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Last week on my way to the cafeteria I was irritated by the guy in front of me. He was pokey and I had a meeting. First he couldn’t figure out which tray to take, then he couldn’t pull the fork out of the bin. I wished he’d hurry up or get out of the way.
I fetched my usual eggs, bacon, fruit, milk and went to the cashier. She had a nose ring and some brilliant tattoos. Her look was way unusual for my conservative organization. I call her “Super Freak” for the rest of this post.
My mood immediately shifted with Super Freak. We started to banter back and forth. There was some brief discussion about cycling. It turns out she commutes to work. Suddenly, I became the jerk in a suit holding back the line.
My total came to $4.03. I had only a $10 bill. The line of suits behind me started to get restless as she reached in her pocket searching for 3 pennies. I told her not necessary but she insisted, “3 pennies is nothing, dude.” She completely changed my perspective and made my day.
Last week, Darryl @lovingthebike posted the blog “I need a Hero.” I didn’t have an answer for his post last week and I’m still not sure I have a hero, but people like Super Freak are probably the closest thing.
We need more people outside the control limits.
*Mr. @lovingthebike is the kindest dude on twitter and writes some brilliant cycling posts. He’ll make you think about issues surrounding the bike… culture, art, family, etc. You can chat with professor @lovingthebike tonight at #bikeschool – he’s moderating.
#BikeSchool edition 4 “The Social Bike” w/ special guests:
- have FUN, be social, jump in!
- login to your Twitter account from 9-10p EST
- use the hashtag #bikeschool in your tweets
- if you are using TweetDeck just click on #bikeschool from any tweet. add a column to follow the discussion
- we also use TweetChat – SIGN IN (top right) for more controls
- or follow along using this Twitter Search link
- you might want to let people know your tweets will be a little crazy during the hour. Something like: tweeps, I’m heading to #bikeschool chat so just ignore my crazy tweets the next hour… or better, join in here http://bit.ly/aUdGX9
- the moderator will come with a few questions… ***Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. If your response begins with Q1, Q2, Q3 it will help us all follow along
- feel free to have side conversations, ask other questions, stir it up and most importantly throw at least a couple heckle tweets towards @egggman and @lovingthebike
- have FUN — no lurking — jump in!
This weekend I saw a Toyota Landcruiser parked along the street outside the YMCA. My son had just finished up swim lessons and his swim buddy jumped in this old Landcruiser with his dad close behind.
I loved his Landcruiser and figured it had a story, so I told dad he had a beauty of a Toyota Landcruiser. It made him smile big and I thought, aha!, here comes the story…
Me: Hi! just love your Landcruiser. Toyota guy: Thanks, *big smile* I just recently painted her. See? It used to be red. A little rust coming thru, though… down here and along the wheels some. Me: Well, she’s a beauty. What year? How many miles? Toyota guy: 1988. Don’t know the miles, she’s been around a few times. Me: Wow! Where did you find her? Toyota guy: I’ve owned her since 1988, can’t remember the name of the place.
So glad I stopped to ask him about her. Toyota guy left me with the impression there was no way he would trade her in for a new one. I feel the same way about bikes… it’s hard to beat old steel.
This is Eli’s bike (@esagor). I’m not gonna say a lot about it. I’d like you to help write this blog post instead.
flickr credit: esagor
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What do you think about when you see Eli’s bike? Bikes, politics, freedom, your crazy aunt Loretta – nothing is off limits.
Thanks for the great post!