A dissenting opinion

A couple of years ago, I found a carbon fiber arrow in the middle of a road near my house. I wrote about it here. Someone recently found that post and decided to post a well reasoned dissenting opinion, which I published, but I decided to post in its entirety here. Read on:

Yes, hunters are morons for losing an arrow (possibly dropped from a quiver) while in the woods to provide food for their family utilizing an ancient and honorable BOW. MEANWHILE... you're not an idiot for bringing your stinking humanity into the woods, eroding roads with your knobby tires, scaring animals with your presence? I'm certain YOU have never lost ANYTHING in the woods. YOU ARE AN ECO DESTROYER - bringing your STINK into the woods. Oh, and, BTW, bicycles are for children - get a job, you stinking, dirty hippy! Peace out, fag.

Alas, the author was anonymous. A shame, I would like to send them a thank you note for justifying my blogging career.


Lee said...

man, it's like that guy read my mind.

cyclotourist said...

Hey Tarik, glad to see you're getting some increased traffic to your blog. And a celebrity commenters like Ted Nugent, wow!!!

john said...

I'd say it was Mike Vandeman but he probably wouldn't leave an anonymous comment.

Tarik Saleh said...

Yeah! The Nuge!

Man, there is a name I have not heard for a while. I actually saw a few alameda whipsnakes when I was mountainbiking in oakland. An early internet meme in action. I, of course, deliberately ran it over.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Yeah, you and your knobby, human-stinky hippie stinkiness. For shame

Seriously, though, why the sixfolded moron invective post? What were you punishing by taking the arrow?

cyclotourist said...

@TS: That's the funniest thing I've read in a while!

Whipsnakes and their murderers.

Tarik Saleh said...

Mo Babo,

The short story is that the arrow had clearly impacted the road with force as if fired there which placed the thrower of the arrow squarely in the moron department. I don't have any problems with general hunters, just the moron ones.

Mike said...

I hope this is just tongue in cheek humor and not just a playground taunt from an asshat with, apparently, a sensitive nose and penchant for CAPS LOCK. Also, cyclists are riding, honorably, to scare the animals to death so they too can provide food for their families. The grocery stores won't let them in because of their stench.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Yeah, I always hated losing arrows arching them at legitimate game targets, so I guess losing one to an impossible target like a road would make the shooter a moron.

(If indeed the arrow went from bow to road. Speaking from experience, lost arrows can take on a life of their own. After all, you picked it up...)

Anyways, I was mostly just hoping this doesn't morph into something akin to the insufferable driver vs. cyclist dreckfest that plays itself out day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day on the interwebs.

Tarik Saleh said...

If that was tongue and cheek even more hats off to the author, I really enjoyed the way he went from angry yet possibly reasonable dissenter to almost completely losing his shit. Good stuff.

It seemed pretty clear that someone fired an arrow that landed directly on a paved public road, I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

The original blog post in question was indeed funny but a bit leering. Choosing a comment from the onslaught of them you received and displaying it proudly is a bit unnecessary.

I didn't quite understand how hunters can be angered at mountain bike trails when they often drive through even more wider, detrimental ones, and then some times off road to bag the thing they just happened to kill.

Tarik Saleh said...


Anonymous troll commenters, especially ones where the author completely loses their shit and calls me a dirty stinky hippy, really don't get to choose how their comments are used. And I am proud of it. That is the single greatest comment I have ever gotten. There have been other comments that were good and other insulting/threatening ones that I did not publish as they had no redeeming value. But I rarely has a comment made me laugh that hard.

As to your second point, I will attempt, per Mo Babo's point, not to turn this into a hunters vs. cyclists others thread. I live and work in an area where most people hunt and the great majority of theses people do actually feed their families with the food. Most hunters I know and have come across in the outdoors here are completely responsible and considerate hunters. There have been a few notable exceptions, most of which I do not blog about. The arrow in the road was one of three gratuitously irresponsible incidents featuring bowhunters here in town that I have personally witnessed, hence the over the top nature of the original post.

However, I think the comment is so ridiculous as to not use as a starting point of a discussion, but to be ridiculed on its own merits as a stand alone piece of writing.

fatbob29r said...

Dirty stinkin' hippie... I thought you were a sleeper cell terrorist.... Maybe the arrow came from a car hunter, I hear the modern automobile is the ultimate game... bonus points for a "Rambo" strike to the engine block for a clean kill... the last thing you want to do is have to follow the oil trail to the vehicles final resting place before baggin' your game.... happy hunting!