53 AM

If more people turned off the idiot box and did something more active, maybe the world wouldn't be full of idiots... well maybe it still would be, but at least they wouldn't be fat idiots
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[quote="djetch"]
The people that do stay healthy are devided into two categories (i know i'm over simplifying here) the people who actually get out and 'do something' and the gym bunnies. Don't get me wrong I hit up the gym too, but not just so that I can look like i'm 'athletic', I do it cause I'm getting a little fat and my normal physical activities are cutting it anymore (like during winter). I think there are a lot of people who use the gym as their sport.quote]

Any training I've ever done has always been with some sport in mind. I need motivation, and pose downs in front of a mirror don't get it for me.


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June 25, 2004, 01:11 PM

I think he carries his point too far. Do you really think it's necessary for someone to actually play a sport to be entitled to support their team by buying a jersey, or a ballcap? I like watching football, but I know my limitations - so I'll sport my team's jersey, or cap proudly. It doesn't make me a poser, just a fan. It's nothing new, or uniquely American. Lots of people around the world who couldn't sing, or play instruments had Beatles T-shirts...I guess they are losers too, according to this guy.

In the 60's if you wanted to look like a bad ass you wore a black t-shirt, jeans and smoked. Oh well, there are always gonna be those trying to create an image for themselves. Why do you care? What image do you project? Yuppie? Punk? Jock? Brotha'?

Yep, there are a lot of fat Americans. Our lifestyle, availability of high calorie food, and conveniences have made it too easy not to do physical work.

I try to judge others by their actions and behavior. When you start ripping on people by how they look, or dress, you show a lack of class.

I say, good on West Coast Choppers and Harley for making some money with great marketing plans. Enjoy it while it lasts, a new fad will be along shortly....anyone need a pet rock?

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America is full of fat and lazy people who have no idea what hard living conditions or anything else is.

Problem is, no one cares.

So as a veteran from the Army whose now working in the corporate world, my 2 cents are - let the yuppies and posers wear what they want. In the end, as long as you owe up to what you're capable of and don't talk out of your ass, the perps get weeded out anyways.

And good point - whatever makes Jesse James more money, more power to him. I think every schmuck should go buy T-shirts from him because it just raises his tax bracket that much more. It's pleasant to see an old school dude driving around in a Mercedes pissing off stuck up schmucks.


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