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    Definition of Rad.

    Lets discuss what rad is.

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    Definition of Rad.-img_5997.jpg
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    Where the heck is Pecard when you need him.

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    Whatever anyone thinks is rad is rad to them.
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    Such an awesome movie for 8 yr olds... I think they actually built in the 1st shortcut in Mario Cart Nin64 on Wario's track based on the flip maneuver at the end of race in the film. Too close to be coincidence... I would buy one of those shirts for fund raising...

    So, on related note. The Science Museum of Minnesota reprinted the purple sweatshirt with the brontosaurus skeleton that Dustin wears in Stranger Things 2. The gift shop typically makes about a mil per year on average. The shop made about 600K in a few days and that will go to support the museum and kids being blinded by science!

    That's F'in RAD.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_kook View Post
    Lets discuss what rad is.
    Let's not and say we did.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_kook View Post
    Lets discuss what rad is.
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    Rad: A slang term from the 1990s adolescent California made up. It means everything the term Cool meant from the adolescents of the 1970s.

    Cool was replaced with Rad. Anyone over the age of 30 using the term Rad is a moron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Cool was replaced with Rad. Anyone over the age of 30 using the term Rad is a moron.
    The movie came out in '86, so all the Cali kids claiming ownership would be lame wads. Also, I grew up in the late '80's into the '90's and even though I don't use the word I feel it is my right to do so.

    so, whatever dude... Dude is slang for a monkey's butthole.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Rad: A slang term from the 1990s adolescent California made up. It means everything the term Cool meant from the adolescents of the 1970s.

    Cool was replaced with Rad. Anyone over the age of 30 using the term Rad is a moron.
    I'm 31, but I spent most of the day getting rad yesterday.

    Pro tip: Mountain Dew is performance enhancing when it comes to rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    The movie came out in '86, so all the Cali kids claiming ownership would be lame wads. Also, I grew up in the late '80's into the '90's and even though I don't use the word I feel it is my right to do so.

    so, whatever dude... Dude is slang for a monkey's butthole.
    Dude!
    Im 56 and it slips out on occasion. Yes you have the right to use Rad growing up in that time frame. Im glad you dont. Ill go edit my my timeline if you want. I was old enough when Rad came out that it sounded and was to me a very adolescent term so I never used it.
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    Rad was rad in '86, you can't argue that, but no need to change the date in the earlier post.

    For the record, I'm 39 but will be 40 in a few months and I don't use the term rad unless I'm talking to my 4 soon to be 5 year old son about his "dancing". 'Scuse me while I go get Breakin' qued up on the Betamax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Rad: A slang term from the 1990s adolescent California made up. It means everything the term Cool meant from the adolescents of the 1970s.

    Cool was replaced with Rad. Anyone over the age of 30 using the term Rad is a moron.
    Didn't awesome make an appearance between those two

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    Didn't awesome make an appearance between those two
    Yes, and thats one I still use regularly, dude.
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    70's and 80's in Central Ohio/midwest. We always had cool and tuff.

    Tuff was for describing the looks of things: That is a tuff Camaro", or "Angie looks tuff in those jeans..."

    Cool was just what it is.

    For my group, "rad" was for Midwesterners trying to be West Coast surfer/skater dudes....but not actually "getting it".

    I still use both cool and tuff...
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    I'm still working on a definition of 'gnarly' and have yet to come to consensus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_kook View Post
    Lets discuss what rad is.
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    I always thought is was an absorbed dose of ionizing radiation.

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    So I looked these up in the Merriam-Webster Hipster Gibberish Dictionary

    Awesome = Rad = Cool
    Totally Awsome = Rad-dikulus = Way Cool
    Awesomely Total = Infinity + 1
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    So I looked these up in the Merriam-Webster Hipster Gibberish Dictionary

    Awesome = Rad = Cool
    Totally Awsome = Rad-dikulus = Way Cool
    Awesomely Total = Infinity + 1
    So youre saying so was correct with my definition in post #12? Awesome dude!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I was a die hard Vans enthusiast for years up until they got all whacky with their designs. They did away with my go to tan and white combo several years ago and Ive been boycotting them ever since.
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    I thought this guy started it the "rad" movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I thought this guy started it the "rad" movement.
    I felt the need to do a CR [courtesy embed] for ya.

    Hilarious movie by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Awesome dude!
    No matter how hard you try, you'll always sound like Lane Meyer's dad trying to be cool, lol!

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    I always assumed it was an abbreviation of radical and was definitely part of the local vernacular long before the movie came out. Only spode's thought the movie was rad in my circle.
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    dj, you can't boycott vans. that's crazy talk. i still run rowleys and gravels...cuz flats are always rad. hehe

    they have a bunch of old skool tan/wht combos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    No matter how hard you try, you'll always sound like Lane Meyer's dad trying to be cool, lol!

    That movie was sick, dude.
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    Which brings me to my next question: What is a Spode?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    dj, you can't boycott vans. that's crazy talk. i still run rowleys and gravels...cuz flats are always rad. hehe
    That is crazy talk. Im thinking of looking back into their latest designs. I was hooked on the one design for years until they went all millennial design on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Which brings me to my next question: What is a Spode?
    A mans junk, correct?

    You being from NY. Do you remember the term Berma?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Which brings me to my next question: What is a Spode?
    crap rider. all talk no walk. aka chode

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    A mans junk, correct?

    You being from NY. Do you remember the term Berma?.
    Let me guess, only Spodes used the term Berma?

    No, I've never heard of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Let me guess, only Spodes used the term Berma?

    No, I've never heard of that.
    Dude, thats so Berma.

    Very popular in your area in the 1970s but I Never heard it once I left NY. It means its lame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Rad: A slang term from the 1990s adolescent California made up. It means everything the term Cool meant from the adolescents of the 1970s.

    Cool was replaced with Rad. Anyone over the age of 30 using the term Rad is a moron.
    We uses the terms interchangeably, although "rad" is more of a coastal surf bum and skateboarder term in it's origins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    I'm still working on a definition of 'gnarly' and have yet to come to consensus.
    "Gnarly" is just something that is rough in a negative context.

    Road rash is Gnarly.
    A road full of ruts and rocks is Gnarly.
    Rough surf and the word's origins is Gnarly.

    "Dude, It's Gnarly out there today!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I felt the need to do a CR [courtesy embed] for ya.

    Hilarious movie by the way.
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    What are some other "cool guy" phrases? What is Fonzie used to say? AAaaa (thumbs out)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I was a die hard Vans enthusiast for years up until they got all whacky with their designs. They did away with my go to tan and white combo several years ago and Ive been boycotting them ever since.
    I stopped wearing them roughly when they quit making them in the USA, but that wasn't the reason, they just didn't really have much heel padding back then and it was easy to get heel bruises which suck so I went to more "technically advanced" shoes with sorbathane heel inserts and the like.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    We uses the terms interchangeably, although "rad" is more of a coastal surf bum and skateboarder term in it's origins.
    I still use "rad" and I'm 44, but I've been skating since the late 80's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    "Gnarly" is just something that is rough in a negative context.

    Road rash is Gnarly.
    A road full of ruts and rocks is Gnarly.
    Rough surf and the word's origins is Gnarly.

    "Dude, It's Gnarly out there today!"
    I hear it used as a positive thing sometimes, "That was a gnarly smith grind!" Synonymous with "burly".

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    What are some other "cool guy" phrases? What is Fonzie used to say? AAaaa (thumbs out)


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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post



    I hear it used as a positive thing sometimes, "That was a gnarly smith grind!" Synonymous with "burly".
    For shure. We crush gnar all the time mountain biking. Which is a good thing, I think. Sometimes the gnar wins and you end up pitted which can get gnarly.
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    Dude, dude... try these nachos....

    ...and now he's dead, or I assume he is...

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    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    Oh man, I skimmed right over this rad display of bichen goats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Oh man, I skimmed right over this rad display of bichen goats.
    I didn't, I sat here laughing to myself for a good 3 minutes. Now that you bumped it, I've done it again. I can't look away.

    It hurts too cause my throat is soar from a race yesterday. I have a raspy voice and sound like I have a smokers hack when I laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    crap rider. all talk no walk. aka chode
    Chode is one of the levels of suckiness.

    For example, if someone says "Man, that really sucks!", you might ask, "Ok but what does it suck?

    The following answers, in ascending order of suckiness, are:

    1. It sucks pond scum
    2. It sucks donkey d!ck
    3. It sucks the big hairy chode

    And there you have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    For shure. We crush gnar all the time mountain biking. Which is a good thing, I think. Sometimes the gnar wins and you end up pitted which can get gnarly.
    Gnar is big in the skate world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Chode is one of the levels of suckiness.

    For example, if someone says "Man, that really sucks!", you might ask, "Ok but what does it suck?

    The following answers, in ascending order of suckiness, are:

    1. It sucks pond scum
    2. It sucks donkey d!ck
    3. It sucks the big hairy chode

    And there you have it.
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    "that sucks donkey dick" was my go to on why it sucked.

    I often find myself saying "thats sweet" often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    "that sucks donkey dick" was my go to on why it sucked.

    I often find myself saying "thats sweet" often.
    Sweet and Awesome, I seem to use them often. "Dude" stuck from the stoner days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    Goat's throwin down some steeze
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    i tend to use "dude" like WTF. such as "dude. really?"
    I used to see a lot of UFO's. However I just realized I'm simply bad at identifying things.

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    Rad, is an abbreviation for radiator.........i'm as hell no one to this point knows this factoid.
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    thats where you get Rad fluid. Toyota rad fluid is the best. its red and tastes like cherries.
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    As I said, you guys are all L7 with the rad, etc. Here's how we do it in the South, super bad is where it's at. Dy-no-mite!

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    ^ I wonder if Amazon would be where they are today if they had "4-6 week delivery"

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    I don't think I have ever had to wait 4 to 6 weeks for anything. Even back in the day when kids said things were rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    after watching this many times I think the "rad" goat is actually an A-hole. He was trying to kick the other goat in the face, and nearly succeeded. What a Spode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    I don't think I have ever had to wait 4 to 6 weeks for anything. Even back in the day when kids said things were rad.
    Four to six weeks was pretty standard fare in the Seventies, when ordering out of the back of a comic book with a coupon.

    Items like X-ray glasses, or Sea Monkeys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    after watching this many times I think the "rad" goat is actually an A-hole. He was trying to kick the other goat in the face, and nearly succeeded. What a Spode.
    Although it looks like he pulled a really cool move, I think he's just a spaz who got lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Four to six weeks was pretty standard fare in the Seventies, when ordering out of the back of a comic book with a coupon.

    Items like X-ray glasses, or Sea Monkeys.
    Ahh, the sweet, sweet giddiness of anticipation will never fully be savored by these younger generations. The joy of waiting four to six weeks for those x-ray glasses only to finally have the package arrive, tear it open in an adrenaline fueled rush of energy, only to discover it's a cheap piece of plastic with a piece of a feather embedded in the lens.
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    after watching this many times I think the "rad" goat is actually an A-hole. He was trying to kick the other goat in the face, and nearly succeeded. What a Spode.
    LOL
    Thats so berma, bitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Ahh, the sweet, sweet giddiness of anticipation will never fully be savored by these younger generations. The joy of waiting four to six weeks for those x-ray glasses only to finally have the package arrive, tear it open in an adrenaline fueled rush of energy, only to discover it's a cheap piece of plastic with a piece of a feather embedded in the lens.
    I do remember ordering a mail order skateboard once, either late seventies or early eighties. After about four weeks or so, I would get so excited when I heard the UPS truck a block away. Standing around hopefully, eagerly anticipating that this is the day when he finally stops in front of our house.

    On-line tracking now-a-days takes some of the magic away.
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    LOL ^
    Been there back in the day.

    Edit: I had to think about that one. I remember I was 17 and still at home. I ordered a Porsche style fiberglass wale tail spoiler for my 72 Datsun 240 Z. On pins and needles waiting for the delivery to intercept it so my parents wouldnt catch on to the coin I was spending on this car. Every day hanging out at home waiting on this delivery. Finally I hear the UPS truck grinding up the dirt road mountain I lived on. I rush out to meet the driver just as my dad is coming home from work. Oops! That didnt go well.
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    What ever happened to wicked, bodacious, excellent, and tubular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I felt the need to do a CR [courtesy embed] for ya.

    Hilarious movie by the way.
    CR stands for Courtesy Embed? Why izzat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Chode is one of the levels of suckiness.

    For example, if someone says "Man, that really sucks!", you might ask, "Ok but what does it suck?

    The following answers, in ascending order of suckiness, are:

    1. It sucks pond scum
    2. It sucks donkey d!ck out loud
    3. It sucks the big hairy chode

    And there you have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    thats where you get Rad fluid. Toyota rad fluid is the best. its red and tastes like cherries.
    Lol.

    And dogs like it too! Be to set out a bowl for Bowser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL ^
    Been there back in the day.

    Edit: I had to think about that one. I remember I was 17 and still at home. I ordered a Porsche style fiberglass wale tail spoiler for my 72 Datsun 240 Z. On pins and needles waiting for the delivery to intercept it so my parents wouldnt catch on to the coin I was spending on this car. Every day hanging out at home waiting on this delivery. Finally I hear the UPS truck grinding up the dirt road mountain I lived on. I rush out to meet the driver just as my dad is coming home from work. Oops! That didnt go well.
    Did you tell him it was a device to put on your bicycle to help you deliver Grit magazine?
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    CR stands for Courtesy Embed? Why izzat?
    Because I said so.
    Be a trend setter and not a follower please.
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    I still throw out a wicked now & then. Dweebs still use the rest.

    I like the way "mellow off" rolls out though. Don't be surprised if you here all the fresh pleeps using it soon.
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    That is so bad ass its sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That is so bad ass its sick.
    Mellow off DJ. You done been told twice now.
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    LOL I have? Now thats sum sic shiat.
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    THIS is rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    On-line tracking now-a-days takes some of the magic away.
    There is a calvin and hobbes comic that sums this up perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    THIS is rad.

    ****IN A RIGHT IT IS!!!!!!


    Building the skatepark in my hometown, back in the early twothousands, the owner of Dreamland skagteparks was telling me how he was going to build a QP "Bigger than Hoffman's" at his house, to skate on. I laughed at him.

    just before that some BMX geeks moved out of a place across the road from me and they gave me a stack of BMX mags, one of them had all the details of Hoffman's exploits in it. So I brough that mag to the jobsite the next day to show the owner of Dreamland exactly what he was attempting to bite off...

    Needless to say, he does not have a QP "bigger than Hoffman's" at his house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    What ever happened to wicked, bodacious, excellent, and tubular?
    86'd, except for excellent, as you've noted.
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    Actually, any word can be in or out depending on it's usage.

    "That's totally rad, dude!"

    vs

    "Dude, that's totally rad!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    ****IN A RIGHT IT IS!!!!!!


    Building the skatepark in my hometown, back in the early twothousands, the owner of Dreamland skagteparks was telling me how he was going to build a QP "Bigger than Hoffman's" at his house, to skate on. I laughed at him.

    just before that some BMX geeks moved out of a place across the road from me and they gave me a stack of BMX mags, one of them had all the details of Hoffman's exploits in it. So I brough that mag to the jobsite the next day to show the owner of Dreamland exactly what he was attempting to bite off...

    Needless to say, he does not have a QP "bigger than Hoffman's" at his house.
    and with a Fugazi soundtrack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    THIS is rad.


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    I remember when I moved to Philly in the early nineties I met some kids who used "decent" where I would have said "cool". But I guess it didn't really catch on, not sure where they got it from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    ****IN A RIGHT IT IS!!!!!!


    Building the skatepark in my hometown, back in the early twothousands, the owner of Dreamland skagteparks was telling me how he was going to build a QP "Bigger than Hoffman's" at his house, to skate on. I laughed at him.

    just before that some BMX geeks moved out of a place across the road from me and they gave me a stack of BMX mags, one of them had all the details of Hoffman's exploits in it. So I brough that mag to the jobsite the next day to show the owner of Dreamland exactly what he was attempting to bite off...

    Needless to say, he does not have a QP "bigger than Hoffman's" at his house.
    Ya that would be a scary death wobble skateboard ride! Mat is badass! I watched him back in the day at the Swatch impact tour, RAD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Rad= The Condor
    Oh yeah!

    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Crap I forget what mag was that from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Crap I forget what mag was that from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    BMX Plus!
    Dang I knew it was one of those mags. It seems like a million years ago

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