I want to get my bike fixed. Need new tires and a general tune up since I haven't used it in a few years. Does anyone do that in Melrose? I know of a place in Cambridge but getting over there is a pain.
When you say "I haven't used it in a few years" does that mean it has a sissy bar, banana seat, motorcycle handlebars and a little bell that goes "ring-ring"?
Go for it! Make sure you get a wire basket that hangs on the handlebars.
This is so cool! I've been waiting years for Bicycle Annie's replacement!
You weren't really expecting a straight answer from Moe and Larry were you? Ha ha! What about the bike shop in Stoneham? I think they do that stuff.
Personally, I think you should wait until Curly checks in before you make any decisions. He is, afterall, very enubrigatious.
He's probably going to reply with a "How dare you! I haven't touched a drop!"
Remember, Remembering, we are all here to gather around and provide support and encouragement to Patty, no matter what her bicycle looks like or how heavy she ....... Oh, wait a minute........ never mind.
"Hey Moe, I'm not me".
Does anyone remember what it was that Bicycle Annie actually sold?
As I recall, from when I checked with the Stoneham Historical Society about Annie, it was either an early version of "Avon-type" products, or "Amway-type" products, but can't remember which they said.
and Patricia, there was a great bike shop in Melrose Highlands for quite a while, but that was probably 50 years ago, and it's long gone. So why am I telling you this? I have no idea!
LMFAO! I had a bad week and the downward spiral of my original post is uplifting!
Thank you Remembering for the Stoneham suggestion! If you see a red headed, freckled faced 50 year old wanna be vying to be the next bicycle Annie …honk! What was it that she gave out? Not sure I can compete but every village needs more than just one just one quirky person for the young’uns to talk about!
Thank God my daughter is in Pittsburgh....she would kill me.
Oh, and thanks fossil and old guy, for showing up
She wasn't the only one. We also had Lester, who had a very similar bike with basket. He was usually found pedaling around the Common.
You can probably guess what his nickname was, given his name, his appearance (he looked kind of like Freddie the Freeloader) and his propensity for hanging around playgrounds. Given today's climate, it doesn't seem nearly as funny now as it did then.
Wasn't there also a bike/hobby shop/ on west foster across from the Police station where (or near) the Christian Science reading room. If my memory is correct I bought a basket for my Columbia bike there back in the 50's.
As to Annie, I remember standing at the crossing gate shanty with Bill the attendant and watching Annie go by and Bill saying "There she goes, pedaling her Avon" or something to that effect.
When in doubt.... ask you Mom. And in this case, a 95yo who's sharp as a tack. She's with my sister and not very computer literate. So I texted my sister and asked her to ask Mom what she sold.
She new it right away. Vanilla Extract! She also said Annie would never work for a company because it would make her keep track of things and do reports and take orders, and that was definetly not Annie's way.
That's fantastic that your Mom is still here, and still that sharp. Nothing better at 'setting things straight' than going to those who still remember! I'll bet it even brought back some fun memories for her. Thanks for checking and sharing OG!
Right on the money for a number of things, there Geezer. My Mom, Sis and I sure did share memories about Bicycle Annie avoidance.
We learned how to draw the shades, turn off the lights and be as quiet as possible when there was a Bicycle Annie sighting. My number 1 job was to keep the dog as quiet as possible. Not so easy a task when you own a beagle.
When I heard "Vanilla Extract" I was a little , um, skeptical but then I thought... we need to realize what we were baking back in the 40's and 50's. Vanilla extract was a big product back then. You didn't buy Cakes, you made them from scratch. If you wanted cookies, you made them too. And every pie you made, had vanilla extract in it. Lot's of "sales potential" there.
I think Annie was a lot more clever than we give her credit for.
Information on the Bike Shop in Stoneham... (that I think someone mentioned earlier)
City Cycle-Stoneham, Mass -Mountain Bikes-Hybrid Bikes ...
Local Bike Store selling and servicing top bicycle brands such as Trek, Specialized, Schwinn and Haro.
We specialize in service and repair of all bicycle brands ...
I thought that "Name" might draw attention.
Just running a little test.
How can you not cheer for a guy named Bubba?
Global warming my ass!!
Now that's an interesting name... Global.
Does she live in Melrose?
But I can't sneak nuttin` by you! (she lives in Melrose, and NOT in the Wyoming area)
S l o w l y I t u r n e d, s t e p b y s t e p ................
Happy Easter to all my Melrose Messages 'cronies'! [:)]
Well, I have to admit, I'm kind of depressed. Not a single kid received any Peeps this year. I think I may be going through Peep withdrawal. Maybe I should move to Wyoming Ave.
I got one. One lousy peep. Sour watermelon. One lousy sour freaking watermelon peep. [Choked]
They have flavor s now?
Walgreens was out of Peeps by Friday. I was tempted to keep some of the ones I bought for the nieces/nephews, but didn't.[:|]
The only favors I ever knew we're pink and yellow. And no bunnies, just chicks!
I went to that site Fossil. Yikes, chocolate covered Peeps, sounds supoib!
Just checking. You guys (and gal) do realize that by visiting and posting in the "Dark Side", one of us or all of us are going to get burned just like the proverbial little kid and the hot stove. You all know that..... right?
OK. Carry on.
Nah. Buncha lightweights over there.
They may try, but we don't get out beschmertniks in an uproar like 'those people'.
I can't find beschmertniks anywhere. What was this string about again?
Oh wait.... maybe a German dictionary? ....... be right back....
Um, Jeez, this is kind of embarrassing. Anyone got a German dictionary?
Was? Nicht haben worterbuch?
Nein. Ich verloren.
Ich bin geistiger tieffieger.
That's too bad. Maybe it will turn up. Do you have an attic? I put things away for safekeeping all the time and then forget where I put them. Gehirn furz.
LOL. With the number of those I have per day I'm just thankful they aren't smelly.
I’ve tried a bunch of German to English translation tools and I can find one that works except for the word furz which sounds almost the same in English.
Since I’m the consummate professional of the “dark side” here, it’s too bad that there are so many mean people on this board. Thank you all for dabbling in the dark side on my behalf.
Now listen….no googleing! See if you can guess. Post Three Stooges, pre Willy Wonka and circa Benny Hill ….what show skit made the word “gob” famous? (I think I gave too many hints)
Just a guess. Laugh In?
Well..... I stil like Goldie better. Hurensohn!